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Song of Redemption (Chronicles of the Kings #2)

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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
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Paperback, 349 pages
Published May 1st 2005 by Bethany House Publishers (first published January 22nd 1995)
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Karen
Mar 01, 2012 Karen rated it it was amazing
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
Becky
Jun 30, 2012 Becky rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Kathryn
There were some great concepts in this - especially the idea of giving God a part of ourself, but not surrendering all aspects of our lives.

I didn’t start keeping track of quotes straight away, but these were 2 I liked once I did start noting them down:
“…it had never occurred to him to call on Yahweh for help. He had shut God out of his life, living his own way, on his own strength. And that was arrogant pride.”
“He had tried to trust in God yet control his own life at the same time, trying to re
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Kim
Apr 16, 2013 Kim rated it really liked it
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
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Leann
May 09, 2012 Leann rated it really liked it
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
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Mae Clair
Jan 18, 2015 Mae Clair rated it it was amazing
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
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Oceana
Feb 29, 2016 Oceana rated it really liked it
Shelves: faith-builders
A great sequel! It lagged in the beginning for me but by the middle and end I couldn't stop reading! So suspenseful. Greatly written to show the grace and power and glory of God.
Gale
Mar 08, 2016 Gale rated it it was amazing
I could not put this book down! I believe the story is well written. I love how Austin keeps the different story lines and character perspectives going throughout the story. I am hooked and cannot wait to finish the series!
Kellie
Jul 06, 2014 Kellie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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
Jul 12, 2013 Andrea Di salvo rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 15, 2015 Tori Moore rated it it was amazing
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
Steven
May 19, 2015 Steven rated it it was amazing
King Hezekiah truly understand that God has prospered his reign so far. It has been challenging at times, but Hezekiah has stayed faithful to following God’s Law. He has grown into a confident man of faith, yet he still battles those voices that would have him do things his way or take the action of his advisors over the Law of God. He ultimately must face those voices as the Assyrians plunder Israel and are reportedly heading his way.

This is also a tale of a young Jewish girl who knows full wel
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Jeanie
Feb 01, 2013 Jeanie rated it it was amazing
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.
Oliver
Jun 28, 2014 Oliver rated it it was amazing
couldn't put it down; could feel the characters emotions. much easier to visualize 7th century Jerusalem.
Cate
Aug 30, 2014 Cate rated it it was amazing
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
S
May 13, 2015 S rated it it was amazing
Book 2 of the Chronicles of the Kings is the portrayal of King Hezekiah's life and his struggle to keep God first in his life regardless of the circumstance. It portrays the unique humanness and struggles each of us face as we try to live a godly life. This book included other characters mentioned in the Bible and how living for God can affect each of our lives. Lynn Austin has a unique ability to make her characters step off the pages and become a part of our lives while we are reading about th ...more
Tracy
Mar 09, 2016 Tracy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
King Hezekiah of Judah establishes his reign. He seeks to make many reforms in his country by restoring faith in and worship of Yahweh, and return prosperity to his people. He faces an impending Assyrian invasion.

The author draws in some touching side stories with the characters of Jerusha and Eliakim, as they, like King Hezekiah, have their faith tested and refined.

I miss the simple and straightforward faith that the character of Zechariah brought to the first book, but I think this lack broug
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LeeAnn
May 06, 2015 LeeAnn rated it it was amazing
Lynn Austin has made the Old Testament Kings and Prophets come to life. She did it in her first of this series, and she's done it again. When reading through the books of Isaiah and Micah, one can get lost without the background information such as the scene and the comings and goings of life that surrounded these warnings from God. The background story of an Israelite woman taken into captivity touched my heart. When I read, in my bible, from one paragraph to the next that one King obeyed the L ...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
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Joanie Standridge
Jun 19, 2014 Joanie Standridge rated it really liked it
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
Gloria
May 12, 2014 Gloria rated it really liked it
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
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Cheryl Olson
Apr 02, 2011 Cheryl Olson rated it it was amazing
"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
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Gay
Aug 21, 2008 Gay rated it liked it
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
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Ruth
Nov 06, 2011 Ruth rated it really liked it
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
Sue
Jul 02, 2012 Sue rated it liked it
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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Louise
May 20, 2012 Louise rated it it was amazing
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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
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Emily
Oct 12, 2014 Emily rated it liked it
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
Alyssa
Jul 23, 2011 Alyssa rated it liked it
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
Nikiandcory
Apr 07, 2015 Nikiandcory rated it really liked it
Reading Austin's book containing the story of King Hezekiah and the Israelites has added to my appreciation of the Bible. It brought color and vitality to these stories. It also reminded me of the importance of relationship over religious tradition for my own life. Austin's choice of words made me cringe at the barbaric nature of the Assyrians, but it also made me want to cheer alongside the Israelites when God miraculously delivered them. Austin digs deeper into the relationship of Hezekiah and ...more
James
Apr 04, 2016 James added it
This is the second book I've read (well-listened--they are available in audiobook form)in Lynn Austin's Chronicles of the Kings series. She is very skilled at taking the details we know from Scripture (which usually aren't many) and creating a compelling story from them that still rings true to the context of the Bible. I've enjoyed her work, and look forward to listening to the other books in the series. For Challies challenge, this was my entry for "novel by a Christian author."
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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)
  • Gods and Kings (Chronicles of the Kings, #1)
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  • Faith of My Fathers (Chronicles of the Kings, #4)
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“You pray. And you allow the Lord to be your strength. Remember the Lord doesn't give you strength. He is your strength.” 17 likes
“Alliances with other nations lead to bondage," Zechariah explained. "Joseph started out as Pharaoh's trusted advisor in Egypt, but later generations ended up as slaves. And wasn't it Ahaz's so-called alliance with Assyria that led to our present slavery?” 3 likes
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