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Reign: The Chronicles Of Queen Jezebel (Lost Loves of the Bible #3)

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Beyond the Drama, Her Heart Was Real
From the moment her marriage to prince Ahab thrusts her into the intrigues of palace life, Jezebel’s exotic beauty opens doors and her will breaks down walls. Torn from her homeland and wed to power in a strange country, Jezebel vows to create a legacy and power all her own. Some might call her a manipulative schemer, bent on having her
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Published May 1st 2013 by David C. Cook
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Rhonda Gayle
May 29, 2013 Rhonda Gayle rated it it was amazing
I have been reading the Bible since I was a very young girl and Ginger Garrett brings the Bible and its characters to life in Reign in a powerful way. I was enthralled and fascinated by Queen Jezebel's story, even as parts of it horrified and shocked me. The Bible tells the story in basic facts but to hear it in a fictional form with so many details was simply amazing. I felt as if I were there watching all the action.
Queen Jezebel has often been used to teach young women how NOT to behave and
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Carole Jarvis
"Reign" rises above the biblical fiction genere. It's scary how relevant this novel is for our times. Highly recommended.

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Charity U
Jun 02, 2013 Charity U rated it really liked it
Shelves: biblical-fiction
I’m so happy to be telling y’all…I enjoyed this one more than Desired! I read them basically right in a row, so they’re both fresh in my mind. Now this? Is the story…of Jezebel. Let me guess…you’ve never read a story about Jezebel. Me either, until this one! It’s amazing – you fully understand, as you read, just how wicked Jezebel is/was – you abhor her, practically hate her for what she’d doing. Yet at the same time, you understand her, and you pity her. She’s such a sad person…your heart goes ...more
Karenm
Jun 10, 2013 Karenm rated it really liked it
I do like Christian historical fiction, but did pick this up with some 'doubts' in my mind. In 'humanizing' Jezebel would the author justify her actions? Well, no.

In the Bible, Jezebel, is the epitome of evil. In this book, she is given flesh, made more 'human' , we are given a picture of a woman of many dimensions and whatever the possible reasons for her actions, the evil of her actions is not in dispute.

It is easy for us to say, "I would never do that"..but I think the disturbing thing about
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Shannon
May 20, 2013 Shannon rated it it was amazing
REIGN: The Chronicles of Jezebel by Ginger Garrett This is the first book I have read by Ginger and my first time reading from the historical genre. I enjoyed the read, and would often pull out and check with the Bible to see if in fact what was stated was actually happening. It was a great read, and kept me going from beginning to end. I have heard many stories of Jezebel but this one showed just how deep the evil ran, but also made me realize more about the upbringing. I for one am guilty of n ...more
Bames
Jun 04, 2013 Bames rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Although there exists accounts of Queen Jezebel and her husband, King Ahab in the bible, the book is more like a fictional story that has been a product of author Gigner Garrett's creativity and imagination.

The book begins with a disturbing scene where Jezebel pushes her sister Temereh to her death in a religious rite. The Phoenicians, on that day, had to sacrifice the person they love the most by throwing them onto a fire pit to die.

Ahab, the son of Orim and is the Prince of Israel, travellin
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Retha
God reigns, not Jezebel.
Reign, the Chronicles of Jezebel is an excellent story of the Biblical times during the reign of King Ahab and his queen, Jezebel.

Jezebel was the daughter of Eth-Baal and she came from the city of Phoenicia, a city that offered pleasure but no joy, a city of death. They worshipped their gods by sacrificing children. Jezebel was married to Ahab who became king of Samaria, the northern kingdom of Israel.

Ahab wanted to please his bride. Jezebel influenced him and she though
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Laura Dawn Pol
May 04, 2013 Laura Dawn Pol rated it it was ok
Reign was nothing I expected and I was very disappointed that I could not get into this book as much as I wanted too!

I had been looking forward to this book as soon as I heard about it, but sadly I was unable to finish it. I am unsure how much of Jezebel's story was historically accurate, but it was too dark and morbid for me. I understand that the Phoenician culture did sacrifice infants, but it was too much for me when Jezebel tried to kill her own child because she hated it so much. Once I g
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Narelle
Jun 22, 2013 Narelle rated it it was amazing
I found Reign a fascinating story to read. It was a little confronting to walk in Jezebel’s shoes as she became the princess and ultimately queen of Israel with her husband, Ahab. Her despicable and evil acts including idolatry, child sacrifices and killing the Lord’s prophets are covered in the book. We gain an insight into her hatred of the prophet, Elijah, and her unquenchable desire for power.

Ahab is stuck in the middle. He is unable to please his wife and the people who have remained faithf
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Tina Rice
Aug 25, 2015 Tina Rice rated it did not like it
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Reign: The Chronicles of Queen Jezebel by Ginger Garrett

Jezebel is a very troubled young woman. She was brought up worshiping other gods, sacrifices of infants, and it's evil, which made an impact on her life and relationships. She was married to a young prince, Prince Ahab, from another country despite her wishes. Thus begins her struggle with her new husband, his country and the God of his people.

