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Of Fire and Lions

(Prophets and Kings #2)

4.51  ·  Rating details ·  863 ratings  ·  275 reviews
The Old Testament book of Daniel comes to life.

Survival. A Hebrew girl first tasted it when she escaped death nearly seventy years ago as the Babylonians ransacked Jerusalem and took their finest as captives. She thought she'd perfected in the many years amongst the Magoi and the idol worshippers, pretending with all the others in King Nebuchadnezzar's court. Now, as Danie
Paperback, 400 pages
Published March 5th 2019 by Waterbrook Press
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I had finished reading this book way back in January 2020. I delayed writing a review because I wanted to take my time to come up with a review that would do justice to the book. However, after nine months words still fail me. All I can say is that this is a rich and vivid piece of story telling, description of places, events and people. The life, times, events, culture, traditions, prophecies and miracles lived and witnessed by Prophet Daniel, (Prophet Daniyal A.S. as known to Muslims), his fam ...more
Mesu Andrews says her philosphy of writing Biblical fiction is: 1) Biblical accounts and Scripture to build the foundation, 2) Historical facts that support the truth of God's Word, and 3) creative fiction to hold the historical fact and Biblical truth together. This is so obvious in this wonderful tale of Daniel. The story is so well-fashioned that it seamlessly weaves all 3 components together to place me right in the middle of Daniel's life and the time period and evil that existed during the ...more
Alysha (For The Love of Christian Fiction)
Mesu Andrews with rip out your heart, step on it a few times, then mend it back together.

This story was a lot to ingest. I wanted to savor every single moment of it, so it took me longer to finish it. In all honesty I could've gone for another 400 pages. Every word had a purpose and they hit their mark with perfect aim.

One of the main reasons I love biblical fiction is how much it tests my knowledge of the Bible. Though I know my fair share of the book of Daniel, I had to set the book down and r
Sarah Monzon
Nov 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Anyone else an Adventures in Odyssey fan? I always used to think taking a ride in the Imagination Station would be really cool. Well, you don’t need a trip to Whit’s end in order to find yourself caught up in the adventure and action found in bible stories. All you need is a Mesu Andrews book! The fiery furnace and the lion’s den are two stories we’ve all grown up hearing in church school and family worship. Mesu makes those stories come alive thousands of years later in this book.
Lou Allen
Of Fire and Lions is a dramatic and emotional Biblical fiction novel.
The story explores the questions — What would have happened if Daniel had a wife? What would she experience if she was taken as a child from Jerusalem to Babylon (a place that abuses young women who have no protector or means of support)?
This is the story of Belili the fictional wife of Daniel, who watches firsthand the events in the biblical book of Daniel.
You may be familiar with the story of Daniel in the lion’s den but this
Janet Ferguson
May 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: adult, fiction
If you enjoy biblical fiction like Lynn Austin's god & kings series, you'll enjoy this fictional story of Daniel in the Old Testament. I like biblical fiction because it sends me to the Bible to see where the author got their research. ...more
When I saw this stunning cover, I knew I wanted to read this book, not to even mention that is is written by Mesu Andrews. I mean, look at this cover and tell me you don't want this book.

Daniel is probably one of the most confusing and most exciting Bible books. Most confusing because there is basically three different kings Daniel served, and to keep facts straight about what happened to whom etc is quite a task. Most exciting - the miracles speak for themselves: surviving being thrown into a f
Mesu Andrew's Of Fire and Lions tells the story of Daniel. It is told from the POV of Daniel and Belili. While the Bible tells us that Daniel maintained a strong walk when faced with persecution, many Hebrews in captivity struggled to maintain a close relationship with God. Ms. Andrew's chooses to give Daniel a wife and family. In Belili, the author gives us a heroine that has learned to be strong and courageous in order to survive. The story spans the full seventy years of Hebrew captivity. Th ...more
Feb 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: empty-shelf-2019
If you grew up in Sunday school like I did I’m sure you’ve heard the story of Meshach, Shadrach, and Abednego in the fiery furnace and their best friend Daniel in the lion’s den during their exile in Babylon. But, have you truly experienced the story in a way that makes it unforgettable? That is what Of Fire and Lions does. I’ve read Daniel, studied it, even Bible quizzed on it as a kid, but Mesu Andrews with the use of an exiled Hebrew girl, Abigail/Belili makes the experience of Daniel all enc ...more
Mar 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-reads
If you are a fan of biblical fiction, you won't want to miss this exciting retelling of the life of Daniel. Mesu Andrews is a wonderful story teller. She includes a lot of historical details that enrich the biblical account. The story is told through the eyes of a fictional character named Abigail. I enjoyed her character development and story line. She added an interesting female aspect to what would have been an all male story.
I received a free copy of this book from the publisher for the purp
Mar 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Freedom despite captivity

Mesu Andrews brings the book of Daniel to life in this exciting tale. Not content to have her characters molded perfectly, without flaw, for her readers to wish they could emulate, she carves them out of flesh and blood and makes them fully human. She took the Biblical account and made it come to life for me more than than it has in the past as I considered even more the things the captives would have seen and experienced.

