“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
In 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.”
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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.
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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