Today I have the privilege of being part of a blog tour for Mesu Andrews’ latest offering of Biblical fiction, By the Waters of Babylon.
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About the Book
Title: By the Waters of Babylon
Author: Mesu Andrews
Publication Date: August 1, 2018
Publisher: McPherson Publishing
Print Length: 202 pages
Summary from the publisher: When Babylon destroys Jerusalem, as Yahweh warned through his prophets, the captives’ bitterness and grief pours out in the Captives’ Psalm:
“[By the rivers of Babylon] we sat as exiles, mourning our captivity, and wept with great love for Zion. Our music and mirth were no longer heard, only sadness. We hung up our harps on the willow trees.” (Psalm 137:1-2, The Passion Translation)
A young Israelite woman is among them, captured by a mercenary Scythian prince. Driven toward Babylon by both hatred and hope, she endures captivity to reunite with her husband. But will he be there when she reaches Babylon? Will the prince risk the Scythian throne–and his life–to believe in the Hebrew God? Can they both find what they seek when they meet the prophet Ezekiel. . . by the rivers of Babylon?
I’ve been on Mesu Andrews’ launch teams for several years now so I received a complimentary ARC of this book. I found it less intense and possibly even more enjoyable than her longer works. I really enjoyed this exploration into what life was like for those present at the fall of Jerusalem in 586 BC. This book is my favorite kind of Biblical fiction, where the main characters are fictional but their paths cross with historical and Biblical characters throughout the story. I always feel this gives the author the most liberty to be creative within the confines of what we know to be true, and Mesu Andrews did a brilliant job! I was amazed at the arcs of several of the characters as they transformed in ways I never saw coming. But most of all, I love how she portrayed our great and merciful God Yahweh, who even in the act of judgment, continues to shower His love and care on those who seek Him and are faithful to His ways.
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.