After years of watching his children and grandchildren wander from their faith, Iddo's prayers are answered: King Cyrus is allowing God's chosen people to return to Jerusalem. Jubilant, he joyfully prepares for their departure, only to learn that his family, grown comfortable in the pagan culture of Babylon, wants to remain. Zechariah, Iddo's oldest grandson, feels torn between his grandfather's ancient beliefs and the comfort and success his father enjoys in Babylon. But he soon begins to hear the voice of God, encouraging him to return to the land given to his forefathers.
Bringing to life the biblical books of Ezra and Nehemiah, Return to Me tells the compelling story of Iddo and Zechariah, the women who love them, and the faithful followers who struggle to rebuild their lives in obedience to the God who beckons them home.
©2013 Lynn Austin (P)2013 Recorded Books
I love how Ms. Austin sticks to Scripture. There's no theological 'fudginess' in the book, so I never have to stop the book to explain things to my children.
I enjoy Ms. Austin's biblical history novels the most, but Francine Rivers' Mark of the Lion series is also excellent.
I'm not sure. Her voice sounds familiar, but when you listen to a lot of audio books, sometimes people get blurred.
Iddo for sure. What a man of strong convictions and devotion to the LORD and His word! I couldn't imagine the trouble he and real people like him truly faced in their daily battles to remain in the land and remain faithful to the LORD.
This is a really encouraging book for people struggling to stand up for the LORD amidst trying circumstances. The Bible doesn't give every detail because it doesn't need to, but in listening to this book, I've found a new appreciation for those returning exiles and all the challenges they must have faced. We find that in our culture today where people don't want to listen to God's word or have perseverance in the face or seemingly overwhelming odds. The LORD was faithful then and He will be faithful now because He doesn't change. I just smile because it's a story filled with turmoil, but we know how it ends and it brings joy to the heart. My kids absolutely love listening to this book. We listen in the car and we often find ourselves just sitting at our destination because no one wants to stop the book!
Lynn Austin's historical Biblical fiction has a way of bringing the Biblical history and prophecy narratives to life. So many things I've read and just passed by are contextualized in a way that makes me want to re-read and get a more full bodied grasp of the story lines. This narrator is one of my all-time favorites. Just an absolute pleasure on all levels.
Zechariah. Just understanding the process of a young boy being called to become a priest and prophet and following this progression, imagining what that would have been like, makes it so much more tangible and accessible to my spirit.
The incredible inflection and tone of her voice, excellent ability to sound like various characters and so lovely to the ear. She enhances the reading of the book.
Almost weeping with joy and amazement over the victories God brings after such harrowing challenges.
The characters themselves were strong enough and well-developed just the writing style left an area for improvement in that it felt stilted at times a lack of beauty in its flow. As to the performance it was fine but I personally felt it would have been better served by a man's voice.
The author follows the story line from the Bible
The character of Zachariah, how he sought to know God's will for his life.
I identified with Dinah, grandmother of Zechariah. She left so much in Babylon to return home to Jerusalem. She was devoted to her husband after a real trial and then to God.
I have enjoyed other books by Lynn Austin. It has helped me understand the times and lives of Israel during the periods of the Kings.
Married to a Presbyterian Pastor - 4 grand children - just returned from a mission trip to Russia - Career - Interior designer
The period when the Jews returned to Jerusalem is a part of the Biblical History that I have never quite understood. With Lynn Austin's wonderful talent of story-telling, I have been able to put the pieces together.
For instance, it had always seemed so unfaithful to me that only a remnant returned to Jerusalem when released from captivity in Babylon. God's chosen people did not all jump at the chance to return to their home land of Israel. Austin has made valuable points in her story-telling
making me see both sides of the circumstances.
I so appreciate having the opportunity to read this novel because it brought new life into the words of the prophets Haggai and Zachariah
which I have read over a couple of times with new inspiration.
I'm Vlad and I love books.
The ending where Zachariah becomes the prophet.
God choosing Zachy.
Yes. The kids' voice was a bit annoying though.
The story starts off great. Then, after the family returns from Babylon, Zachariah and Leyla are at the center of the story. There was some down and slightly boring time, but not too bad. I've later realized that Zachariah is the prophet! The end is where the climax is. Wasn't planning on listening to the next sequel, but after the end, I may just do that.
I felt like I got insight into the ancient Hebrew experience. This book was interesting and the backdrop was spiritually engaging. The goodness of God us interwoven in these pages for a boost of faith in our own lives. Highly recommend!
A beautifully crafted novel with great character development. Narration was excellent. The story brings to life the struggles all people have had striving to follow God while being led away by the distractions of the world. A great and needed message for the world today. Can't wait to start the next novel in the series.
I absolutely loved this story. It brought this bible story to life and gave me some idea of the real struggles of this time. The narration was stupendous. Of of the best narrators I've heard. Will read this one again.
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