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
GenreChristian Fiction, Historical, Historical Fiction, Biblical Fiction, Christian, Romance, Fiction

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

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Loraine
    January 1, 1970
    Obvious intensive research brought to life this epic book about Hephzibah, the daughter of the prophet Isaiah in the Bible. Both Isaiah and his wife were listed as prophets in the Bible. Hephzibah was the wife of King Hezekiah, Judah's most righteous King, Hezekiah's father, Ahaz, was a wicked King and an idolator; and Hezekiah's son, Manasseh, was even more wicked. Although Biblical fiction has to fill in the bits and pieces to create a storyline, Andrews drew as much as possible from the Bible Obvious intensive research brought to life this epic book about Hephzibah, the daughter of the prophet Isaiah in the Bible. Both Isaiah and his wife were listed as prophets in the Bible. Hephzibah was the wife of King Hezekiah, Judah's most righteous King, Hezekiah's father, Ahaz, was a wicked King and an idolator; and Hezekiah's son, Manasseh, was even more wicked. Although Biblical fiction has to fill in the bits and pieces to create a storyline, Andrews drew as much as possible from the Bible and historical research to create a realistic and believable story that does not depart from God's word. I loved that the story was told from the point of view of Ishma (aka Hephzibah) from her early childhood through the death of King Hezekiah. From barbaric torture by the Assyrians to an incredible belief in Yahweh, Hephzibah lives a life that is filled with highs and lows. Her story brings to life the kingdom of Judah which helped me understand much better the sections of the Bible dealing with the rise and fall of King Ahaz and King Hezekiah as well as the life and culture of this time period. I am sure returning to read these portions of the Bible will make them much more understandable. Definitely Biblical fiction at it finest. **I received a complimentary copy from Waterbrook Publishing through NetGalleyt to facilitate this review. Opinions are mine alone. I was not compensated for this review.
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  • Molly Cafinated Reads Jaber
    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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  • 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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  • Kav
    January 1, 1970
    In her Author's Notes, Mesu Andrews writes, "Because God's Holy Scriptures are His living Word, they have been fulfilled in many ways in many generations and will be fulfilled in ways yet to come." (p 384) That really struck me as profound. Especially when I think about the Old Testament because I've always struggled with...well, that eye for an eye mentality that was prevalent at that time. I'm guilty of dismissing it in favour of the the New Testament. But Andrews and other biblical fiction au In her Author's Notes, Mesu Andrews writes, "Because God's Holy Scriptures are His living Word, they have been fulfilled in many ways in many generations and will be fulfilled in ways yet to come." (p 384) That really struck me as profound. Especially when I think about the Old Testament because I've always struggled with...well, that eye for an eye mentality that was prevalent at that time. I'm guilty of dismissing it in favour of the the New Testament. But Andrews and other biblical fiction authors are bringing this part of my Christian history to life in a meaningful way.Isiah's Daughter is a complex story that highlights the best -- and worst -- in God's chosen people. It's devastating and beautiful; heartbreaking and hopeful. A dramatic saga that's hard to read in places because Andrews doesn't shy away from the less savory aspects of a brutal regime. Vivid imagery and deep characterization bring Isiah and his household to life. This author is a gifted storyteller with a reverent imagination that fictionalizes bible stories while staying true to the words of the prophets. A definite must read for biblical fiction fans or a great introduction to readers new to this genre.
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  • Kate Breslin
    January 1, 1970
    EXCELLENT READ!Epic drama, adventure, love, treachery—Isaiah’s Daughter is all of that and more in this latest stellar novel by Mesu Andrews. The author brings to life Judah’s queen, the lovely Hephzibah, infusing each page with heart-stopping emotion and a pure, romantic love for her friend and king, Hezekiah, that touched my soul. When I finished reading, I could only marvel at the novel’s depth and breadth, and how Andrews portrayed this daughter of a prophet rising to the greatness of God’s EXCELLENT READ!Epic drama, adventure, love, treachery—Isaiah’s Daughter is all of that and more in this latest stellar novel by Mesu Andrews. The author brings to life Judah’s queen, the lovely Hephzibah, infusing each page with heart-stopping emotion and a pure, romantic love for her friend and king, Hezekiah, that touched my soul. When I finished reading, I could only marvel at the novel’s depth and breadth, and how Andrews portrayed this daughter of a prophet rising to the greatness of God’s promise, resilient in a time of disobedience. When keeping faith with Yahweh amidst war and death and pestilence might be the only means to survive. A thoroughly catch-your-breath kind of experience in an impressive body of work, Isaiah’s Daughter is a story fans of Biblical fiction will love!
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  • Joleen
    January 1, 1970
    Interesting, but for a Biblical retelling? There were historical events from the Bible, but the license taken mostly with the main character, Hephzibah was just too much. If she hadn't been a biblical character, it might have worked for me. Hephzibah (King Hezekia's wife) is only mentioned once in the whole Bible and it was only to say that she was the mother of their son Manasseh. That's it, period. To make her out to be an adopted daughter of the prophet Isaiah, and that she was a godly woman Interesting, but for a Biblical retelling? There were historical events from the Bible, but the license taken mostly with the main character, Hephzibah was just too much. If she hadn't been a biblical character, it might have worked for me. Hephzibah (King Hezekia's wife) is only mentioned once in the whole Bible and it was only to say that she was the mother of their son Manasseh. That's it, period. To make her out to be an adopted daughter of the prophet Isaiah, and that she was a godly woman keeping to all the tenets of the faith, was a stretch. Sadly, I just wasn't as enamored with this as I have with other retellings.
