Monday, October 28, 2013

Return To Me: A Book Review

About The Book:

From the Acclaimed Author of Chronicles of the Kings

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 their 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.

About The Author:

Bestselling author Lynn Austin has sold more than one million copies of her books worldwide. She is an eight-time Christy Award winner for her historical novels, as well as a popular speaker at retreats and conventions. Lynn and her husband have raised three children and live near Chicago. Learn more at

My Review:

Lynn Austin is one of my absolute favorite authors, and has been for sometime now. Her novels have a way of taking me back in time and truly feel like I am experiencing what those who lived then did. Return To Me was no exception! Tackling Biblical history is no small feat, and in Return To Me,  Lynn Austin has brought to life the exile to Babylon by Israel, and I loved how she interpreted this. Sometimes when authors decide to novelize a Biblical story, I cringe because they often take so much away from the true story. However, I thoroughly enjoy Ms. Austin's writing, bringing to the life the book of Zechariah, Nehamiah and Ezra. If you have never read books from Lynn Austin, this would be a fantastic start and I am excited to see how the rest of this series plays out. It is a very accurate account, with obvious creative license taken, of Biblical accounts but this is done in a very respectable manner. Well Done overall!

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase Return To Me at your favorite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications Inc., for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

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