Isaiah's Daughter (Prophets and Kings, #1)
In this epic Biblical narrative, ideal for fans of The Bible miniseries, a young woman taken into the prophet Isaiah's household rises to capture the heart of the future king.Isaiah adopts Ishma, giving her a new name--Zibah, delight of the Lord--thereby ensuring her royal pedigree. Ishma came to the prophet's home, devastated after watching her family destroyed and living as a captive. But as the years pass, Zibah's lively spirit wins Prince Hezekiah's favor, a boy determined to rebuild the kingdom his father has nearly destroyed. But loving this man will awake in her all the fears and pain of her past and she must turn to the only One who can give life, calm her fears, and deliver a nation."Andrews (The Pharaoh's Daughter) offers her unique brand of in-depth Bible knowledge and storytelling flair ... [she] is gifted at bringing the past to life..." --Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Isaiah's Daughter (Prophets and Kings, #1) Details

TitleIsaiah's Daughter (Prophets and Kings, #1)
Author
ReleaseJan 16th, 2018
PublisherWaterbrook Press
ISBN-139780735290259
Rating
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction, Biblical Fiction, Romance, Historical Romance

Isaiah's Daughter (Prophets and Kings, #1) Review

  • Renee
    January 1, 1970
    I have to give this one 5 stars because I am in awe of Mesu’s ability to make these characters come to life and set them to living and breathing on the page! Plus, my Bible-fiction-loving student reader has given this two thumbs way up as well :) Grab a copy today.
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  • Susan
    January 1, 1970
    This remarkable book is epic in the proportions of history and prophecy that are included in Hephzibah(Ishma) and King Hezekiah's story. Although this is biblical fiction, I feel that the author has opened my eyes to the world of the Israelites, to the worship of false gods and the human sacrifice made to these pagan gods. In this world of darkness, God has sent His prophets to lead His people back to Him. Though these prophets were obeying God as they delivered His Word, many of these prophecie This remarkable book is epic in the proportions of history and prophecy that are included in Hephzibah(Ishma) and King Hezekiah's story. Although this is biblical fiction, I feel that the author has opened my eyes to the world of the Israelites, to the worship of false gods and the human sacrifice made to these pagan gods. In this world of darkness, God has sent His prophets to lead His people back to Him. Though these prophets were obeying God as they delivered His Word, many of these prophecies were not well received. This is a love story, but most of all it is the story of finding peace by placing our full trust in God. I found Zibah to be a truly remarkable young woman, one whose heart was tender to God, yet strong in spirit to withstand the many trials that life brought. As with all of Mesu Andrews' books, I hope to find deeper meaning as I revisit the prophecies of Isaiah. She truly has a gift in bringing the Old Testament to life and making the lessons learned in her stories relevant to today.A couple of my favorite quotes: " Prophecy is given so we can watch God's power unfold."- Mesu Andrews" We must keep our eyes on eternity, for today is sometimes more than we can bear."- Mesu AndrewsI voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a review. All opinions expressed are my own.
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  • Beth
    January 1, 1970
    I am so glad that Mesu Andrews felt it impressed upon her heart to write this story. Honestly, I had never taken the time to envision or imagine what life must have been like for Isaiah as he passed along God’s prophecies. Likewise, I hadn’t thought about what it would have been like for the wife of King Hezekiah, nor Hezekiah himself, the king sandwiched between a father who was a bad king and a son who was even worse. But who was the woman behind the throne? This is the story that Andrews tack I am so glad that Mesu Andrews felt it impressed upon her heart to write this story. Honestly, I had never taken the time to envision or imagine what life must have been like for Isaiah as he passed along God’s prophecies. Likewise, I hadn’t thought about what it would have been like for the wife of King Hezekiah, nor Hezekiah himself, the king sandwiched between a father who was a bad king and a son who was even worse. But who was the woman behind the throne? This is the story that Andrews tackles in the character of Ishma, who the reader first meets as a child and Israelite captive. With impeccable research and a plausible fact-meets-fiction tale, Ishma, later named Hephzibah, lives and breathes within the pages of this book.This story evoked many emotions for me while I read – from the love between families, the tension from the peril of palace life, to a tender romance that spans years and undergoes immense heartache, I felt deeply for these characters. I enjoyed Hephzibah’s first-person narration. Because I got to meet her as a child, I felt extremely invested in her character. The parts of the story that were from Isaiah’s and Hezekiah’s perspectives add depth to the story and give a more complete picture of everything that was happening in and around Hephzibah’s life. The narrative has a very epic quality, as the reader gets to follow along with the same group of characters over many years. I truly felt like I learned a lot while I was reading, but I never felt any information overload, rather everything is experienced along with the characters in an authentic way.What impacted me most was the daunting task of coming away from the level of depravity that had been reached under King Ahaz’s reign, especially the terrible practice of child sacrifice to appease the God’s, and how prophets like Isaiah and Micah had to deliver the messages of God regardless of whether they were well-received or not. Even good King Hezekiah grew weary and angry over Isaiah’s prophecies, and he was a king trying to obey and worship God. I appreciate books like this because it adds a human element that I sometimes forget to consider when I’m reading scripture, reminding me that it is applicable today. Most importantly, I am drawn back to scripture and given more to consider as I revisit the words of Isaiah. I look forward to the next Prophets and Kings novel!I received an advanced copy of this novel, which I chose to review; the opinions expressed here are my own.
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  • Staci
    January 1, 1970
    A beautiful blend of Fiction and Facts to create a moving tribute to Hezekiah. The story is told through the point of view of Ishma, a Fictional character. Through Ishma's eyes readers experience life in 732 BC Judah. I especially enjoyed the reference to birds throughout the novel to illustrate Ishma's feelings.The story is told over the span of many years allowing readers to see the character growth of Hezekiah, Ishma and others. A favorite Fictional character in the novel was Yaira. She was I A beautiful blend of Fiction and Facts to create a moving tribute to Hezekiah. The story is told through the point of view of Ishma, a Fictional character. Through Ishma's eyes readers experience life in 732 BC Judah. I especially enjoyed the reference to birds throughout the novel to illustrate Ishma's feelings.The story is told over the span of many years allowing readers to see the character growth of Hezekiah, Ishma and others. A favorite Fictional character in the novel was Yaira. She was Ishma's caregiver and had such a servant's heart.Another well done Biblical Fiction novel by Mesu Andrews. My gratitude to publisher Waterbrook for a complimentary copy of the novel. I was not required to post a review and the opinions expressed are my own.
