From the back cover: His was born to rule the people of God...but Yahweh is only a vague, powerless memory in the minds of his people.
Though born the second son of King Ahaz, Hezekiah is not protected from his father's perverted attempts to gain the favor of the idol Molech. Terrified and powerless at the foot of Molech's altar, Hezekiah encounters for the first time the one true God of his royal ancestry, Yahweh.
But his journey to the Holy One is riddled by influence from an assortment of men: Zechariah, a grandfather of noble standing who has fallen into drunkenness; Uriah, the High Priest whose lust for power forces him to gamble the faith he proclaims; and Shebna, the Egyptian intellectual who guides Hezekiah's instruction.
For the two women who love Hezekiah, the meaning of loveand its sacrificial essencewill direct the course of their lives and help shape the young prince's future.
From the back cover: He has been challenged on every sidecan his newly discovered faith help him preserve a nation?
As King Hezekiah embraces God's Law, he leads his country into renewed prosperity. But following the will of Yahweh is a perplexing process, requiring unpopular choicesfor both his personal life and political career. Now his archenemy's demands for tribute are forcing Hezekiah into a precarious situation.
Jerusha, a young Jewish woman far from home, has seen firsthand what the dreaded invaders are capable of doing. As the powerful Assyrian army sweeps through the northern provinces, leaving little but devastation in its wake, Jerusha longs to escape. Her desperate will to live could become a link to Jerusalem's survival.
With Assyria on the march, moving closer to the heart of Judah, Hezekiah's decision to follow the everlasting One is about to face the ultimate test.
Book Description: God has rewarded Hezekiah's faithfulness with great wealth and power, but the godly king has no heir. In desperation, his beloved wife takes forbidden measures to ensure fertility. With all that is going on in his kingdom--and with the Assyrians approaching--Hezekiah does not discover his wife's idolatry until it's almost too late. Her betrayal cuts to the very core of his being and belief in God. Will his faith sustain him in the face of this deceit, and against an overwhelming enemy?
From the back cover: Once boyhood friends...now sworn enemies. Can the power of God bridge the chasm between them?
From their earliest years, King Manasseh (son of King Hezekiah) and his friend Joshua (son of Hezekiah's palace administrator) are raised together and nurtured in the faith of their godly fathers. But anger toward God begins to smolder in Manasseh's heart after his father's unexpected death, and the young king begins to fear that he will never live up to Hezekiah's powerful legacy. Manasseh's insecurity makes him easy prey for the false prophet, Zerah, who promises that sorcery and divination can chart the course of Manasseh's future.
As Manasseh and Joshua take sides, the battle lines are drawn. Joshua narrowly escapes Manasseh's soldiers, leaving behind his life of privilege. He helps his family flee from Jerusalem but not before Manasseh kidnaps his sister who is forced to become the king's concubine. Unable to understand why his boyhood friend has turned against him, why God allowed his father to be murdered, and why he must stand alone in the face of such opposition, Joshua comes perilously close to losing his faith.
Could Joshua rescue the faithful remnant from Manasseh's persecution? Could he help his sister regain her life? Had it all gone too far...or would he rediscover his father's God?
From the back cover: Surrounded by pagan gods...far from home...can the Israelites cling to their faith and have hope for the future?
After fleeing King Manasseh's bloody and tyrannical reign in Israel, Joshua leads the Jewish priests, Levites, and their families to their new home in exileEgypt. There, among the foreign idols and practices, the Israelite remnant anoints Amariah, Manasseh's brother, as king. The exiles begin to build a place for the ark of the covenant and attempt to forge a life in the alien country. As the years pass, Joshua struggles continually with his obsession of returning to his homeland, confronting Manasseh, and avenging the deaths of his father and grandfather. He also faces the challenge of raising young Nathan, his foster son, whose anger and rebellion leads him to seek out the gods of the Egyptians.
In Judah, King Manasseh becomes deeply involved in pagan Canaanite and Babylonian religions, placing an Asherah pole and other idols in Solomon's Temple. He leads the people in rituals of sacrifice and acts of depravation. When the dreaded Assyrians march westward to conquer the world, Manasseh lacks the faith to withstand them and surrenders. He is hauled to prison in chains where he finds his false gods powerless to help him.
Lynn Austin tells a magnetic story of vengeance, loss, courage, love, and the all-encompassing grace of God. Can two men, both deeply entrenched in the pain of the past, reclaim the Heavenly Father they lost so many years ago?
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