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The miraculous story of the Maccabees told through the eyes of a woman who learns that love requires both courage and sacrifice. Seeking safety after a hard childhood, Leah marries a strong and gentle man of the nation of Judah. But when the ruler of the land issues a life-altering decree, her newfound peace - and the entire Jewish heritage - is put in jeopardy.

Seeking peace and safety after a hard childhood, Leah marries Judah, a strong and gentle man, and for the first time in her life Leah believes she can rest easily. But the land is ruled by Antiochus IV, descended from one of Alexander the Great's generals, and when he issues a decree that all Jews are to conform to Syrian laws upon pain of death, devout Jews risk everything to follow the law of Moses.

Judah's father resists the decree, igniting a war that will cost him his life. But before dying, he commands his son to pick up his sword and continue the fight - or bear responsibility for the obliteration of the land of Judah. Leah, who wants nothing but peace, struggles with her husband's decision - what kind of God would destroy the peace she has sought for so long?

The miraculous story of the courageous Maccabees is told through the eyes of Judah's wife, who learns that love requires courage...and sacrifice.

©2018 Angela Hunt Communications, Inc. (P)2018 Recorded Books

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Hard to put down. This retelling of the little known history of the days of Israel after the time of the king's and prophets was engaging. I am going to read it again and share it with friends.

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wow!

This b[k brought to life so much of the history of the Jewish people who loved and sought to do the will of God and all the struggles with this desire.

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Great, but I wish it had been done by 2 narrators

This was a great story with lots of great historical detail and intriguing plot. (I wish it had a happier ending, but you can’t rewrite history!)

My only criticism- and really it’s more of a suggestion, is that, as the book is written from two different perspectives -Judah and his Wife, both told in the first person - it would’ve been a smoother and more engaging listen if they’d used two narrators (one male and one female) to voice the two characters. Sometimes if you weren’t paying close enough attention, you’d miss the switch between point of view and be confused. Otherwise, Rachel Botchan did a great job and I enjoyed her performance.

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A time period little talked aboug

I was very grateful to learn some history from a time little talked about, as well as some history of the Maccabees.
I was difficult for me to differentiate between the narration of Leah and then Judah. The narrator's voice was the same throughout the story. I would recommend it to others for the history,