On This Foundation

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On This Foundation
Lynn Austin
Bethany House Publishers


When news that the wall of Jerusalem is broken down, and its gates have been burned with fire, Nehemiah, Jewish cupbearer to King Artaxerxes in Persia, seeks God's guidance. After fasting and prayer, he's given leave to travel to Jerusalem and rebuild the city wall, not anticipating all the dangers that await him on his arrival.

The leaders of the surrounding nations become his fierce enemies, plotting to assassinate him and halt the work. A drought, meanwhile, has left the country impoverished, many families resorting to selling their children as bondservants just to keep from starving.

Capturing the rebuilding of the wall through the eyes of a number of characters, On This Foundation is a powerful exploration of faith in the midst of oppression, and hope that, in spite of appearances, the gracious hand of God is upon those who believe.


     If you've been reading my reviews for a while now, you've probably noticed that I have my "favorite" authors I come back to time and again. Lynn Austin is definitely one of those--but at the same time, I've never been as much of a fan of her Biblical fiction as I have been with her other historical novels.

     That being said, I still wanted to read this book, and while it's not one my favorites of her books, I did think it was worth the read. Halfway through On This Foundation I even stopped for a moment and went, "You know, I really want to re-read the book of Nehemiah now!"

     I really liked Nehemiah's character in this book, and the plot with Chana was very interesting to me, because it was not something I see a lot of authors willing to do *SPOILER* as most would have made her betrothed either the villain or a losing side in a love triangle*END OF SPOILER*. Still, while I did like On This Foundation for the most part, it didn't capture me as much as I wanted to. However, now that this series has wrapped up, I'm very interested in what Lynn Austin's next project will be.

Rating: 7

I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

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