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Reign: The Chronicles of Queen Jezebel

Ginger Garrett
Reign: The Chronicles of Queen Jezebel
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From the moment her marriage to prince Ahab thrusts her into the intrigues of palace life, Jezebel’s exotic beauty opens doors and her will breaks down walls. Torn from her homeland and wed to power in a strange country, Jezebel vows to create a legacy and power all her ow... Read More

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From the moment her marriage to prince Ahab thrusts her into the intrigues of palace life, Jezebel’s exotic beauty opens doors and her will breaks down walls. Torn from her homeland and wed to power in a strange country, Jezebel vows to create a legacy and power all her own. Some might call her a manipulative schemer, bent on having her way. But they don’t know the whole story - and she was much, much worse.

As she moves through the halls of power, her heart struggles between devotion to the gods she worships, the prince who loves her and her thirst for revenge. She sparks a battle between her strangely powerless gods and the God of palace administrator Obadiah - a God who confronts her with surprising might. She will fight, though victory may cost her everything.

Reign: The Chronicles of Queen Jezebel, the third book in author Ginger Garrett's Lost Loves of the Bible series, explores the struggles of Jezebel and the desires of her heart.

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Page Count: 320
Released: 05/2013

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  • Product type: Book
  • Format: Softcover
  • Release Date: Apr 10, 2013
  • UPC: 9781434765963
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  • Volumes/Discs: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Publish Date: May 1, 2013
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  • BISAC: "FIC042000"
  • ISBN: 1434765962

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Reign of horror by inspiremichelle on 5/31/13
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Reign: The Chronicles of Queen Jezebel by Ginger Garrett ****
This was the first book by Ginger Garrett and the first Biblical fiction book I have read. It was very descriptive, intriguing and emotional. While the biblical version of Queen Jezebel is found in the bible the author did an outstanding job of staying accurate while still being fiction. You can tell a tremendous amount of research was put into this book. Queen Jezebel marries Prince Ahad, they reign over Israel. The Queen is a wicked, scheming evil person. Her actions are horrifying, sacrificing of innocent babies, disregard for life, revengeful and her worship of false God‘s is sickening. She is devoted to the false Gods of Asherah and Baal while the Prince has no true God. Obadiah the palace administrator tries to teach both the queen and Ahad about his God, the True God of Israel, but only encountered unbelief and indifference. Queen Jezebel was able to bring down the wrath of God on the whole country by bringing in false prophets and by having Ahab build temples to her gods. Ahad loves his bride but does not understand her. God works on Ahab and shows him that he will die in battle & his sons will never rule. He even sends the Prophet Elijah to help him see the truth but he to does not reach him. Read Reign: The Chronicles of Queen Jezebel and 1 & 2 Kings in the Bible to see how Jezebel’s story ends. This is a dark story with many comparisons to today culture. I thank David C. Cook and BookFun.org for providing me this book in exchange for my honest review.

Scary relevant for today by Carole on 5/24/13
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Mesmerizing, gripping, haunting . . . These are just a few adjectives that come to mind when attempting to describe Reign: The Chronicles of Queen Jezebel by Ginger Garrett. Reign presents a captivating portrait of the complex woman who was Israel's infamous queen, told in 1 Kings 16-22.


Summary

From the moment her marriage to prince Ahab thrusts her into the intrigues of palace life, Jezebel’s exotic beauty opens doors and her will breaks down walls. Torn from her homeland and wed to power in a strange country, Jezebel vows to create a legacy and power all her own. Some might call her a manipulative schemer, bent on having her way. But they don’t know the whole story, and she was much, much worse.

As she moves through the halls of power, her heart struggles between devotion to the gods she worships, the prince who loves her, and her thirst for revenge. She sparks a battle between her strangely powerless gods and the God of palace administrator Obadiah—a God who confronts her with surprising might. She will fight, though victory may cost her everything.


My thoughts

"Jezebel held her sister by the shoulders at the edge of the fire pit. Priests surrounded her, dancing and calling to the goddess, their red robes stirring the dust, raising a filthy veil around them. . . . Jezebel let her sister go."

With Jezebel's sacrifice of her twelve-year-old twin sister to the Phoenician goddess Asherah, Ginger begins the story of an evil, abhorrent character and pulled me into a story that I could hardly put down.

The story is told through three voices: Jezebel and Ahab, who were united in a political marriage that was beneficial to both Phoenicia and Israel, but forbidden by God - and Obadiah, a Hebrew palace administrator, whose purpose was "to bear witness in evil days, and yet believe that the Lord was good." But they're really just minor characters in a story that is all about Yahweh and Baal.

Ginger has done her research well and doesn't shy away from painting a vivid picture of Phoenician Baal worship and it's growing hold on Israel through Jezebel's power and influence. "Who could believe that a prosperous people living in freedom and beauty could murder their infants, could whore their youngest women, could worship demons and drink blood?"

One thought kept entering my mind as I read, and that is how much the events recorded in 1 Kings mirror our times. Plurality of gods, tolerance, desensitization to sin, killing of unwanted infants? Just look at some of the characters' words and thoughts:

Jezebel: "We call our gods by different names, but do we not all want the same thing?"
And mosaics on the temple floor honored all gods, not just Yahweh.

In reference to the sacrifice of infants: "What had seemed so unnatural and evil the first time she had witnessed it had become good and right to her over time."

Obadiah: "These temples would always stand, somewhere, whenever people preferred pleasure to truth."

The story of Elijah and the priests of Baal on Mt. Carmel is told beautifully in this novel. In the words of one of the Hebrew men: "God's love rages as fiercely as His anger, and He will not suffer long one who leads His children into danger. He moves among us and will not long be silent."

Ginger is known for creating novels and nonfiction resources that explore the lives of historical women, and I am eager to read more of her work. Reign rises above the biblical fiction genre and I highly recommend it to all readers.

Reign is technically the prequel for the novel Dark Hour, the story of Jezebel's notorious daughter, Athaliah, in 2 Chronicles 21-23. To learn more about Ginger and her books, visit gingergarrett.com.

This book was provided by David C. Cook through BookFun.org in exchange for my honest review.

Biblical Fiction by Nancee on 4/29/13
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"Reign: The Chronicles of Queen Jezebel" is fictional, based on the biblical story of Queen Jezebel and King Ahab, betrothed as a union between two nations. Jezebel was the daughter of King Eth-Baal who reigned in Phoenicia where the practice of worshiping gods and goddesses demanded the sacrifice of infants and children. Ahab was the son of King Omri of Israel, the land of Yahweh, a land of armies. Obadiah is a servant to Ahab, and serves as his administrator. His role in this story is one whose advice to Ahab is unheeded, and he is too timid to command respect. His relationship with the prophet Elijah is valuable, but his lacking strength of character fails him and his allegiance to Ahab.

Jezebel, unloved and neglected as a child, became a vicious woman, scorned by all, including her husband. Ahab was not a born leader, and as he ignored Yahweh's warnings Israel suffered great tragedies. Jezebel's wickedness and mean spirit only brought hatred and disrespect. Her beauty was her only attribute. Her hateful spirit positions her husband against her, although he had previously loved her.

This fictional tale of the lives of Jezebel, Ahab and Obadiah is an emotional sojourn. The author researched her biblical history well. There were a few slow passages, but the story was well told and interesting beyond what I expected. I was compelled to get my bible out to read the biblical account of this profound story. For those interested in an enhancement of Jezebel's character and influence, this is an excellent portrayal.

Disclaimer: I was given an advanced reader copy of this book by Wynn-Wynn Media for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own and I was given no monetary compensation for this review.

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