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Faith of My Fathers (Chronicles of the Kings #4)

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Hezekiah's unexpected death puts his son in charge. The new king's angry heart puts him at odds with his best friend--drawing battle lines down the middle their fathers' kingdom.
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Published February 1st 2006 by Bethany House Publishers (first published 1997)
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Mar 06, 2009 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, I really did enjoy this book, but I didn't think it was as compelling as the first three books in the series, and I'll tell you why. Although it was still a historical novel, it was obviously much more fictionized and less based on the Bible. This in itself is not the author's fault. She was only continuing the story of Hezekiah into his son, Manasseh's reign, but the Bible says decidedly less about Hezekiah's son, and so the author had to imagine an entire storyline to go along with the l ...more
Jan 23, 2014 Tracey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read26indy
I've thoroughly enjoyed every Lynn Austin novel that I've read. This was no exception. A year or so ago, I started the first book in this series and stopped as I couldn't handle the subject matter of child sacrifice at that time. Reading a story from the Bible in this way makes things come to life so much more. It helps you to imagine the feelings and emotions of the people that went through all that they did.

It makes me want to go back and read the Biblical account now that I've read this. I th
Ryan Handermann
Listened to the first 6 CDs, skipped to disc 10 and didn't miss anything. Its historical fiction about Manassah's reign. Manassah basically felt neglected by his Dad Hezekiah who died young. He blames the early death on God. He happens to meet a sorcerer who makes him believe that his close friends and counselors are conspiring against him, and so he goes on a rampage and tries to kill them. His childhood friend, named Joshua, escapes, plots revenge, and returns to steal the ark of the covenant ...more
Jun 06, 2013 Jeanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The bibical account of King Manaseh and his fall from God. As always reading these accounts, you can see how it applies to our lives as well. King Manaseh wanted God's blessing but wanted them on his terms with his insecurities. His father King Hezikiah was a great king of Israel who followed after God with his own weakness, however, his son did not because his jealousy and insecurities kept him far from the Lord. You really see how as Christians we can be just like King Manaseh. We worship God ...more
Oct 05, 2015 Zoë rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book!
However, as it is a Biblical story, it did have lots of violence, witchcraft, and manipulation in it that would not be advised for younger readers. But the story was amazing and once again Lynn Austin brings the Bible to life. The story was interesting and kept me in the book. It pulled at my heart strings and I thoroughly enjoyed it. :)
Dec 05, 2015 Riley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
These are amazing books. The family's faith in God is so encouraging
Jun 07, 2015 Steven rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Manasseh the son of a King Hezekiah had done virtually every thing with his good friend and constant companion, Joshua, the son of his palace administrator. They train together in every aspect of what it will take to run the kingdom. But things change once Manasseh is suddenly thrust into kingship when his father dies. In his anger and bitterness Manasseh turns to witchcraft and sorcery as he lashes out at the leaders of his father’s regime. Joshua’s childhood friend now has become his enemy as ...more
Mae Clair
Jan 29, 2015 Mae Clair rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Book #4 in the Chronicle of the Kings series. I found this one a bit harder to read, not because of the writing or story, which were stellar, but because of the struggles the characters endure. Manasseh has replaced his father, King Hezekiah, on the throne of Judah. Petty jealousies and insecurities lead him down a wayward path. Others manipulate him into reinstating idol worship and desecrating the Temple of God. He becomes a cruel and vindictive leader who condemns his best friend, Joshua, and ...more
Tori Moore
I am continuing to enjoy this series but didn't like this book as much as the previous ones. The main concern I had is that it read too much like an action novel. The challenge for the author is that she is writing about a time in history that is not fully documented so I do respect her ability to consider things that might have happened; however, there were times it felt unrealistic that so much could happened simultaneously.

