Friday, August 19, 2016

On this Foundation by Lynn Austin

Title: On This Foundation
Author: Lynn Austin
Publisher: Bethany House
Pages: 416
ISBN: 978-0-7642-0900-0
Publication Date: October 16th, 2015

Synopsis:
Stone by Stone, the Wall Will Rise Once More Around God's City
When news reaches him that Jerusalem's wall is shattered and its gates burned with fire, a distraught Nehemiah seeks God's guidance in fasting and prayer. Granted an unexpected leave from his duty as cupbearer to the Persian king Artaxerxes, Nehemiah sets out for Jerusalem to rebuild the city wall--never anticipating all the dangers that await him on his arrival.

The leaders of the surrounding nations become his fierce enemies, plotting to assassinate him and stop the wall's reconstruction forever. A drought, meanwhile, has left the country impoverished, with many families resorting to selling their children as bond-servants just to keep from starving.

Capturing the rebuilding of the wall through the eyes of a number of characters, On This Foundation is the powerful conclusion to The Restoration Chronicles. This exploration of faith in the midst of oppression offers hope that, in spite of appearances, the gracious hand of God is upon those who believe.
Review:
This is the third and final book in the Restoration Chronicles. It closes it out well. We started this series when Ezra leaves Babylon and heads back to Israel to start resettling the promise land. In this book, we have come to the end, with Nehemiah and is calling back to Israel.

Like the other books in this series, this story focuses on a cast of characters in different areas to cover many angles and the trials and hardships that were faced during this time. Lynn Austin is able to capture and  and bring this time to life, all while sticking to the truth of the Bible. It is a beautifully written book.

Nehemiah faces many hardships. First from the surrounding leaders of the area. None are happy that Israel is building up their wall is ready to keep it from happening. Then Nehemiah faces struggles from inside the city as well. It isn't an easy time, but it offers a very impressive background for the cast of characters.

Lynn Austin is an amazing author and I can't wait to read more of her book. I have many of her older books still left to read and I can't wait to see what new stories she comes out with in the future!

Too Read!
5 out of 5

About the Author:
Lynn Austin has sold more than one and a half million copies of her books worldwide. A former teacher who now writes and speaks full-time, she has won eight Christy Awards for her historical fiction. One of those novels, Hidden Places, has also been made into an Original Hallmark Channel movie. Lynn and her husband have raised three children and make their home in western Michigan.
Learn more at www.lynnaustin.org.






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