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Love Amid The Ashes (Treasure of His Love)

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Readers often think of Job sitting on the ash heap, his life in shambles. But how did he get there? What was Job's life like before tragedy struck? What did he think as his world came crashing down around him? And what was life like after God restored his wealth, health, and family?Through painstaking research and a writer's creative mind, Mesu Andrews weaves an emotional ...more
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Published March 1st 2011 by Revell Books (Baker Publishing Group)
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Dawn Hamsher
May 17, 2013 Dawn Hamsher rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
What I liked:
1. The book cover.

2. The character of Job (he was the most believable and stable of all the characters).

3. Message of God's love and forgiveness. The love that Job had for God even with the terrible misfortunes and his witness to those around him.

4. The use of scripture at opening of every chapter.

What I didn't like:
1. Overuse of metaphors, similes, and description (facial expressions and body language) to the point that I wanted to scream. Ex. "Jacob raised his chin once again, as
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Ruth
Mar 31, 2011 Ruth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Since the horror of her experience at Shechem, when her brothers bathed a city in blood in the name of honor, Jacob’s only daughter Dinah has lived under an oppressive cloud of shame. A virtual outcast in her own family, Dinah’s knowledge of healing and herb lore earns her a place as her grandfather Isaac’s nurse. But from his deathbed, Isaac sends Dinah’s future down a path she never expected by ordering her to marry into Esau’s clan. Though regarded as a fallen woman, Dinah is covered by the c ...more
Andi Newberry ~Tubbs
Dinah is Isaac's granddaughter and she has strict instructions after his death to go to Job's household and marry Ennon to advance the line of Esau since Jacob took the birthright from him. Dinah has been "soiled" she was raped by Shechem the son of Hamor, the prince of the land. Jacob's sons destroy the city, in Dinah's honor. Yet that doesn't take away the disgrace of Dinah. Dinah travels to Uz to marry Ennon, no sooner does she arrive than Job's household is destroyed. The man Dinah was to ma ...more
doleary
Jun 22, 2011 doleary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I stumbled upon this book quite by accident. my kids needed new library books and none of my holds were yet available so I was just wandering the stacks of my local library. I was a Biblical Theology major (extremely rare for a Catholic!) and took a class on Job in College. I LOVED THIS BOOK. The author did a beautiful job of taking the Biblical text and turning it in to a very readable and enjoyable novel. The Book of Job is an amazing story, but to have it fleshed out and more accessible was s ...more
Megan
Mar 26, 2012 Megan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed reading this fictional retelling of the Biblical story of Job. I found nothing in the book that directly contradicted the Bible; however, being a work of fiction, there are added characters and assorted assumptions throughout the story. The book starts with the death of the patriarch, Isaac and Job taking Dinah home to marry his son. Dinah is there throughout the devastation that hits Job's household.

"Seeing" Job's actions in the flesh, especially as he reacts to his initial losses pr
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April
LOVE AMID THE ASHES by Mesu Andrews is an amazing,inspirational biblical fiction about Job and Dinah. It is well written with details,scriptures,and depth. The characters are enduring,courageous,steadfast,suffer and romance. This story will bring the biblical story of Job,his suffering,his faith,his journey,loss,and weaves this story of the old testament to life. This story will weave beauty,steadfast faith,suffering and love amid the ashes together with vivid details.Job's tale is not only one ...more
Molly (Cafinated Reads)
Mar 22, 2011 Molly (Cafinated Reads) rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Molly (Cafinated Reads) by: Revell
I became hooked on Biblical fiction when I read Roseanna White's A Stray Drop of Blood and Jill Eileen Smith's Wives of King David series. Both of those ladies are masterful with their skills and are at the top of my favorites list. Mesu Andrews sure ranks up there with those amazing ladies and their talent! Mesu Andrews took an account from the Old Testament and weaved it with life-like fiction and created a novel that is emotionally complex and, at many times, life changing. Though she has onl ...more
Christy
Mar 26, 2011 Christy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having been a fan of Biblical fiction for many years now, I was very intrigued to read a story about the life of Job. Job's story in the Bible is not one that I've read very many times because frankly, it's a little sad and depressing, even though it does end well. I have to say that the fictional retelling of Job's story in Love Amid the Ashes really has me wanting to crack open this book in my Bible to get a better appreciation of Job's trials.