Belili, also known as Abigail, was one of the cap
Aug 12, 2020 rated it liked it
I'll never stop marveling at Mesu's talent at storytelling. Like, she is the queen of using different POVs in her novels in such a fantastic way you never even notice. #goals. 🥳
There is no denying that this book has been marvelously researched and I'm not going to lie, I liked it a lot. I loved reading about Daniels's younger years and how his faith never faltered amidst tribulation, it was really inspiring to read about. This book pretty much covers all of the Bible book of Daniel minus the pro
Anne Rightler
Mar 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: launch-team
Of Fire and Lions is historical fiction at its finest. Mesu Andrews does a marvelous job of telling the story of a young woman who first is depicted as a Hebrew captive, finds herself an idol worshiper, and ends up the beloved wife of the prophet Daniel. Taking Biblical history and fleshing out the story, the author brings readers a thoroughly captivating read. With descriptive prose that makes the reader feel like you are right there in the scenes and realistic dialogue, the author expertly por ...more
Oh where to start with Mesu Andrews installment of Israel's captivity in Babylon! My heart is still recovering for the story of Daniel and his fictional wife Abigail/Belili.

This goes back and forth in time from young Daniel and his friends Meshach, Shadrach, and Abednego who meet young Abigail in captivity in Babylon through the 70 year promise that prophet Jeremiah said a remnant of Israel will return to Jerusalem, including the 7 years Nebacunezzer was transformed to beast.

We see the rise of D
Jan 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: biblical-fiction
At first I found the story confusing since it alternated between different time periods in Daniel's life but soon it came together. I was sceptical about Daniel having a wife but the author explained that possibly a eunoch was a palace official. Ok, I grant her the right for artistic license. The story was written from Abigail/ Belili's perspective. She was a childhood friend of Daniel in the early years of their captivity. Years later she became his wife. In the intervening years Abigail became ...more
Anne Marie
Mar 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is another success for Mesu Andrews! I don’t read her books but I become part of her books. When I read the description I knew I must have it in my hands. I love to read anything about Daniel. He is one of my favorites besides Jesus. I love the way Mesu gave this fictional bible story to life. The characters, the time and feeling part of this book was such a wonderful experience. I love how she made this book come alive.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher for my honest review.
Another Amazing Book By Mesu Andrews!

I have never read a book By Mesu Andrews that I did not completely love… and this one is no exception!

Although I have done a comprehensive 12-week bible study from Beth Moore on Daniel, read Daniel for Dummies (yes it was a real book but can’t find it anymore), and studied the topic of Daniel’s life in detail, there were so many new things that I discovered about Daniel’s life through reading this book.

While most kids in Sunday school have heard the stories o
Kathy DiDomizio
Nov 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Mesu Andrews writes Biblical fiction in a way that completely draws me into her stories like few other authors. I have thoroughly enjoyed all her books, but Of Fire and Lions is my new favorite!
This beautifully told story follows a Hebrew girl, Abigail, who is captured in the fall of Jerusalem in 605 BC and made a servant to four young princes who were also taken in the siege. It becomes her charge to ensure the princes, who include Daniel, arrive in Babylon healthy and unharmed. During their jo
Dec 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Abigail is a Hebrew servant when, at age nine, she is taken as a captive into Babylon. She is assigned to serve Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. I thoroughly enjoyed this imagined retelling of the life of Daniel (and his fictional family) from the Old Testament.

So many Bible-based books that I pick up lately seem have the goal of exposing all the weirdness that is in the Bible (and yes! there's a lot! I get it!). I found it refreshing that Mesu Andrews was more interested in telling the
Oct 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
I am a big fan of Mesu Andrew's Biblical fiction and very much enjoyed her newest, Of Fire and Lions. Mesu has a gift to make Bible characters come to life and leap off the page, and she certainly hit it out of the park with Daniel! I loved learning more about Daniel and the time period in which he lived. The background and history of what was going on in the Middle East politically, socially, economically, historically, was fascinating and really contributed to the story.

