In The Shadow of Jezebel {Book Review and Blog Scavenger Hunt}

I am SOOOOOOOOOOO excited to be sharing this with you, my readers!  Please feel free to share this with your friends if you are a fan of Biblical fiction!  I received my pre-release copy of Mesu Andrews’ newest novel, In the Shadow of Jezebel, and once again she has woven an amazing novel that was both intriguing and captivating.  But first – the fun stuff:

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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

I was curious about the title of this book. Who would WANT to live in the Shadow of Jezebel? Well, this book draws a picture of what it might have been like to have lived in the shadow of one of the Bible’s most adversarial women, Jezebel. While the bulk of the story does not focus on her, Mesu Andrews did an amazing job describing events that actually occurred in I Chronicles and II Kings. Good vs. evil is described in the opposition of Yahweh’s priesthood to the occultic and barbaric worship of foreign gods. While Jezebel is notorious for her evil behavior, CAN you even imagine being raised by her?  It is clear in Scripture that her daughter, Athaliah, followed closely in her footsteps and that is where this novel takes place.  Athaliah, like her mother, was instrumental in bringing idol worship to God’s people, and in leading kings to destructive choices.  While we don’t know the exact nature of Athaliah’s relationship with Jehosheba, it is not too hard to consider that she tried to have a similar effect in relationship to the sister of the king.  I was moved by Jehosheba’s struggle against her family’s idol worship, and the development of her relationship with God’s High Priest, and eventually God Himself.  I really enjoy the overarching story of redemption that is woven throughout this novel.  Reading about Jehosheba, her priest husband, Jehoida, and their battle against a brutal, addictive worship and the queens who led nations to destruction really has left me thinking and praying about my influence on my own family. One of the first things I did when I finished the novel, was to go back into my Old Testament and review the Scriptural accounts.  I have to say that Mesu’s effort to write accurately while crafting a fictional story is one of my favorite features of her books! This story was very well-written, and as I read the Scripture accounts, I could point back to parts of the story I had just finished reading.  This is a great read and I hope you will look for it to add to your own library collection!  I give it 5 out of 5 stars!!!

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 AndrewsMesu 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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4 thoughts on “In The Shadow of Jezebel {Book Review and Blog Scavenger Hunt}

  1. Dana McNeely says:

    Great review, Debbie. I’ve read more about the barbaric practices around the worship of Baal Melqart and you’re right, it was horrible.

    • queenmommy says:

      I did a little research, too, but it was pretty disturbing so I stopped! I think Mesu was thorough in explaining parts of the horror of this particular idol worship without being traumatic!

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