I really appreciated the genealogy flow chart at
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Janelle
This was enjoyable and well researched, but somehow it didn't quite capture me.
Nora St Laurent
Jul 08, 2015 Nora St Laurent rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was thankful to receive a review copy of a story many people quote from the bible and look to when they are suffering. The story of Job is a powerful one. Meus Andrews states in the author notes how she came up for the premise of her book Love Amid the Ashes! She says, “I hope you can see (through my extensive research) that biblical fiction is so much more than a fanciful imagining of how things might have been. It is truly my heart cry to know how biblical characters experienced the God I kn ...more
Louise
Aug 15, 2011 Louise rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thirty-five-year-old Dinah has cared for her grandfather, Isaac, for 15 years making her feel secure, capable and useful. When Isaac dies, Dinah doesn’t know what to do with herself but she knows she must keep her promise to her grandfather at all costs. That promise was to travel to the City of Uz and marry Job’s son, Ennon, who is 39-years-old. Before leaving with Job’s caravan, Dinah collects all her vials and herbs for healing as she knows the minute her greedy Uncle Esau arrives he will str ...more
Michelle
This is a tough review for me to write because I really wanted to love this book. There were parts of the story that I really liked, and then there were parts that I found myself skimming through (closer to the end.) I really loved the beginning when Job's plan was for Dinah to marry his son. It seemed like he and Dinah were overly fond of each other, though. Not sure how I felt about that, so the verdict is still out on that one. I also loved the rehashing and remembering of Dinah's experience ...more
Victor Gentile
Mar 27, 2011 Victor Gentile rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mesu Andrews in her new book, "Love Amid The Ashes" published by Revell gives us a fictional account of what might have happened with Job.

Job, according to various surveys, is not one of the books in the Bible that people read frequently, if at all. Seems there is just too much suffering in this book for someone to read it to the end where the redemption is. Job is the richest man in the world and he serves God. The devil wants to destroy him and in one day takes away all Job's cattle, then Job'
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Beth
I thoroughly enjoyed Andrew's take of Job's story from the Bible. It has been a while since I've read the book of Job, and this novel definitely sparked an interest in re-reading it again. I suppose I had never really and truly thought about the misfortunes that he had to go through and how easy and how justified he would feel to turn his back on the beliefs he had held dear.

I also thought it was clever that Andrew's thought to connect the story of Jacob's daughter, Dinah, to Job's story. At the
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Cafelilybookreviews
Love Amid The Ashes makes the story of Job come to life! Biblical fiction is one of my favorite genres and I’ve read many books about various characters in the Bible but I don’t remember ever reading a story centered around Job. The meticulous research and hard work of the author shines through in this captivating tale of romance and tragedy and makes this an easy book to read.

Love Amid The Ashes was not only interesting and thought provoking, but very emotional as well. At times, I found it di
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Kerie
Feb 04, 2014 Kerie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, crap
I have a guilty secret: I sometimes enjoy fiction about Biblical characters, despite being a non-believer. I don't know why, but I have read some decent stories in this vein. This is definitely not one of them.

First of all the characters are shallow and two dimensional. They are completely unconvincing caricatures. They felt flat and I couldn't find sympathy for any of them because of their lack of depth.

Secondly I kept running into whitewashing and anti-blackness. I suppose there MIGHT have bee
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Audrey
Feb 06, 2015 Audrey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love Amid the Ashes, by Mesu Andrews, is the story of Job from Dinah’s, the daughter of Jacob, point of view. When her beloved grandfather Isaac passes away, she is sent to Job’s household to marry his son who is of the Edomite lineage. But as soon as she arrives, Job’s world crashes in on in him. As Job has few remaining friends and Dinah has nowhere else to go since she is disgraced in her family, she stays as his nursemaid. When he recovers Dinah leaves to be with her favourite brother Joseph ...more
Kaylea
Mar 21, 2011 Kaylea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow.

For a debut novel, Mesu Andrews has "hit a home run" with her portrayal of Dinah and Job.

Through strong Biblical research and solid writing, Andrews has created a novel that is not only enjoyable to read, but will also challenge you to study the Bible more and more.

I'll be honest, it made me read the novel alongside my Bible, to try to determine which aspects were fiction and which were true.

I find her placement of Job within the chronology of Jacob, Esau and Joseph, helps give the story a
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Jeanie
May 10, 2013 Jeanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bio-historical
The story of Job in historical form would be a difficult endeavor for a historical fiction. I had some difficulty reconciling the relationship between Job and Dinah, however, after I read the Acknowledgement at the end of the book, I realized how I miss the tiniest details when reading from the bible. Reading this type of historical fiction can give us some insight to what it means to trust God in his sovereignty. It never is or becomes about us but about him. How easily we loose sight of that t ...more
E
Nov 28, 2011 E rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is not at all often that I give 5 star ratings. I firmly believe in giving credit where it is due, and that there is always something somewhere that can be improved. Having said that, Love Amid the Ashes gets a solid 5 stars from me.

