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Wings of Refuge

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A Powerful Story Set Against the Backdrop of Today's Israel
Nothing in Abigail MacLeod's life as a wife, a mother, and a teacher has prepared her for what she will experience during her summer in Israel. At forty-two, her life is in chaos, even before she leaves home--her marriage is dissolving before her very eyes, her faith is in shambles. This pilgrimage to Israel was s
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Paperback, 397 pages
Published June 1st 2000 by Bethany House Publishers (first published January 1st 2000)
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Jen Andrews
Apr 25, 2014 Jen Andrews rated it really liked it
Three different storylines going, at three different time periods. I liked learning more anout Israel's history after Bible times. A good read.
Lee
Mar 09, 2012 Lee rated it really liked it
I have to say that I love Lynn Austin! I love how she doesn't stick to one genre, and once again, this book is very different than anything else she has written. This is probably my least favorite of her's so far, but it was still enjoyable. What I did like about it was that I learned so much about Israel's history. While I know it's a country of much turmoil, I have never learned about the details. I know this book probably just skims the top of a very deep and extensive history, but what she d ...more
Nicole
Aug 15, 2014 Nicole rated it it was amazing
This book had all the perfect elements for me. I have always been fascinated by archaeology, history, and the Word of God. It's always been a dream of mine to go it Israel someday.
Wings of Refuge takes place in the Holy Land, following the lives of three different women. Leah, a first century Jewish believer, Hannah, a Jewish archaeologist, and Abby, an American teacher volunteering for on an archaeological dig supervised by Hannah.
Abby finds herself sucked into international intrigue before s
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Ellien
May 29, 2015 Ellien rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christian, austin
Wings of Refuge is a spectacular read. I have read about a dozen of Austin's novels and am amazed at how hungry I am to read her novels. Usually, after awhile, the author gets "predictable" and thus boring. This story is quite complex. It weaves in a mosaic of women's lives from a span of two thousand years and eloquently describes the meaninglessness absurdities of our human experience, of God's grace and redemption; of the importance of forgiveness in horrible, horrible circumstances, even tho ...more
Rebecca Young
Aug 25, 2014 Rebecca Young rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: All my friends and family
Recommended to Rebecca by: Heather Rodriguez
I loved this book. it is my all-time favorite Lynn Austin book! The story is three-in-one, and although the stories are woven together to make for a very compelling novel, each story has "legs" and can stand on its own. The book begins with a modern-day archeological dig in Israel; reverts to the time-period of the Six-Day War; and then reverts to the world of first-century Palestine. Although this is a work of fiction, it certainly has elements of actual historical events along with historical ...more
Havebooks Willread
Jan 11, 2014 Havebooks Willread rated it really liked it
I just needed an easy break, so I pulled a Lynn Austin book off my shelf of thriftstore finds. Wings of Refuge told the story of a woman who had recently discovered her husband's affair and both her children were independent and in college. She leaves these life-changing experiences to participate in an archeological dig in Israel.

As she is examining herself and her faith, she gets caught up in international intrigue, learns the tough stories of some of her fellow archeologists, and discovers f
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Micah
Jun 06, 2015 Micah rated it it was amazing
Lynn Austin's books are hit and miss for me, but this has become one of my absolute all time favorite books. So perfectly spot on and wonderfully what I needed to read at this time in my life. She covered Israel's history so well, and she delicately showed both sides of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. Plus, she beautifully interwove the Redemption story through the plot line. I loved all 3 of the female characters and was very sad to end their stories. Well done!!
Heather
Jun 17, 2015 Heather rated it it was amazing
Excellent. Fascinating history - focuses on a woman in Ancient Israel, just after the time of Christ; a woman from Modern Israel; and a woman from modern America. She is so good at giving you glimpses into all sides of difficult situations (Publicans/Pharisees in time of Christ, Palestinians versus Iranians, etc.) to help you see that just about every situation has merit on both sides if you really try to get to know the people involved.
Terri
Jul 08, 2014 Terri rated it it was amazing
I just don't even know how to review this amazing story! it had so much to it, grace forgiveness understanding that Jesus came to save the world not a chosen people or person but the world we stereotype and categorize by our own judgments who is worthy and that opinion does not belong to us. there was so much history and education of Israel and culture I just got so much from this book....I love lynn Austin's books on Israel...this may of been my favorite as of now.
Erin
Feb 28, 2011 Erin rated it it was amazing
Really, really great book. Lynn Austin effortlessly weaves the stories of 3 different women and the vastly different times that they lived. Abby lives in present day (1999) America, but is spending the summer at an archeological dig. Her life at home is in tatters and she hopes to gain some perspective. Tragedy strikes before she even leaves the airport after touchdown, leaving Abby under suspicion of terrorism and reeling from the change in events. She gets to know Hannah, the lead archeologist ...more
Kathy Powell
Jun 19, 2014 Kathy Powell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beautiful Story of Grace

