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“When I chose you as my daughter, I sent word to Jezebel that we had our next Queen of Destiny. You were lively and quick-witted, accepting of change, and eager to learn—even as a young child. I believed you could be a queen.”
~Queen Athaliah to Princess Jehosheba~
In the Shadow of Jezebel
by Mesu Andrews

Andrews Jezebel final jpg from CherylIn the Shadow of Jezebel by Mesu Andrews swept me away to the drama-filled days of Old Testament times. To be a believer then was not about sitting quietly in church with a Bible in your lap. It meant muscular priests, strong enough to subdue and slay sacrifices, and bold enough to face down ruthless rulers. Brave women who could survive—and even find joy—in a world where they were often used, dominated, or enslaved. And ordinary people willing to take their lives in their hands to follow Yahweh and stand against the pagan culture.

Heroism in the midst of danger.
Truth’s simple beauty illuminating the lies that enslave.
The power of love to heal a fearful heart.

Jehosheba’s story involves all of these. Raised by the cruel Queen Athaliah to be a priestess of Baal, Sheba knows firsthand how it feels to be oppressed by Queen Jezebel’s shadow. When her parents decide to unite the House of David with Yahweh’s High Priest by marrying her off to a stranger named Jehoida, Sheba despairs. Little does she know that Jehoida’s upright, generous nature and sacrificial love will heal her heart and help her fulfill her true destiny. Together Sheba and Jehoida strive to “live the truth” & “be wise without lies” as they navigate the treacherous world of palace intrigue. As their trust in Yahweh grows, so does their love for each other.

What I liked best . . .
  • The story world, rich with cultural details
  • Jehosheba’s tender heart—in spite of her dysfunctional upbringing
  • The noble yet endearing Jehoida
  • The focus on the High Priest as both spiritual leader and humble man
  • The palace intrigues and drama—better than any reality show!
  • The glimpse into the lives of those who served in Yahweh’s Temple
  • Sheba’s relationship with her brother Hazi
A favorite scene . . .

I loved one of the first scenes in the book. The priests are faithfully carrying on in the Temple in spite of the oppression of their evil rulers. They trust to the ancient custom of drawing lots to decide who will carry out which duties. By the end of the procedure, they are humbled and amazed to find that God has touched their lives in a very personal way.

“Moments ago [Jehoiada] had silently questioned the reliability of the sacred Urim and Thummim, but now God had spoken through common stones. Perhaps Yahweh was more reachable than he thought.”

A favorite quote . . .

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***You can purchase a copy of In the Shadow of Jezebel at this link. Don’t miss this richly satisfying must-read! Thanks to Mesu Andrews and Revell for providing a copy for me to review.

Mesu photoAbout the Author: Mesu Andrews is the award-winning author of Love Amid the Ashes, Love’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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Not only will Mesu Andrews’ biblical fiction sweep you away to another time and place, but it will also inspire you to know God better.

I bought Mesu’s debut novel, Love Amid the Ashes, because I’d never read a romantic story featuring Job. From the first pages, I could see that she has a special gift for storytelling. I loved how she helped me see Job as a hero. Yes, Old Testament Job—a noble, handsome, what-a-girl-wants hero. So it’s NO surprise that each of her novels brings something unique to the world of inspirational fiction.

(Guess what? You can download Love Amid the Ashes for free here!)

This year, I’m privileged to be on Mesu’s launch team for her latest novel, In the Shadow of Jezebel. I’ll be sharing a review of this novel next week. The Scavenger Giveaway has ended, but here’s some vital information about Mesu’s book. 

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What’s it about?

Here’s the blurb from 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.

Mesu photo***You can purchase a copy of In the Shadow of Jezebel at this link. Thanks to Mesu Andrews and Revell for providing a copy for me to review.

About the Author: Mesu Andrews is the award-winning author of Love Amid the Ashes, Love’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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Where was God? . . . When I look back through history, it often seems that in the grand scheme of things, women didn’t matter very much. I can’t imagine a woman of Bible times thinking about her rights, planning a career, or longing for independence. Maybe she would’ve dreamed about the type of man she’d marry or the home she’d have—depending on what station in life she occupied. For some, the only hope of a good life depended on whether or not the master was kind. As those women experienced the disappointments and uncertainties of life, did their hearts ache with the question many cry today—how could you let this happen to me, God?

I pondered this as I read Love’s Sacred Song by Mesu Andrews. This novel tells the story of an innocent shepherdess and how her love changes a king. The main character, Arielah, is the beloved daughter of Jehoshaphat, a leader in Shunem.

Though Jehoshaphat is a godly man, he is not able to control his sons, and they subject Arielah to cruel abuse. No wonder when Jehoshaphat comes up with the plan of giving Arielah to Solomon as a treaty bride to keep peace in the north, she jumps at the chance. Marriage to a handsome king sounds like a dream come true, but things in Solomon’s harem aren’t much better. There, the plots, jealousies, and intrigues launched by the men and women of the royal court, almost destroy Arielah. She is maligned, cheated, used, and beaten. Not exactly what I expected in a love story. Yet against this evil backdrop, Arielah’s life shines like a beacon because of the love and forgiveness she freely shares with all—even her rival wives in the harem!

When he compares his character to that of his young wife, Solomon discovers he has much to live up to. And he constantly falls short. The story shows his inner weakness as he allows his women to cloud his judgment. But time spent with Arielah refreshes him. Their relationship reminds me of the quote that says a loved one “knows the song in your heart so well he or she can sing it back to you when you have forgotten the words.” Considering how Solomon lived his final years, I hope he really did have someone  special in his harem to inspire him while he was young.

As for Arielah, her story had me asking questions. Where is God when the folks who are supposed to protect and care for us fail? Why does He allow it? When we are helpless and hurting, does He care?

And my answers? As Arielah learned . . .

Sometimes He takes away the people and things with which we prop ourselves up to remind us that He “will never leave us nor forsake us” and to teach us that we “dare not trust the sweetest frame” but must trust ourselves to Him, first, last, and always.

Love’s Sacred Song is a significant, powerful story. Thanks to Revell Publishers for sending a copy for me to review. Would you like to experience Arielah’s story? Here are two ways to get your hands on a copy . . . Continue Reading…