Mesu Andrews uses the facts we have, weaves in fiction to fill in the blanks so skillfully that one must be careful to discern between the two, and gives us a story of love and redemption that left me wondering if I had read it or truly been there. I expected this
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Tina at Mommynificent
This is a fascinating interpretation of the lives of both Job and Jacob’s daughter, Dinah. I had no idea before reading this book that many Biblical scholars believe that Job was a contemporary of Jacob but I found the way Andrews wove these characters together intriguing. Before reading this book, I had never connected well with the story of Job. I’m not an ancient poetry person and I also found it really hard to understand and connect with, but this book brought it to life for me in a way I ha ...more
Connie Taylor
Feb 03, 2014 Connie Taylor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ms. Andrews throughout this book about Job shows the reader her deep love and understanding of God's Word. She has by her research and study given us an excellent book about one of God's most loved men, Job.

Her characters, both actual and fictional, are well rounded, believable, and add depth to the story. The great detail she uses to describe the ancient world makes it come alive. A very well written story that I highly recommend.
Shelley
Feb 05, 2014 Shelley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story is rich in history. It is intertwined with the Living Word of God. Do I believe every word of her book to be true? No. Does she tell a good story? Absolutely. Giving a glimpse of "what might have happened"? It was a great story about a great YVWH.
Stacy
Jul 05, 2016 Stacy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent telling of the story of Job. This is what Christian fiction should be, a great story, with Biblical facts interwoven with good storytelling. I look forward to reading more by this author. I've had this book a while and put off reading it, and now I'm not sure why. Very good read!
Becky
Mar 12, 2011 Becky rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
One star is being too generous.
Jennifer
Too much love addiction (star stuck lovers)
OK on reminders of what God finds pleasing, not legalistic
Characters a bit shallow & predictable
A bit slow-moving and repetitive

Don't read more by this author.
Betsy Hoke
Jan 02, 2017 Betsy Hoke rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful story

I love the way Job's story comes to life. Amazing weaving of Job's story with Genesis. Love this kind of writing
June
I initially thought that Job was a contemporary of Abraham and not Jacob. Plus I had difficulty with the assessment of Dinah and Shechem as well as the adaptation for Job. But I did enjoy the lessons on confidence in Yahweh, the theme of forgiveness vs prejudice, trust in marriage and what a godly man looks like. Definitely well-researched and well written. Not without challenging your biblical viewpoints and will make you review scripture. And it doesn't cram religion down your throats or have ...more
Charlie
This was a difficult book for me to get through for a few different reasons. First, it’s heavily based on the Bible. I’ve shared before my experiences with religious institutions and preachy, pushy books. At the beginning, I felt this book fit into that category, so the take-off wasn’t too fun.

The second reason I had difficulty continuing to read this book was the sheer number of names of actual characters in the book, or constant references to characters of family and lineage. I seriously neede
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Becky
Sep 10, 2012 Becky rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Debut Novel + Mesu Andrew’s = Author to Keep an Eye On!

**Spoiler Alert**

Let me start by saying that I am impressed with this author’s debut novel. Was it perfect? No. Was it better than most debuts? Absolutely! I honestly look forward to following Mesu Andrew’s evolution as an author.

I have stewed on this review for a few days now. I decided I could choose one of two routes. I could either look at this book as simply fiction or historical fiction. I settled upon the latter. Had I taken the hist
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Dec 17, 2014 07:06AM  
  • Bathsheba (The Wives of King David #3)
  • Pearl in the Sand
  • Journey to the Well
  • A Reluctant Queen: The Love Story of Esther
  • The Heavens Before (Genesis, #1)
  • Desired: The Untold Story of Samson and Delilah (Lost Loves of the Bible, #2)
  • Garden of Madness (Seven Wonders, #2)
  • David and Bathsheba
  • Isle of Shadows (Seven Wonders, #3)
  • Return to Me (The Restoration Chronicles #1)
  • Springtime of the Spirit (The Great War, #3)
  • The Hidden Flame (Acts of Faith, #2)
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Mesu Andrews is an author and speaker who has devoted herself to passionate study of Scripture. Harnessing her deep love for God’s Word, Andrews brings the biblical world alive for her audiences.

Mesu and her husband Roy live in a log cabin snuggled into the beautiful Appalachian Mountains with their dog, Zeke. The Andrews' have two married daughters and a small tribe of grandkids. Mesu loves movie
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