Isaiah's Daughter

Isaiah's Daughter

by Mesu Andrews

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Isaiah's Daughter by Mesu Andrews

In this epic Biblical narrative, ideal for fans of The Bible miniseries, a young woman taken into the prophet Isaiah's household rises to capture the heart of the future king.
 
Isaiah adopts Ishma, giving her a new name--Zibah, delight of the Lord--thereby ensuring her royal pedigree. Ishma came to the prophet's home, devastated after watching her family destroyed and living as a captive. But as the years pass, Zibah's lively spirit wins Prince Hezekiah's favor, a boy determined to rebuild the kingdom his father has nearly destroyed. But loving this man will awake in her all the fears and pain of her past and she must turn to the only One who can give life, calm her fears, and deliver a nation.
 
"Andrews (The Pharaoh’s Daughter) offers her unique brand of in-depth Bible knowledge and storytelling flair ... [she] is gifted at bringing the past to life..." —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780735290259
Publisher: The Crown Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/16/2018
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 149,751
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Mesu Andrews is the award-winning author of Love Amid the Ashes and numerous other novels including The Pharaoh’s Daughter and Miriam. Her deep understanding of–and love for– God’s Word brings the biblical world alive for readers. Mesu lives in North Carolina with her husband Roy and enjoys spending time with her growing tribe of grandchildren.

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Prologue

Songs are written of sons, but daughters are left to whispers.

So gather near, friend, to hear of a daughter beyond imagining. She had the heart of a lion. Braver than a soldier. Wiser than a king. She was queen in Judah long after King David’s bones had turned to dust. Long after the arrogance of Solomon’s son split Israel into two nations.

When the northern tribes seized the name Israel, the southern tribes called their new nation Judah and placed David’s descendants on their throne. Judah’s capital was the city of Jerusalem and its God was named Yahweh. But Israel bowed to pagan gods and even led some of Judah’s kings astray.

Yahweh’s prophets spewed warnings, and Judah’s brave daughter, the lion-hearted queen, dared ask the prophets why? When? And how will Yahweh’s judgment fall?

One incomparable prophet answered, foretelling Assyria’s cruelty as Yahweh’s weapon of wrath. Isaiah, a man born to royalty, shouted at kings and comforted beggars. The records proclaim him husband to a prophetess and father of two sons. This is recorded, detailed, written.

But what of his daughter?

Her story begins when the northern kingdom of Israel joins forces with Aram, a neighboring nation. They attack Judah in retribution for refusing to join their coalition against Assyria. Isaiah prophesies to Judah’s King Ahaz—a promise and a warning. Ahaz ignores both. His decision forever changes the life of Isaiah’s daughter.

 

Part I

Now [Ahaz, King of Judah] was told, “Aram has allied itself with [Israel]”; so the hearts of Ahaz and his people were shaken…

Then the Lord said to Isaiah, “Go out, you and your son [Jashub], to meet Ahaz at the end of the aqueduct of the Upper Pool.… Say to him,… ‘Don’t be afraid…because of the fierce anger of…Aram and [Israel].… This is what the Sovereign Lord says:

“‘It will not take place…

[but] if you do not stand firm in your faith,

you will not stand at all.’”

Again the Lord spoke to Ahaz, “Ask the Lord your God for a sign, whether in the deepest depths or in the highest heights.”

But Ahaz said, “I will not ask…”

Then Isaiah said, “…The Lord will bring on you and on your people and on the house of your father a time unlike any since [Israel] broke away from Judah—he will bring the king of Assyria.”

~Isaiah 7:2–4, 7, 9–13, 17~

 

1

The men of Israel took captive from their fellow Israelites who were from Judah two hundred thousand wives, sons and daughters. They also took a great deal of plunder, which they carried back to Samaria.

