Saturday, June 29, 2013

Building Up Those Sacred Walls

   Harvest of Gold is the long awaited sequel to Harvest of Rubies, her tale of Nehemiah's Cousin Sarah.

    The scribe Sarah married Darius, and at times she feels as if she has married the Persian aristocracy, too. There is another point she did not count on in her marriage-Sarah has grown to love her husband. She has wealth, property, honor, and power, but her husband's love still seems unattainable.

Although his mother was an Israelite, Darius remains skeptical that his Jewish wife is the right choice for him, particularly when she conspires with her cousin Nehemiah to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem. Ordered to assist in the effort, the couple begins a journey to the homeland of his mother's people. Will the road filled with danger, conflict, and surprising memories, help Darius to see the hand of God at work in his life-and even in his marriage?

A hidden message, treachery, opposition, and a God-given success, will lead to an unlikely bounty.

     Harvest of Gold was truly a worthy sequel to follow Harvest of Rubies. While the first book focuses mainly on Sarah and her relationship with God and getting back into the favor of her husband, the second takes you through Darius' struggles with his marriage and his wife's religion.

    Harvest of Rubies left us sure that all would be well, despite Sarah's quite reasonable doubts. While a good portion of the book focuses on their relationship, you are obviously drawn into the other plots so much more. Nehemiah, Sarah's cousin and cupbearer to the king, is commanded by God to build up the city of Jerusalem. Ms. Afshar paints a realistic picture of what the struggles would have been like for Nehemiah, rebuilding Jerusalem is the face of so many adversaries. \

   While realistic, Ms. Afshar does not rest in the squalor of every day life. Her stories are elegant and beautiful to enjoy. I was slightly disappointed because it wasn't quite as heavy in regards to Sarah's personal relationship because there was a lot going on, but it was fuller of the Spirit.

   Harvest of Gold was a pleasure to read, and it is my sincerest wish that you enjoy and benefit from it as well.

                                                            Jehovah bless you.