If you've ever read the Old Testament and wondered what it was like to live during those events, Return to Me might be just the book for you. Lynn Austin does a fantastic job of bringing to life part of the historical story of the the Jews returning to Jerusalem after their years of exile in Babylon.
Iddo and Zechariah were real people, a grandfather and grandson who both took seriously their family's calling to serve their God in the role of priest. Return to Me is an intriguing look at what their lives might have been like, the kinds of joys and struggles they may have encountered as they followed that calling -- sometimes with the support of their family, fellow priests, and friends; and sometimes all alone in their quest to turn a remnant of their fellow Jews back to true worship of the Almighty One. Mixing facts from the Biblical narrative with details from her own imagination, Lynn Austin offers an inspiring story of hope and restoration.
Thanks to Litfuse Publicity Group and Bethany House for providing me copies of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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About the book:
After decades of exile, the prophesies are coming true---King Cyrus
has declared the Jews may return to Jerusalem. Iddo, a priest, is sure this is a
sign of God's renewed favor. For too long they've remained in Babylon, and many,
including Iddo's sons, are losing the faith that sets them apart. And so only a
few choose to leave everything to return---return to their home and their
Nothing about their journey to the Promised Land is easy. As
hardships mount, even the faithful, like Iddo's beloved wife, Dinah, question
the sacrifice of following God's leading. Zechariah, Iddo's oldest grandson,
feels torn between his grandfather's ancient beliefs and the family they left
behind. But one life-changing encounter with the Holy One gives him insight that
will change Zechariah---and history---forever.
Bringing the Old Testament
to vibrant life, Return to Me tells the compelling story of two men
living by faith in the midst of doubt, the women who love them, and the faithful
remnant struggling to rebuild their lives in obedience to the God who beckons
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Bestselling author Lynn Austin has sold more than one
million copies of her books worldwide. She is an eight-time Christy Award winner
for her historical novels, as well as a popular speaker at retreats and
conventions. Lynn and her husband have raised three children and live near
You can find out more about Lynn at http://www.lynnaustin.org/.