—2 Chronicles 28:8

732 BCE (Spring)

Judean Wilderness

My friend Yaira said to be brave—but why? Brave or scared, we kept marching. She told me to be a big girl, not to cry, but I’m only five, and I’ve seen big men crying. The raw brand on my arm throbbed and smelled like burning meat. I lost count of the days we’d been marching in the desert. Long enough that the sun baked blisters all over me.

These Israel-soldiers called us “captives.” They whipped the ones who walked too slowly or cried too much. The woman in front of me kept crying for her dead children. I guess one of them looked like me because she grabbed me sometimes, as if I belonged to her. She didn’t seem to care if we were whipped for slowing the march to wherever we’re going—somewhere in Israel. Yaira would help me push her away, but it wasn’t always quick enough, and then we were all beaten. The woman was whipped until she couldn’t fight anymore. She screamed for her children until she had no voice.

I haven’t had a voice since the Israel-soldiers attacked us in Bethlehem. When soldiers came through the city gates, I screamed to myabba, but my words didn’t save him. I ran into the house, crying, but my words didn’t save Yaira from the soldiers who took her into the stable. They hurt her. More soldiers branded me even though I begged them to stop.

After all that, my words were gone.

“Ishma.” Yaira nudged me from behind. “Eat this.” My friend laid her hand on my shoulder, a small piece of bread hiding in her fist.

I shook my head. She needed it more than me.

“Take it,” she whispered louder. “Before they see.”

Yaira was twelve so I did what she said. I took the morsel and I ate it. The crumbs stuck in my mouth. We’d had no water since yesterday.Please, Yahweh, give us water when we stop tonight.

Sometimes my prayers worked. Sometimes they didn’t. Mostly they didn’t.

As if she knew what I was thinking, Yaira whispered again. “Every day I pray for Micah to rescue us.” Her voice sounded dry like my throat. “He’ll come, Ishma. I promise. He’ll come. Yahweh will tell him and the other prophets where to find us.”

I kept walking, glad I had no words. Yaira wouldn’t like my questions. Why didn’t Yahweh stop the soldiers before they killed my family? Who could ever find us among so many captives? Still, Yaira had as much faith in her brother, Micah, as she did in Yahweh. Micah was her only family because their parents died a long time ago. When he couldn’t take care of her because he lived with the other prophets at their camp in Tekoa, Abba heard about Yaira and said she could live with us and serve asIma’s maid. Yaira said Yahweh and Micah took care of her, but it seemed to me that my family did.

My face felt prickly when I thought too much about Ima and Abba. My tummy hurt too. I missed them. Who would make my favorite bread now that Ima was gone? Who would tickle me and make me giggle like Abba did?

Back in Bethlehem I held Ima’s head in my lap and watched the light leave her eyes after the soldiers speared her through. I didn’t see what they did to Abba. When the soldiers dragged me out of the house, Abba was lying by the stable with the same empty eyes as Ima. The soldiers wouldn’t let me say good-bye.

“Ishma, look!” Yaira pointed toward a gleaming white palace with black trimmings. It sat on a tall hill.

I’d never seen anything like it. Our house had been the nicest in Bethlehem because Abba was the chief elder, but it seemed tiny compared to the palace on the hill.

“That must be Samaria, Israel’s capital,” Yaira whispered. “Micah told me that he prophesied here with Hosea.” Her breaths rumbled loud and fast as we climbed the steep hill. We kept walking, walking, walking toward the gates of the white city.

My legs ached and I stumbled, but Yaira tugged on my arms. “Don’t stop, Ishma. We’re almost there.”

I was too tired. My legs felt like water.

“Think of something else, little one,” she said. “What was Micah wearing the last time we saw him?”

That was a silly question. Micah always wore the same thing—a dirty brown robe. Abba said all prophets wore camel-hair robes, and I asked if all prophets were as serious as Micah. Abba laughed. Micah was kind but always frowning—especially on his last visit. He shouted at Abba that we must leave Bethlehem and go to Jerusalem where we would be safe behind its high walls. Ima took Yaira and me into the courtyard, but I could still hear them shouting. Abba was angry and told Micah to leave. Yaira started to cry. I hid against Ima’s legs and wrapped her cloak around me.