The reader needs to un
Barbara M. Britton
Nov 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christian
Andrews brings the book of Daniel, and the exile of the Israelites in Baylon and beyond, to life like no other. I have read these Scriptures about Daniel and his friends-Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego--many times and not really considered what the young boys went through. Andrews ages Daniel and gives him a wife. Abigail/Belili shows us what life in exile would be like for a beautiful woman. We see Daniel's faith in the lion's den and in his every day life. Andrews makes us consider how King Neb ...more
Mar 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
OF FIRE AND LIONS is Ms. Andrews' newest biblical fiction and fans of this genre will devour it.

Biblical fiction is not my favorite genre, I find it changes the way I look at the Bible and I am not sure if how much of the story is fiction. However, Ms. Andrews is a very talented author, the story is engaging and hard to put down--even for me, a non-fan! Her characters come to life on the page and as the reader, I care.

If you love biblical fiction, you will love OF FIRE AND LIONS.

I was given a c
Becky Marie
Apr 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Mesu Andrews has done it again! She weaves together a beautiful story of love and redemption through the eyes of Daniel's wife. She makes the story of Daniel come out to new light and new meaning while still staying true to the Biblical account. You will not be disappointed when you step into Daniel's and Belili's world to see how God can use your trials. ...more
Jul 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
In her latest novel, Of Fire and Lions, Mesu Andrews explores the nation of Israel's Babylonian captivity through the eyes of Abigail, a young Hebrew maid whose life is inextricably entwined with four young Hebrew princes caught up in the first exile -- Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abendnego. This is perhaps Andrews' most ambitious novel to date, spanning some seventy years of heartbreak, hope, and redemption on both a national and an intimate, personal level. Told primarily from Abigail's poi ...more
May 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lynna-s-reads
I fell in love with the wring of Mesu Andrews. Her telling the fictional account of Daniel was inspiring. I jave already gotten another one of her books. Isaiah's Daughter! She brought this part of the Bible to life for me and several times moved me to tears. A must must read!! ...more
I read this book in one sitting. A facinating look at Daniel and the Babylonian captivity.
Lisa Johnson
Mar 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Title: Of Fire & Lions
Author: Mesu Andrews
Pages: 400
Year: 2019
Publisher: WaterBrook
My rating: 5 out of 5 stars.
This novel includes characters who really lived, and readers can read the true events in the Bible. The author does an amazing job of utilizing her research in this fictional tale. At the end of the book, the author shares what she learned and her thoughts about the story. Daniel was a Jewish man who was royalty and was taken to Babylon under King Nebuchadnezzar, along with three of his
Mar 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Taken captive by the Babylonians, Abigail, fights to survive using her wit and charm to survive in Nebuchadnezzar's court, denying her Hebrew heritage and taking the name Belili.

Now many years later she is married to Daniel, and mother to four daughters who resent her, everything changes when Daniel is called to interpret mysterious writing on the wall. What will the reign of Median King Darius mean for Belili and Daniel?

Told for the most part through Belili's eyes the story weaves itself forwar
Mar 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Of Fire and Lions by Mesu Andrews is an outstanding book that brings to life the story of Daniel in the Bible. The story takes us from 605 BC to about 539 BC. Using Biblical facts, the author writes a fictional retelling of Daniel's life after the Babylonians took over Jerusalem to the returning of the exiles to Jerusalem. The main character in this story is Daniel's wife Abagail/Belili.
I just loved this story from Abigail being the maid for Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego all the way to
Vicky Sluiter
Mar 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
So imagine Daniel. We know about “Daniel and the lions den”. We don’t know a lot more about him. Author Mesu Andrews helps to fill in some gaps with her “what if” novel. What if Daniel was married as a young man? But not to his first love. What if later that first love became his wife? Let me say that Andrews in no way states her book as “the way it was”. It’s clearly a work of fiction that makes you think about possibilities but does not in any way attempt to change the biblical information abo ...more
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Mesu grew up with a variegated Christian heritage. With grandparents from the Pilgrim Holiness, Nazarene, and Wesleyan Churches, her dad was a Quaker and mom charismatic. As you might imagine, God was a central figure in most family discussions, but theology was a battlefield and Scripture the weapon. As a rebellious teenager, Mesu rejected God and His Word, but discovered Jesus as a life-transfor ...more

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