Gods and Kings (Chronicles of the Kings Series #1)

Gods and Kings (Chronicles of the Kings Series #1)

by Lynn Austin


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Gods and Kings is the story of King Hezekiah, heir to the throne of King David. When his evil father plots to sacrifice him, Hezekiah's mother, Abijah, searches frantically for a way to save him. But only two men can help her, and neither of them seems trustworthy. In a time and place engulfed by violence, treachery, and infidelity to Yahweh, Abijah and her son must discover the one true Source of strength if they are to save themselves and their country. Book 1 of Chronicles of the Kings.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780764229893
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/01/2005
Series: Chronicles of the Kings Series , #1
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 124,417
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.38(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Lynn Austin is a former teacher who now writes and speaks full time. She has won three Christy Awards for her historical novels Candle in the Darkness, Fire By Night, and Hidden Places. She and her husband have three grown children and make their home near Chicago, Illinois.

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Gods and Kings 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 385 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Gods and Kings'and the next four books in this series by Lynn Austin' are wonderful! They incorporate Old Testament history in exciting and theologically correct novels. Each book in this series helps the reader 'go deeper.' I often found myself stopping during a particularly inspiring passage and praying. These books are faith- builders. The books incorporate excellent examples of God's laws and God's mercy and forgiveness. These books were so special because they are easy to read yet give the reader an understanding of how God works in our lives. They also inspire a yearning for a deeper relationship with God and lead us to want to know God's will for our own live. I have never been a great fan of the Old Testament and Psalms but after reading this series, I picked up my Bible and starting with Psalm 1, I began to underline verses that I found meaningful. I had to push myself to begin reading this series because I thought it would be too dry and dull but I quickly became engrossed and sometimes read a whole book within a 24 hour peried. I also learned so much about this time period in history that I feel as if I can speak intelligently about who these Kings were and how they lived.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wow, I could go on and on about this book. I loved it! We were supposed to read this for history for extra credit i didn't read because I thought I would be wasting my money. Later on, my friend lent me all five books. My, was I wrong! Gods and Kings starts off exciting, which helps you get into the book and ends in an exciting way. It makes you keep on wanting to read it. I urge you to read all the books. They're great! I'm on #4! ='
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm not a religious person but I found mysekf enjoying this novel. Perhaps the modern part that so many other reviewers disliked is what attracts readers like me. Being able to look at the characters and understand the motivation or the way they lived without the boring dialogue is refreshing. The simplicitynof the nivel and the dramatization made me want to read the other chronicles.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I didn't know what to expect....i thought another bible story....but this book was exceptional. Reminds us that redemption is possible! God understands our struggles and allows us free will to choose...hoping we will choose the right path. There are times we will fall from grace but it' s getting back up that matters. Don' t allow other humans to judge you or hold your emotions hostage...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was an excellent book. I literally could not put it down. I was up one reading it at 2 a.m ! I am getting the other 4 books to this and plan to read ALL her other books.
Savannah Swanner More than 1 year ago
the way this biblical story is captured is so amazing. i could relate. i wish there were more series like it
Avid-ReaderEK More than 1 year ago
I agree with the other readers who said that some of the language use for that time period are not appropriate and the grammar structure is pretty simplistic. It sounds as though this was written for a fifth grade student. Other than that, the story is captivating and does make me want to check out Chronicles in the bible.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book and the others in the series. I read them prior to completing a Bible study based on Chronicles and Kings and they were very useful tools. I highly recommend this book/series. The author was factual with the biblical aspect while providing thoughtful insights and a compelling story. Thoroughly enjoyed reading this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. I purchased the 2nd in series , it is just as good as first. Planning on reading the 3rd book. Great job of describing customs and lifestyles of past.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you enjoy historical fiction, you'll LOVE this book! Looking forward to the sequel...
lexizahn More than 1 year ago