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  • Cafinated Reads Molly
    January 1, 1970
    Hold on just one moment, please. *Reflects* Ahem. Okay. Now, I can review this book. This book. What can say about this poignant, stunning novel of epic proportions? I can tell you that this book will pull you in and twist you up inside, as you get to know Hephzibah, or Ishma as she's first known. The pages within this book come to life, the characters moving before you like you are really there, learning of Isaiah, Hephzibah,Yaira,Hezekiah and all the happenings of Jerusalem. Seeing all that yo Hold on just one moment, please. *Reflects* Ahem. Okay. Now, I can review this book. This book. What can say about this poignant, stunning novel of epic proportions? I can tell you that this book will pull you in and twist you up inside, as you get to know Hephzibah, or Ishma as she's first known. The pages within this book come to life, the characters moving before you like you are really there, learning of Isaiah, Hephzibah,Yaira,Hezekiah and all the happenings of Jerusalem. Seeing all that young Ishma went through, really tugged at my heart. Watching her grow with Hezekiah was an experience I won't soon forget. I felt all of Zibah's feelings, all her pain and love for the Father. I cried when Isaiah and his wife adopted Zibah, I cried when Hezekiah and Zibah fell in love, I cried when I reached the end of this amazing novel. This book is a book of true love. Of sacrificial love. Of a love that will never end, both within family, even if it's not blood family, and the never ending love of our amazing Father above. This story is utterly heartbreaking, yet it's heart-reviving. It is rich in detail, it is throroughly researched, and it's stitched perfectly together like that of a beautiful handmade quilt. Ms. Andrews has gone beyond 5 stars with this book. This book is so much more than just that. If you want a book that will carry you away to a land, and a time, that we've only read about in the Bible and imagined with our minds and hearts, then this is a book for you. If you want a book that steals your mind, and soul long after you've shut the book, then this is for you. If you want a book that will leave you contemplating all you've learned in Bible study, then please, look no further than the first book in a Biblical series that is sure to be a best seller. *I received a complimentary copy of this book from publisher and was under no obligation to post a review, positive or negative.*
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  • Abigail
    January 1, 1970
    In this epic Biblical narrative, ideal for fans of The Bible miniseries, a young woman taken into the prophet Isaiah's household rises to capture the heart of the future king.Isaiah adopts Ishma, giving her a new name--Zibah, delight of the Lord--thereby ensuring her royal pedigree. Ishma came to the prophet's home, devastated after watching her family destroyed and living as a captive. But as the years pass, Zibah's lively spirit wins Prince Hezekiah's favor, a boy determined to rebuild the kin In this epic Biblical narrative, ideal for fans of The Bible miniseries, a young woman taken into the prophet Isaiah's household rises to capture the heart of the future king.Isaiah adopts Ishma, giving her a new name--Zibah, delight of the Lord--thereby ensuring her royal pedigree. Ishma came to the prophet's home, devastated after watching her family destroyed and living as a captive. But as the years pass, Zibah's lively spirit wins Prince Hezekiah's favor, a boy determined to rebuild the kingdom his father has nearly destroyed. But loving this man will awake in her all the fears and pain of her past and she must turn to the only One who can give life, calm her fears, and deliver a nation. My first impression of this book, was not very good. I was really uncertain about this book because it was a biblical fiction. My impression for this book changed though as I got into it more. Mesu Andrews did a great job on her biblical and historical research for this book. This book was just great overall, the story and the writing was done very well. One thing that I loved the most was in the beginning of the book, Andrews, made a character list that said what characters were biblical and/or historical and what characters she made up. It was really helpful to know who was actually biblical and historical and who was fictional.This book was about a young girl named Ishma, Destruction, whose parents and town fell to the Israelites. Ishma and her friend Yaira became prisoners of war. As young girls both were traumatized and would be for the rest of their lives. Once, Ishma and Yaira arrive in Jerusalem, they are taken into the house of Isaiah. At first, Ishma refuses to talk because of all of the horrors that she as a young girl of five, had seen. It wasn't until another traumatized child, Prince Hezekiah, was brought to Isaiah's house to see if the two children could help each other through their trauma. After meeting Ishma, and Hezekiah both got better and they were becoming best friends. Ishma started to go to the palace school because Hezekiah still needed her. As Hezekiah and Ishma grew up, under their father like figure, Isaiah. The two grew a bond that was inseparable. When Hezekiah had to go away for some time later in his teen years, both missed each other so much. It wasn't until a few years later that Isaiah and Aya, Isaiah's wife, adopted Ishma to be their own and named her Hezekiah. Zibah, and Hezi (these were there nicknames throughout the book) were later bethorthed. As a married couple there came many hard times and tribulations that would seek to pull these two apart. Through these hard times and tribulations, both Hezi and Zibah, had to learn to lean on Yahweh and each other to get the strength and help that they needed. The few days of reading this book, especially last night, was a rollercoaster of emotions. I honestly could not keep the same emotion for more than one page at a time. I literally felt like this:Things that I liked about this book:1. She had quotes of scripture at every chapter. This book was filled of scripture not only were there parts when Isaiah would prophecy but also just when Hezi and Zibah would quote scripture together to get one another calm. Like all of ours, their faith was tested many times, especially as a married couple. 2. I loved how she portraited marriage. Marriage is not an easy thing. Even though I myself am not married, nor will I be for a while. I know from observing other marriages that it is not an easy thing. I recently for school had to listen to I ‘Isaac Take Thee Rebekah, by Ravi Zacharias and one part that keep on coming back to me was the part of that love is just not an emotion but a will too. There are times when you have to have the will to love someone because times get hard. 3. Bible characters. I have always known that the people in the bible were real and once living, but this book made them feel more alive. This book makes me want to go and read all of the Old Testament just to read about some of these characters in the bible. 4. This book was so well written and researched. I could tell that Andrews had done a lot of research before writing this book. Just the flow and all the historical facts that are accurate made this book and characters become more alive on the pages. 5. This book was just overall a great book, that I recommend. There are some scenes that are fine if you are in high school are above. Other than those few scenes this book was great and appropriate for all ages. (Just as a note; the scenes were not that bad, but just not appropriate for young ages.)Even though it took me nearly a month to finish this book, I pretty much read it all in two days. In conclusion, I LOVED this book and hope that when it comes out that you will read and love it too. Now if you excuse me, I have to go and read Isaiah. *I received this book from Bloggers for Books*http://www.harderfamilyadventures.com...
