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Keepers of the Covenant

(Restoration Chronicles #2)

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The Old Testament Comes to Thrilling Life in the Latest from Lynn Austin

In one life-changing moment, the lives of the Jewish exiles in Babylon are thrown into confusion and despair when a decree arrives from the king's palace in Susa. It calls for the annihilation of every Jewish man, woman, and child throughout the empire on the thirteenth day of Adar, in less than one ye
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Paperback, 477 pages
Published October 7th 2014 by Bethany House Publishers (first published September 30th 2014)
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Pat Zeman Yes because this strongly reinforced the truth that God had a purpose in making Esther the queen; just as today in our lives God has a plan that we…moreYes because this strongly reinforced the truth that God had a purpose in making Esther the queen; just as today in our lives God has a plan that we often cannot understand.(less)

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Nadine Keels
Oct 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
We show our faith in God when we keep moving forward even when our prayers aren't being answered... to keep believing that God is good even when it doesn't seem that way.

I've read more than one biblical fiction novel and have seen at least three different films about the Jews under ancient Persian rule and the origin of Purim. All of those novels and films were primarily concerned with the story of Queen Esther, so it was nice to read an account from another angle, primarily that of the Jewish l
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Mark
Oct 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Biblical fiction has never been my favorite genre', and is something I rarely read, but I have always been impressed with Lynn Austin's Biblical fiction, and am always eager to read it when it comes from her pen. Not only is she a master at this genre', thus far she has written about people and times in the Bible that most Biblical fiction authors doe not write about.

This is the second book in the Restoration Chronicles, set in the time of the Jewish captivity. This book starts out with the pl
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Michelle
Aug 24, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Keepers of the Covenant is the second book in Lynn Austin’s The Restoration’s Chronicles. I felt like I was walking beside and had an understanding of the life, doubts, struggles and actions surrounding the events the Jews experienced leading up to, through and after the 13th day of Adar.

I’ve been amazed at how much I’ve enjoyed Lynn Austin’s biblical stories and how they have brought to life the Old Testament for me. Her stories have encouraged and caused me to delve into my bible and glen mor
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Andi
Sep 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: empty-shelf-2014
Lynn Austin takes the OT book of Ezra and breathes new life into it. This is an enthralling read of the exiled Jews and their return to Jerusalem. You feel as though you are apart of the story, going through what they are experiencing.
I am a huge fan of biblical fiction, not only are the entertaining, I always find something I didn't know before, and I end up searching my Bible, which always leads to new notes and highlights in my Bible. If you think the OT is boring, pick up a copy of Keepers
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Joyce
May 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love this book. Lynn Austin is one of my top favorite authors. Her setting and plot are historically accurate, her characters are real, and God is portrayed on many levels. Biblical fiction is not my favorite genre, but if a story is written true to the biblical account, I love how it makes the Old Testament come alive.

There's really nothing I can say except encourage you to read it for yourself. I can't wait to read the third book in the Restoration Chronicles series. Highly recommended. Ezra
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Paula Vince
This is a fascinating story about Ezra, one of God's chosen Biblical leaders, and the duties and passions that consumed him. I love how Lynn Austin features such large figures from Bible history alongside her own fictional characters, for her story is also about Reuben, the young Jewish boy who loses the plot when his beloved father dies for the God who could have saved him; and Amina, the lame little Gentile girl who comes to love her surrogate Jewish mother and her God with all her heart.

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Victor Gentile
Oct 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Lynn Austin in her new book, “Keepers of the Covenant” Book Two in The Restoration Chronicles series published by Bethany House Publishers takes us into the life of Ezra.

From the Back Cover: In Their Darkest Hour, Where Would Hope Be Found?

In one life-changing moment, the lives of the exiles in Babylon are thrown into despair when a decree from the king’s palace calls for the annihilation of every Jewish man, woman, and child throughout the empire in less than one year.

