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Stories for His Glory

Potiphar’s Wife by Mesu Andrews August 3, 2022

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One of the Bible’s most notorious women longs for a love she cannot have in this captivating novel from the award-winning author of Isaiah’s Legacy.

“Mesu Andrews yet again proves her mastery of weaving a rich and powerful biblical story!”—Roseanna M. White, author of A Portrait of Loyalty

Before she is Potiphar’s wife, Zuleika is the daughter of a king and the wife of a prince. She rules the isle of Crete alongside her mother in the absence of their seafaring husbands. But when tragedy nearly destroys Crete, Zuleika must sacrifice her future to save the Minoan people she loves. 

Zuleika’s father believes his robust trade with Egypt will ensure Pharaoh’s obligation to marry his daughter, including a bride price hefty enough to save Crete. But Pharaoh refuses and gives her instead to Potiphar, the captain of his bodyguards: a crusty bachelor twice her age, who would rather have a new horse than a Minoan wife. 

Abandoned by her father, rejected by Pharaoh, and humiliated by Potiphar’s indifference, Zuleika yearns for the homeland she adores. In the political hotbed of Egypt’s foreign dynasty, her obsession to return to Crete spirals into deception. When she betrays Joseph—her Hebrew servant with the face and body of the gods—she discovers only one love is worth risking everything.

My thoughts:

When I first started this book I didn’t think I would like it or get into it. But I was very wrong. It did take me several chapters but once I got into this book I was hooked.

I will be honest, I didn’t like Zully for most of this book. She was so emotional and irrational. I kept wondering what would push her to try to get Joseph in trouble and why? Nothing really gave any indication of how the author would make that happen. However, with Zully’s emotional state nothing would really surprise me.

Even though I didn’t care for Zully, Joseph is a good character and Zully’s maid was a sympathetic character as well.

Overall, a very interesting and good book.

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A copy of this book was given to me through Netgalley. All opinions are my own.

 

Isaiah’s Legacy by Mesu Andrews February 18, 2020

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At eight years old, Shulle has known only life in a small village with her loving but peculiar father. When Uncle Shebna offers shelter in Jerusalem in exchange for Shulle’s help tutoring King Manasseh, Judah’s five-year-old co-regent who displays the same peculiarities as her father, she’s eager to experience the royal court. But Shulle soon realizes the limits of her father’s strict adherence to Yahweh’s Law when Uncle Shebna teaches her of the starry hosts and their power.
Convinced Judah must be freed from Yahweh’s chains, she begins the subtle swaying of young Manasseh, using her charm and skills on the boy no one else understands. When King Hezekiah dies, twelve-year-old Manasseh is thrust onto Judah’s throne, bitter at Yahweh and eager to marry the girl he adores. Assyria’s crown prince favors Manasseh and twists his brilliant mind toward cruelty, beginning Shulle’s long and harrowing journey to discover the Yahweh she’d never known, guided with loving wisdom by Manasseh’s mother: Isaiah’s daughter, the heartbroken Hephzibah. Amid Judah’s dark days, a desperate remnant emerges, claiming the Lord’s promise, “Though we’re helpless now, we’re never hopeless–because we serve El Shaddai.” Shulle is among them, a girl who becomes a queen through Isaiah’s legacy.

My thoughts:

This book was sooo good. I forget how much I enjoy a good Biblical fiction, but Mesu knows how to write it. She does her research and brings Bible stories to life.

I have read the scripture about King Hezekiah but never remember what happened after he died.

This is a truly beautiful story of redemption and hope. The evil that slowly permeated Menasseh’s life is so sad and even bothered me at times, but I had to keep in mind there was hope on the other side and there was.

If you enjoy Biblical fiction I am sure you will want to pick this book up.

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A copy of this book was given to me. All opinions are my own. 

 

By the Waters of Babylon by Mesu Andrews August 22, 2018

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When Babylon destroys Jerusalem, as Yahweh warned through his prophets, the captives’ bitterness and grief pours out in the Captives’ Psalm:
“[By the rivers of Babylon] we sat as exiles, mourning our captivity, and wept with great love for Zion. Our music and mirth were no longer heard, only sadness. We hung up our harps on the willow trees.” (Psalm 137:1-2, The Passion Translation)

A young Israelite woman is among them, captured by a mercenary Scythian prince. Driven toward Babylon by both hatred and hope, she endures captivity to reunite with her husband.

But will he be there when she reaches Babylon? Will the prince risk the Scythian throne–and his life–to believe in the Hebrew God? Can they both find what they seek when they meet the prophet Ezekial. . . by the rivers of Babylon?

My thoughts:

If you enjoy Biblical fiction you will enjoy this book. I found this book to be very interesting and a quick read, but with a lot of depth.

It’s so sad to read about the persecution the Jews went through but God always gave them hope and He opened the doors for others to come to Him.

I loved the raw honesty of wondering and questioning if God even hears our prayers, we often wonder that, at least I do. But then to see God move is a beautiful thing.

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A copy of this book was given to me. All opinions are my own. 

 

Miriam by Mesu Andrews March 11, 2016

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In the Shadow of Jezebel by Mesu Andrews March 10, 2014

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In the Shadow of Jezebel

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In a kingdom controlled by cruel and manipulative women, one princess will discover the power of truth and love.

Trained as a priestess in the temple of Baal, Princess Jehosheba strives to please the demanding Queen Athaliah, daughter of Jezebel. But when a mysterious letter from the dead prophet Elijah predicts doom for the royal household, Jehosheba realizes that the dark arts she practices reach far beyond the realm of earthly governments.
Forced to marry Yahweh’s high priest in order to further Athaliah and Jezebel’s power plays, Jehosheba enters the unfamiliar world of Yahweh’s Temple. Can her new husband show her the truth and love she craves? And can Jehosheba overcome her fear and save the family–and the nation–she loves?
With deft skill, Mesu Andrews brings the Old Testament to life, revealing a fascinating story of the power of unconditional love.

My thoughts:

I found it interesting to read this book after I have read Reign: The Chronicles of Queen Jezebel. The books are not by the same author but many of the same people (characters show up). I think it would be good to read a book on Jezebel before reading In the Shadow of Jezebel just to give you a deeper understanding of who the characters are.

Speaking of characters, there are a lot of them and many of them start with the letter “J” so I found it hard to keep track of them at times, but there’s a reference at the beginning of the book to remind you as you read.

I had a lot of trouble connecting with this book. I really wanted to but I just could never get into it. However, as I always say when I don’t love a book, someone else will love this book, it just didn’t resonant with me. Actually, it has excellent reviews on Amazon, so far I am the only who didn’t love it.

I think it was just a bit too slow to get to Sheba meeting the high priest. I wanted that tension to take place faster. Yet, I understand that the author was laying the ground work for that to happen and there are were several other places were there was tension.

What I did like was that each chapter started with a Bible verse that applied to the action that was about to take place. This book is very Biblically centered and there is no place better to be than in the Word.

As always, these are my thoughts only and I encourage you to make your own opinion.

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There is no giveaway for this book. My subscribers who receive this by email received a post that said there was a giveaway. I am so sorry, I forgot to delete that out of the post. But come back Wednesday and Thursday for some giveaways.

A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.