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  • Nicole
    January 1, 1970
    We must believe in Yahweh's best and let His plan unfold.I'm so glad I read this book. Usually I shy away from the Biblical Fiction genre, but not this time, and I'm so glad. I recently finished reading through the Kings and Chronicles books of the Bible and they had come alive in a whole new way for me. Reading this book brought me to view the real-life characters as never before, and sparked an interest that will last long after the Judean dust has settled from my fast-paced page turning. They We must believe in Yahweh's best and let His plan unfold.I'm so glad I read this book. Usually I shy away from the Biblical Fiction genre, but not this time, and I'm so glad. I recently finished reading through the Kings and Chronicles books of the Bible and they had come alive in a whole new way for me. Reading this book brought me to view the real-life characters as never before, and sparked an interest that will last long after the Judean dust has settled from my fast-paced page turning. They were real, they were human, and their story spoke to my heart where needed at the end of an Ishma kind of year. I'm praising God for the reminder of His love for me, and wiping away a few tears as I close this beautiful book - shutting that beloved squeaky gate for the final time - with bittersweet satisfaction, and heartfelt thanks to the author for allowing God to use her talents as a writer.It's hard to trust God when reality drains our hope, but God must be our hope for a new reality.
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  • Fiction Aficionado
    January 1, 1970
    It has been a long wait for this novel, but having just finished this enthralling read, I can say with absolute certainty that it was worth every minute of the wait. The world of 8th Century BC Judah really comes to life in this novel, which spans almost forty years of Judah’s history during the reigns of King Ahaz and then King Hezekiah. More than that, Scripture really comes to life, and I don’t just mean in the sense that it puts flesh on the bones of the historical accounts of Kings and Chro It has been a long wait for this novel, but having just finished this enthralling read, I can say with absolute certainty that it was worth every minute of the wait. The world of 8th Century BC Judah really comes to life in this novel, which spans almost forty years of Judah’s history during the reigns of King Ahaz and then King Hezekiah. More than that, Scripture really comes to life, and I don’t just mean in the sense that it puts flesh on the bones of the historical accounts of Kings and Chronicles. Prophecy becomes a living, breathing Word from God, and it was exciting to see these characters grappling with its meaning and application in its original context.The story begins its narrative when Ishma and Hezekiah are still children and follows their friendship from its beginning—as two young children deeply impacted by trauma—throughout their education under Master Isaiah, and into the joys, fears, and challenges of their reign as King and Queen of Judah. They took up residence in my heart very early on in the story, and I loved the depth and richness of their friendship (and later their marriage)—the way they understood, supported, sharpened, and loved one another. Although, that’s not to say they didn’t have their rough patches!But it’s Mesu Andrews’ spiritual and political acumen and her understanding of human nature that really gives this novel its vibrancy. I am just in awe at her ability to not only bring characters to life on the page, but also the world they live in. This is must-read Biblical fiction!I received a copy of this novel from the publisher. This has not influenced the content of my review, which is my honest and unbiased opinion.
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  • Suzie
    January 1, 1970
    While reading Mesu Andrews’s new release, I hurt and fell in love with a little girl named Ishma. As that girl struggles with her fears of soldiers and of being alone, forges a friendship with a boy who will one day become king, and discovers a new family with the prophet Isaiah, I got to visit Old Testament Jerusalem for a time.Isaiah’s Daughter takes a handful of Scripture verses and gives readers a more rounded (fictional) account of the life these people lived. It’s a reminder that King Heze While reading Mesu Andrews’s new release, I hurt and fell in love with a little girl named Ishma. As that girl struggles with her fears of soldiers and of being alone, forges a friendship with a boy who will one day become king, and discovers a new family with the prophet Isaiah, I got to visit Old Testament Jerusalem for a time.Isaiah’s Daughter takes a handful of Scripture verses and gives readers a more rounded (fictional) account of the life these people lived. It’s a reminder that King Hezekiah, Queen Hephzibah, and Isaiah all lived lives outside of the few details recorded.Andrews paints a vivid picture of the struggles, fears, and joys of life almost seven hundred years before the birth of the promised king Isaiah himself prophecies about.One thing I love when I do read Biblical fiction is that it always drives me back to God’s word, ready to devour those stories with new eyes. It also reminds me how privileged I am to live in a time when God’s prophecies have been fulfilled, a time when I can rest in the sacrifice God’s son made for all of us while the characters in these books only glimpse a whisper of the truth.Disclosure statement:I receive complimentary books from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including NetGalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.
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  • Beth-Anne
    January 1, 1970
    Mesu Andrews does an excellent job of drawing the reader back in time to the days of the Old Testament Bible. As you read her descriptions you not only can see the images but also "taste", "smell" and "touch" in your mind. It is as if you are there walking the dusty path, eating luscious grapes or holding a woven garment between your fingers. One word of caution: because she does such an amazing job of putting you right in the scene this book may not be appropriate for younger readers. She has s Mesu Andrews does an excellent job of drawing the reader back in time to the days of the Old Testament Bible. As you read her descriptions you not only can see the images but also "taste", "smell" and "touch" in your mind. It is as if you are there walking the dusty path, eating luscious grapes or holding a woven garment between your fingers. One word of caution: because she does such an amazing job of putting you right in the scene this book may not be appropriate for younger readers. She has some pretty graphic scenes of child sacrifice that are pretty brutal. For older readers the literary craftmanship brings an intriguing and deeper understanding to the Bible characters' traditions, times and personal lives. I was really touched by the description of the faithful witness the prophets and their families bore to hostile inhabitants of their land. The way God led ordinary people to do amazing things for Him really captured my heart.I received this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
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  • Sheila
    January 1, 1970
    History and prophecy form a large part of the Bible, and it’s easy to imagine them belonging just to war and the realm of men. Mesu Andrews instead lets us view them through the eyes of women and peace, a change of viewpoint that results not just in an enticing historical romance but also in a reason to revisit what the Bible really says.Did Isaiah know about Christ when he wrote those familiar prophecies recited in Christian churches every Christmas? Did he know about love when he married a pro History and prophecy form a large part of the Bible, and it’s easy to imagine them belonging just to war and the realm of men. Mesu Andrews instead lets us view them through the eyes of women and peace, a change of viewpoint that results not just in an enticing historical romance but also in a reason to revisit what the Bible really says.Did Isaiah know about Christ when he wrote those familiar prophecies recited in Christian churches every Christmas? Did he know about love when he married a prophetess and fathered two sons, and do we remember he did those things? How might Hezekiah have felt when his father sacrificed a child in the fire? And who is the beautifully-named Hephzibah who became his queen?Author Mesu Andrews builds on the Bible and historical research to recreate an ancient world: Babylon rising; Egypt in its second flush of power; Israel falling… Against this backdrop the author imagines a refugee Hebrew child, a wounded princeling, and a forbidden love that continues to grow. Weaving words of prophecy into human lives and destinies, building on the Bible’s telling of histories, and imagining real people interacting with each other and a very real God, the author creates a historical novel every bit as enticing as any secular tale. Real characters jump from the page. Real dilemmas threaten to overpower them. Real love wins through. And real questions invite themselves gently into the mind. What do prophets know? How do they know? What’s the difference between prophecy and intuition, God’s word and man’s, God’s ultimate salvation and the needs of a human tomorrow?I love how prophecy is woven into this tale, the compelling recreation of history, and the powerful invitation to think and pray. But I also love, quite simply, that it’s a really good story. The faith isn’t obtrusive. The presence of God is as real as the presence of any other belief in any other novel. And the reality is more than it seems. An absorbing romance, a believable history, and a God who really cares, speaking through a prophet who’s totally human, fallible, and real. An excellent read.Disclosure: Blogging for Books provided this book to me for free in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Becky
