The second book in her Chronicles of the Kings series, Song of Redemption, is a retelling of the life of Hezekiah, King of Judah from 716 to 687 BC. After years of idolatry, Judah's temple has been cleansed and Hezekiah has brought God's law back to his people. But when he incurs the wrath of the barbaric Assyrians, he will need help from a surprising source.
©2005 Lynn Austin; (P)2005 Recorded Books
"Austin tells a compelling, multilayered story with richly drawn, believable characters who will engage readers' sympathies." (Library Journal)
How King Hezzikiah grew to be such a man of God. I loved the push and pull between Shebnah and Eliakim. The stories of the women showed such strength and the willingness to serve others.
I would have preferred a male voice or maybe a male and female for the different characters but it was good.
Read all 5 books on this topic for a great overview of this time period.
As I said in my review of Gods and Kings, this book is also a good read for guys as well as for the ladies. I have read the first 3 books in this series, and I have found all three to be well written and very engaging. You won't get bored by these books; that is for sure!
I love clean books of all sorts. Love mysteries, fantasies epic to kids stories, fairy tales, romances, humor, and historical fiction
I won't write a long review since I wrote a long one on the whole series for the first book. This covers Hezekiah's Tunnel and I found it fascinating. Especially to think that something so ancient is still in use today. Amazing. I really enjoyed this book and the ones before and after it. I did find them uplifting and inspirational. I have liked books, two this one, and book three in this series best. Don't think you can go wrong if you are looking for something inspirational to read when you choose this book. I have to admit I'm going to have to go back and read Kings and Chronicles again. I particularly like the bits with the prophet Isaiah in them.
Once again I truly enjoyed this book. Once I started it, I could not put it down. It really makes the Bible come alive for you. Mrs. Austin did a fantastic job on the development of the story from Biblical and historical facts.
What wondrous times we live in because I can Google Siloam tunnel and see images of the actual place. Wonderful story, wonderful narration! Can't wait to listen to book 3 and I loved book 1 also.
I would definitely recommend this audio addition, fabulous narration.
I think the author did her work in studying the scriptures and bringing these characters to life. She really related the situations to real world issues that plague us today. It shows the triumph of the human spirit.
Suzanne Toren did an excellent job with all the charactors
I could definitely listen to this book in one sitting
Awesome to listen to at work. I will be getting the whole series!
This story was spellbinding. Spinning the story more closely with the scriptures we are immersed in the inner struggles of faith, hope and courage. I had not looked at the law of Moses the way the story lead before and I was amazed in the revelation. Even if you are not Christian, this book will keep you turning the pages.
King Hezekiah is tempted so often to do what everyone advises him is the safest, or most logical thing to do to keep his kingdom safe, yet he is reminded to ask God and then even more difficult, to trust God even when he is in complete opposition to his advisory council. His courage is wavering, but steadfast. He is always blessed for his faithfulness.
Suzanne does an acceptional job with the different character voices. Her pace is a little slower than I would like, but I enjoy her narration.
When Eliakim and Gerusha are on the roof, both having experienced paralyzingly losses and finding hope in God, forgiveness and love they are released, truly set free! I could not imagine the pain and suffering of Gerusha and wonder how often her story is still repeated today. The story resonates with the times.
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