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Mesu Andrews is also known for the novel Isaiah's Daughter. In Of Fire and Lions, Andrews immerses us again in a Biblical world so real you feel you could touch it. While she picked the well-known story of Daniel and the Lions' Den, the novel focuses on the woman that loves Daniel. This breathes new life into an old Sunday school story while staying completely loyal to the Biblical truth.
It is fairly long for a Christian novel, and while it sells itself as a more of a Christian romance, it is anything but. Instead, you find yourself traveling through Babylon while rooting for Abigail to find her faith in Yahwe again. Andrews doesn't shy away from the horrific things Jewish captives suffered at the hands of the Babylonians and shines a highly-inferred light on the violence female captives endured.
Everyone will find something they identify with in the character of Abigail. The novel spans her lifetime. So teens will meet a teen Abagail at the start. Mothers will meet a desperate mother in the middle. And experienced women will meet a woman in her golden years, finally at peace.
If you're looking for a re-immersion into the Old Testament with a new twist that hasn't been explored, pick up Of Fire and Lions today.
Thank you to Penguin Random House Inc and Chelsea Woodward for this free ARC in exchange for an honest review.