Friday, March 25, 2011

Love Amid the Ashes by Mesu Andrews Blog Tour

Hey friends,
I have another book review for you this week. Seems I am doing a lot of those recently and not as many giveaways but I am getting back to those next week. Got a lot of neat things coming up:) But, today I have a book review for Love Amid the Ashes by Mesu Andrews. Again, I will tell you some about the book and it's story and then let you know how I liked it.

How Could Job Explain to His Wife That The Life They Once Knew Was Gone?

“No, not my children! El Shaddai, Al-Uzza, by the gods, not my babies!”
“Come, wife,” said Job with a sudden and unexplained calm. “Only one God can help us.”

Drawing characters directly from the Bible and others from historical texts, Mesu Andrews, author of Love Amid the Ashes, weaves new threads into Job’s story, creating a novel that breathes new life into an ancient tale of suffering and redemption. Andrews began her research at Multnomah University and expanded her studies to include rabbinic traditions, giving readers of Love Amid the Ashes a unique understanding of Hebrew customs during Biblical times. Most imagine Job sitting on the ash heap, his life in shambles. But how did he get there? What was Job's life like before tragedy struck? What did he think as his world came crashing down around him? And what was life like after God restored his wealth, health, and family? Andrews tells the story through the eyes of the women in Job’s life. Drawing together the account of Job with those of Esau's tribe and Jacob's daughter Dinah, Love Amid the Ashes breathes life, romance, and passion into the classic biblical story of suffering and steadfast faith.

Mesu Andrews is an active speaker who has devoted herself to passionate and intense study of Scripture. Harnessing her deep understanding and love for God's Word, Andrews brings the biblical world alive for her readers in this debut novel. She lives in Washington.

MY REVIEW-I had a really hard time with this book. I have always loved the story of Job and so this was a book I wanted to read and see how it portrayed him. You know how sometimes books written about Bible characters can really open your eyes about the story? I was hoping that is what this one would be like.

My first reaction was that I liked the cover. It is very drawing and has a nice attraction to it. When I was first reading the book I really enjoyed it. The author has a good way of writing and I was impressed. But then a little more into the book I just got turned off I guess. I finished the book and learned a few things but in a way it was hard to finish it. The relationship between Dinah and Job just seemed off to me from the beg. I guess when you have a man whose son is going to marry the woman it seems kind of funny that they are attracted to each other. I just didn't like that part. And then I thought after Sitis turned back to Yahweh that her and Job would be happy together but it doesn't happen.

I did like the description of the time period and the area. I like learning more about what it was like in Bible times and I think this author did a good job in her research. I just wish this had been a normal fiction novel instead of a novel about Job and Dinah. Other people may really enjoy this book and not find a fault in it, please don't take what I say and not buy the book. But I have to be honest in my review of how I liked the book. I would love to see her next book and I will read it. I like to read more than one book, or even a series, by an author before I never read something from them again. There has been many a time that I read a book I loved and then read another one and hated the book:) So I like to give every author another chance.

Available March 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

1 comment:

Josiah said...

I to agree with you I don't like when someone takes a Biblical person and uses them in a fictional story

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