Friday, March 14, 2014

Literal Meaning- Pile of Poo

In the Shadow of Jezebel 

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Mesu Andrews

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.

   Starting this book, I have to say I was a slight bit wary. Jezebel was a terrible woman and I like stories with happy endings. I am so glad that I chose to read it anyway. In general I really enjoy reading  biblical fiction. I like the mostly romanticized accounts of some amazing people that had faith in trials that we don't really see today, like the extinction of multiple peoples. Most of the fiction that I read is centered around people we know a lot about: Esther, Deborah, Ruth, Rahab, Nehemiah, and people who stand out in the bible. I have read a few that are mostly about the smaller fictional characters surrounding those large people like: Nehemiah's cousin, women who worked in Jerusalem alongside the disciples, Deborah's little shield maiden, and I like them all. 
     This book was different. It was amazing, but it took a character that is literally mentioned twice in the whole of the Bible, within two verses, and creates a full length novel about it. Jehosheba is a courageous woman involved in an intricate part of the Bible. So down to the nitty-gritty before I share some fun facts. The book is definitely not suitable for anyone who is not mature. The book talks about child abuse, it isn't to obvious but it is detailed, cutting, sacrificing and the worshiping of false gods. But other than that there was nothing untoward

    The book is incredibly informative, I learned so much! It was so exciting. I think that there are one or two historical discrepancies, but they were so little that I so think about it. Did you know that during this time period every child was named some part of the name of god in it. They pretty much had two options: Jehovah and Yahweh. You'll notice that the main characters name is Jehosheba. There were so many, but I don't want to spoil the fun of learning about it, so I'll just leave you with that little bit. I cannot wait to find some place to put it on my bookshelf. I'm actually about full now. I had to start encroaching on my family's library space for my personal books. 

     Below I have included a link to a bible study that accompanies this book. I printed it out, I cannot wait to start it myself. I received a copy of this book in exchange for my review. 

Bible Study

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