In the Shadow of Jezebel...by Mesu Andrews

Monday, March 10, 2014

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 earthly 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.



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 the biblical world vividly alive for her readers. She lives in Washington. Learn more at www.mesuandrews.com.





My Thoughts:

First let me say how much I admire authors like Mesu who bring the biblical world to life in a new and informative way. I have learned quite a bit from these books, not only because of the superb writing, but because they encourage me to dig deeper in the Bible regarding these stories.

Princess Jehosheba has not known real love. Queen Athaliah, Jezebel's daughter is horrible. She is physically and mentally abusive to Jehosheba. Both the Queen and Jezebel put Jehosheba in an awful position of having to marry Yahweh's priest as to gain information that can be used in Baal worship. What they weren't counting on was Jehosheba falling in love with Jehoiada, and for the first time knowing what true love is, not only from her husband, but from the one and only true God.

This is a book that will keep you reading later than you planned, and thinking about it long after you've turned the last page.

Highly recommended!

















Divorce Rates . . . .and The Church...







I always love when someone says something STUPID, and I get the opportunity to PROVE them wrong!!
Last Thursday, at small group, someone made the comment that divorce rates among church goers is higher than outside . . . well . . .it seems by this article http://blackandmarriedwithkids.com/2013/08/why-is-the-divorce-rate-among-church-goers-as-high-as-non-church-goers/ that it is the same...about 42%.
The comment REALLY upset me because the person was being general in her comment, even though she has been divorced as well.
I was apart of a single's group before I remarried, pretty good sized, and when someone says that "Christian marrieds" just give up, she is way out of line. In the singles group I was in, which we all went through Divorce Care Recovery, none of them were there because they just gave up on their marriage. There was a definite biblical reason for it. So...before you pop off saying something, know the facts...don't generalize, and remember that if you don't know everyone's personal story, you may hurt some feelings.
 
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