Book Review: On This Foundation

Author: Lynn Austin

On This Foundation (Restoration ChroniclThis is the 3rd book in the Restoration Chronicles series by Lynn Austin.  Being a big fan of historical fiction novels, I could not wait to read this book and was not disappointed at all.

In the first book, Return to Me, we follow the journey of Zechariah who is part of the first group of faithful Jews that return to Jerusalem after years of exile in Babylon, and their struggle to rebuild their lives in obedience to the God who beckons them home.

In the 2nd book, Keepers of the Covenant, we trace the story of the exiles left in Babylon and the decree for the annihilation of all Jews in the Empire.  We read of Queen Esther who braved King Xerxes to save her people and  Ezra’s call to deliver his people to Jerusalem.

Now in this 3rd book, Nehemiah hears word that Jerusalem’s wall is shattered & its gates burned with fire.  He takes leave of his duties as cup bearer to King Xerxes and follows God’s call to go and rebuild the city wall of Jerusalem.  The leaders of the surrounding nations become his fiercest enemies, who will stop at nothing to prevent the wall’s reconstruction.  In the meanwhile a drought in the country has left people impoverished, with many selling their children as bond servants just to keep from starving.

It is against this backdrop that the book explores faith in the midst of oppression and offers us hope that, in spite of appearances, the gracious hand of God is upon those who believe.

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