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Chronicles of the Kings Book 3- The legacy Hezekiah has established as one of Judah's great leaders is threatened: his beloved wife, Hephzibah, remains barren. Desperate to provide a successor to her husband's throne, Hephzibah makes a forbidden pact with the fertility goddess Asherah.

Feeling repulsed and betrayed by her act of idolatry, Hezekiah destroys the pagan shrine
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Paperback, 331 pages
Published September 1st 2005 by Bethany House Publishers (first published 1996)
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Barbara
Lyn Austin is masterful at taking the Biblical account of the Kings of Judah and adding details to flesh them out so that they seem even more real, and that helps me remember what they were like much better than just reading the Biblical record. I would never place Biblical fiction above the Bible, but reading it can sometimes help you remember and understand more if the author is talented and true to the Bible. Trusting God, even when faced with a seemingly impossible situation, forgiveness, th ...more
Ruth
After surviving the threat of Assyrian invasion, Hezekiah has seen the kingdom of Judah blessed with extraordinary peace and prosperity. Life seems almost perfect, except Hezekiah lacks an heir. Desperate to retain her husband's affections and secure his succession, Hephzibah vows to sacrifice her firstborn to the pagan goddess Asherah. When Hezekiah discovers her idolatry, he flies into a rage and is critically injured in the resulting fire. Deeply and bitterly wounded by his beloved wife's bet ...more
Sheila
I love this series of 5 historical fiction reads dealing with King Hezekiah and his son Manassah. Lynn Austin weaves a great epic story from the Biblical scriptures making it personal. The first book was a little bit slow to get into, but oh my, once you grasp on to the story, you will not want to quit till you finish the whole set from one thru five books.
Sue
This review is copied from my review of the second in the series:

In this, the second (and third) of the series, the author seems to take the words and details of the Bible story and plant them on her own pages, unembellished, resulting in flatness. I wonder if she is as dissatisfied with the result as I am.

(I ultimately did finish this book, and my opinion of the writing did not change. It remained the same for this and the previous book, Gods and Kings, but picked up to a more satisfactory lev
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Louise
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Baker Publishing Group|September 1, 2005|Trade Paperback|ISBN: 978-0-7642-2991-6

Chronicles of the Kings – Book #3 has rewarded Hezekiah’s faithfulness with great wealth and power, but the godly king has no heir. In desperation, his beloved wife takes forbidden measures to ensure fertility. With all that is going on in his kingdom – and with the Assyrians approaching – Hezekiah does not discover his wife’s idolatry until it’s almost too late. betrayal cuts to the very core of hi
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Ebookwormy
Please see my series review of Chronicles of the Kings as recorded in Book 1 Gods and Kings.

BOOK 3 THE STRENGTH OF HIS HAND REVIEW:
This book examines the pain of betrayal and the heart wrenching sacrifices that obedience to God demands. Idolatry, it's enslavement, corruption, and punishment is a strong theme. It also delves into forgiveness through the prophecies and teachings of Isaiah. While i believe the teaching of Isaiah to be accurate, I wonder how clearly believers of this time understood
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Kasi Lou
Chronicles of the Kings Book 3- God has rewarded Hezekiah's faithfulness with great wealth and power, but the godly king has no heir. In desperation, his beloved wife takes forbidden measures to ensure fertility.With all that is going on in his kingdom- and with the Assyrians approaching- Hezekiah does not discover his wife's idolatry until it's almost too late. Her betrayal cuts to the very core of his being and belief in God. Will his faith sustain him in the face of this deceit, and against a ...more
Hal
In this third book of Lynn Austin's "Chronicles of the Kings," she continues her fictional approach to the story of King Hezekiah. Austin is a masterful storyteller. Though fiction, the book and the entire five-book series is true to the basic Biblical accounts found in the Old Testament books of the Chronicles and the Kings. This book is fiction and Biblical history at the same time.

Many times I honestly forgot that I was engrossed in a Bible-based story.

One would not have to be religiously ori
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Leann
This book is the third in the five-book series Chronicles of the Kings, and the last in the series about King Hezekiah. This book was enjoyable, certainly better than the first, but not as good as the second. Ms. Austin's storytelling continues to be stellar, and I was compelled to keep reading, but this book felt almost like it was written just to finish out the life of Hezekiah, and to tell the bit in the Bible about how God gave him 15 more years. Not bad, but not great, either.
Christina
This is the third book of this series and is well written. I would say the theme of this book is "Faith is trusting God alone- and not making your own way as well". This book covers my favorite time period in Hezekiah's life- his illness, seeking God when under attack, and his continued reform of Judah to worship the only true God. I would have to say this book is worshipful- it's full of scripture and encouraging to read.
Wendy
I'm surprised I attempted this book, the third in the series, considering how disturbing her second book was. 4 stars for the story, 2 stars for the content.

