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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
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Kindle Edition, 417 pages
Published March 1st 2011 by Revell Books (Baker Publishing Group)
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Ruth
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
Dawn Hamsher
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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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
Megan
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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doleary
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
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
Mar 22, 2011 Molly rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Molly 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
Victor Gentile
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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Christy
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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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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Kaylea
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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Louise
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
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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Nora St Laurent
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
E
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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Audrey
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
Jeanie
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
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
Connie Taylor
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
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.
Rachel Lubow
I understand that Biblical fiction is an incredibly challenging genre to craft. I have read beautiful, well-researched, theologically sound books in this genre, such as Madman (by Tracy Groot), Pearl in the Sand (by Tessa Afshar), and Flames of Rome (by Paul L. Maier). For the following reasons, however, I will not recommend Love Amid the Ashes.

This book misrepresented Scripture. First, Dinah's story completely contradicts the Biblical account (which God inspired; see 2 Timothy 3:16). Second, th
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MaryJane Rings
Wonderfully researched and well written. Tells the story of Dinah and Job. A story never told in Sunday school classes. It takes the story of Job in the Bible to a whole new level. It brings the characters to life. Tells of their narrow mindedness in regards to women but also of the culture of the time. Dinah is virtually blameless in her encounter in Shechem especially of the murderous behavior of her brothers. They are never brought to justice for their actions but she is the one baring the s ...more
Kerie
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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Susan
OMG I cannot put this book down! I am very much enjoying Mesu Andrews writing that I cannot wait to read another of her books. Her work gives the read the ability to see and feel as if they are right there among the story's characters. Also, there is enough Biblical history to encourage the reader to open up their Bible and research what they may have not already known.

In addition, I've read Diamante's, The Red Tent 5 times as it is my very favourite book. And after just finishing that and read
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Raechel
I really, really enjoyed this book. I kinda knew I would, though. I have been very blessed to be a part of Mesu Andrews’ BFF (Biblical Fiction Fan) Team, as well as her prayer circle. Really, this author is a gem and her devotion to the Lord and His Word is SO inspiring!!

“Love Amid The Ashes” is a story including Dinah and Job in the Bible, with so much more sprinkled throughout the pages. It was really neat to be able to read about Job through this book, because it gives greater insight and exp
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Emily
Before I even started this book, I knew that I would love it because of how much I loved Loves Sacred Song. However, when starting this book, I thought that it might be hard to read about the struggles of Job. I think that having Dinah as the main characters gave the story of Job a fresh perspective. The name Dinah was familiar to me as I began reading, and then I realized that she is the same Dinah whose story is told in Genesis. Dinah was a very interesting character, who I related to, because ...more
Joan Adamak
Biblical history fictionalized

When I commenced reading this story, I read it as a novel, not particularly interested in the Biblical background. I have read the Bible twice so was aware of its rendition of much of this writing, but although the author did a thorough job of research, for one not steeped in the Old Testament, when she spoke of Jacob stealing Esau’s birthright without explaining how it occurred, this leaves the reader at a loss. And there are a few little events unexplained also, b
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Linda
Well, this book really got me thinking. It was well written, and the characters were well developed, but I really had trouble reconciling the timeline, so it was confusing. Knowing that the book of Job was probably the first book written in the Old Testament, I have always pictured Job as living sometime before Abraham, and here he is having a relationship with Dinah, the daughter of Jacob. I had to get out my reference books and commentaries before accepting that this was possible. Historical t ...more
R.
Love Amid the Ashes by Mesu Andrews

This book is a little difficult to assign stars. The story is classic and widely known as this is a retelling of the story of Job in the bible. I liked lots about this story. I liked the history - how the author fit the story into biblical history.
I think creating real believable characters is never easy for writers but it’s made that much more difficult when they are historical figures from the bible! I found that two of the main characters (Job and Dinah) ha
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Emma
My first Foray into Biblical Fiction and I enjoyed it immensely.

Taking the period of God's Testing of Job and melding it seamlessly with the life of Dinah, shamed after her love for Prince Shechem caused bloodshed and murder in the city of that name.

Read as a story it is gripping and intriguing.

Read as an companion to the book of the Bible, it take on a whole new life. The depth of the suffering of both the protagonists is brought to bear against a backdrop of constant signs that God is with us
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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, have two grown children and (Praise God!) a growing number of grandkids. They live in Washington, where Roy teaches at Multnomah University. They have a Rottweiler-pitbull named
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