by Mesu Andrews
“I’m simply saying perhaps we could spend more time in the evenings, reading and studying the sacred writings – the Law, David’s psalms, Solomon’s wisdom, and poetry, and all the prophets. You’ll become familiar with how Yahweh’s voice echoed in the hearts of others, and perhaps that same echo will become discernible in your own.”Isaiah’s Daughter
I have read many great books this past year and what I have to say next is not to diminish their value, but rather to fully demonstrate my feelings towards this new read.
Isaiah’s Daughter is the best book that I have read this year. It might be one of the best books I have ever read.
From start to finish, I was enraptured. I honestly could not put the book down, which is common for me, but this time, for a different reason. I usually struggle closing a book because I am anxiously waiting for a sweet, romantic scene to occur. With Isaiah’s Daughter, I was anxiously waiting for a new revelation from the true story of King Hezekiah, and with it, a greater understanding of God.
There may be spoilers below, but as this is a book based on the Bible, I only wrote details that could be found in the Word of God.
I feel closer to God, more rejuvenated in my spirit, and refreshed in my beliefs after reading this book. To me, that is truly the sign of great Christian fiction. I love this genre. I enjoy reading clean fiction that teaches and supports christian beliefs, but rarely do I feel goosebumps arise as if it is God’s words that are speaking to me. And that is what I felt when I read this book. The prophecies of Isaiah came alive to me and gave them meaning. I sometimes feel a little overwhelmed or don’t see the value of the prophesies when I read the book of Isaiah, but in reading this book and learning the significance of God’s given word to His prophet, I feel a greater appreciation for all that God has done. Despite our many faults and our lack of remaining true to Him and Him alone, God showed mercy and saved His people.
Unique to most books, Isaiah’s Daughter follows the story of an orphaned 5 year-old captive Hebrew girl until the sweet age of late thirties, as she experiences friendship and love, and ultimately the peace of Yahweh. Isaiah adopts Ishma, giving her a new name–Zibah, delight of the Lord–thereby ensuring her royal pedigree. Ishma came to the prophet’s home, devastated after watching her family destroyed and living as a captive. But as the years pass, Zibah’s lively spirit wins Prince Hezekiah’s favor, a boy determined to rebuild the kingdom his father has nearly destroyed. But loving this man will awake in her all the fears and pain of her past and she must turn to the only One who can give life, calm her fears, and deliver a nation.
I have always been confused about the conflicting views of God being unchangeable and steadfast with the vastly different God of the Old Testament to the God I know now. You may have the answer to this, but regardless, it is hard for me to picture a vengeful God or a God who seeks to punish for our sins and mistakes rather than bestow grace and mercy. I know that Jesus’ ultimate sacrifice freed us from this and made us pure and whole before the Father and for that I am beyond grateful.
I do feel slightly disheartened that such a righteous king would beget a son who was so wicked. King Hezekiah was known as righteous and just as well as being specifically named as an ancestor to Jesus while in contrast, his son, King Manasseh destroyed all the good his father did and reinstituted Judah as a polytheistic nation. It wasn’t until King Hezekiah’s great-grandson, King Josiah, that the nation of Judah turned back to the Lord. I have yet to read the third book in the series, Isaiah’s Legacy, but I would recommend it as it tells the story of King Manasseh. It’ll be interesting to read Mesu Andrew’s telling of this wicked king.
“Faith is a battle we fight every day, my love.” He opened his arms. “Come, tell the promises (of God) so I can pick up my sword and battle with you.”Isaiah’s Daughter
Not only is Isaiah’s Daughter is a great spiritual book, it is also full of great romance. The relationship between Hephzibah and Hezekiah is absolutely sweet and romantic. I love how their relationship progressed from young, devastated children to strong, steadfast adults. Despite all the disappointments and pain in their lives, they remain true to one another and to the Lord. They are truly a relationship worth desiring. That does not mean that they did not have their own flaws, but they worked through them together. That is another reason I love this book. Oftentimes, romantic fiction ends at the wedding and the epilogue shows that their union was fruitful and loving with the birth of a child. Even if there is a sequel, it almost never progresses from the point of view of the married couple, but another character. I love how Mesu Andrews continues their story through much of their lives. We get to witness the build up of their feelings that result in a wedding, but we also get to be a part of their misunderstandings, heated arguments, and long-lasting devotion to one another despite it all. It shows marriage in a positive and beautiful light. A great example of a great marriage.
I wish I could bestow upon this book a greater rating than five hearts, but as that is the highest I can give, I will say, this is a MUST READ for me.
As a Christian. As a woman. As someone who desires a similar marriage. As someone who aspires to listen to the voice of God. As a human. As a child of God.
The Red Review: ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
***5 Hearts: Compelling Characters, Well-Written, Interesting Storyline, Unable to Stop, Desire to Re-read