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March 21, 2011

Love Amid the Ashes

About this book:
Drawing characters directly from the Bible and others from historical texts, Mesu Andrews weaves new threads into Job’s story, creating a novel that breathes new life into an ancient tale of suffering and redemption. 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.

About the author:
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 Thoughts:
I LOVED THIS BOOK! I always knew the story of Job, but I loved how Mesu wrote this book from the perspective of one of Job's son's prospective wives who came from a "colorful" past. I never really realized all that happened to take Job's livelihood and family away from him from rival groups to fire from the sky to great winds, and all the time his friends and family told him to curse God for these challenges he was experiencing.

For me, there are two ways to tell a book is a hit - 1) it makes you want to read more by this author and 2) it makes you want to learn more about the people in the story, and this book did both these things. I love that it made me research the story and find out more. As soon as I finished this book, I picked up my Bible and read through the book of Job. I was so curious about which parts of the book were fiction (if any) and which were fact, and it was like a treasure hunt for knowledgee (corny, I know). I also googled Mesu as soon as I finished to see what other books she had written, and was sad that this is her debut novel, so I'll have to wait for her to write some others. So I would give this book 5 out of 5 stars for sure!

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

disclaimer: review copy received

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