    January 1, 1970
    While biblical fiction isn't normally one of my chosen genres, I've really enjoyed some of Lynn Austin and Connilynn Cossette's books. When I heard about Mesu Andrews' Isaiah's Daughter, I was immediately intrigued by this story of a captive who would become queen. And, for better or worse, I'm not well versed enough in Old Testament history to know what would happen in the story, so I figured it would all be pretty much brand new to me!It turns out that I was more familiar with some aspects of While biblical fiction isn't normally one of my chosen genres, I've really enjoyed some of Lynn Austin and Connilynn Cossette's books. When I heard about Mesu Andrews' Isaiah's Daughter, I was immediately intrigued by this story of a captive who would become queen. And, for better or worse, I'm not well versed enough in Old Testament history to know what would happen in the story, so I figured it would all be pretty much brand new to me!It turns out that I was more familiar with some aspects of Isaiah's Daughter than I thought I would be. It's full of Isaiah's prophecies, many of which were fulfilled in Jesus, so many of these prophecies were familiar. But it was so interesting to learn about the time and the circumstances of the prophecies, and to see how Isaiah and others may have expected them to be fulfilled.Isaiah's Daughter tells the story of Ishma, a young girl from Bethlehem who was orphaned and taken captive after Israeli soldiers invaded. When the captives are freed, Ishma and her friend Yaira are taken in by the prophet Isaiah and his family, and Ishma's story soon intertwines with that of Prince Hezekiah. Isaiah and his wife legally adopt Ishma and rename her Hephzibah, and she marries Hezekiah after he becomes king—becoming Queen of Judah and the wife of Judah's most righteous king.The story mainly focuses on three characters: Ishma/Zibah, Hezekiah, and Isaiah. Their stories are messy, and I found myself aching for and angry with each one at different points in the novel. Through it all, though, one thing stands out: God's care for His people.As I read this book, I couldn't help but think of Francine Rivers' Mark of the Lion series, not because of the time period (Mark of the Lion is set in AD 70, while Isaiah's Daughter begins in 732 BC) but because of how I felt when reading it—like I couldn't put it down, yet I was almost afraid to keep reading because of what might happen next.What it boils down to is this: Isaiah's Daughter is a completely captivating look at what happened—and what could have happened—during the reigns of King Ahaz and King Hezekiah. Andrews is currently planning a sequel that will cover Hephzibah's son Manasseh's reign. It's going to be a long wait! Disclosure of material connection: I received a copy of this book for review. I was not required to write a positive review, and the opinions expressed are my own.
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  • Tina at Mommynificent
    January 1, 1970
    As I've noted in my previous reviews of this author, Biblical fiction by Mesu Andrews never fails to send me running for my Bible to find the details she has brought to life! Half the time, I'm thinking, "She must have made that up!" only to find it right there in my Bible in black and white! That experience is probably my favorite thing about reading Andrews' books!This book was unique for me in that I still wasn't sure whether or not I liked it even when I was more than halfway through it! I d As I've noted in my previous reviews of this author, Biblical fiction by Mesu Andrews never fails to send me running for my Bible to find the details she has brought to life! Half the time, I'm thinking, "She must have made that up!" only to find it right there in my Bible in black and white! That experience is probably my favorite thing about reading Andrews' books!This book was unique for me in that I still wasn't sure whether or not I liked it even when I was more than halfway through it! I didn't not like it or want to stop reading, but the first half sure is full of a lot of suffering! Some of the connections felt a little far-fetched, and I didn't agree with some of the ways prophecy was being handled by the characters. I also wasn't appreciating the intentional switches from 1st to 3rd person between chapters. While I never did come to appreciate the use of 1st person in this book, the second half was so good that by the end, I didn't really care. I closed the book thinking what a great book it had been and feeling so very encouraged at the sovereignty of God!I loved the way Andrews wove the theme of birds throughout the book; it was lovely and very nicely executed. I also appreciated the way the characters in the book grew in the ways they handled and attempted to interpret prophecy. Walking with them through this book really made me think about prophecy and how God wants us to read and apply them. While I don't necessarily agree with all the theology and ideas stated in this book, I realized that's not really the point. The point was to make us really think about it and to help us imagine what it was like to be there as the prophecies were being given and to see that those living at that time faced many of the same challenges in interpretation that we do today.If you enjoy Biblical or historical fiction at all, I think you will really enjoy this book. I definitely found it to be very worth the read.I received this book from the author. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
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  • Monica
    January 1, 1970
    Isaiah's Daughter by Mesu Andrews is a Biblical story of a warring divided nation ruled by an evil king who mocks King David's legacy and leaves those faithful to Yahweh praying and clinging to Him. Affected by the war, Ishma, meaning desolation, is an orphaned Hebrew girl who is also a refugee after the war between Judah and Israel. Ishma comes to Isaiah's home as a household servant but is treated with love as a family member. She comes as a child who is full of fear and anxiety after watching Isaiah's Daughter by Mesu Andrews is a Biblical story of a warring divided nation ruled by an evil king who mocks King David's legacy and leaves those faithful to Yahweh praying and clinging to Him. Affected by the war, Ishma, meaning desolation, is an orphaned Hebrew girl who is also a refugee after the war between Judah and Israel. Ishma comes to Isaiah's home as a household servant but is treated with love as a family member. She comes as a child who is full of fear and anxiety after watching the horrors of war take her parents. Yet, in a short time, she becomes friends with Prince Hezekiah. Through the years, they both grow and mature, and continue to love and serve Yahweh. Isaiah and Aya guide Ishma as she grows and matures, then adopt her, giving her a royal lineage fit for a king and change her name, as Yahweh instructs, to Hephzibah, meaning delight of the Lord.Andrews has a gift for helping readers better understand the Old Testament Bible stories and the culture in those times. She certainly brought this story alive for me through this novel that is based on the Bible but with some fictionalized characters where the Bible doesn't give details. Isaiah's Daughter is full of adventure and romance. Hephzibah is a woman who has had the courage to face her fears and grow through them, all the while learning to lean on Yahweh throughout her life. I thoroughly enjoyed this read and had a hard time putting the book down. It is my first book by Andrews, but it won't be my last. Isaiah's Daughter is also the first book in her new series, Prophets and Kings. I highly recommend it.I received this book from Waterbrook Mulnomah. I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for the book.