That aside, I am very much looking forward to the next book and love
I loved this one so much! It was so fast paced from the beginning and I attached to the characters right away. I am loving this series!
May 26, 2015 S rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book 4 of the Chronicles of the Kings series is another great book in the series by Ms. Austin. She literally makes the characters come to life. In this book, she lays out the beginning reign of King Manasseh and Joshua, his childhood friend. and goes on to describe how many of the people had to leave Judah because of the evilness and desolation allowed by the King. Since I felt that each book has gotten better than the previous one in the series, I simply can't wait to begin on the last one.
May 13, 2014 Gloria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Christians; historical fiction lovers
Hezekiah is dead - Manasseh is king. I liked that the author wrote a note to her readers after the narrative explaining where she got her sources and how she found the direction of this book. It is an interesting idea - that somehow, the faithful removed the Ark of the Covenant during Manasseh's reign. I had read another idea somewhere else that Jeremiah had somehow removed the Ark of the Covenant before Jerusalem fell, but either would work. We know the end, just not the how.

The book follows Ma
Jul 12, 2012 Becky rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved the first three books in this series. I am giving the final two books a 3-star rating because I feel the story really lost steam. Both books will share this review because I felt exactly the same about both of them. The change in characters left me with no previous attachments. Because of that, by the 5th book, I didn’t even care what happened to the annoying characters. Several of them I wanted to slap, and others I wanted to get lost in the wilderness.

I enjoyed portions of the story bu
TheReadingKnitter/ Kasey
FROM BOOK COVER: Constant companions in their youth, Manasseh, son of Hezekiah, and Joshua, son of the palace administrator, have been primed for leadership of the kingdom of Judah. But anger toward God begins to smolder in Manasseh's heart upon his father's unexpected death. As Manasseh comes to power, his insecurity leads him down the path of sorcery. Fearing a conspiracy, he lashes out at the leaders of his father's regime. As the mayhem of Manasseh's reign begins to unfold, Joshua and his fa ...more
May 31, 2012 Louise rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Story Description:

Constant companions in their youth, Manasseh, son of King Hezekiah, and Joshua, son of the palace administrator, have been primed for leadership of Judah. But anger toward God begins to smolder in Manasseh’s heart upon his father’s unexpected death. As Manasseh comes to power, his insecurity leads him down the path of sorcery. Fearing a conspiracy, he lashes out at the leaders of his father’s regime.

As the mayhem of Manasseh’s reign begins to unfold, Joshua and his family suffe
Jun 10, 2010 Morgan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This might have been my favorite in the series. The 1st was good, the 2nd and 3rd really good, but this one was great! The author has to create more of a storyline here because this follows Manasseh (King Hezekiah's son) reign and the Bible says less about him than it does his father. However, she bases it all on what Scripture does say, and on historical record.

I found these so interesting because they tell so much about a history of the Jews that is long forgotten. I had never heard of what ha
Sue Merrell
I didn't really remember the story of Mannassah, and I just so happened to be in that section of Chronicles in my daily Bible reading when I picked this up to listen to in the car. Austin really makes these characters come to life. Mannassah is seduced to worship idols and betray the Jewish faith. But the reasons are so understandable, so believable, it made me wonder what falsehoods am I being seduced to believe?
I would probably give it 4.5 stars if that were possible, as this volume did have a couple of dry parts that weren't as interesting. Other sections were the most riveting in the entire series. This book showed how easily we can be fooled by someone who is intent on leading us away from God. It was fascinating how easily, quickly, and thoroughly Manasseh changes, and his adviser uses the same tactics Satan tried to use unsuccessfully on Jesus in the wilderness: take Scripture out of context and m ...more
Aug 08, 2014 Jan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have loved all of Lynn Austin's books that I've read, and I loved this one. They are inspirational and the characters are three dimensional and real. I find myself referring to the scriptural references she gives to see if these events really happened. I've read through the bible twice, and yet missed or forgotten some of the events that this author brings to life.
An interesting piece of historical fiction. About the reign of evil King Manasseh (son of good King Hezekiah) of Judah. He and his good friend Joshua (fictional) grow up together and because Joshua chooses not to follow the king in his evil, nor does Josh's father, Eliakim (real) and the prophet Samuel-they suffer greatly. It was a decent work.

