As I mentioned last week, I’m really enjoying reading biblical fiction, so I was tickled to receive this copy of Love Amid the Ashes from Revell. This is the story of Job. While I was vaguely familiar with the story of the man who had great wealth and had it all taken away and STILL praised God, I now know the story very well.
From the publisher:
An epic story of love and forgiveness, suffering and restoration
When her beloved grandfather Isaac dies, Dinah must follow his final command: travel to Job’s household to marry his son. After Job’s world comes crashing down, Dinah finds herself drawn to this great man brought low. What will she risk to fight for his survival?
Mesu Andrews weaves an emotional and stirring account of Job and Dinah. Love Amid the Ashes breathes life, romance, and passion into the classic biblical story of suffering and steadfast faith.
As with any biblical story, she had to take some guesses as to motivations and circumstances, but she did a masterful job (no pun intended) of connecting the people in not only this story, but connecting them with people that I had no idea they were connected with. I won’t mention which people in case you are as ignorant of the details of scripture as I am :).
It was a well written story with wonderfully complex characters and I couldn’t put it down. Love Amid the Ashes is an excellent book for anyone who would like to learn more about stories of the bible or anyone who likes biblical historical fiction.
Available March 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.