Ezra, a quiet but brillian
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Beckie Burnham
Oct 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I think it must be really hard to write Biblical fiction — fiction that is entertaining and engaging while at the same time faithful to God’s Word, His intent and His purposes. Lynn Austin is an author who does an exemplary job of combining all the necessary ingredients to do just that. In her latest book in the Restoration Chronicles, Keepers of The Covenant, Austin combines the stories of Ezra and Esther to bring forth a cohesive narrative of the life of post-exilic Israel. She also does the b ...more
Janae Dale
Sep 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biblical-fiction
Keepers of the Covenant (The Restoration Chronicles Book #2)
By Lynn Austin

The nation of Israel has been in captivity for many years, first to the Babylonians then to the Persians. They are scattered throughout the Persian empire. Though Nehemiah had been allowed by Cyrus to return with a remnant to rebuild the temple, that window of opportunity has closed for the Jews. They are slowly becoming assimilated into the Gentile culture and many are starting to fear that God has forgotten them. An edic
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Christian Fiction Addiction
Dec 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The second novel in "The Restoration Chronicles" series is a truly compelling read, bringing the historical figures in the Bible to life in a new way. The novel follows a number of different characters on their difficult journeys, weaving the various plot lines together into a unified whole. You will live and breathe alongside these characters as they face what seems to be certain death, as with Ezra or Devorah, or despair over the mistreatment they suffer at the hands of those who should love t ...more
Cindy
Oct 01, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: winning-book
I won this edition of Lynn Austin's book "Keepers of the Covenant". I see now where the title originated, the characters of the story keep the covenant and battle against the Babylon, Cannanites. We have the main character from the Bible Deborah (Judges 4-5) as Devorah. We have Ezra the prophet. We have Reuben. And we have a few other characters thrown in here and there.
What I liked about the story; the three dimensional characters you don't get out of the Bible. There are some twist and turns
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Faith
Title: Keepers of the Covenant
Written By: Lynn Austin
Genre: Biblical Fiction
Recommended Ages: 15 & up

Introduction:
I read this book under orders. Okay, not really. It was suggested to me by a wise friend, that I take a break from writing and do some reading. So I did and of course, had to decide which of the hundreds of books on my to-read list to read. I’d recently heard from multiple writing friends that Lynn Austin wrote excellent books and I happened to own one, so I chose that one. I am
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Marguerite Gray
Nov 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a great way to study biblical history through the lives of vibrant characters who truly rose to the challenges of returning to Jerusalem. Ezra accepted God's plan and set out on a journey of faith.
Marie
Oct 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
Long before the birth of Jesus, the Jews were persecuted and punished. The Old Testament shows us in the book of Esther how Queen Esther saved the Persian Jews from complete annihilation which resulted in the celebration called Purim. While the biblical story in Keepers of the Covenant begins with this well-known story of Haman and Mordecai of Esther 3-8, the author gives us a wonderfully fictionalized retelling of the prophet Ezra's family during this period of war and hardship. In the bible, t ...more
Bethany
I love this author, and have really enjoyed several of her previous releases. But sadly, I had a hard time enjoying this book as much as I wanted to. I felt the same way about the first book in this series, Return to Me. Even though I had a hard time getting into the first book, I decided to still give this sequel a try, and am glad I did.

I've always thought that biblical fiction is such an interesting genre that has so much potential. Sadly this genre isn't as popular as others, which is why I
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Katherine Wacker
In Lynn Austin’s Keepers of the Covenant, the Jews are days away from extinction. Held captive in a foreign land for disobeying God’s laws, the Lord orchestrates a way of escape, but it comes with a price. Wives become widows, and children are left fatherless. Convinced that his people will forget God’s salvation in Babylon, Ezra, leads the exiles back to the Promised Land. Will he remain faithful to his calling as he shoulders the responsibility of leading his people?
Keepers of the Covenant t
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Hayden
It took me a few chapters to get into this book, but once I did, I enjoyed it. I liked how it was divided into several locations with several different points of view (my favorite was Amina's story) and I was also pleasantly surprised at how the book began with the story of Esther, which I wasn't expecting (I requested this book because I read that last one in the series; I hadn't looked at the back blurb)