I wish Abba had taken us to Jerusalem.

Finally, the captive train slowed to a stop halfway up the hill, and I fell against Yaira. I covered my face with both arms, bracing for the soldier’s whip. But they didn’t beat me.

The crowd’s spreading whispers made me curious, so I lowered my arms to get a better look at Samaria’s palace on the hill. I couldn’t see over the captives and soldiers, but they all asked the same question. “Why are they closing the city gates?” The sun hadn’t set, and we needed food, water, and clothes.

One of the captives pointed to a tall tower casting a long shadow over us. A gray-haired man dressed like Micah stood at the top and looked over the edge. He began shouting at the Israel-soldiers, and they shouted back. The captives huddled together while the soldiers’ faces got redder and they beat their fists against the air.

I curled into a ball, trying to make myself smaller. Yaira leaned over and covered me, like an ima bird covering her babies with its wings. Some of the soldiers began throwing stones at the watchtower. A sudden rumble of thunder boomed from a clear sky and shook the ground. Yaira and I trembled even after the rumbling stopped. I peeked up to the sky from beneath Yaira’s arms and wondered,Was that Yahweh’s voice?

Very slowly, she lowered her arms, knelt beside me, and grinned a little. “Yahweh fought for us, Ishma.”

All around us soldiers dropped their rocks. Some guards even fell to their knees. Others backed away from the captives as if touching us might hurt them.

I tapped Yaira’s arm and pointed at the man in the watchtower, shrugging my shoulders.

“His name is Oded,” she whispered. “He’s a prophet of Yahweh in Israel. He said the soldiers treated us shamefully and must free us or face Yahweh’s wrath. The city elders will lead us to Jericho where we’ll reunite with our families.” She kissed the top of my head. “We must pray the soldiers listen to Yahweh and that Micah finds us in Jericho.”

Soldiers rose from their knees. Some still looked angry, but many stumbled like newborn calves on unsteady legs. They slashed ropes from the captives’ waists and unlocked shackles from their necks and feet. When the soldiers freed Yaira and me, she pulled me to my feet and hugged me gently, careful not to break open our wounds or sun blisters.

“We’re free,” she said, glancing around us. “I think we’re really going to be free.”

All the captives moved away from the guards—slowly, like they were drinking a bowl of hot soup, testing each sip. Could we really be released at the word of a single prophet and a rumble of thunder?

The soldiers unpacked clothing, food, and bandages they’d stolen from Judean towns, and they began passing it out to all us captives. Even the sad woman who had lost her children smiled. Celebration spread, and one word floated on the evening breeze. “Free…free…free.”

I’d heard that word many times before, but I understood it better now. A bird flew over, and I watched it circle and play in the sky. The bird was free—like us. No ropes or chains to bind it. No soldiers to burn or beat it. But when the bird settled into its peaceful nest at the fork of two branches, I knew we weren’t the same at all. My peace died in Bethlehem, and my home had been burned.

“Ishma, what is it?” Yaira tilted my chin and dried my tears. “There’s no need to cry, little one. I’m sure Micah will find us in Jericho.”

I stared into her sparkly dark eyes. She was so happy about being free, but didn’t she know? Freedom didn’t matter if we had no nest to call home. She pulled me back into a hug.

I closed my eyes and pretended to be a bird. 

