Love Amid the Ashes by Mesu Andrews is the fictional re-telling of the biblical story of Job from the Old Testament. This is the first biblical fiction story I have ever read and I must say it is a powerful tale. I was vaguely familiar with Job’s story. I know that the verse “The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away. Blessed be the name of the Lord” comes from Job. I know that he was tested by the devil and that God allowed it all knowing that Job would be faithful.
Ms. Andrews takes the biblical facts and expounds on them. She weaves a very rich tapestry detailing the setting of ancient Uz drawing the reader into the story using all five senses. Her gift of descriptive language is quite stunning. I felt so bad for Job and Dinah. I was amazed at their strength of character and their deep abiding faith and trust in the Lord no matter what humiliation or tragedy befalls them.
I could not put this book down even knowing the ending. Ms. Andrew strengthens her own words by interweaving actual scripture throughout the book. It packs a powerful punch for the reader. I highly recommend this book.
**Available March 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
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