Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Story Time . . . LOVE AMID THE ASHES by Mesu Andrews

I'm a little late posting today thanks to another round of sickness, but I figure y'all will enjoy hearing about this book, so I'll offer a very informal review. =)

Love Amid the Ashes is the story of Job like you've never heard it before. In a wonderful glimpse at the true time line of the Old Testament and some logical deduction and a little imagination, Mesu weaves this story of trial and tribulation and faithfulness with that of another Biblical character we hear only a little about--Dinah, the violated daughter of Jacob, whose brothers slaughter a whole city on her behalf. 

After the death of her beloved Grandfather Isaac, Dinah, always the outcast, finds herself promised in marriage to Job's eldest son. But when Job's world comes crashing down the very day they reach Uz, she finds herself drawn to the faith and compassion of this great man brought low--and caught in the web of desperate deceit of his wife, Sitis.

I'm not quite done yet, but I can tell you now that this is a book of amazing faith, unexpected love, and tender emotions that result in characters that feel incredibly realistic. Mesu does an expert job of painting a vivid setting, and the Old Testament comes to life under her expert hand.

I could go on--and probably will once I'm done, and well again (grrr, sickness!)--but for now let it suffice to say that this is Biblical novel I'm ecstatic to add to my shelf and an author I'm going to be watching closely. =)

9 comments:

  1. Sounds fantastic! Go Mesu!!
    Hope you and your family feel better, Roseanna.

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  2. Sounds fascinating. The Red Tent has an interesting version of Dina's story that resonated with me.

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  3. Roseanna, you're a doll! Thanks for posting your lovely review even when you're under-the-weather! Hope you're feeling better soon! Blessings, gal!

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  4. Sounds wonderful and I love, love the cover!

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  5. Wow, I love the idea of her being promised to one of Job's sons! Sounds like an excellent book.

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  6. I stopped by here earlier and then got side-trakced with schooling the kids. This looks so good. I called our local Lifeway and it's in, which means I get to pick it up tomorrow when I go to town.

    Congratulations, Mesu, on the release.

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  7. Ok. Gonna hafta get it. Thanks for the tip on a great book! Angie's right. Gorgeous cover.

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  8. LOVE AMID THE ASHES by Mesu Andrews is an amazing,inspirational biblical fiction about Job and Dinah. It is well written with details,scriptures,and depth. The characters are enduring,courageous,steadfast,suffer and romance. This story will bring the biblical story of Job,his suffering,his faith,his journey,loss,and weaves this story of the old testament to life. This story will weave beauty,steadfast faith,suffering and love amid the ashes together with vivid details.Job's tale is not only one of tragedy,but it is the story of his faith,and the beauty of Dinah.The author has threaded the story with explanations of Job's faithfulness to his God,reveals how suffering plays out in our life,and his interaction with Dinah.This story has a powerful plot with romance,passion,biblical truth,and will have you in tears. This is truly an epic love story with forgiveness,love, suffering,restoration and staying steadfast with your faith.If you enjoy seeing biblical characters of the bible come to life,than this definitely a story to read.While this is this author's debut novel,I can see others forthcoming.

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