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  • Anne Rightler
    January 1, 1970
    Isaiah's Daughter is historical fiction at its finest. Mesu Andrews does a marvelous job of telling the story of a young woman who first is depicted as a captive orphan who is adopted by a prophet, and ends up the queen of Judah, the beloved wife of King Hezekiah. Taking Biblical history and fleshing out the story, the author brings readers a thoroughly captivating read. With descriptive prose that makes the reader feel like you are right there in the scenes and realistic dialogue, the author ex Isaiah's Daughter is historical fiction at its finest. Mesu Andrews does a marvelous job of telling the story of a young woman who first is depicted as a captive orphan who is adopted by a prophet, and ends up the queen of Judah, the beloved wife of King Hezekiah. Taking Biblical history and fleshing out the story, the author brings readers a thoroughly captivating read. With descriptive prose that makes the reader feel like you are right there in the scenes and realistic dialogue, the author expertly portrays the struggles and emotions of the characters and brings clarification of some of the convoluted political alliances and oppositions of this time period. The development of the characters throughout the story is strong, especially Ishma, with a name meaning desolation, to Hephzibah, a woman who is the delight of the Lord. I enjoyed the portrayal of the prophet Isaiah throughout the story, not just seeing him as a man who was faithful to God's voice but as a husband and father as well. With the portrayal of warfare, danger, and corrupt schemes, this is not a light read but it is a story that portrays the faithfulness of God as His people follow His commands. The author leaves a strong message with her readers. People will fail us. Armies can't always save us but Yahweh is faithful forever. God is faithful. I received a complimentary copy of the book and was not required to write a review. The opinions are my own.
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    I am really blown away with Isaiah’s Daughter. Author Andrews brought the political atmosphere to life between the divided countries of Israel and Judah. We start off when Hezekiah and his future wife are but children and both have endured horrific events. The voices of Hezekiah, Isaiah, and Ishma (later to be called Hephzibah) walk us through the political turmoil of the royal family, the palace intrigue, Israel’s deliberate disobedience to God, and the devastation of idol worship and an evil k I am really blown away with Isaiah’s Daughter. Author Andrews brought the political atmosphere to life between the divided countries of Israel and Judah. We start off when Hezekiah and his future wife are but children and both have endured horrific events. The voices of Hezekiah, Isaiah, and Ishma (later to be called Hephzibah) walk us through the political turmoil of the royal family, the palace intrigue, Israel’s deliberate disobedience to God, and the devastation of idol worship and an evil king can have on a country and on a family. And a beautiful love story between one of Judah’s good kings and his queen is nestled between all of that.Knowing the story as I do, I was given a fresh perspective of the life and times of God’s people. This is the third book I have read by Author Andrews, her writing with such historical and Biblical detail makes her works very enjoyable. From a genre I didn’t use to like to read; now I can’t wait to get my hands on all her books. I think I am lacking but one. This is a worthy read, if not a hard one in regards to the sin nature of humanity.I received a copy of this novel for free. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.https://pausefortales.blogspot.com/20...
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  • Arlena
    January 1, 1970
    Title: Isaiah's DaughterAuthor: Mesu AndrewsPublisher: Waterbrook PressSeries: Prophets and Kings # 1 Reviewed By: Arlena DeanRating: FiveReview:"Isaiah's Daughter"(Prophets and Kings #1) by Mesu Andrews My Thoughts....What a read that was of a young woman who had been the prophet of Isaiah's home and captures the heart of the future King Hezekiah. Even though this was a fictional read in part this author did a wonderful job through Ishma's eyes one is made to see and understand the experience o Title: Isaiah's DaughterAuthor: Mesu AndrewsPublisher: Waterbrook PressSeries: Prophets and Kings # 1 Reviewed By: Arlena DeanRating: FiveReview:"Isaiah's Daughter"(Prophets and Kings #1) by Mesu Andrews My Thoughts....What a read that was of a young woman who had been the prophet of Isaiah's home and captures the heart of the future King Hezekiah. Even though this was a fictional read in part this author did a wonderful job through Ishma's eyes one is made to see and understand the experience of life that happened in 732 BC Judah. I enjoyed how well this author was able to give the reader quite a research on biblical and historical facts for this read. The reader will definite get a well written overall story that will keep you turning the pages to see what's coming next. I loved the characters from Isaiah, Aya, Hezekiah, Ishma and her friend Yaira. This story will definitely be one of many emotions that will keep you turning the pages to see what you will find such as many scriptural quotes, a marriage [between Zibah & Hezi] that wasn't easy all the time, and with many Biblical characters that made this read seem to come alive. Indeed this was a good story of Hephzibah and Hezekiah when 'their faith failed them but then rejoiced with them when God rewarded them for their faithfulness.'This author really brings to life this beautiful enjoyable read that give the readers a good tale of life in the Biblical times. Thank you to Blogging for Books who provided this book to me for free in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    Isaiah's Daughter is a book that you do not want to miss. Oh, this fiction novel is one that will deepen your walk with the Lord as you draw closer to him. His love, justice, mercy and righteousness are displayed in Hezekiah, Hephzibah and Isaiah. I have never studied the book of Isaiah in depth, but this novel made the book come to life, especially as I saw the lives of those who were struggling with the prophecies about the coming of the Messiah. They wanted to know who would be the Prince of Isaiah's Daughter is a book that you do not want to miss. Oh, this fiction novel is one that will deepen your walk with the Lord as you draw closer to him. His love, justice, mercy and righteousness are displayed in Hezekiah, Hephzibah and Isaiah. I have never studied the book of Isaiah in depth, but this novel made the book come to life, especially as I saw the lives of those who were struggling with the prophecies about the coming of the Messiah. They wanted to know who would be the Prince of Peace? It's so interesting and what what a great perspective to read. It brings the Bible to life on a whole different angle that I had never really seen, but the reality is that God is faithful to his people and that is what is carried throughout.This book is a great reminder that apart from God, we are doing everything in our own strength and it's going to go down bad. We need to fix our eyes on Him and allow God to provide the answers to our problems, not for us to fix them. Apart from Him, we are a mess. This book was a great reminder and was also just a wonderful read.
