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I’m so excited to be hosting this scavenger hunt blog hunt in celebration of the launch of Mesu Andrews’ new book, In the Shadow of Jezebel! (This and any other links in this post that take you to Amazon are affiliate links. If you click on them and choose to buy anything, I will make a small commission but it will not cost you anything extra.)
If you’re not already scavenger hunting, read the rules and then jump right in! 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!
About the Book
Title: In the Shadow of Jezebel
Author: Mesu Andrews
Publication Date: March 4, 2014
Print Length: 417 pages
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.
My Review of this Book
It stands to reason that I would never have offered to host this scavenger hunt if I wasn’t already a huge fan of Mesu Andrews’ work. What amazes me about the books that she writes is the stories from Scripture that she chooses to tell. They are the stories I don’t actually like reading in the Bible. They are the hard ones to understand, the hard ones to see what in the world God is doing.
- There’s Love Amid the Ashes, a novel not only about the sufferings of Job but of Jacob’s daughter Dinah as well.
- There’s Love’s Sacred Song, a novel about Solomon and the Shunemite woman from Song of Solomon, who in the novel dedicates herself to showing him the power of true God-given love despite his, shall we say, “roving eye.”
- And then there’s Love in a Broken Vessel, which is about the prophet Hosea who God asks to marry a prostitute who proceeds to be unfaithful to him repeatedly.
- And now we have this one, In the Shadow of Jezebel, about how a faithful few withstand the onslaught of two of the most wicked women who have ever lived, Jezebel and Athaliah.
So, why do I love these books if I don’t like the stories they tell, you may ask? I love these stories because they help me to unearth the thread of God’s redemptive plan in places I haven’t been able to find it before. When I read these books, my eyes are opened to ways God uses pain and suffering for His glory and the good of His people. I see afresh that THERE is no evil that is too much for God to weave into His redemptive plan.
I find that I turn from these books to the events in my world with better vision; I am much better at finding God’s hand in troubling circumstances. And that, for me, makes them worthy reads!
I was actually in a conference call with Mesu just this morning and someone asked her why she chooses the stories she does. Her explanation was similar to what I described above, that she loves to show God’s redemptive work throughout all of history. She finished with a comment I will keep with me. She said that in real life with God, “Lives are not always happy, but they are hopeful,” and that she wants to showcase that hope that knowing God brings.
Moving on from all the grandiose theological themes above, In the Shadow of Jezebel is a riveting story full of multi-dimensional characters. I found it hard to put down (even though I knew how it was going to end!) I loved so many things about the main character Jehosheba’s journey toward God and toward knowing and being known by trustworthy people after her abusive childhood. There were so many love-able characters (as well as some truly hate-able ones!)
I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves historical fiction, hair-raising political intrigue, and/or coming-of-age stories. It is solidly researched and makes for a scintillating read that will keep you thinking for days after you’ve finished it.
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.
Stops on the Scavenger Hunt