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Faith of My Fathers: Chronicles of the Kings | [Lynn Austin]

Faith of My Fathers: Chronicles of the Kings

The king's sudden death leaves his son Manasseh as the new ruler. Overcome with sorrow, Manasseh is angry toward God and begins a reign of terror that shocks the kingdom. His own insecurity prompts the death of his closest advisors, dividing the faithful in two. Barely escaping the carnage, his best friend Joshua suffers the excruciating loss of his family and plans revenge.
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The king's sudden death leaves his son Manasseh as the new ruler. Overcome with sorrow, Manasseh is angry toward God and begins a reign of terror that shocks the kingdom. His own insecurity prompts the death of his closest advisors, dividing the faithful in two. Barely escaping the carnage, his best friend Joshua suffers the excruciating loss of his family and plans revenge.

Acclaimed author Lynn Austin has won three Christy Awards for her historical fiction.

©2006 Lynn Austin; (P)2006 Recorded Books LLC

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"Austin capably weaves her intertwined threads and creates believable characters in conflict with themselves and with each other." (Historical Novels Review)

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    Ruth United States 03-09-13
    Ruth United States 03-09-13 Member Since 2010

    I love clean books of all sorts. Love mysteries, fantasies epic to kids stories, fairy tales, romances, humor, and historical fiction

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    "Paganism Rationalized"

    I know that the author of this book tells at the end why she wrote this book. She hopes that we will be warned about the forms of paganism to guard against them in our lives. I read the first 3 books in this series readily and happily. This book I just could not enjoy. Yes, God's people win in the end. Yes, the ending could be called inspirational, maybe. It is exciting, but three fourths of this book is of a new "priest" trying to explain to Manasseh that his father's faith has held him back and that it conspired to withhold power and privilege from him. More than once I threw my ipod away from me and just blurted out BLASPHEMY!!! I got so I wouldn't even listen to that counselor's talk anymore. It was dreadful. I did finish the whole book, but YUCK! I did not appreciate wading through the blasphemy. Perhaps it was instructive? It certainly made me have a visceral reaction. It was perfectly nauseating! The ending was interesting, but overall, I finished it yesterday and still haven't gotten the yucky "taste" out of my brain.

    The only good thing is that it made appreciate my access to Holy Writ so that I can not be deceived as easily as someone who had to rely on priests to tell them what is religious fact. I can't say it has no redeeming qualities, but if I had to do it again, I'd skip this book. I think the fifth book is going to be angry and talk about forgiveness. I've bought it and I won't return them, but if I had to counsel someone else, I'd say stick with the first 3 and be done with it.

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    Cheryl 08-12-11
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    "All right but not my cup of tea"

    The story was interesting enough. I am not familiar with the book of Kings so I found it interesting to hear about the characters. I am more attracted to complex characters and I felt these were a little flat and two-dimensional. I didn't like the lack of time between the ending of one chapter and the beginning of thye next. Same with scene changes. I was a little startled by the abruptness a couple of times.

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    tigrrlily04 VA 10-06-09
    tigrrlily04 VA 10-06-09 Listener Since 2008
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    "enjoyable listen"

    I'm not very religious, but still found this book to be very enjoyable. The author was really able to bring the bible story to life. Very good narration.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Balch Springs, TX, United States 11-22-10
    Susan Balch Springs, TX, United States 11-22-10 Member Since 2009
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    "intence"

    a historical novel intencely profound a story of how difficulties and circumstance sent 2 young men down differrent paths i had difficultly starting had to be in the mood for this intence drama but was glued from start to finish when i finally got started i too love a good story

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    GmaMills 04-08-10
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    "A good listen"

    This was an enjoyable book. I appreciate the research the author has done for this novel. It helped to bring the scriptures to life.

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    John 03-27-10
    John 03-27-10
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    "A moving Book!!"

    What a fantastic book. To tell the truth, I had reservations about purchasing FAITH OF MY FATHERS... but what a plesant suprise. One of the best eBooks I have experienced!!!

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