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  • Angie Arndt
    January 1, 1970
    Although I've read several of Andrews' books, I'm drawn back over and over because I feel as though I'm there, seeing the Bible come alive. For example, here's a prayer from Isaiah's Daughter that spoke to my heart: "God of our fathers, Giver of life and breath, You are our Rock, our fortress, and our Deliverer in times of trouble. It is in You that we take refuge when the cares of this life grow too heavy to bear. You are our Shield in every battle, our Stronghold when we must rest, and the Str Although I've read several of Andrews' books, I'm drawn back over and over because I feel as though I'm there, seeing the Bible come alive. For example, here's a prayer from Isaiah's Daughter that spoke to my heart: "God of our fathers, Giver of life and breath, You are our Rock, our fortress, and our Deliverer in times of trouble. It is in You that we take refuge when the cares of this life grow too heavy to bear. You are our Shield in every battle, our Stronghold when we must rest, and the Strength of our salvation."Doesn’t that give you chills? Even though the customs and settings may be exotic, her characters still struggle with worry, dashed hopes, sorrow, pain, in other words, the same real-life problems I have. It's a love story threaded throughout with political intrigue and family conflicts. Yes, it's is fiction, but it's an uplifting story that drives me to the Bible. A review copy was given in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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  • Dana Michael
    January 1, 1970
    This is the first book that I have read by this author. It is Biblical fiction about king Hezekiah and his wife Hephziba. She is the adopted daughter of the prophet Isaiah. This book brought to life the old testament and it was a very enjoyable read. It was beautifully written and I highly recommend it.*I was given a copy of this book by the publisher and was not required to leave a review.
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  • Amanda Geaney (Christian Shelf-Esteem)
    January 1, 1970
    My Review w/Giveaway Link (Ends 1/24) https://christianshelfesteem.wordpres...
  • christianchicklit
    January 1, 1970
    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE THIS AUTHOR!!!I LOVE anything that Mesu Andrews writes! She is an extremely talented and gifted writer that somehow transports the reader into the story. This latest novels tells the story of Judah’s King Hezekiah and Queen Hephzibah and the Prophet Isaiah during a time when the northern kingdom of Israel has turned to pagan worship and the southern kingdom of Judah struggles to maintain their faith in Yahweh. Throughout this novel we get a front row seat to see a budding romanc LOVE, LOVE, LOVE THIS AUTHOR!!!I LOVE anything that Mesu Andrews writes! She is an extremely talented and gifted writer that somehow transports the reader into the story. This latest novels tells the story of Judah’s King Hezekiah and Queen Hephzibah and the Prophet Isaiah during a time when the northern kingdom of Israel has turned to pagan worship and the southern kingdom of Judah struggles to maintain their faith in Yahweh. Throughout this novel we get a front row seat to see a budding romance that develops from childhood to marriage, the politics of the King’s harem, on-going drama in palace courtrooms, the cruelty of King Ahaz (Hezekiah’s father) and the Assyrians, and daily life and customs during this time in history. While the beginning of the book had my head spinning trying to understand all the different characters and geographical territories, I quickly became immersed in the world of Ishma, the orphan-girl who narrates the story for us. By the time I had finished the story I had a deeper understanding of the relationship between prophet and king (sometimes contentious), women’s role in society, and God’s gracious hand over His people and His great desire for their redemption. Although the events in this book take place a few thousand years ago, it provides hope today that even through our difficult times God has a plan, purpose and a deep desire to see His people restored. I was disappointed when I was finished reading this book and can’t wait for Mesu Andrew’s next novel. She has a unique gift for bringing the Bible to life and helping me to see the story from a fresh perspective. I’m excited to go back and read the actual Biblical account of King Hezekiah, Queen Hephzibah and the Prophet Isaiah to understand it in a completely new way. I received a complimentary copy of this book through Blogging for Books in exchange for my fair and unbiased review.
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    Isaiah’s Daughter is a wonderful beginning to Mesu Andrews’s whole new series, Prophets and Kings. This author is among my favorites that write in the Biblical Fiction genre. This book does not disappoint. The description and details are written so vivid, I felt like I was transported back in time and living among the people. Such a great story. I look forward to the next book in the series. I give Isaiah’s Daughter four stars. I received this book from the author, but was not required to write Isaiah’s Daughter is a wonderful beginning to Mesu Andrews’s whole new series, Prophets and Kings. This author is among my favorites that write in the Biblical Fiction genre. This book does not disappoint. The description and details are written so vivid, I felt like I was transported back in time and living among the people. Such a great story. I look forward to the next book in the series. I give Isaiah’s Daughter four stars. I received this book from the author, but was not required to write a review. This review is 100 percent my own honest opinion.
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  • Janet Enneper
    January 1, 1970
    "Songs are written of sons, but daughters are left to whispers. So, gather near, friend, to hear of a daughter beyond imaging." ~Mesu AndrewsIsaiah's Daughter, a novel of history, prophecy, and fiction intricately woven to tell the story of King Hezekiah, his queen Hephzibah, the prophet Isaiah and the land of Judah, Andrews paints a vivid fictional picture of what Hephzibah’s life may have been like as a child under the wicked King Ahaz and then as the wife and queen of the faithful King Hezeki "Songs are written of sons, but daughters are left to whispers. So, gather near, friend, to hear of a daughter beyond imaging." ~Mesu AndrewsIsaiah's Daughter, a novel of history, prophecy, and fiction intricately woven to tell the story of King Hezekiah, his queen Hephzibah, the prophet Isaiah and the land of Judah, Andrews paints a vivid fictional picture of what Hephzibah’s life may have been like as a child under the wicked King Ahaz and then as the wife and queen of the faithful King Hezekiah. After the first pages I was hooked. I carried the book with me everywhere not wanting to put it aside. As I finished the last page, I found I was not ready to say good-bye to the characters. I had lived with Hephzibah through prophecies, wars, conspiracies, espionage, everyday life and heartache. I had cheered Hephzibah and Hezekiah when their faith failed them and rejoiced with them when God rewarded their faithfulness. Andrew’s understanding of the scriptures brings the world of Queen Hephzibah, the Lord’s delight, alive.
