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Song of Redemption (Chronicles of the Kings #2)

4.47 of 5 stars 4.47  ·  rating details  ·  3,283 ratings  ·  208 reviews
As King Hezekiah embraces God's Law, he leads his country into renewed prosperity. But following the will of Yahweh is a perplexing process, requiring unpopular choices--for both his personal life and political career. Now his archenemy's demands for tribute are forcing Hezekiah into a precarious situation.

Jerusha, a young Jewish woman far from home, has seen firsthand wh
Paperback, 349 pages
Published May 1st 2005 by Bethany House Publishers (first published January 22nd 1995)
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I started this book on Saturday, I'm almost finished. I am loving this series. They are very exciting and I love the separate stories of each character. Some people have commented on how modern the language is for being a biblical fiction. I love that the language is modern, to me, it is so much easier to read - I know it isn't how they talked back then, but if I read it in that language I would constantly be trying to determine the meanings. I love how I can completely understand the story, rel ...more
I loved this book. For me, it is a 5-star rating. Why is that? This novel earned my elusive 5-star rating because of the self-examination it stirred within my soul. When I find myself thinking about my own life and evaluating my faith and my convictions long after finishing a book, the author gets the rating. In addition, it sparked some pretty good conversations with my teenage son.

Was the writing perfect? No. However, the author is bringing the Old Testament to life. She doesn’t avoid the hard
The thing I love about these books, is that Mrs. Austin does a masterful job of bringing the Kings to life.(as well as the other characters) I know for me, when I read my Bible, I don't think much about the day to day struggles the people in any particular book faced.
Lynn Austin has made me realize that these people had struggles and issues just like all of us! In this book, there are times King Hezekiah is conflicted,and trying to do what is right, but the situation seems hopeless. You will see
Song of Redemption is the second book in the Chronicles of the Kings series about the life of King Hezekiah of Judah, who's story is told in 2 Chronicles, 2 Kings, and Isaiah in the Bible.

I only bought Song of Redemption because Ms. Austin cruelly started a romance at the end of Book 1, and I HAD to see how it panned out. Ironically, the romances in this series are not heavy-handed, and the culmination of the aforementioned romance was not what I expected.

However, the rest of the book was very e
Mae Clair
The second entry in Lynn Austin's Chronicles of the Kings series, this page-turner is every bit as gripping as the first. King Hezekiah has replaced his father Ahaz on the throne of David, tearing down all the shrines and altars his father erected to idols in Judah.

Hezekiah leads his people in returning to worship the God of Israel, and in so doing, Judah prospers. But he must also face the threat of the mighty Assyrian army that continues a reign of terror and slaughter, annihilating all who o
This is still my favorite series along with Francine Rivers "Mark of the Lion" Trilogy. This will open up the Old Testament period to you, and guys will enjoy it just as much! LOVE it! I've read it over and over.
Andrea Di salvo
A well-woven second book in a series that truly brings to life the biblical story of Hezekiah. Austin doesn't sugar-coat the characters or make them--or their faith--larger than life. Rather, the struggles they endured in trying to be faithful, the difficult choices they faced, can inspire the reader to stay the course in a sometimes similar environment of doubt and faithlessness. Highly recommend this whole series.
Tori Moore
I continue to tear through this series and loving it. I particularly like how the author gives us insight to the daily lives of each person, allowing the reader to understand their moments of sin and redemption. I found found myself comparing our times to those of King Hezikiah and finding we are in very similar circumstances today. There is evil all around us and many people today still choose to worship idols...they just aren't obvious statues but money, success, material wealth, and other thi ...more
Faith is getting out of the way. God shows us thru the old testament how man gets in the way without the knowledge of the Lord and his character. How many times we take things in our own hands. The circumstances may not be the same but the results are the same. Gives you a greater understanding of how Faith is about the sovereignty of God.
couldn't put it down; could feel the characters emotions. much easier to visualize 7th century Jerusalem.
I read this immediately after Gods and Kings and loved the follow on of the characters and time in Israel's history. Lynn is very clever in the way she entwines facts and fiction as well as culture and knowledge of what life was like in those days for those people. This particular story was at times suspenseful and stressful to read! I couldn't put it down, never really sure about which twist and turn would lead to the ending. I found this a very clever book with some really wonderful characters ...more
Kate (Too Read or Not Too Read)
Song of Redemption takes place right where Gods and Kings end. Hezekiah is now king. Even though he has gone through so much as a child and leading up to him becoming king. Hezekiah now faces a tough challenge. It is trail for him and his faith. The last thing he wants to do is fail like his father and grandfathers before him.

Hezekiah takes to the throne not knowing what is awaiting him. What he finds is turmoil. No money in the treasury, a land full of idolators, and no one he can trust, but he
Joanie Standridge
Wow! Very good fictional account of a true history story. I got to visit Israel in 2012 and again in 2013. In 2013, the group I traveled with, Aglow International, made Hezekiah's Tunnel one of our visit stops! It was really neat walking from one end of the tunnel to the other. The water was very cold, indeed enough to numb your feet and calves, just like the characters experienced. :). The water went up to just below knee level and sometimes near mid-thigh level. At times, as we were all fillin ...more
May 12, 2014 Gloria rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Christians; historical fiction lovers
This book continued the problems specified in my first review.

