"Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD...He will teach us his ways, so that we may walk in his paths." Micah 4:2

Saturday, March 01, 2014

In the Shadow of Jezebel Scavenger Hunt and Book Review

HI! I'm Debi and this is my journey...
Welcome to my "journal" where you'll find records of little steps I've attempted as I mine "the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God..." (Rm 11:33)
Like most of my hand scripted journals, there is a little bit of everything experienced on this trek toward my heavenly home. My pilgrimage began as a young girl when I met Jesus Christ as the Forgiver of my sins. Years later, I realized the Bible was His manual for success and I accepted His offer as my Guide and Teacher. God also uses my gleanings from a harvest of good books to strengthen my faltering steps of faith. Often, I discover hidden treasures through biblical fiction because I see others who struggled through their time of life. This helps me grasp a deeper understanding of the spiritual battle I am a part of in God's plan to regain His Kingdom. It also helps me grasp a little tighter onto the love God extends to me. Through my musings, I hope to help others trust the Guide through valleys or over mountains of their own personal journey.

We are having a scavenger hunt! 
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Somewhere in my review below, there is a single word that is in BOLD AND ALL CAPITALS. Write it down. Then, go to the other stops to find more hidden words. Once you have all the words, unscramble them to find a verse from the Scriptures. You can enter it into the Rafflecopter on any of the stops to have a chance to win a great prize from Mesu herself!
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About the Book

Title: In the Shadow of Jezebel
Author: Mesu Andrews
Publication Date: March 4, 2014
Publisher: Revell
Print Length: 417 pages
Summary (Amazon):
Princess Jehosheba wants nothing more than to please the harsh and demanding Queen Athaliah, daughter of the notorious Queen Jezebel. Her work as a priestess in the temple of Baal seems to do the trick. 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 beyond the realm of earthly governments. To further Athaliah and Jezebel's strategies, she is forced to marry Yahweh's high priest and 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 Old Testament passages to life, revealing a fascinating story of the power of unconditional love.


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My Review of this Book

Recently, my favorite type of fiction led me to Mesu Andrews.
I love the way she surrounds the plot with actual places, times and biblical characters who learned to walk by faith in their unseen God. Through their spiritual struggles, inner conversations, and prayers, I watch them hold onto the promises of God. Many times as I read her book, my heart fell deeper in love with a beautiful God who declared Himself in all creation, throughout history and who gently loved me before I was even aware of Him.

I was thrilled to be given this gift of her newest book, In the Shadow of Jezebel. In its pages, I was drawn to see Yaweh through the personal thoughts of a dear experienced High Priest who served God's people in the temple.
Jehoida has so many of the same inner turmoils I have on my spiritual journey. He stumbles, questions, doubts, and even fails at times, yet, he also stands strong, is brave, and intimately talks to God as His precious friend. As I trudge this daily walk of trust in God's guidance, I stand AGAINST the same spiritual enemies of faith and respond with so many of these same deep emotions.
My favorite quote from her book has become a prayer and challenge this week. In an intimate moment with his young wife. Jehoida finishes telling a miraculous story of God's protection in their history and quotes Psalm 17 to her.
Smiling in the dark, he admits secretly his recitation also comforted his own heavy heart, but with growing awe, he muses, "And I get to demonstrate His love to you for the rest of my life." 

Oh! My desire is that in each relationship, I would grasp the awe of such a marvelous privilege!
We are given so many opportunities by our awesome loving and protective God and all He asks of us is to demonstrate His love to others! By this demonstrative love, they will know that we are truly His disciples and perhaps, they will learn to trust the loving outstretched arms of our God.

The Buzz - Praise for Mesu Andrews' Biblical Fiction

"Mesu Andrews has pieced together Scripture's truths with historical supposition through her masterful, research-based writing and captured the spiritual climate of those ancient days."--CBA Retailers+Resources on Love in a Broken Vessel "Andrews weaves a beautiful tale and takes readers to an ancient Jerusalem rich with history and customs and a culture that struggles to follow the one true God."--RT Book Reviews, 4½ stars, on Love's Sacred Song

About The Author

Author Mesu Andrews
Mesu Andrews  is the award-winning author of Love Amid the AshesLove's Sacred Song, and Love in a Broken Vessel. Winner of the 2012 ECPA Christian Book Award for New Author, she has devoted herself to passionate and intense study of Scripture, bringing the biblical world vividly alive for her readers. She lives in Washington.

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