Monday, November 4, 2013

Return to Me by Lynn Austin, ©2013

The Restoration Chronicles, Book 1

"Return to me," declares the Lord Almighty, "and I will return to you." --Zechariah 1:3

The writing on the wall... Daniel is summoned to read the inscription written there on the wall of the palace banquet hall of King Belshazzar, second in line to his father King Nabonidas, and grandson of  King Nebuchadnezzar; three generations of pagan kings of Babylon, the doomed kingdom. Daniel tells the king of his coming demise and fall of the Babylon kingdom to the Medes and Persians.

Book 1 of The Restoration Chronicles tells about return of the Jews from captivity in Babylon, fulfilling God's promise to Israel to bring them back to their Promised Land, and the Second Temple being built. Seventy years have passed. Being content with their lives and ones being born there, not all family members left Babylon; separating families. Persian guards go with them to see the remnant returned to Jerusalem. They are accosted by the Samaritans who are living in the area left idle through three generations. The poor of the land were left when the Israelites were taken into captivity by the Babylonians. They were to be vinedressers and farmers. One part I found interesting was the mention of trees not being there when they exiled, making it unrecognizable as the land left. The influence of the Babylonians drew some away from God. They became indifferent. The rebuilding of the Temple slowed. Lives are restored. The original decree is upheld and the temple is completed. The story is in four sections: Part 1, Babylon; Part 2, Promised Land; Part 3, Jerusalem, and Part 4, The Temple.

Summary: "After years in exile, Iddo and his grandson Zechariah follow God's leading home to Jerusalem, where they struggle to rebuild their lives and God's temple—bringing to life the biblical books of Ezra and Nehemiah."
   --Provided by publisher
author, Lynn Austin

***Thank you to Book Fun ~ The Book Club Network Inc. and Bethany House Publishers for sending me a copy of Lynn Austin's Return to Me to review. This review was written in my own words. No other compensation was received.***

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