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Isaiah's Daughter 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 39 reviews.
grammy57 25 days ago
I have not read any books by Mesu Andrews before and I'm glad I read this book. The author writes in a way that makes you feel you are actually there, in the wings, watching the story unfold. The story is a fictionalization of the life of Hezekiah and his wife, Hephzibah. It is mainly about Hephzibah, hence the title. It takes the story from the Bible and uses that as the basic background. The story flows well and the characters are quite believable. What I especially like about this book is that each chapter starts with Bible verses that help you understand why the chapter is like it is. If you like historical fiction you will enjoy this. If you like Biblical fiction you will really like this.
FHlady More than 1 year ago
Obvious intensive research brought to life this epic book about Hephzibah, the daughter of the prophet Isaiah in the Bible. Both Isaiah and his wife were listed as prophets in the Bible. Hephzibah was the wife of King Hezekiah, Judah's most righteous King, Hezekiah's father, Ahaz, was a wicked King and an idolator; and Hezekiah's son, Manasseh, was even more wicked. Although Biblical fiction has to fill in the bits and pieces to create a storyline, Andrews drew as much as possible from the Bible and historical research to create a realistic and believable story that does not depart from God's word. I loved that the story was told from the point of view of Ishma (aka Hephzibah) from her early childhood through the death of King Hezekiah. From barbaric torture by the Assyrians to an incredible belief in Yahweh, Hephzibah lives a life that is filled with highs and lows. Her story brings to life the kingdom of Judah which helped me understand much better the sections of the Bible dealing with the rise and fall of King Ahaz and King Hezekiah as well as the life and culture of this time period. I am sure returning to read these portions of the Bible will make them much more understandable. Definitely Biblical fiction at it finest. **I received a complimentary copy from Waterbrook Publishing through NetGalleyt to facilitate this review. Opinions are mine alone. I was not compensated for this review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I fell in love with this book. I loved the characters of Hezekiah &Hephzibah. I laughed, I cried. My hopes we're lifted, my appreciation of prophesy was increased, & my heart was broken. My understanding into God's character was broadened & oh how he must love us! This is a historical fiction. I've been in church most of my life & never learned the story of these two. While some is completely fictionalized I'm looking forward to the day I'll meet these two. I think a good book leaves you with questions. I have some questions for God on this. I hope someone in my family names their daughter Hephzibah, & that she too will be God's delight.
J_Augustine More than 1 year ago
Prepare to be transported and inspired... Biblical fiction is a genre that has really grown on me over the years. I'm still a little wary, I guess, of trying new authors but Mesu Andrews is one that I know and trust. Her compelling characters, her truly exquisite attention to detail, and her way of bringing the Holy Land and the Bible to life without compromising Biblical fact, are just amazing. To be honest, when I started Isaiah's Daughter I really didn't remember having heard of Hephzibah before. I remembered reading about King Hezekiah asking God, and receiving, 15 more years to live, and having read the book of Isaiah, but that was it. Needless to say, reading this novel has caused me to want to dive back into the Old Testament to see what else I might have missed, as well as find out more about the historical and archaeological evidence. Like the Bible, Isaiah's Daughter was sometimes hard to read. Not because it was dry and dull but because of the evil things, and the consequences of them, done by those who knew better. I was so emotionally engaged in the story that my heart hurt for these people, even though they were actually fictional and fictionalized characters. If you are looking for a beautiful, sometimes heart-wrenching, story. The story of a girl who, like we all do, longs to be valuable, to be truly loved. This is the book for you. As you turn that last page you will be simply amazed, and blessed, by Mesu Andrews's superb storytelling and by her very message itself. (I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions are entirely my own.)
4Gazpacho More than 1 year ago