The best part to me was probably how the evil prophet explained the purpose for such heinous acts (even child sacrifice). Just rationalized it right aw
Mar 03, 2016 Jan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Extremely intriguing historical fiction book that, together with the other books in this series, has given me an understanding of the Kings in Jerusalem, the culture, the enemies, and the descriptions of Kings who looked in faith to Yeshua and those who worshipped idols. I plan to read all the books this author has written.
Richard Collier
Jun 10, 2014 Richard Collier rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A difficult story with a better ending... and continuation

In this fourth book of the series, Lynn describes difficult concepts and behaviors by the King and all those around him. The book starts out very tedious for a believer, but has an interesting ending that seems biblical and probably accurate!
Please see my series review of Chronicles of the Kings as recorded in Book 1 Gods and Kings.

This book successfully introduces us to a new generation of characters in the Chronicles of the Kings series. Starting off with a purge, this book continues the strong action plot lines of the series. It deals with how and why a young man trained to follow Yahweh would abandon his teaching and chose sorcery and paganism over God. The paganism of Manasseh includes sins of
May 05, 2012 Sue rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This is the fourth of the Chronicles of the Kings series, and the first half of the story of King Manasseh.

(Copied from my thoughts on the fifth book of the series, these words are equally appropriate to describe my thoughts about the fourth.) This story was engaging and entertaining. The story and character development were much more imaginative than in the second and third of this series. The characters in the second and third were flat and added little to the Biblical story. The fourth and f
Bob Allen
Mar 28, 2014 Bob Allen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another excellent book on the OT Kings of Judah. This one is about Manasseh, who ruled cruelly and as a pagan, reinstating Asherah worship, temple prostitution, desolating the Temple, massacring all enemies. He kills the grandfather and father of Joshua, his boyhood friend. Joshua and his family and his father's servant's family flee to Moab. Story of what hate and a desire for revenge can do.
Dec 27, 2012 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this volume, King Mannaseh returns the nation of Judah to pagan worship. After he begins listening to diviners who twisted God's word, fear took over his life and he began trying to protect himself by killing God's prophets, priests and his godly advisors. Joshua, son of Eliakim, escapes to Moab with the remainder of his family, then plots to destroy his childhood friend Mannaseh as revenge takes over his life. Joshua manages to save a remnant of priests, Levites and Mannaseh's brother, Amari ...more
carmella wilson
Jun 23, 2015 carmella wilson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I will immediately start the next book in the series.

I am not ready to end this great adventure of the 5th book series but I can't put these books down. I have read all the books without any pauses. I appreciate the easy flow and the good over evil.
Pamela Hubbard
In the continuing saga, King Hezekiah has died and his son Manasseh has taken his place. Manasseh does not have the faith his father had and is easily swayed. He is mad at God for taking his father and a chance encounter with a pagan priest changes the course of his life. He sets out on a witch hunt to kill those who supposedly cursed his father, including Eliakim and Isaiah. Joshua, Eliakim's son, was Manasseh's best friend but finds himself fleeing for his life and trying to save his family.
May 03, 2012 Karen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was so bummed when I realized this book is moving on to the next generation. I so loved King Hezekiah and his faith and courage. I loved the struggles he faced, the obstacles he overcame and the awesome things that occured during his reign. He was so human, with all of his weaknesses and trials, but he was so strong and able to learn from those mistakes, he struggled, be he wasn't a fool. I was sad that the book starts with Manasseh, son of King Hezekiah, and that King Hezekiah dies and Manass ...more
Oct 08, 2014 Jennifer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is such a great series! Never in my life have I read a series straight through until now. This series is designed to be read through as she does not repeat herself a bunch, and the series is not based around one main character. Highly recommend.
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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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“You may certainly question Yahweh, but ask the right questions, Joshua. Ask Him what He wants to teach you through this suffering. Ask which of your faults, like pride or self-sufficiency or self-righteousness, He’s trying to purge from you. Ask which of His eternal qualities, like love and compassion and forgiveness, He wants to burn into your heart. Yes, go ahead, ask questions! Ask why He gave you the talents and gifts that He did—your excellent mind, your ability to lead others. Ask Him what He wants you to do with your life.” 0 likes
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