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Return to Me: The Restoration Chronicles, Book 1 | [Lynn Austin]

Return to Me: The Restoration Chronicles, Book 1

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.
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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

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    M. Holmes 01-17-15
    M. Holmes 01-17-15 Member Since 2014
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    "I love it! My kids love it too!"
    What made the experience of listening to Return to Me the most enjoyable?

    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.


    What other book might you compare Return to Me to and why?

    I enjoy Ms. Austin's biblical history novels the most, but Francine Rivers' Mark of the Lion series is also excellent.


    Have you listened to any of Suzanne Toren’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I'm not sure. Her voice sounds familiar, but when you listen to a lot of audio books, sometimes people get blurred.


    If you could take any character from Return to Me out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    C. J. Proctor Oxnard, CA USA 02-18-14
    C. J. Proctor Oxnard, CA USA 02-18-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Absolutely Amazing"
    What made the experience of listening to Return to Me the most enjoyable?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


    What about Suzanne Toren’s performance did you like?

    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.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Almost weeping with joy and amazement over the victories God brings after such harrowing challenges.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 01-01-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Good story but writing style somewhat flat"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mary D 04-23-14
    Mary D 04-23-14 Member Since 2014
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    What made the experience of listening to Return to Me the most enjoyable?

    The author follows the story line from the Bible


    What did you like best about this story?

    The character of Zachariah, how he sought to know God's will for his life.


    Have you listened to any of Suzanne Toren’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    First time


    Who was the most memorable character of Return to Me and why?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jayne CARMICHAEL, CA, United States 04-28-15
    Jayne CARMICHAEL, CA, United States 04-28-15 Member Since 2013

    Married to a Presbyterian Pastor - 4 grand children - just returned from a mission trip to Russia - Career - Interior designer

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    "An amazing journey!"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Vlad Asheville 04-06-15
    Vlad Asheville 04-06-15

    I'm Vlad and I love books.

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    What did you love best about Return to Me?

    The ending where Zachariah becomes the prophet.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Return to Me?

    God choosing Zachy.


    Did Suzanne Toren do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes. The kids' voice was a bit annoying though.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Joanna Kruth 03-31-15
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    "Historical and Wonderful!"

    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!

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    Howard Avon, CT, United States 03-30-15
    Howard Avon, CT, United States 03-30-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Gripping."

    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.

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    CCD 02-22-15
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    "Great content and well-read!"

    Characters were well-developed and when Raphie came after jael on her wedding night... Suspense was palpable! Narrator has a smooth voice.

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    Nadine 02-14-15
    Nadine 02-14-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Wonderful picture of zacheriah"

    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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