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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

What the Critics Say

"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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    tracy Conyers, GA, United States 05-05-15
    tracy Conyers, GA, United States 05-05-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Great read"

    Wonderful mix of Scripture and fiction. The stories really bring the Old Testament world to life. The stories have me digging through Scripture to read the story line as told in the Bible. Any story that entertains and provokes me to search out a deeper understanding of God's Word is a great read!

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    Lauri 04-24-15
    Lauri 04-24-15

    I love to be totally immersed in a good story. I love the thrill of the middle of a great book. Thinking about it all day... wondering what will happen and then enjoying the conclusion. Nothing frustrates me more than an author who weaves an intense story line, builds interesting characters and then dumps me into despair by ending it all abruptly. Just hate that. I relish the "ahhhhh" at the end of a great story.

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    "Wonderfully written and powerfully delivered"
    What made the experience of listening to Faith of My Fathers the most enjoyable?

    This book took the story of Manasseh which doesn't say too much in the Bible and wove a story that certainly explains HOW it COULD have been true. I have often wondered at some of the things I have read. Like... how could Manesseh be so bad after his father was good? This weaves a story that certainly answers how a heart could be turned to stone in one lifetime.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Faith of My Fathers?

    I loved how the family was united with Dinah and Hadab, Joshua and Miriam at the end of the book.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Hadab saw Miriam from afar with the Funeral Cart carrying the body of Joshua.


    Who was the most memorable character of Faith of My Fathers and why?

    I really like Hadab. Hope he is continued in the next book.


    Any additional comments?

    This author is now my favorite. Wow.... what a story teller with so much research.

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    Rodney C 02-27-15
    Rodney C 02-27-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Great story but left some questions"

    I love the actual story but I kept having to remind myself that it is fiction. That being said, it has made me read the Bible more and research more!

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    jan Orem, UT, US 02-24-15
    jan Orem, UT, US 02-24-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Historically riveting, spiritually edifying"

    The author wove historical events together with teachings from the scriptures in a way that made them both meaningful. The character and plot development added suspense and kept me engaged. I highly recommend this book.

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    S. Greenville Houston, TX 05-30-14
    S. Greenville Houston, TX 05-30-14 Member Since 2011

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    "Love this series"
    What did you love best about Faith of My Fathers?

    Reading about God's great works. Reading about others moments of great faith and times of less faith.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Faith of My Fathers?

    I don't want to ruin the story for others.


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    Ruth United States 03-09-13
    Ruth United States 03-09-13 Member Since 2014

    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
    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
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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.

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    Susan Balch Springs, TX, United States 11-22-10
    Susan Balch Springs, TX, United States 11-22-10 Member Since 2011
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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
    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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