Still, there were parts of this book that were hard for me to read, because almost every ch
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Elena
Jan 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This story gripped me from very beginning and keep this way till the end. Book of Ezra unfolded vividly animated while I read this book. Many of events I knew about for the long time look differently when I "lived" through them along with main characters. One thing when you just read about decree that on one day a group of people should be killed, and totally different when you imagine it could be you and your family who have to meet this destiny. Then questions like "what to do" and "how to esc ...more
Beverly
Dec 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Once again, Lynn Austin did not disappoint.
I loved how Lynn wove the story of Esther into the life and ministry of Ezra. I appreciated the faith struggles in the midst of tough circumstances, and the way the Word of God was sought to give direction, hope and inspiration in a pagan world that threaten to extinguish their love and longing for the Almighty.
I was also impressed with the process of balancing the fear of the Lord and the need to keep His Law with the Grace and Mercy of the Lord. I lov
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Rachel
Lynn Austin is an awesome writer. This book has so much depth! I enjoyed the fact that this story is told from the viewpoint of the Jews that were the target of Haman's decree to kill all the Jews in Queen Esther's time. Usually the story is from her viewpoint. :) There are several storylines that connect throughout the book and the author doesn't shy away from the tragedy of death and the choices people make out of grief and anger. You'll ache for the losses and rejoice as they find their way b ...more
Christy Ryan
Oct 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Oh my goodness. Just finished this second book of the trilogy and I loved it more than the first. This Biblical historical fiction gave me such an understanding of the time period when the exiles were in Babylon from Ezra's point of view. It takes you into the story to see how his life is being impacted by what is happening in the book of Esther. You can't finish this book without being excited to go and read the passages of the Bible it is based on. Great read!
Callie
Nov 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2014
Loved this book! I love Biblical fiction, and this book covers part of the story of Ezra. Great characters and it seemed really biblically accurate to me. I received a copy of this book for free from Netgalley.
Victoria Bylin
Jan 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
No one writes Biblical fiction like Lynn Austin. Thoroughly enjoyed this second installment of the Restoration Chronicles.
Beverly
Have you ever read parts of the Bible and then tried to imagine the events as they occurred in the day to day moments? I used to wish there were more books written that way. This book is one that accomplishes that feat completely. It opens the windows and doors and allows us to live with friends and family of some well-known characters of biblical events. In this case, it's about Ezra, family man, scholar, Rebbe, husband, brother, friend, son, leader, and teacher. He struggled with daily life ju ...more
Angela
Aug 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Another great Biblical Historical Fiction.

(to be continued)
Sarah K
My five point review:

It took me so long to read and review this book because I didn’t realize it was the second book in The Restoration Chronicles series until after I had received it! Whoops! The first book, Return to Me, was great. I couldn’t put it down. Unfortunately, this book, for me, wasn’t quite as compelling and was too long. It may have just been that it was hard to get into, but I never got that must-not-put this-book-down feeling here. But you might love it!
Regardless, this still w
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Jeanie
Sep 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
If you have hard time reading the Old Testament and following the flow of events, I would recommend reading Lynn Austin’s series of books on this very important teaching for Christians. She writes with integrity of the scriptures and brings to life what seems so far removed for Christians. The Keeper of the Covenant is the beginning of Esther (see the book of Esther in the Old Testament). It is a time when the enemy of the Jewish nation tricks the King to put an end to every man, woman and child ...more
Shannon
Jan 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Have you ever read a story that was so riveting that you simply couldn’t put it down? Where the characters are so real you feel what they feel, their joy, their sorrow, their fear, their pain? Lynn Austin’s Keepers of the Covenant is one of those books!

Keepers of the Covenant is the second installment in Austin’s Restoration Chronicles series. In this book we journey along side Ezra during one of the darkest times in the Old Testament. Ezra’s story parallels that of Queen Esther from the perspe
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Jamie
Oct 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
“If we deny God, our lives aren’t worth living.”

I feel smarter after reading Lynn Austin’s books, I really do. Especially with her latest series, The Restoration Chronicles. She has the incredible talent of packing her novels with historical research that would make my grad professors proud and yet not drowning the reader or overwhelming them. It’s the perfect blend of a master storyteller and bringing to life the Old Testament.

As I mentioned when reviewing the first in this series (Return to Me
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Barbara
Lynn Austin has always been one of my favorite authors, and I enjoy her historical fiction, but in my opinion she has truly found her niche writing Biblical fiction. The Restoration Chronicles series is absolutely wonderful. This has to be one of my favorite books of 2014, if not the top one!! Taking the stories of Esther, Ezra, and others from the Old Testament, she fleshes them out in a way that makes you feel you are there experiencing the events as they happen. She also causes the reader to ...more
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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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“It's easy to have faith when we get everything we want from God, everything we pray for. But when we don't, we have to decide if we want His will or our own. We can't manipulate God by a display of faith or by our actions. Only idols can be manipulated. God is sovereign, and He will do what He do what He wills, for His purpose. And those purposes are often hidden” 4 likes
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