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  • Bailey
    January 1, 1970
    "Songs are written of sons, but daughters are left to whispers." Sometimes the first line of a novel grabs ahold of you and sets your imagination on fire. This line gave me chills. Captivating from the very first word, Isaiah's Daughter is an elegant unpacking of a less well-known Bible character. Ishma or Hephzibah is given such a human and enthralling tale that you can't help but love, rejoice, despair, hope, and grow right along with her. Getting to see across her entire life from the time sh "Songs are written of sons, but daughters are left to whispers." Sometimes the first line of a novel grabs ahold of you and sets your imagination on fire. This line gave me chills. Captivating from the very first word, Isaiah's Daughter is an elegant unpacking of a less well-known Bible character. Ishma or Hephzibah is given such a human and enthralling tale that you can't help but love, rejoice, despair, hope, and grow right along with her. Getting to see across her entire life from the time she was five years old until she is at the later days of her life gives you such a wonderful example of how much life can change in only a few years. The terror and evil of King Ahaz's reign at the start of the book is chilling. You can't help but pray for the time when the characters are able to get out from under it. Then when Hezekiah is able to take the throne, you want to rejoice with them as they restore Judah to the one true God. Through all of their struggles, you get to see a shining example of what it means to need to put your trust and hope in the Lord regardless of the doubt and fear pressing down upon you. The characters give you a realistic example of how easy it is to question even when they lived at a time with prophecy surrounding them. The incorporation of prophecy was an interesting addition to the story. With the perspective we have in our current age of the meaning of some of those prophecies in relation to the coming of Jesus makes the characters' speculation on when the prophecies could come to pass all the more intriguing. The culture, political tension, idolatry, temple worship, royal customs, and attitudes of the time are done so well that you feel fully immersed in this ancient society. The ending of the book is beautiful and heartfelt. The joy coming from fully trusting God and seeing his promises come to pass is an exhilarating way to end the book. The biggest drawback to the book is the epilogue at the end. I don't think it needed to be there. I appreciate that when you read books like Judges and 1 & 2 Kings it reads like a yo-yo between the people of God turning back to God and then once again doing evil in the eyes of the Lord. But after reading a whole book where the characters were so human, relatable, and trying their hardest to restore Judah to the Lord, to read an epilogue where their son just goes and undoes everything they worked for is a big disappointment. I know that this is the truth of what actually happened. All I am saying is that for the book to be complete we didn't need an epilogue that was such a downer. You could have ended with the last line of the last chapter, and if people want to go and read more about what happened next they can reference the Bible themselves. As I said, I know that the books of the Bible read as sons not following the good examples of their fathers, but when you create a story such as this where your heart becomes so invested in the characters and how hard they have worked to achieve what they did, it turns the whole book into kind of a big letdown when you tack on a few lines at the end about the son undoing everything their parents worked so hard to achieve. The epilogue just wasn't necessary for the completion of the book. Setting that aside, this was a beautiful tale of life in Biblical times that really brought the people to life and pulled on your heartstrings. I received this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review.
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  • Melissa Henderson
    January 1, 1970
    Amazing story that captured me from the beginning. I could feel the dust on the feet of the people walking. I could smell the scents in the air. The author has written a story taking us back to historical times in the Bible. This book is great for book clubs, too. I received a copy of the book from the author and publisher and this is my honest personal opinion.
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  • Amanda (Orandi et Legendi)
    January 1, 1970
    Wow! I loved this novel!Review:I was shocked by how much I enjoyed this novel. I have read other books by Mesu Andrews before (The Pharaoh’s Daughter and Miriam) and expected to like this novel as well. I did not expect to love it as much as I did.Isaiah’s Daughter tells the story of Ishma who ends up becoming adopted by the prophet Isaiah and renamed Hephzibah. She then becomes the wife and queen of Israel’s King Hezekiah. I have read the biblical account of Hezekiah and Hephzibah before but bi Wow! I loved this novel!Review:I was shocked by how much I enjoyed this novel. I have read other books by Mesu Andrews before (The Pharaoh’s Daughter and Miriam) and expected to like this novel as well. I did not expect to love it as much as I did.Isaiah’s Daughter tells the story of Ishma who ends up becoming adopted by the prophet Isaiah and renamed Hephzibah. She then becomes the wife and queen of Israel’s King Hezekiah. I have read the biblical account of Hezekiah and Hephzibah before but biblical account does not give you many details. Mesu Andrews brilliantly fills in the gaps of the biblical account with the fictional story of Ishma.Throughout the novel, I really felt myself drawn into the story of Ishma. Though I knew from the biblical account how the story would end, the way in which Mesu Andrews got to that ending was a wonderful adventure.To be completely honest, this novel did not read like a biblical fiction novel. Instead, it read as a historical fiction novel complete with lots of details to really get you into the story. If you have never tried biblical fiction before and yet enjoy a good historical fiction, you should give Isaiah’s Daughter a try.
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  • Lisa Johnson
    January 1, 1970
    Title: Isaiah’s Daughter (A Novel of Prophets & Kings)Author: Mesu AndrewsPages: 400Year: 2018Publisher: WaterBrookMy rating 5+ out of 5.Mesu Andrews shares with her audience a brilliant woven tapestry of a story of the prophet Isaiah, his family and the kings that ruled Judah at a time when life was precarious. Hezekiah is a young prince when the tale begins, his father King Ahaz known in the Bible as a wicked king sacrifices Hezekiah’s older brother to a false god. Hezekiah is in shock and Title: Isaiah’s Daughter (A Novel of Prophets & Kings)Author: Mesu AndrewsPages: 400Year: 2018Publisher: WaterBrookMy rating 5+ out of 5.Mesu Andrews shares with her audience a brilliant woven tapestry of a story of the prophet Isaiah, his family and the kings that ruled Judah at a time when life was precarious. Hezekiah is a young prince when the tale begins, his father King Ahaz known in the Bible as a wicked king sacrifices Hezekiah’s older brother to a false god. Hezekiah is in shock and no one seems to be able to bring the young man out of his catatonic state. In a desperate move, the queen brings him to the prophet’s house in the hopes someone can help, and God uses a young girl who is just as broken as Hezekiah.As time progresses, we watch as Hezekiah grows up along side the young girl known as Ishma, which means “desolation” as they sit under the tutelage of Isaiah along with other members of nobility. The story told in the book while a novelization is captivating, heart wrenching at times and inspiring in other places. The author quotes several passages at the beginning of the chapters that helps readers to follow the true history of the time and where readers can go for more insight.I found this story the most inspiring of Mesu’s novels thus far. It isn’t because her other novels aren’t; I am just inspired that though his father was a wicked king, Hezekiah followed God. Having read the biblical accounts of the time also helped as I read the tale as I remembered details that aren’t included in the book. I highly recommend readers read their Bibles for further inspiration, truth, and knowledge of God and how faithful He is when someone seeks Him through repentance with an open heart to obey all that the law requires.I loved Ishma’s character and Isaiah’s as I read the novel. Isiah was a prophet at a time when he had to confront the wickedness of King Ahaz and the people of Judah. He also witnessed God’s faithfulness when Hezekiah restored the temple and tore down the multiple high places of worship to false gods. What that obedience must have cost him and his family! Yet, he obeyed, and the novel makes Isaiah come alive as a man with all the turmoil that at times encompasses obedience to what God called him to do. The biggest truth I came away with is God is always willing to forgive and restore anyone who seeks His face with their whole heart!Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
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  • Bethel Burton
    January 1, 1970
    What a fantastic biblical fiction novel! I found myself wrapped up in the story and the characters. I have read several of this author's books and this one did not disappoint. Not only did the story hold me captive, but it sent me back to my Bible to read the story there. I love how the author brought the Bible story to life and added some fiction and lots of research to gain a better awareness and understanding of that time and life. I found myself thinking about it long after I had finished th What a fantastic biblical fiction novel! I found myself wrapped up in the story and the characters. I have read several of this author's books and this one did not disappoint. Not only did the story hold me captive, but it sent me back to my Bible to read the story there. I love how the author brought the Bible story to life and added some fiction and lots of research to gain a better awareness and understanding of that time and life. I found myself thinking about it long after I had finished the last page. I highly recommend this book!
