In the Shadow of Jezebel by Mesu Andrews

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Have I ever mentioned I LOVE biblical fiction? I really do! It’s so fun to see the truth of the Bible, interwoven with the unknown… what might-have been. This story is incredible. It’s so very eye-opening to the duties of the high priest in the work of the Temple. It’s horrifying, seeing all the works of Jezebel, and her wicked daughter Athaliah. It’s so intriguing to read of Jehosheba, the heroine of the story, and her faith in God to hide the young prince Jehoash from the queens who would take his life!

Meet Jehosheba, the adopted daughter of Athaliah. She has been raised to be a political success, and will soon become a priestess in Baal’s temple, forced to commit mutilating actions on her own body, and others’, as well as other disgusting and mis-guided forms of “worship.” But as Judah is attacked, and her forces almost wiped out, Jezebel and Athaliah come up with a new plan for Jehosheba. She will be forced to marry the high priest, and win his confidence, thus underhandedly bringing Baal into the place where God should be. She must not fail! Jezebel and Athaliah have ordered the killings of many of their own children, so Jehosheba knows she must make them proud.

Meet Jehoida, the new high priest. He is much older than Jehosheba, but after much prayer and consulting the Urim and Thummim, he agrees to marry Jehosheba. What Jehosheba doesn’t count on is Jehoida’s love, and most importantly, the love of the true God. The God her ancestors worshipped.

Jehosheba is put in danger time after time. She learns to worship and serve the one true God, but she must make Athaliah believe she is still doing her bidding. As they are “wise without lies” throughout the story, you will see the plan of God coming to action, and His amazing protection prevailing!

You will love this book! I highly recommend it!

I received the book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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