Psalm 27:1

The Lord is my light and my salvation—
whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life—
of whom shall I be afraid?

Saturday, March 22, 2014

In the Shadow of Jezebel Book Review

SUMMARY:  In a kingdom controlled by cruel and manipulative women, one princess will discover the power of truth and love.
     Trained as a priestess in the temple of Baal, Princess Jehosheba strives to please the demanding Queen Athaliah, daughter of Jezebel.  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 far beyond the realm of early governments.
     Forced to marry Yahweh's high priest in order to further Athaliah and Jezebel's power plays, Jehosheba 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 the Old Testament to life, revealing a fascinating story of the power of unconditional love.

REVIEW:  Mesu Andrews has hit the ball out of the park again with this book!  There are so many things about this book I love that I couldn't begin to list them.  But, one of my favorites was Jehosheba.  When she marries Jehoiada, she has to give up worshipping Bael and focus solely on the worship of Yahweh.  Instead of trying to worship Baal in secret, she learns all she can about the worship of Yahweh and does her best to comply with all the requirements.  She doesn't understand but little by little, she is won over by Jehoiada, her husband and Yahweh's High Priest.  I love how she doesn't compromise her new faith when she is put in difficult circumstances by Queen Athaliah and her mother Queen Jezebel.  Jehosheba does what she can when it looks like worship in Yahweh will be very difficult and finds her strength in God with the love and support of her husband.
     Out of all the books I've read of this author's, this is probably my all-time favorite.

This book was provided by Revell for review without compensation.

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 her biblical world vividly alive for her readers.  She lives in Washington.  Learn more at

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