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  • Nicole
    January 1, 1970
    Isaiah’s Daughter (2018) by Mesu Andrews is the first book in the Prophets and Kings series. It is scheduled to be released for sale on January 16, 2018 by Waterbrook Press. This novel will be available in all forms including eBook, and is 384 pages in length. With the craze of the holidays and a very busy schedule, this book took me three days to read. I received a review copy of this novel in paperback form from the publishers, Waterbrook Press. In no way has this influenced my review. The opi Isaiah’s Daughter (2018) by Mesu Andrews is the first book in the Prophets and Kings series. It is scheduled to be released for sale on January 16, 2018 by Waterbrook Press. This novel will be available in all forms including eBook, and is 384 pages in length. With the craze of the holidays and a very busy schedule, this book took me three days to read. I received a review copy of this novel in paperback form from the publishers, Waterbrook Press. In no way has this influenced my review. The opinions expressed in this review are my own. I give this story 5+++ STARS. This book is a Christian Biblical Historical Romance set during the time of Isaiah the prophet and King Hezekiah.This story is SO good, I’m overwhelmed. I have been praying for the past few hours, since I finished, that God would help give me the words to truly express how amazing this book is. I love Biblical fiction. To me, it adds to my Bible studies and allows me to go deeper into God’s Word. I probably would have finished this book in one day, but I kept pausing my reading to grab my Bible and cell phone so I could read the actual passages of Isaiah, 2 Kings, and 2 Chronicles and Google search. I love, love, love when a book enhances my Bible studies.So, what did I love? The authenticity of the characters and setting, and Mesu’s masterful use of the English language to create images that have seared into my heart. And, the faith portrayed in this book is astounding. There were some moments of faith where I really had to look at myself and reevaluate just how much I truly trust and rely on God. I love when a book does that to me!This book is told via three perspectives: Ishma (later named Hephzibah), Hezikiah, and Isaiah. I really enjoyed the shift in perspective because it helps make the characters feel genuine, and, personally, I just love seeing a moment through different characters’ viewpoints. For brevity’s sake, I will focus on only Ishma and Hezekiah.Ishma is the main character, and the character I really relate to the most. At the start of this book, Ishma is five years old. It is 732 BCE and Israel has just sacked Judah brutally killing many, and taking captives and plunder back to Samaria. This account is told to us in 2 Chronicles 28 in the Bible. Ishma watched as her mother and father were killed, and she is one of the 2000 taken into captivity. Needless to say, this trauma has a devastating impact on this little girl, which follows her throughout the entirety of the novel. I love Ishma’s character so much. She is so real! Her fears are palpable (very realistic for a trauma victim). Ms. Andrews doesn’t sugar coat what Ishma went through as a child, and realistically shows how that trauma effects her as a person, a daughter, a friend, a wife, and a queen. There were many moments in this book where my heart broke for Ishma, and I desperately wanted to grab her and hug her as a mom does to her child. She made me laugh, she made me sob, and she made me cheer so hard!!!It was so interesting to see Hezekiah’s strong faith played out over the course of his childhood and young adulthood, and into his reign as king of Judah. What a man of faith. During one of my many moments of Googling, I came upon an excerpt from Josephus’s histories. The one characteristic that he kept repeating in his writings was that Hezekiah was faithful and pious. Mesu Andrews does a fantastic job of portraying this characteristic throughout the book. Hezekiah never wavered in his belief in God. Never! Even in the moments of total darkness — his father, Ahaz, sacrificing his older brother to Molech in front of him, the Assyrians at Judah’s gate, and his seemingly random illness that almost kills him — Hezekiah trusts and follows God. What I really love about Hezekiah’s character in this book (and in the Bible) is his ability to have a deep, personal relationship with God. One of my most favorite moments in the Bible occurs in 2 Kings 19:14-15. The Assyrian king sends Hezekiah a letter. It is an awful letter that blasphemes God so badly my skin crawls reading it. What does Hezekiah do? He marches into the temple and spreads the letter onto the altar so God can see it, and he prays. I LOVE this moment in the Bible. What a fantastic picture of the type of relationship we need to have with God. We should all strive to have this kind of relationship with God!There is still so much more to talk about: Isaiah and his prophecies, Isaiah’s relationship with Zibah and Hezekiah, the way Hezekiah foreshadows Jesus, the beauty of Mesu Andrews’s writing (I seriously felt like I was in Judah with these characters), the awful idol worship and practices that surrounded and found its way into Judah at this time, harem life, and the absolute fear one feels when a terrifying and large enemy taunts you right outside of your city gates. There is so much packed into this one book, it is truly amazing. I adore this book and cannot recommend it enough. I am so blessed by this book, and I thank Waterbrook Press for the opportunity to read it. Mesu Andrews, you are an amazing talent, and I pray God continues to bless you with many, many more future stories. If you are looking for an excellent read to start your new year, then I recommend Isaiah’s Daughter. You will be blown away by this phenomenal story.
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