Friday, October 25, 2013

Return to Me by Lynn Austin

This was not a book I would have necessarily bought but it was given my by Bethany House Publishers to review and I am glad I read it.

The story takes place during the return of the Jews to Jerusalem from Babylon.  The main character is the prophet Zechariah.  The story starts when he is a young boy in Babylon and follows him on his journey to Jerusalem, through his growing up years, becoming a priest and ends with the dedication of the completed temple.

I am not generally a fan of Biblical fiction because I question how accurate it is and obviously we do not know how accurate this book was either, but I do like Lynn Austin as an author and I think she did a very good job of creating a realistic picture of the life as it likely could have been there.  I did do some reading in the Bible myself to see if the story jived, but it wasn't until I finished the book that I saw the list of chapters she used when writing the book.  If I had seen that earlier, I likely would have read them as I read the book to compare.  But from what I read, I thought she did a good job of weaving together a good story.  It makes me want to read the rest of the series to see how she pulls those together.

I would recommend this book to anyone wanting a good read with some Biblical basis to it.  Now I am off to start my next free book.

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