Talented award winning storyweaver Mesu Andrews paints a vivid picture with words of ancient life, choosing a handful of the major players in a story from Second Kings, a book in the Old Testament, and puts faces to them, gives them a voice, and personalities we grow to love or dislike, whichever is appropriate at the moment. It is then that we discover how very alike we are in spite of cultures that are nearly three thousand years apart. Our faith journeys are the same. Ms. Andrews honestly portraying the horrors of living in fear of marauding neighboring nations, man-made customs created to appease non-existent gods, the consequences of falling away from the Torah (Scriptures we know of today as the Bible), and the rewards of trusting the real God of creation. One of my favorite features of this book is the love story between young Prince Hezekiah and a resident of Isaiah's household, Ishma. Because Isaiah was a cousin to the king, they lived near the palace and saw each other often. Prince Hezekiah lived in the shadow of his wicked father, King Ahaz. The prophet Isaiah was the royal household's tutor. He made sure they were instructed in the Lord's ways in hopes of restoring the nation to the days when David was king. Eventually, Isaiah and the prince realized how sharp Ishma was, so they broke tradition and included her in their tutoring sessions. She became Hezekiah's intellectual companion; they challenged each other continually. All the while, Isaiah was preparing Hezekiah to become the nation's next king. Would Hezekiah follow his father, or go back to the ways of King David? A second feature I loved is how the author portrays the biblical characters as human, flawed, sometimes faced with the enormity of the responsibility they faced for so many human lives. Decision were sweated over. Hezekiah sometimes second guessed his decisions. He made mistakes in judgment. He allowed others to sway his decisions. Even Isaiah, as God's prophet, admitted he did not always understand what God told him. Overall, this was an exciting, action-packed historical fiction that sought to balance out the fiction and the facts of a familiar to some Bible story. I admire the author's hard work and ability to bring together this story spread out over several books of the Old Testament. She did a remarkable amount of research and to a reader who enjoys biblical historical fiction as well as other types of historical fiction, the story rings true. I highly recommend this book. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary review copy of this book from Blogging for Books on behalf of the author. I was not required to write a review, positive or otherwise. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
Mommynificent More than 1 year ago
As I've noted in my previous reviews of this author, Biblical fiction by Mesu Andrews never fails to send me running for my Bible to find the details she has brought to life! Half the time, I'm thinking, "She must have made that up!" only to find it right there in my Bible in black and white! That experience is probably my favorite thing about reading Andrews' books! This book was unique for me in that I still wasn't sure whether or not I liked it even when I was more than halfway through it! I didn't not like it or want to stop reading, but the first half sure is full of a lot of suffering! Some of the connections felt a little far-fetched, and I didn't agree with some of the ways prophecy was being handled by the characters. I also wasn't appreciating the intentional switches from 1st to 3rd person between chapters. While I never did come to appreciate the use of 1st person in this book, the second half was so good that by the end, I didn't really care. I closed the book thinking what a great book it had been and feeling so very encouraged at the sovereignty of God! I loved the way Andrews wove the theme of birds throughout the book; it was lovely and very nicely executed. I also appreciated the way the characters in the book grew in the ways they handled and attempted to interpret prophecy. Walking with them through this book really made me think about prophecy and how God wants us to read and apply them. While I don't necessarily agree with all the theology and ideas stated in this book, I realized that's not really the point. The point was to make us really think about it and to help us imagine what it was like to be there as the prophecies were being given and to see that those living at that time faced many of the same challenges in interpretation that we do today. If you enjoy Biblical or historical fiction at all, I think you will really enjoy this book. I definitely found it to be very worth the read. I received this book from the author. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
E_Espinoza More than 1 year ago
Isaiah’s Daughter, by Mesu Andrews, is an entertaining and inspiring novel. Within its pages, Ms. Andrews has crafted a well-written story of faith and love that is not only rich in character development, but also shines with detailed descriptions that provide a fresh perspective on ancient settings and themes. The well-paced plot is thoroughly engaging and intriguing as it offers a compelling combination of mystery, suspense, and romance. Isaiah’s Daughter is a thoughtful work of Biblical fiction that shines with imagination enhanced with thorough research and an evident respect for both history and the Bible. It is a satisfying, thought-provoking, and enjoyable novel that I can gladly recommend to others. I received a copy of this novel from the publisher. A review was not required. The review I have written contains opinions that are entirely my own.