I loved Gods & Kings. Lynn Austin brought the Bible to life for me in this amazing story of the Kings of the Bible. I don't know how historically correct they are but I read my Bible daily and intend to go back to Chronicles and read it again and again....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The modern-sounding dialogue was too jarring. I just can't handle biblical characters saying "okay" all the time and using "baby" as a term of endearment. While the whole "questioning" in the head is a good tension-building device, it was WAY overused. (How would he know what to do? Would he ever stop hating his father? Would her husband ever love her? blah blah) While it seemed decently researched, I didn't get a very good feel for the world of the time. It seemed flat. That being said, the opening scene was VERY effective and hooked me in. Unfortunately, it was all downhill from there. I also felt that there was too much Christianity bleeding through the theology. The understanding of Judaism seemed lacking. It was probably part of the ascribing modern dialogue and sensibilities to ancient characters. It probably makes them more accessible to many modern readers, but the impact is diminished. I was looking forward to the series, but I won't be continuing on.
Leah Norton More than 1 year ago
loved how she characterized young hezekiah and captured his boyhood
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book! It brought the Old Testament to life! I admired Abijah's courage. Also, as I was reading this, I realized the events in this book can be compared to present day. What will happen to our nation / world if we don't turn to God?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I purchased all of the books (of the chronicles if the kings) because I enjoyed (God of Kings) so much.
tmy21 More than 1 year ago
So good!!! If you loved the Red Tent then you'll love this just as much.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thoroughly enjoyed! A faith-building reading experience! Recommended this series to my friends. We are all hooked!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. I've studied these events in my bible study but now they are very real to me.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Believing Yahweh as a myth of his ancestor King David and desperate to appease the idol Molech that he believes is the power, Hebrew King Ahaz of Judah decides to sacrifice his last son Hezekiah. By killing his son in sacrifice to Molech, Ahaz hopes to gain favor to win a war that has so far devastated his army and people. Only the lad¿s mother Abijah might be able to save her son¿s life, but she trusts no one yet needs help to keep Hezekiah safe. That help comes in the form of a miracle when Yahweh the true God makes his presence known at the altar............................. Surviving his evil father¿s excesses when he was a child, Hezekiah is now the king with only two people loyal to him out of love for him; his mother and his wife, but they know they must allow him to rule. Besides showering him with love, they pray to Yahweh to guide their beloved; for both knows his male role models have been abominations including his dead father, drunken grandfather, the power hungry disbelieving High Priest and foreign born instructor. Yet he must also deal with the Assyrian invasion and the scorn of the Great Prophet Isaiah............................ This is a terrific work of Old Testament historical fiction that provides an insightful look at two intriguing Hebrew descendents of David Kings Ahaz and Hezekiah; the former prayed to an idol while his son implemented needed religious reforms and a return to the One God. The story line is very entertaining while bringing to life a fascinating segment of the bible. Lynn Austin entertains her myriad of fans with her first of five book Chronicle of Kings series................... Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I didn't enjoy the writer's style. Found myself skipping paragraphs to move forward. Wanted to get to end to be done with the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
story was interesting. as the story progressed the characters and plot became more surreal.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As an atheist who nevertheless enjoys religious fiction, I found this to be a good read. I marked it down a little because it felt so incomplete: not even the first of a series (which it is), but merely a prelude.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was my first time reading Christian fiction and I was honestly surprised at how much I enjoyed it. Really made the stories of the bible come to life. I couldn't put it down, can't wait to read the rest of the series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I gave this book three stars because I felt disconnected from it. The events jump around and twenty years are even skipped. It was a good book but it took me over a month to read because it was a little drawn out at points.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I started this book I couldn't really get into it, but kept going. I began to realize that the story in the book was compelling and I wanted to find what happened next. Reading of how Uriah took his turn from a man of Yaweh was riveting. His ability to justify everything he did was amazing. Confirms the saying "just a little won't hurt", until you've made so many "little" changes that you just can't turn back. Really want to read the others.