Normally I enjoy Biblical fiction, but I had a really hard time reading this book. It was too full
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Amber
Oct 18, 2013 Amber rated it did not like it
I know that I am absolutely in the minority here, but I couldn't force myself to finish this book. The writing was awful. I'm not talking "Oh, man, this is pretty bad, but the story makes up for it" awful. No, I'm talking "This is a lot like listening to a five year old tell you about their day" kind of awful. I'm a big fan of clarity, but this took it too far. I may come back to it when I'm in a more forgiving mood, but for now this book has firmly earned itself a place on my "should probably h ...more
Rachel
Nov 25, 2013 Rachel rated it it was ok
Shelves: biblical-fiction
I only skimmed this book because I found the idolatry overwhelming. And the thought of mass child sacrifice to difficult to really contemplate. I found the after words very fascinating. Apparently Jezebel reigned in Israel for about 60 years and would have died as an old woman. Also scholars believe Psalms 45 may have been written as a wedding poem for Jezebel and Ahab.
Kate
Apr 22, 2016 Kate rated it really liked it
I love to read well-written Biblical fiction: books that make me want to go back to the Bible and read what it says about the characters portrayed in the novel. I think my favourite 2 authors for this kind of fiction are Lynn Austin and Ginger Garrett.
The portrayal of Jezebel in this book was chilling. You are treated to glimpses of her thought process throughout the novel, and though her backstory was compelling - such that you could feel sorry for the little girl she was, the choices she made
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Jenn Sands
Jan 16, 2015 Jenn Sands rated it it was amazing
I read this book on the recommendation of Mesu Andrews in preparation for the release of her new book "In the Shadow of Jezebel". This was a great read. I learned so much about this time in history and it has given me a totally different perspective of the Ahab/Jezebel story.
Cassandra
Dec 13, 2015 Cassandra rated it liked it
An enjoyable read that turned Ahab and Jezebel into real characters. I appreciate that Jezebel had a reason and backstory for being who she was instead of just saying, "Here's a woman that's completely evil for no reason," because that doesn't make sense. It made her a little bit more human; for everyone demonizing her through this story alone, can you honestly say that you would not be the same way, if the circumstances were the same? No, because you did not grow up in this time and culture. Je ...more
Melanie
Sep 20, 2014 Melanie marked it as did-not-finish
I was going to read this for a challenge, but decided against finishing it. My DNF has nothing to do with the book itself, just that I do not like biblical fiction.
Liza
This was an ARC sent to me by NetGalley a long time ago and due to unforeseen circumstances, it was one of the novels relegated to a forgotten status when I had to limit the amount of books I read a year. Yet, whenever I found a chance I would read for ten minutes, sometimes thirty, because the premise intrigued me.

You see, as someone who is learning about the bible and various characters, the idea of Jezebel intrigued me. Was she a folk hero? A feminist? Simply misunderstood? I think because my
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Sorcha
May 27, 2013 Sorcha rated it liked it
From the moment her marriage to prince Ahab thrusts her into the intrigues of palace life, Jezebel’s exotic beauty opens doors and her will breaks down walls. Torn from her homeland and wed to power in a strange country, Jezebel vows to create a legacy and power all her own. Some might call her a manipulative schemer, bent on having her way. But they don’t know the whole story, and she was much, much worse. As she moves through the halls of power, her heart struggles between devotion to the gods ...more
Kimberly
Jun 06, 2013 Kimberly rated it it was amazing
This is a well written historical version of the story of Jezebel in the Bible. Ginger Garrett clearly spent a lot of time researching this subject. Her writing style is excellent, making an extremely thought provoking story. The sacrifices and other practices of Jezebel and her people are disturbing and sickening, but that is the point, that is the life she knew and lived. She lived in an evil and perverted society. It actually helps you understand why she was who she was. Your heart breaks for ...more
Pat
Sep 27, 2013 Pat rated it it was amazing
I have always admired authors of good Biblical fiction because it makes those long and winding passages in the Old Testament come to life for me. Ginger Garrett’s book, Reign: The Chronicles of Queen Jezebel, did not disappoint.

Even though I have read the story of Queen Jezebel in I and II Kings, Miss Garrett’s fictionalized account, based on extensive research, put me inside the stubborn mind and hardened heart of this Biblical character. I could feel Jezebel’s anger, resentment, and resistanc
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Nancee
Apr 28, 2013 Nancee rated it really liked it
"Reign: The Chronicles of Queen Jezebel" is fictional, based on the biblical story of Queen Jezebel and King Ahab, betrothed as a union between two nations. Jezebel was the daughter of King Eth-Baal who reigned in Phoenicia where the practice of worshiping gods and goddesses demanded the sacrifice of infants and children. Ahab was the son of King Omri of Israel, the land of Yahweh, a land of armies. Obadiah is a servant to Ahab, and serves as his administrator. His role in this story is one whos ...more
Leah
Jun 20, 2013 Leah rated it really liked it
Reign is the story of Queen Jezebel. When I first heard that this book was about Jezebel, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Anything I’ve heard about Jezebel is that she was one of the “evil girls” of the Bible. However, Ginger Garrett does a great way of making Jezebel’s story come to life and I even found myself sympathizing with Jezebel at some points.
In Reign, we read the story of Jezebel through the eyes of Jezebel, her husband Ahab, and palace administrator, Obadiah. As a child, Jezebel is un
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Mikal Dawn
Mar 24, 2013 Mikal Dawn rated it really liked it
Let me start with saying that I don’t like biblical fiction. I don’t know why, I just don’t. Until now.

