Return to Old Testament times in new Christian Fiction release
With the changing of the leaves and cooler temps always comes a new novel from Lynn Austin. Just another reason to love fall, am I right? Lynn just released Return to Me which is the first novel in the Restoration Chronicles.
After decades of exile, the prophesies are coming true-King Cyrus has declared the Jews may return to Jerusalem. Iddo, a priest, is sure this is a sign of God’s renewed favor. For too long they’ve remained in Babylon, and many, including Iddo’s sons, are losing the faith that sets them apart. And so only a few choose to leave everything to return – return to their home and their God.
Nothing about the journey to the Promised Land is easy. As hardships mount, even the faithful, like Iddo’s beloved wife, Dinah, question the sacrifice of following God’s leading. Zechariah, Iddo’s oldest grandson, feels torn between his grandfather’s ancient beliefs and the family they left behind. But one life-changing encounter with the Holy One gives him insight that will change Zechariah – and history – forever.
Bringing the Old Testament to vibrant life, Return to Me tells the compelling story of two men living by faith in the midst of doubt, the women who love them, and the faithful remnant struggling to rebuild their lives in obedience to the God who beckons them home.
Lynn Austin is a master storyteller but something special happens when she turns her pen to Biblical era fiction. Like the description above says, the Old Testament seems to come to life with every chapter. Drawing from Biblical history found in 2 Kings, Ezra, Haggai, Zechariah, and Daniel, she succeeds in making this portion of Jewish history a great back drop for a novel while teaching us important parts of our faith as believers. Now that I’m done with the book, I’m anxious to revisit to the Biblical accounts of the return to Jerusalem.
One of the key themes readers will take away with them is the constant reminder that God actively pursues His people even when we are less than faithful. Although it’s been decades since the Jews were exiled to Bablyon, a small group remains faithful to their daily prayers and study all the while knowing that the Lord will one day return His people home. Even after the call comes and they arrive in Jerusalem, it seems that God is not there. Neighboring Samaritans are preventing their rebuilding of the temple while creating constant torment for the Jews. Many of the believers give up. Life is too hard and God has been too silent. But still many chose to keep the Lord’s work always in their vision. When God speaks again, this time through new prophets, God shows His favor on them and paves the way for the Temple to be rebuilt.
Return to Me is a powerful entry into the Restoration Chronicles. Oh, how I can’t wait for the next installment! Check out the first chapter here.