Thursday, September 6, 2018

By the Waters of Babylon (The Psalm Series #2) by Mesu Andrews

Title: By the Waters of Babylon (The Psalm Series #2)
Author: Mesu Andrews
Pages: 185
Release Date: August 1, 2018 
Genre: Biblical Era Fiction
Publisher: McPherson Publishing
Format: eBook (also available in paperback)

About the book:

     When Babylon destroys Jerusalem, as Yahweh warned through his prophets, the captives’ bitterness and grief pours out in the Captives’ Psalm:

“[By the rivers of Babylon] we sat as exiles, mourning our captivity, and wept with great love for Zion. Our music and mirth were no longer heard, only sadness. We hung up our harps on the willow trees.” (Psalm 137:1-2, The Passion Translation)

     A young Israelite woman is among them, captured by a mercenary Scythian prince. Driven toward Babylon by both hatred and hope, she endures captivity to reunite with her husband.

     But will he be there when she reaches Babylon? Will the prince risk the Scythian throne—and his life—to believe in the Hebrew God? Can they both find what they seek when they meet the prophet Ezekiel . . . by the rivers of Babylon?

My review:

     An incredible fictional story set during bible times!

     Since the story was written just from one of the Psalms, in my mind, it isn’t a Biblical novella. A few key people from the Bible are present though. I really enjoyed how the author took her fictional characters and wove them in with the Biblical characters to craft a cohesive story.

     The development of the main characters is fantastic. The strength that Merry needs to just keep going is amazing. I’m not sure how she did it.

     The amount of detail included in the horror of the siege of Jerusalem was more than I have ever come across. It made me much more aware of the completeness of God’s punishment on His chosen people.

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