Old Testament War between Israelites and Ammonites
Excellent biblical fiction about the days of the judges in Israel . . . the story is not in the least dry or boring, I was captivated by the story of ..Show More »the Ammonite's horrific worship of Molech, their raiding of the farms in Gilead, and the eventual war and conquering of Ammon by Israel . . . the Ammonite's callous practice of sacrificing one's own children in order to pacify Molech, broke my heart . . . and how an entire people can come to believe a utter lie, sickens me . . .yet, here we are again, in America today . . . killing our own babies, in the name of convenience, no longer even needing a false God, having elevated ourselves into gods (little g), and sadly having lost all fear of God, who will not forever stay His hand . . . Temper the Wind is a well written story of men willing to fight for what they believe, following the God of Abraham, Issac and Jacob . . . It is a time of war, of rebuilding, and of love, between an Ammonite woman, captured and saved by Javan, an Israelite warrior, who loves God. Javan has many opportunities to make wrong choices, to murder, to disobey God, to give in to lust . . . and Taleh, and Ammonite by birth, is confused and doesn't know the God of Israel . . . but she never believed in the child sacrifices to Molech . . . and she has a pure heart . . . a heart that is more, and more belonging to Javan . . . nothing is simple in life, and it isn't portrayed as such . . . the rivalry between the women of the village upon Javan's return home, their anger and distrust toward Taleh, his Ammonite wife and the Israelite laws which Taleh must endure and accept make for some interesting listening . . . excellent conclusion, as well. I've already downloaded the second in the series.
Joshua has loved Hannah since the day she married his brother 6 long years ago, but said nothing. According to the Law, he must marry her after the br..Show More »other's death, so that a child can inherit his property. This is the story of how they each come to deal with the after effects of an abusive first marriage, and the unfolding treachery of the dead man.
I enjoyed this. As the story unfolds, we see how each of the characters changes and grows as Hannah learns to trust, and Joshua comes to understand just what kind of person the brother he loved really was.
The narrator had a good steady pace which suited the book. Each character was clearly recognisable. without any of the unnecessary exaggerations sometimes used to denote characters of the opposite sex. There were a few rather odd pronunciations, but not enough to distract from the story. All in all, well worth listening to.