story of forgiveness in a marriage is so prevalent for today. also forgiveness when someone hurts you. this story was also about prejudices. Jesus died for all men. Forgiveness does not set the other person free, it sets you free! I love that! Very dramatic story and got me hooked in the prolong! I would recommend this book to any mature reader.
Louise
Apr 04, 2009 Louise rated it really liked it
I can't say enough about Lynn Austin's novels - fantastic!

From back cover:

"At forty-two, Abigail MacLeod is about to realize a lifelong dream-participation in an archaeological dig in Israel. Crushed by her husband's decision to end their marriage, Abby clings to the hope that somehow this trip will help to bring an element of peace into her chaotic life. But when tragedy taints the summer's promise, Abby questions the wisdom of staying on.

The comforting friendship of archaeologist Hannah Rahov
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Bonnie Dieffenbacher
Jan 21, 2016 Bonnie Dieffenbacher rated it it was amazing
As with all of Lynn Austin's books, I LOVED it. It was different from her others. It gave some history of the Israeli/Palestinian conflicts and gave you a little insight into both sides of the story. I would highly encourage everyone to read it, especially if you are a Lynn Austin fan
Alina Lupsa
Dec 09, 2015 Alina Lupsa rated it it was amazing
”- Mi-e dor de Abba foarte mult, plângea ea. Vreau să vină acasă.
- Știu, scumpo, știu. Dar, dacă Abba ar putea vorbi cu tine acum, ce crezi că ți-ar spune să faci?
- Să... să am încredere în dragostea infailibilă a lui Dumnezeu.
- Atunci exact asta trebuie să facem, Rahela. Exact așa trebuie să facem.” - Lynn Austin
debbie
Nov 15, 2015 debbie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great Read

Great read! She combines Jewish culture,Christian heritage in a mystery format.The common theme of redemption is interwoven across 2 ,000 years and three different types of religion.
Thebarrys10
Oct 31, 2013 Thebarrys10 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: five-star
Abby takes a trip to Isreal to try to forget her troubles and go on an archeological dig. During her flight she gets involved in espionage. The part that made this 5 stars for me is that it explains the turmoil in Isreal and why it's been going on for eons! It teaches about Palestinians,Pharisees and Sadusee-all of whom I needed better understanding of. God and Jesus are a big part of the book and I like that too. I learned why some Jewish people have converted to Christianity. I can understand ...more
Jamie
Jan 26, 2011 Jamie rated it it was amazing
I love Lynn Austin's books! And I love that she doesn't stick completely to one genre. This one tells a lot (and taught me a lot) about the conflict between the Palestinians and Israelis from 2000 years ago to the present. Another great story, great intrigue. She weaves three stories into one, as she tells of the life of a woman in 75 A.D., another woman in 1970 and another in the present day. The latter two women become friends on an archaeological dig and find remains of a home lived in by the ...more
Tammy
Aug 06, 2014 Tammy rated it liked it
I've read (and loved) many books by Lynn Austin but this was my least favorite so far. It bounced between different time periods. I wished there was more to the story that occurred between 48 AD and 66 AD and less of the story from 1999.

One quote that stuck with me was, ""My brother has never seen what God is really like. The Pharisees showed him a God who is a nit-picker, waiting to reject him whenever he failed and broke His laws. The Sadducees showed him a God who favored the rich and despise
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Erin
Mar 22, 2011 Erin rated it liked it
i found the archaelogical aspects of this interesting. And the story line about racial tensions was interesting. I definitely liked learning about the different Jewish feasts from the perspective of the archaeologist who was a Messianic Jew. But the main character was annoying and I was irritated w/her storyline (might be getting a divorce). I'm tired of the attacks on marriage in a lot of literature. The Jewish girl, from the past, storyline was interesting in a historical context. But I felt l ...more
Christy
Aug 11, 2009 Christy rated it liked it
I could almost give this a 4 :) I loved the overall message of this book: that Yeshua or Jesus Christ is the Savior and brings peace to our lives even in and through loss and trials. There were three main female characters and three time frames interwoven together. At times this was annoying to me. I would get so interested in one character and their life, when the story would switch back to another. By the end I appreciated the individual pieces fitting together...like the stones of a mosaic (s ...more
Danica Page (One Page at a Time)
I loved this book. Lynn Austin never disappoints me. I love her writing style. It's great!

