When news reaches him that Jerusalem’s wall is shattered and its gates burned with fire, a distraught Nehemiah seeks God’s guidance in fasting and prayer. Granted an unexpected leave from his duty as cupbearer to the Persian king Artaxerxes, Nehemiah sets out for Jerusalem to rebuild the city wall–never 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 stop the wall’s reconstruction forever. A drought, meanwhile, has left the country impoverished, with 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 the powerful conclusion to The Restoration Chronicles. This exploration of faith in the midst of oppression offers hope that, in spite of appearances, the gracious hand of God is upon those who believe. – from author’s website
I will start of this review by saying that I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
This is the third book in Lynn Austin’s The Restoration Chronicles. Even though this is the third book in a series, you don’t have to the read the first two in order to understand this one. I enjoy it when a series can be read as stand-alone novels because then I don’t have to read all the books in a series if I don’t want to, and it’s a lot easier to wait for them to come out.
I like biblical fiction, especially ones written by Lynn Austin and this book is no different. She brings the Bible passages come alive. This time, she brings the story of Nehemiah and the rebuilding of Jerusalem’s walls to life. You can tell she’s researched the time period because the wall she has written it has made it understandable, but also believable that it could have happened that way. Of course, since the book is fiction, not everything that she included in the book actually happened in the Biblical account, but it’s fairly accurate to what is in the Bible.
This book included many elements, like romance, action, forgiveness, and other things. After I finished reading the book, it made me want to read the book of Nehemiah in the Bible to see it through new eyes.