The book covered about four-to-six years of Hezekiah's reign of Judah. The first part has him just hearing about all that Yahweh instructed in the Torah for the nation and for himself. It also introduces Jerusha, an Israelite who was captured by the Assyrians. (He should have divorced his wife, and been a little more political with her - had spies.)

The second part continues following Jerusha, and now Hezekiah is preparing for Assyria
Cheryl Olson
"The Song of Redemption", the second offering in the "Chronicles of the Kings" series by Lynn Austin breathes life into the continuing saga of the reign of King Hezekiah. I don't know that I thought that I would have enjoyed these books as much as I have, but I will absolutely keep reading this series as Lynn Austin truly does a wonderful job bringing her characters to life with a fast paced tale.
King Hezekiah is truly beginning his reign and learning what it is to be a King who honors and fol
The author, Lynn Austin, is a born-again Christian. In an interview with her that I read, she said that her first purpose in writing is to tell a good story. That she does. One of her books, Candle in the Darkness, is one of my favorites. But as much as a good story, her writing is also a plea for faithfulness and keeping the Lord's commandments.

The Chronicles of the Kings are historical novels based on Old Testament history. The first 2, which I have read (see my previous post on Gods and Kings
After surviving a tumultuous childhood, when Hezekiah is at last crowned king of Judah he determines to purge his country of idolatry and return to the worship of Yahweh. But years of idol worship are not set aside so easily by all of his subjects, and his sweeping religious reforms meet with stiff opposition. When the Temple is rededicated and the celebratory feasts are re-established, Hezekiah sees the beginning of God's answer to his heart's cry -- his people are turning back to God, and pros ...more
I'm only at Chapter 11, but I can see that this story and its characters are not as well developed as those in the first book of this series. I will finish the book and hope for some better development along the way - I DO hate to leave a story unfinished. In this, the second 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 ultimatel
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Baker Publishing Group | May 1, 2005 | Trade Paperback | ISBN 978-0-7642-2990-9

As King Hezekiah embraces God’s Law, he leads his country into renewed prosperity. But following the will of Yahweh is a perplexing process, requiring unpopular choices – for both his personal life and political career. Now his archenemy’s demands for tribute are forcing Hezekiah into a precarious situation.

Jerusha, a young Jewish woman far from home, has seen firsthand what the dreaded invaders are
I jumped right into this book from the first one in the series, and it didn't hold up well in comparison for me. Many of the previously-interesting characters felt flat and I had more trouble relating to their decisions and reactions. Some of their ups and downs just didn't make sense (one character couldn't seem to decide if he believed in God or not--not in the normal ups and downs of faith and doubt, but apparently just based on what was convenient to the story; I got whiplash trying to follo ...more
The second book in a series, and I think the first one was better. This book bounces around mostly between Hezekiah, Eliakim, and a new character named Jerusha. Hephzibah fades into the background mostly. I felt this book needed to be longer. Lynn Austin glazes over a lot of events, sometimes writing right around them. The best story bits come from Jerusha, which is great, but I would have rather had Hezekiah and Hephzibah's characters received more depth. Personally, this makes it harder for me ...more
Kasi Lou
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Lynn Austin has an extraordinary talent in bringing the stories of the Bible to life. While the first book, Gods and Kings, was immersive but entirely frustrating to read how Judah's kings had succumbed to power and depravity, this second book was even more addictive and had you cheering for King Hezekiah to stand his ground and resist the temptation to cave to fear and corruption. I couldn't put this book down and can't wait to read #3!
Summer Schmitz
348 pages - The second book in the Chronicles of the King series.

Another great book depicting life during the time of King Hezekiah's reign, and the power of God. Hezekiah has become, as those who greatly oppose him refer to him as, a "religious fanatic." He governs his entire nation on God's laws, remember this is Old Testament time periods, and God shows up. Although, its not in big ways li
ke parting the Red Sea, but on a more personal level. Its interesting to read about the Temple sacrifices
Pamela Hubbard
Picking up where "Gods and Kings" left off, we see Hezekiah in his new reign as king, learning from Zechariah and trying to following Yahweh with all his heart. As he tries to reform the nation, he faces threats (both and inward and outward) as Assyria takes over Israel. As Hezekiah tries to secure Judah and also follow God's laws, he learns lessons about trust and faithfulness. We also see Eliakim and Hilkiah's story continue as God brings an Israelite family into their lives, forever changing ...more
Lynn Peters
There were parts where I couldn't put it down, but the last quarter lost it's momentum because it dragged details out too much. However, I love that it lead me to the book of Isaiah and Kings. The ending seems too good to be true, but it's biblical fact.
The second book in the series; it was good, just not as spell-binding as the first one. However, I still plan to keep reading the series. It is an interesting way to delve into some of the lesser known Old Testament stories.
Pamela Pacheco
A Reminder of God's care and provision

I was completely engaged in the story and couldn't wait to see it unfold. Knowing the Biblical narrative didn't detract from the story, it was enhanced.
Michelle Hollomon
I was really excited to read this after God and Kings. I was struck and disturbed by the vivid stories of sexual abuse, but also moved by God's "Song of Redemption." Looking forward to the next in the series.
Very moving. Lynn is very convincing. The details, the plot and just the events that unfold just reads like Bible stories. The Bible reads like an intense novel anyhow, and Song of Redemption seems like an extension to the stories in the Bible. Like a continued series of historical events. Very encouraging as well. Pulls the reader in with relative, likely stories and situations that almost lead us out of our own situations into redemption.
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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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Chronicles of the Kings (5 books)
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