Note: It's been over a year since I've read this book, and the lessons I learned and the plot of this book have remained intact and sound inside my head.

This is a book that I can't forget about. The portrait of the Middle Eastern conflict represented in this novel was an eye-opener. This book is definitely worth reading.

Since I still haven't forgotten about this novel, I'm pumping it up to 5 stars.

Definitel
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Helen
Mar 18, 2013 Helen rated it did not like it
I was very disappointed with this book. Lynn Austin is a fantastic writer and I have loved the other 6 books I read of hers BUT I could not get into this book. The story was all over the place, jumping from one time period to the other and I didn't understand how anything connected. I will admit that I became frustrated and bored with it and jump ahead about 200 pages just to get to the ending. I still like this author and have already downloaded another one her books on my Nook, but I do not re ...more
Debra
Nov 30, 2010 Debra rated it liked it
It took me a while to get into this book-- a lot of heavy topics, divorse, murder, traveling to Jerusalem, etc. It was the story of three women in on book, which came together in the end, but took me a while to get comfortable with. I enjoyed the views of Jesus through the Jewish eyes. I also liked the message of forgivness and it's power of refuge. The beginning and the end were a lot alike, a bit of a whirl wind and the middle went slow in comparrison. But that may just be my oppinion.
Michelle
Feb 18, 2012 Michelle rated it it was amazing
This is one of those books where the phrase "don't judge a book by it's cover" applies. I kept putting off reading it because the cover didn't jump out to me but I love Lynn Austin so I had to read it. It was kind of hard to get into but it quickly became a book that I couldn't put down. I love reading stories that put a face to a certain time period. It just brings that time to life for me.
This is definitely another great Lynn Austin book!
Janne
Sep 03, 2008 Janne rated it it was amazing
Great book - Lynn Austin is one of a very few authors that gives you a reason to really like Christian fiction. It is two interwoven stories - from the past and in present times -interesting historical information. Also, having been to Israel, I enjoyed her descriptions of the country - I could picture Jerusalum and other areas as she wrote of them - also some places I did not recognize, which was interesting, too!
cheryl
Jan 04, 2010 cheryl rated it it was amazing
Wow! Another very interesting book from Lynn Austin highlighting the comparable lives of three women from three different eras. Also highlighting the political struggle in Israel and the complexity of the situation from both the Israeli and the Palestinian perspective. A little preachy at times, but usually to show how the Jewish customs fit along with the story of Jesus. A story of forgiveness.
Denise
Mar 21, 2012 Denise rated it really liked it
I haven't read a book yet by this author that doesn't have me wanting to just read and put everything else on hold! She has three main characters' stories going on in this book at different time periods in the land of Israel. As always, she has researched and knows the history and scriptural references so well and has woven a beautiful story about the power of forgiveness through Christ.
Chantelle
Oct 30, 2012 Chantelle rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction
Read it for our book group. The writing was amateurish and sappy. Choppily interweaves the stories of three women in Israel. The only story line that interested me was the woman in ancient Israel who converted to Christianity shortly after Christ's death. The modern story lines were just too sappy. Lots of scripture quoting and preachy religious monologues. Endured it, didn't enjoy it.
Jill
Apr 01, 2011 Jill rated it really liked it
Loved some of the messages from this book.
Especially the references to mosiac stones and how we are all like a missing piece.
"We are those individual stones in God's design. The Master Artist cuts us and shapes us so that we'll each fit into our place."
A lot about the history of Israel and the Holy Land...
Love it when I get a historical lesson and learn things I didn't know....
Lisa
Dec 23, 2010 Lisa rated it it was amazing
I absolutely love Lynn Austin and I love this book! She blends human tragedy with historical fiction and throws a dash of biblical theory on top. This one is one of my favorites and I highly recommend it! To all my book friends out there...I would love nothing else for my birthday this year than a lunch date with Lynn Austin. Could someone put that together for me?
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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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