Today I have the privilege of being part of a blog tour for Mesu Andrews’ latest offering of Biblical fiction, Isaiah’s Daughter.
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About the Book
Title: Isaiah’s Daughter
Author: Mesu Andrews
Publication Date: January 16, 2018
Print Length: 400 pages
Summary from the publisher: Gifted Bible teacher and award-winning author Mesu Andrews reaches into the pages of Biblical prophecy and Hebrew tradition to unearth a rags-to-royalty story of the devastated orphan, Ishma—meaning “desolation.” At just 5 years old, Ishma’s life crumbles around her when Israelite soldiers violently kill her family and take her into captivity. Upon her release, the royal prophet Isaiah welcomes her into his home where she meets Prince Hezekiah (Hezi)—a boy who has also experienced great tragedy. Ishma and Hezi bond in their suffering, and as they grow in age, so does their love for each other. Aware of their developing relationship, Isaiah adopts Ishma as his daughter and presents her with a new name that will qualify her to marry royalty—Hephzibah (Zibah), meaning “delight of the Lord.” Hezi and Zibah marry, but after difficult times of barrenness, Assyrian aggression, disease and challenging prophecies from Isaiah, Zibah remains trapped by fear. Can she entrust everything to the only One who gives life and delivers both a captive heart and a desperate nation?
My Thoughts about Isaiah’s Daughter by Mesu Andrews
As I’ve noted in my previous reviews of this author, Biblical fiction by Mesu Andrews never fails to send me running for my Bible to find the details she has brought to life! Half the time, I’m thinking, “She must have made that up!” only to find it right there in my Bible in black and white! That experience is probably my favorite thing about reading Andrews’ books!
This book was unique for me in that I still wasn’t sure whether or not I liked it even when I was more than halfway through it! I didn’t not like it or want to stop reading, but the first half sure is full of a lot of suffering! Some of the connections felt a little far-fetched, and I didn’t agree with some of the ways prophecy was being handled by the characters. I also wasn’t appreciating the intentional switches from 1st to 3rd person between chapters. While I never did come to appreciate the use of 1st person in this book, the second half was so good that by the end, I didn’t really care. I closed the book thinking what a great book it had been and feeling so very encouraged at the sovereignty of God!
I loved the way Andrews wove the theme of birds throughout the book; it was lovely and very nicely executed. I also appreciated the way the characters in the book grew in the ways they handled and attempted to interpret prophecy. Walking with them through this book really made me think about prophecy and how God wants us to read and apply them. While I don’t necessarily agree with all the theology and ideas stated in this book, I realized that’s not really the point. The point was to make us really think about it and to help us imagine what it was like to be there as the prophecies were being given and to see that those living at that time faced many of the same challenges in interpretation that we do today.
If you enjoy Biblical or historical fiction at all, I think you will really enjoy this book. I definitely found it to be very worth the read.
I received this book from the author. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
About The Author
Mesu Andrews is the award-winning author of Love Amid the Ashes (about Job and Dinah), Love’s Sacred Song (about King Solomon), Love in a Broken Vessel (about Hosea), In the Shadow of Jezebel, as well as two books in her Treasures of the Nile series: The Pharoah’s Daughter and Miriam. 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.
Blog Tour Stops
1/15 – Lena Nelson Dooley
1/15 – More Than Poetic Musings
1/16 – Seriously Write
1/16 – Lighthouse Academy
1/17 – Jill Eileen Smith
1/18 – Kristie Moments
1/19 – Coffee Cups & Camisoles
1/19 – Montana Made
1/20 – Fiction Aficionado
1/21 – Angie Arndt
1/21 – Christian Chicks Thoughts
1/22 – Carole Towriss
1/22 – Backing Books
1/23 – God’s Peculiar Treasure Rae
1/24 – Faithfully Bookish
1/24 – Mommynificent
1/25 – Just Commonly
1/25 – Bibliophile Reviews
1/26 – Reading is my Superpower
1/26 – The Mary Reader
Win a Copy of Isaiah’s Daughter
WaterBrook Press has given me permission to give away one copy of Isaiah’s Daughter to one lucky winner! To enter to win your own copy, all you have to do is leave a comment below and tell me of what story from the Bible you would most enjoy reading a fictional version. (Open to U.S. residents only.)