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Return to Me

Lynn N. Austin
Return to Me
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Bringing to life the biblical books of Ezra and Nehemiah, Return to Me, the first book in bestselling author Lynn Austin's The Restoration Chronicles series, tells the compelling story of Iddo and Zechariah, the women who love them and the faithful followers who struggle to ... Read More

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Bringing to life the biblical books of Ezra and Nehemiah, Return to Me, the first book in bestselling author Lynn Austin's The Restoration Chronicles series, tells the compelling story of Iddo and Zechariah, the women who love them and the faithful followers who struggle to rebuild their lives in obedience to the God who beckons them home.

After years of watching his children and grandchildren wander from their faith, Iddo's prayers are answered: King Cyrus is allowing God's chosen people to return to Jerusalem. Jubilant, he joyfully prepares for their departure, only to learn that his family, grown comfortable in the pagan culture of Babylon, wants to remain.

Zechariah, Iddo's oldest grandson, feels torn between his grandfather's ancient beliefs and the comfort and success his father enjoys in Babylon. But he soon begins to hear the voice of God, encouraging him to return to the land given to his forefathers.

Product Details:
Page Count: 464
Released: 10/2013
  • Product type: Book
  • Format: Softcover
  • Release Date: Sep 4, 2013
  • UPC: 9780764208980
  • Height: 0
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  • Volumes/Discs: 1
  • Pages: 459
  • Publish Date: Oct 1, 2013
  • Language: English
  • Audience Age Maximum: 0
  • Audience Age Minimum: 0
  • BISAC: "FIC014000"
  • ISBN: 0764208985

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fulfilling God's promise to Israel by Kathleen E. on 11/4/2013
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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

***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.***

Return to Me by JDale on 10/6/2013
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The Israelites have lived in captivity for many years. Just as the prophets foretold, when the people turned their back on God and began to worship other gods, their homeland was destroyed and the people were enslaved to their conquerors. Iddo was carried off to Babylon as a boy with the last remnant of the Israelites who had remained in Jerusalem. He is of the Levite line, and is burdened to see his people return to the Lord even while in captivity. When the unthinkable happens and King Cyrus declares that the Israelites may return home and begin rebuilding the temple of God, Iddo is overjoyed. But will the obstacles that come before Iddo tear his family apart and will the people of God continue in their sin despite the promise of restoration God has set before them?

I have been waiting for Lynn Austin to write another book of Biblically based fiction!! Her first series “Chronicles of the Kings” has long been my favorite series of Bible fiction ever. I fell in love with King Hezekiah’s story through those books. Now I have a whole new set of characters to love. I couldn’t help but pull my Bible out and try to “read ahead” to see the end of the story of the remnant that returned to rebuild Jerusalem. When I read the Biblical account I found that so much of what I read the character’s saying in the book was pulled right out of Scripture. This book is so well done. Though the character’s lives are fictionalized, they become so real in the pages of Scripture when we realize that they struggled with the same things that plague us even now. It is also thrilling to know the fulfillment of the promises God gave through these Scriptures about God dwelling among the people – Jesus is coming to you Israel! The ancient Jews were just beginning to see that God’s desire was not for them alone to worship, but that every nation, tribe, and tongue worship Him. I think you can tell by now that I thought this was an excellent read – A+ once again Mrs. Austin!!! (And hurry up with book 2!)

I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review.


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