Seeking peace and safety after a hard childhood, Leah marries Judah, a strong and gentle man, and for the first time in her life Leah believes she can rest easily. But the land is ruled by Antiochus IV, descended from one of Alexander the Great's generals, and when he issues a decree that all Jews are to conform to Syrian laws upon pain of death, devout Jews risk everything to follow the law of Moses.
Judah's father resists the decree, igniting a war that will cost him his life. But before dying, he commands his son to pick up his sword and continue the fight--or bear responsibility for the obliteration of the land of Judah. Leah, who wants nothing but peace, struggles with her husband's decision--what kind of God would destroy the peace she has sought for so long?
The miraculous story of the courageous Maccabees is told through the eyes of Judah's wife, who learns that love requires courage . . . and sacrifice.
Angela Hunt immerses her readers in an era that most know nothing about, and not only brings to life the history of the Maccabees, but teaches many lessons through the lives of the characters.
In this dual point-of-view story, we meet Leah and Judah. Leah has grown up in a violent home, and must learn to trust her husband and her God. Her personal growth is astounding as she discovers HaShem's purpose for her life. In contrast, Judah, her husband, having grown up in a God-fearing family, is humble, gentle, and devoted to God. Judah and his brothers all recognize their own and each other's role in the family, which promotes peace and security with the family.
I was surprised at how quickly I was able to read this book. It has many short chapters, which kept the pace moving. Additionally, the book is about many battles that took place, and Hunt knows when to give details and when to summarize events.
Hunt's intensive research allows her to write authoritatively. Between her knowledge and creativity, she has penned a wonderful story that will enlighten and encourage the reader. Men and women will enjoy it, especially those who enjoy historical and biblical fiction.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Bethany House, for review purposes. The thoughts expressed here are my own.
About the author:
Christy-Award winner Angela Hunt writes for readers who have learned to expect the unexpected in novels from this versatile author. With nearly four million copies of her books sold worldwide, she is the best-selling author of more than 100 works ranging from picture books (The Tale of Three Trees) to non-fiction books, to novels. Visit her at http://www.angelahuntbooks.com/.