Laundry_Whispers More than 1 year ago
Biblical fiction can go one of only two ways, it can be done extremely well or it can do a complete 180 from that and be done completely so far from well that it’s well you know what 180 means. Even established amazing Biblical fiction authors can have those 180 books. Every time I pick one up I know the risks. Heck, I embrace the risks. It’s a genre I love and Mesu Andrews hit it out of the park with ‘Isaiah’s Daughter’. There were a few things that gave me pause but all in all this book made King Hezekiah and Queen Hephzibah come to life in all the right ways. Let’s briefly glance over the things I was washy on and get to the good stuff. There were some word phrases and choices I wasn’t sure would have been relevant or appropriate during this time. ‘Two shakes of a lambs tail’ uttered by the midwife when she left to get poppy seed after Hephzibah’s first miscarriage. ‘Heartburn’ as mentioned by Hephzibah during her pregnancy when she talked about the burning in the back of her throat. This feels like a more recent reference term to me and less like it would have been a thing during the time of the Kings. Finally, when the doctor referred to Hezekiah’s illness as the ‘black death’. He referenced it to his time studying in Egypt and while the plague has been traced to potential roots in ancient Egypt I couldn’t find anything referencing that moniker for that time period. Outside those three measly word choices the other part that bugged me just a bit was the time jumps. I don’t mind time jumps generally, but until I was a bit into the chapter I wasn’t sure who was speaking or how much time had passed. It was annoying to occasionally have to go back and re-read the first paragraph or two to truly understand once I’d figured out who and how long. I was reading an advanced reader copy so it is possible that a simple header of each chapter was added to the final copy that would have prevented this confusion. Lastly, the Epilogue. Really? While I get ‘why’ it was included I feel like it did absolutely nothing to enhance the book and actually detracted from the story of Ishma/Hephzibah as a whole. This was her story from being a child refugee of war, to the adopted daughter of a prophet, to Queen of Judah. This was her story of finding her center in Yahweh and her love in Hezekiah and her place in history. This was not about her infant son with ten fingers and ten long narrow toes. This was not about his future but his beginning. Who he became took away from who she was. The epilogue can just go…m’kay? Let’s talk good stuff, shall we? One thing I truly appreciated in this book was how it started with Ishma, renamed Hephzibah as a teen, as a young child. The horrors that are war were muted when told through a child’s view. Not that I think war, and the atrocities that go along with it, is something we should mute in our lives. We are forever dealing with that in society even today and when we choose to mute it then that gives it power to grow. However, that doesn’t mean that everything needs to be played out in our fiction. Getting to grow up with Ishma brought a wholeness to the story of the would be queen. I loved that each chapter was started with a verse relevant to the story as a whole and the chapter specifically. I loved the inclusion of prophecy and the arguments that it brought out in two people who truly loved each other. Let’s face it. I struggle with names and dates and timelines and all the thin
EmilyBoyMom More than 1 year ago
WOW! This is my first Mesu Andrews book and I am already searching for the next one! Isaiah's Daughter is a riveting, true to Scripture story that follows King Hezekiah and Queen Hephzibah from their young lives into adulthood, with all that life in royalty entails. I have read some other Christian fiction that was based on characters from Scripture, but this one has encouraged me to re-read portions of a story that I may have looked over before. It draws you in to Biblical life, helping you connect with the various characters involved. Relationships are tested, friendships questioned and life choices altered. I would say that at times, it was difficult for me to read certain scenes, however, it is necessary for us to understand the culture rarely explained in great detail in the Bible. Of course, some details are from the author's imagination, but overall it was a well researched, engrossing read with lots of action and dialogue. I am excited to share this book with others and encourage any reader curious about biblical times to read it. As I shared, I am a new reader of Mesu Andrews and will now catch up on lost time, as this novel has impacted me greatly! I am hooked! :) *I received a copy of the book from the publisher and was not required to write a positive review.*
