Saturday, April 7, 2012

Gods & Kings: A Review



Summary from Amazon: Gods and Kings is the story of King Hezekiah, heir to the throne of King David. When his evil father plots to sacrifice him, Hezekiah's mother, Abijah, searches frantically for a way to save him. But only two men can help her, and neither of them seems trustworthy. In a time and place engulfed by violence, treachery, and infidelity to Yahweh, Abijah and her son must discover the one true Source of strength if they are to save themselves and their country.

My Thoughts: I first picked up this book because it was free on kindle. I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed it. Austin brought the characters from the Old Testament alive. I have read the Old Testament stories  but rarely thought about the feelings or the humanity behind the words. These people went through the same struggles and temptations as I do. Reading this book made me want to reread the chapters about Ahaz and Hezekiah, seeing them in a new light.

The action is steady and exciting. Even though I knew what was going to happen since I have read the books of Kings, it was still a fast-paced adventure. The events line up with scripture and are evidence of Austin's research. Fans of Christian fiction with Biblical truth will love this book.

After reading this one, I eagerly downloaded book two!

4 comments:

Cathy said...

This series sounds good. I'll have to go pick the books up soon. Thanks for sharing your thoughts! :)

Laura J said...

Let me know what you think of it after you read it. It just really inspired me to look at scripture with the mindset that these were REAL people with human emotions just like me.

Cathy said...

It may be awhile before I get to these books, but I definitely want to read them! Lynn Austin is a great writer.
I love it when books inspire me to delve into scripture too. Francine Rivers has two series on Biblical men and women that were amazing. She brought the characters to life and I really felt for them as well.
Sounds like Lynn's series does the same, looking forward to reading them.

Laura J said...

I read the Lineage of Jesus books by Francine Rivers. They have stayed with me since...you know how sometimes you enjoy a book and then forget it a week later. I need to read the male series.