No description of rape in this book, but lots of discussion of war and torture. A bit too qruesome for me.

The end of this book centers around the redeeming story of forgiveness.
Beverley McPherson
I think this book shows that God alone you can trust and depend on. It really helps the Old testament to come to life. Hezekiah commitment to follow the correct teaching cause many pains for him. We see idoltry ,greed, love put to the test here The role of the prophets can also be looked at in past and relate it to the furture.
Amy
This is the third book in a series about the reign of King Hezekiah and I am really amazed at the insight that the author has been given into what might have happened. She brings the story to life and brings out points in scripture that could only have been divinely pointed out to her. It was great!
Kathy
This is the third book in a five book series. I enjoyed this one just as much as the first two. Austin is a great writer. She applies scripture and imagination to create a believable elaboration of the life and times of the kings of Israel.
Emily
This one is just as good as the others, although compared with the Biblical account it seems the author has put some events out of order. That being said, the book is still enjoyable and enlightening. It is changing the way I view God.
Karen
I really enjoy fiction based on Biblical stories - puts the flesh on the sometimes sparse accounts in the Bible. It also helped me to realise who was a contemporary with whom, sometimes I struggle with in the kings, prophets and kingdoms!
Shellie
This book reminded me that when everything seems bleak, God is able! This series is making me want to read the Old Testament accounts of the kings. Excellent writing! Couldn't hardly put this book down.
Teri Moote
#3 in the series, this one focused on King Hezekiah's journey of faith, using Scriptures from 2 Kings, 2 Chronicles, and Isaiah. Interesting, frightening, and encouraging all at the same time.
Diane
The wars of this period in the Bible are easier to understand when the people come alive--even fictitious ones. Especially the kings of kingdoms other than Judah were made real to me.
Laura
Jul 26, 2012 Laura added it
Amazing book how God loves us no matter how underserving we are. He will never leave us nor forsake us. Love God with all your Heart, Soul, and Mind!
Kelley
Very good story of King Hezekiah and the evolution of his faith in the one true God. Helps you visualize the extent of God's love for his children.
Debbie
This entire series is one of the best series I've ever read. I learned so much from each book. I give the series my highest recommendation.
Denise
Enjoyed this third book in the series. A continuation of the story of Hezekiah, Eliakim, and the Assyrians.
Tami
This was my favorite in the series. Some say it moved slow, but I loved that. It was so intense and rewarding!
Nk stOne
This is the third book in the Chronicles of the Kings series by Lynn Austin it is a fabulous read!
Kat
Makes you realize how much we have to be thankful for and how little we have to complain about.
Margo Brooks
This third novel about the reign of King Hezekiah of the Old Testament is an interesting novel of Biblical history. It kept my attention by references to scripture and I found myself compelled to finish. At the same time, the dialog was awful--much too modern to even recall Old Testament language. Similarly, the plot and morals were a bit too heavy handed and thoroughly explained. Even so, I found myself thinking about these themes and referring them to my own life as I listened to the biblical ...more
Lori Epperson
This was by far my favorite in the series! Loved every part of the story!
Marianne
A reminder of God's sovereignty, despite the odds.
Janet Ferguson
More about the Old Testament kings, loved this series!
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For many years, Lynn Austin nurtured a desire to write but frequent travels and the demands of her growing family postponed her career. When her husband's work took Lynn to Bogota, Colombia, for two years, she used the B.A. she'd earned at Southern Connecticut State University to become a teacher. After returning to the U.S., the Austins moved to Anderson, Indiana, Thunder Bay, Ontario, and later ...more
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“If you truly understood the holiness of God, you would have a proper attitude about yourself.” 6 likes
“No, Hezekiah...no.. I don't deserve forgiveness. He lifted his head to look at her. None of us do. But God doesn't treat us as our sins deserve. He took her hands in his. I should have shown you that. I should have shown you my God instead of making you serve a God you didn't know. I only showed you his rules and laws. But God doesn't want us to worship Him out of fear. He is our Father, and He wants us to learn to love Him with all our heart and all our soul and all our strength. I should have helped you know Him.” 5 likes
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