Ginger Garrett has written a refreshingly beautiful, descriptive, and haunting story of Queen Jezebel. If you don’t know the biblical story of Jezebel, you can read it in the Bible in 1 Kings 16 through 1 Kings 22, and in 2 Kings 9 and 2 Kings 10. Her writing is obviously fictional, though thoroughly researched. It seems as if she’s taken great pains to make sure her story is as accurate as ca
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Eustacia Tan
Jun 24, 2013 Eustacia Tan rated it it was amazing
I think that, apart from Jesus, there hasn't been such a polarising character in the Bible such as Jezebel. Actually, scratch that, everyone agrees that Jesus is good, the argument is whether He's God. Jezebel though, there are two camps - she's the first feminist, or she's pure evil.

So naturally, I'd find a book that tries to imagine her life (I'm not sure what this is called, creative biography? Slight fiction? Bible-based fiction?) quite interesting. I was also really curious as to how her ch
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Sarah
Book received via GoodReads FirstReads program for an honest review. Thanks for the book!

Rating is actually 3.5, but rounded down for the reason in paragraph 4.

I did really enjoy the fleshing out of Jezebel's character. She breathed with life, with motivations, causes, and emotions all her own. While I definitely wouldn't want to hang out with her in real life ('dis girl got some serious issues), the author gives us reasons for why she is the way she is through life events and a belief system t
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Jalynn Patterson
Jun 18, 2013 Jalynn Patterson rated it it was amazing
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Beyond the Drama, Her Heart Was Real
From the moment her marriage to prince Ahab thrusts her into the intrigues of palace life, Jezebel’s exotic beauty opens doors and her will breaks down walls. Torn from her homeland and wed to power in a strange country, Jezebel vows to create a legacy and power all her own. Some might call her a manipulative schemer, bent on having her way. But they don’t know the whole story, and she was much, much worse. As she moves through the halls of powe
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Lyssa
Jun 01, 2013 Lyssa rated it really liked it
I read this not being previously familiar with Jezebel’s story. All I could recall was that Jezebel = bad. I mean, even her name is a derogatory word these days. So I wasn’t sure which direction this book would take.

I read a couple of reviews before starting because I hadn't realized at first that this was one in a series, and wasn't sure if I'd be able to read it without having first read the previous two. If you're in the same boat, don't worry, this book stands alone. The reviews disheartene
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Meagan Myhren-bennett
Jun 09, 2013 Meagan Myhren-bennett rated it it was amazing
Shelves: blood, fiction, death, biblical
Reign: The Chronicles of Queen Jezebel
Lost Loves of the Bible #3
By Ginger Garrett

If you have ever wondered about Jezebel and her life Reign gives you a possible account of what her life may have been like and it isn't pretty!

Jezebel has never been someone that normal people would aspire to be like and Reign makes that feeling all the more certain. There are moments when you feel sorry for her and how her life is playing out, but then she does something that makes you regret those moments of empa
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Debbie
Aug 03, 2013 Debbie rated it it was amazing
"Reign: The Chronicles Of Queen Jezebel" by Ginger Garrett gets 5 stars from me. I will have to be honest and say when I first started reading this book I wasn't sure I was going to be able to give it five stars, but as I kept reading it, the story got better. I believe part of me not liking it at first was because of the subject matter and then some parts at the beginning of the story of was slow reading. Ginger Garrett did her research and the book is filled with details and made the scenes co ...more
Deborah
Oct 21, 2013 Deborah rated it it was amazing
Beyond the Drama, Her Heart Was Real.

From the moment her marriage to prince Ahab thrusts her into the intrigues of palace life, Jezebel’s exotic beauty opens doors and her will breaks down walls. Torn from her homeland and wed to power in a strange country, Jezebel vows to create a legacy and power all her own. Some might call her a manipulative schemer, bent on having her way. But they don’t know the whole story, and she was much, much worse.

As she moves through the halls of power, her heart st
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Ginger Garrett is the author of the Chronicles of the Scribes series (In the Shadow of Lions, In the Arms of Immortals, In the Eyes of Eternity), Wolves Among Us, Chosen, Desired, Dark Hour, and Beauty Secrets of the Bible. Chosen: The Lost Diaries of Queen Esther was recognized as one of the top five novels of 2006 by the ECPA.

Focusing on ancient women's history, Ginger creates novels and nonfict
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Lost Loves of the Bible (3 books)
  • Chosen: The Lost Diaries of Queen Esther (Lost Loves of the Bible #1)
  • Desired: The Untold Story of Samson and Delilah (Lost Loves of the Bible, #2)

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