Isaiah’s Daughter follows the relationship of Hezekiah and Hephzibah from the time they were small children until well into adulthood. Along the way, they face many trials, from invasion to infertility. They have to learn, sometimes the hard way, to depend on each other and on Yahweh.
Their life together is a lesson in trusting God when you cannot see Him working. A couple of my favorite lines are
“Give me the will to trust when my faith fails,
so I can lean into you till the answer comes.”
“It’s hard to trust God when reality drains our hope,
but God must be our hope for a new reality.”
This book touched my heart at a time when I really needed it, and I think it will touch yours as well. Like all of Mesu’s books, it’s flawlessly researched and grounded firmly in Scripture, and will make you yearn for God’s Word.
I’m giving away an autographed copy of Isaiah’s Daughter. You can enter here. The giveaway ends Saturday at 11:45 pm (EST) and the winner will be announced on the 31st.
Book Summary: Gifted Bible teacher and award-winning author Mesu Andrews reaches into the pages of Biblical prophecy and Hebrew tradition to unearth a rags-to-royalty story of the devastated orphan, Ishma—meaning “desolation”—in Isaiah’s Daughter (Jan. 16, 2018, WaterBrook). At just 5 years old, Ishma’s life crumbles around her when Israelite soldiers violently kill her family and take her into captivity. Upon her release, the royal prophet Isaiah welcomes her into his home where she meets Prince Hezekiah (Hezi)—a boy who has also experienced great tragedy. Ishma and Hezi bond in their suffering, and as they grow in age, so does their love for each other. Aware of their developing relationship, Isaiah adopts Ishma as his daughter and presents her with a new name that will qualify her to marry royalty—Hephzibah (Zibah), meaning “delight of the Lord.” Hezi and Zibah marry, but after difficult times of barrenness, Assyrian aggression, disease and challenging prophecies from Isaiah, Zibah remains trapped by fear. Can she entrust everything to the only One who gives life and delivers both a captive heart and a desperate nation?
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