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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

Critic Reviews

"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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Enchanting

This is a wonderful story that helps bring previously boring biblical characters to adventurous life. This book had me dusting off my Bible to check up on the validity of Lynn's biblical/historical accounts - I was able to verify the key events in her capitivating story. I learned a great deal of Biblical history and was blessed by her presentation of Godly truth. It is a delight having entertainment provide valuable education. A true treasure!!

27 of 28 people found this review helpful

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  • Chris
  • Wilmington, NC, USA
  • 02-15-10

Excellent

What a phenomenal book. I felt as though I was there while the story was being told. This gave it so much more context and visualization than just reading the bible alone. The reader did an outstanding job and lends her voice well to a multitude of characters. Very well worth the read.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • ruth
  • vernon, british columbia, Canada
  • 01-09-08

completely spellbinding

the author has done so much research on the subject of the kings and the prophets and it was so enlightening to me to understand how God worked among His people and led them according to their obedience to Him. i highly recommend this book - it is a real page turner - one of the best books I have read in a long, long time.

21 of 23 people found this review helpful

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This whole series was "WOW."

Where does Faith of My Fathers rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I enjoyed this series so. I know it was fiction but it provided so much information that helped to make the story come to life. The character development, the voice, intrigue, and Christian content from the standpoint of the Old Testament went a long way to make this series rewarding. I have told others about it and encouraged them to read. Such benefit! It is really high on my list of favorite books.

What other book might you compare Faith of My Fathers to and why?

I have not read any book that compared to this one for what the story provided in its relationship to scripture.

What about Suzanne Toren’s performance did you like?

If there was anything wrong I couldn't tell because I was wrapped from the beginning in the story.

If you could rename Faith of My Fathers, what would you call it?

Would not rename.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Wow, a suspenseful Bible story...

I tried to explain the subject matter of this book to someone and the closest I could come is that it's a creative fictionalization of the Biblical story of Manessah (and, to some extent, his father and Joshua). Since Kings doesn't have much detail on Manessah's life (there are only a few verses about him after all), you know there's a lot of creative liberty taken, but it's actually surprisingly suspenseful. The events unfold as one would imagine they would.

I think one of the most enjoyable parts is that it wasn't really predictable. Well, ultimately we know what happens, but within the story we never know. Unlike "regular" fiction where the main character always "wins" or at least survives, we don't know that from the start of this story. God might be merciful but that doesn't mean that his people necessarily survive their "tests".

If one wanted to learn more about Biblical history, this would be an excellent way to do that since there are Biblical references/verses threaded throughout. The narration is excellent.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Leanna
  • Lancaster, CA, USA
  • 04-16-10

Brilliant!!! Great Narrator!!!

I think the author is brilliant to be able to create such in depth characters and storylines and then intertwine them with historical events. Zira's character was brilliant at twisting the truth. On the other hand, the righteous had such strength of character and conviction...truly inspiring. The narrator is excellent with her voices. It's a very exciting story. I started on this book (#4 in the series) and am anxious to start from the beginning.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Ayoka
  • Colorado Springs, CO, United States
  • 04-08-10

Entertaining

A good book, good story. It certainly makes one think about way God works, even if most of it is fiction.

I would have liked to rate the quality of the reader or sound. You hear too often the reader gulping.taking a breathe throughout the book. This was distracting.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Victoria
  • Centerville, OH, USA
  • 07-31-08

Well written

I enjoyed this book and the narrator did a nice job with the reading of the book. I would work out extra just to keep listening to it.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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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.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Mary
  • Fairbanks, AK, USA
  • 07-18-08

A encouraging look into Biblical history

I really enjoyed my time listening to this book. This was my first time with this author and narrator. It was easy to enjoy while doing my housework. I will get some more books to listen to. Thanks for offering to us!

3 of 5 people found this review helpful