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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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  • Audrey
    January 1, 1970
    There were times I had to put this book down as the realities were almost to much for me. The truths that were expressed needed to be pondered. Ideas were given that I hadn't considered before but made total sense.Ishma was an orphan Judean girl that was captured by renegade Israelite soldiers. When she was rescued she was given to the prophet Isaiah for him and his family to take care of. Ishma was introduced to Prince Hezekiah in the hopes that both would benefit from the others friendship. He There were times I had to put this book down as the realities were almost to much for me. The truths that were expressed needed to be pondered. Ideas were given that I hadn't considered before but made total sense.Ishma was an orphan Judean girl that was captured by renegade Israelite soldiers. When she was rescued she was given to the prophet Isaiah for him and his family to take care of. Ishma was introduced to Prince Hezekiah in the hopes that both would benefit from the others friendship. Hezekiah was traumatised by his older brother's death when their father offered him to the god Molech. As the children grew older their friendship developed into something more. Yahweh changes Ishma's name which meant Desolation to Hephzibah which meant The Delight of the Lord. Isaiah adopts her and now as a daughter of the royal family she is eligible to marry Hezekiah who is now the king.Life is full of challenges. Even dedicated followers of Yahweh make mistakes. The Law of God isn't always easy to follow. Prophecies are hard to understand. Faith is tested. Life is very, very real but through it all Yahweh is faithful. He blesses those who seek Him with a pure heart.
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  • Katie Jamison
    January 1, 1970
    I picked up this book with a big question mark on it. It's not my usual genre. I really enjoyed this book though!It was well written and I loved the character's.Will for sure pick up another of this authors books.
  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Jenna Van Mourik
    January 1, 1970
    If you weren't already aware, Mesu Andrews has for a long time now been on my list of top five authors. I thought her first book was amazing, and they just keep getting better and better. This book is no exception.It's challenging, heartwarming, tragically sad, and extremely hopeful. Zibah/Ishma's characterization was one of the most relatable characters I've read about it a very long time. As she struggled with her faith, so did I right alongside her in the margins of these pages. Grab a highli If you weren't already aware, Mesu Andrews has for a long time now been on my list of top five authors. I thought her first book was amazing, and they just keep getting better and better. This book is no exception.It's challenging, heartwarming, tragically sad, and extremely hopeful. Zibah/Ishma's characterization was one of the most relatable characters I've read about it a very long time. As she struggled with her faith, so did I right alongside her in the margins of these pages. Grab a highlighter folks, cause this book gets super deep, super fast.Because of this book, I've found my own faith deepened. I found myself asking, "How can I trust God more? How can I be more patient and wait on His timing? How can I be more faithful? How can I trust in God to carry me through this life, and know that He has a divine plan for my existence?" These are all the themes that I saw and felt while reading Isaiah's Daughter. Mesu Andrews is a very kind, knowledgeable, and wise woman whom I admire greatly. Her work is always well researched, which is something I really appreciate. The only thing I really wish that the book had was years or dates at the beginning of chapters. As is often the case with books that seem to span a great deal of time, I tend to lose track as to how old the characters are, or how long they've been fighting a specific battle (internal, or external). I always love when I book has things included like "ten years later" or "Approx. 732 B.C.," but that's just a personal opinion and says nothing of the writing style itself, which is fantastic.It wasn't until about half way through the novel that I realized that the point of views or P.O.V.s changed throughout the book. That's how seamless and well-written they were! A pet peeve of mine is when point of views are confusing, poorly written, or don't make sense within the context of the story. On the contrary, every choice made in the technical writing of this book serves a purpose and does it well. The writing style is evocative, engaging, and entertaining. 10/10!I love reading historical fiction, mostly the 18th century, 19th century, and the Biblical times. I never knew much about Hezekiah, Isaiah, or any of the surrounding historical figures. As is always the case when I have finished a Mesu Andrews novel, I feel like my understanding of this period has deepened tremendously and I have heard God speak to me through this book. I would highly recommend that you check out this book! You won't regret it.
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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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  • 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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  • Rachel
    January 1, 1970
    Mesu Andrews once again brings the Bible to life with Isaiah's Daughter. Historical moments in Scripture take on a fresh new meaning as you read this novel. It's clear Mesu has a love of Scripture and her commitment to accuracy is much appreciated. Very few books, fiction or non, drive me back to the Bible more than Mesu's writing.A beautiful, powerful story that proves Yahweh's faithfulness to all
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  • LadyS
    January 1, 1970
    Another moving story by Mesu Andrews. She is one of the top Queens of biblical fiction. This one was essentially a love story between Hezekiah and the mother of his son Manasseh. Andrews has a knack for creating a setting, background, and other characters that are woven so well into the actual biblical account. If you have a bit of imagination and you would like some historical references of how things were back then (coupled with scripture) then you might enjoy this book.
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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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