Keepers Of The Covenant (2 The Restoration Chronicles)(Paperback)Lynn Austin
In Their Darkest Hour, Where Would Hope Be Found?
In one life-changing moment, the lives of the exiles in Babylon are thrown into despair when a decree from the king's palace calls for the annihilation of every Jewish man, woman, and child throughout the empire in less than one year.
Ezra, a quiet but brilliant scholar, soon finds himself called upon to become the leader of his people. Forced to rally an army when all his training has been in the Torah, he struggles to bring hope in a time of utter despair, when dreams of the future--of family and love--seem impossible.
In Keepers of the Covenant, acclaimed novelist Lynn Austin weaves together the struggles and stories of both Jews and Gentiles, creating a tapestry of faith and doubt, love and loss. Here, the Old Testament comes to life, demonstrating the everlasting hope displayed in God's unwavering love for His people.
"...a powerful new historical series that brings the Old Testament books of Ezra and Nehemiah to life." - Library Journal on The Restoration Chronicles
"Austin shines a bright light on ancient Jewish life and lands. Biblical fiction fans will cheer her latest offering, which bolsters this challenging genre." - Publishers Weekly on The Restoration Chronicles
About the Author
Lynn Austin has sold more than one and a half million copies of her books worldwide. A former teacher who now writes and speaks full-time, she has won eight Christy Awards for her historical fiction. One of those novels, Hidden Places, has also been made into an Original Hallmark Channel movie. Lynn and her husband have raised three children and make their home in western Michigan.
Size140 x 216 mm
Number of Pages416 pp
PublisherBaker Book House
The door to Ezra’s study burst open without warning.
Startled, he looked up from his scroll and saw his brother
Jude on the threshold, breathless. He still wore his leather
potter’s apron, and streaks of dried clay smudged his arms and
forehead. “You need to come right away.”
Ezra held the pointer in place on the scroll to mark where
he’d stopped reading. “Can it wait a few more minutes? We’re
nearly finished with this Torah portion, and it’s a particularly
Jude strode across the room and snatched the pointer from
Ezra’s hand, tossing it onto the table. “No! It can’t wait. If the
rumors are true, our people’s lives are at stake, and your Torah
studies aren’t going to matter in the least!”
“I’m sorry,” Ezra said to the other three scholars. “I’ll be back
as soon as I see what the problem is.”
“All of you need to come,” Jude said, gesturing to the men
at the study table. “This involves all of us.”
“But our work—”
“This is more important.” Jude tugged Ezra’s arm, pulling
him to his feet. “Come on.”
Ezra would chide his brother later for bursting in on him
and his colleagues and not even allowing him time to put away
the scrolls. Jude was thirty-one, four years younger than Ezra,
and his temper could burn as hot as the kiln where he and
their younger brother, Asher, fired their pottery. “Where are we
going?” Ezra asked as Jude hurried him and the others from
“To the house of assembly. The elders have called an emer-
“Can you give me the gist of the problem, Jude? We have
important work to do.” His brother didn’t understand the se-
riousness of Ezra’s scholarly work, studying and interpreting
God’s holy law, putting it into practical terms so laborers like
Jude could apply it to their everyday lives. The God of Abraham
had called His people to live holy lives, and Ezra’s work would
ensure that they didn’t repeat the failures of the past, which had
led to their current captivity in Babylon.
“I know all about your important work,” Jude said as they
strode through the narrow streets. “Why do you think Asher
and I support you and give you a place to live?”
“That doesn’t give you the right to interrupt me and order