I love my mom. The reasons are endless, but let me give you a few specifics.
- She makes the best chocolate chip banana bread ever. EVER.
- She lets me do my laundry at her house and doesn’t get mad when I accidentally leave a load in the washing machine for a week.
- She gives me stylish clothes for Christmas and my birthday. I honestly have zero style without her.
But even more than her magical ability to make banana bread, I love how she loves Jesus.
So when she asked me to read the first book in a Christian fiction series that she loves, I was happy to oblige.
Now, despite the urgings of my friends to hop on the Francine Rivers train, I have not read any Christian fiction since I was in high school. This is mostly because I love fantasy, and I haven’t discovered any really good Christian fantasy books since Lewis and Tolkien. (If you know of some, PLEASE tell me.) Also, I have found that Christian fiction often involves some sort of heartbreaking tragedy that I generally don’t have the emotional fortitude to handle.
So this was a new direction for me. Here’s the premise.
by Lynn Austen
4 **** = Can recommend; Great; Overall enjoyable
Gods and Kings is the story of King Hezekiah, heir to the throne of King David. When his evil father plots to sacrifice him, Hezekiah s mother, Abijah, searches frantically for a way to save him. But only two men can help her, and neither of them seems trustworthy. In a time and place engulfed by violence, treachery, and infidelity to Yahweh, Abijah and her son must discover the one true Source of strength if they are to save themselves and their country. Book 1 of Chronicles of the Kings. Premise by Goodreads.
This book is historical fiction. It expounds on the story of King Ahaz and his son, Hezekiah’s rise to power. What I found most intriguing about the book is how real it felt. The events took place thousands of years ago in a society where traditions and ceremonies were vastly different from our own in America.
However, Lynn Austen did a fabulous job at portraying them in a way that didn’t feel foreign or strange. That’s cool.
Now, this book isn’t exactly my style. It doesn’t have the cliff-hangers and mystery that I generally enjoy. But let me tell you why you should read it.
If anything, the book follows the events of individuals who were faced with the impossible. I mean the IMPOSSIBLE. Just the other day, I was moaning and groaning a bit about a difficult task ahead of me. Then, I thought to myself: “Sara Kristen, it’s not like you’re being asked to risk your life to tell a pagan king about the one true God. If God can equip Isaiah and Micah to do that, then he can get you through this.”
So there you have it. Any book that encourages a deeper dependency on God is worthy to be read. Thanks mom.