StephieJ More than 1 year ago
This is the first book I have read by Mesu Andrews. I will definitely be reading more of her books. Isaiah's Daughter is an excellent book. I highly recommend it. The historical and biblical details in the book are very captivating. This book held my attention from the first pages. I have found myself digging deeper into the book of Isaiah in the Bible after reading this book. *I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. No positive review was required. My opinion is honest and is my own.
booklovingmomof5 More than 1 year ago
Without fail, I can count on Mesu Andrews to deliver a story that leaves me wanting more! Her latest work, Isaiah’s Daughter, is certainly no exception! As a reader, I was transported back in time to ancient Israel, when the 10 tribes of the Northern Kingdom had turned to pagan worship and the two tribes of Judah in the south strived to remain steadfast in their faith to Yahweh. It was in this volatile ancient world that Ishma, an orphaned girl, came to the home of the Prophet Isaiah as a household servant. Beautiful, quick-witted, and full of spirit, she became friends with Prince Hezekiah, and their relationship blossomed. Isaiah adopted Ishma, giving her a royal pedigree and a new name, Hephzibah, which appropriately means “delight of the Lord.” She married Hezekiah and went on to become the captivating queen of Judah. But many more challenges were ahead for Hezekiah in a turbulent era marked by cruelty and political drama. The story kept me intrigued throughout, and the further I got in the tale, the harder it became to put down. This is not a light read, and it took me awhile to become familiar with the many different characters and places in the story. However, it was well worth the effort and gave me a much better understanding of this Biblical time period. The book reminded me how -- even in the most challenging of times -- God has a plan and purpose for his people and a desire for their restoration. I have no reservation in giving Isaiah’s Daughter a very enthusiastic five-star rating!
KingofkingsPrincess More than 1 year ago
Mesu Andrews used Biblical history to weave a beautiful story titled Isaiah’s Daughter. From captivity to peace, Hephzibah’s story was filled with loneliness & friendship as well as fear & love. Isaiah’s Daughter allowed me to see King Hezekiah, titled Judah’s most righteous king, as man who had difficulties just like me. The most powerful message from Isaiah’s daughter allowed me to picture and consider the cost that Isaiah paid for being a prophet of God. Hephzibah, Hezekiah, and Isaiah…each a precious child of God. Their history and their fictional stories taught me to continue to pursue a relationship with my Savior even when I’m struggling. While reading Isaiah’s Daughter I received encouragement for my own life journey. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher.
BrendaLee More than 1 year ago
Isaiah’s Daughter This book was amazing! I can’t imagine the research that has went into this story. From the first sentence to the last this book was emotional and intense. The prophecies of the Bible are so real and you can feel the spirituality of the characters throughout the story. Even though there are some prophecies we don’t understand they all come to pass sooner or later. I enjoyed reading about the prophet Isaiah and Hezekiah and Hephzibah and even the other characters in this book. Each character had their own personalities, heartaches and flaws. I felt like I knew them so well through the author’s writing and I was so invested in these characters. What made it unique for me was that I knew that some of these things really happened because it’s in the Bible. Sure makes you want to go and re-read the story again from the Bible. When a book stays on my mind long after I finish it, I give it five stars. Well done Mesu Andrews. I received this book from Penguin Random House and was not required to write a review. All opinions and thoughts are my own.
ARS8 More than 1 year ago
I am really blown away with Isaiah’s Daughter. Author Andrews brought the political atmosphere to life between the divided countries of Israel and Judah. We start off when Hezekiah and his future wife are but children and both have endured horrific events. The voices of Hezekiah, Isaiah, and Ishma (later to be called Hephzibah) walk us through the political turmoil of the royal family, the palace intrigue, Israel’s deliberate disobedience to God, and the devastation of idol worship and an evil king can have on a country and on a family. And a beautiful love story between one of Judah’s good kings and his queen is nestled between all of that. Knowing the story as I do, I was given a fresh perspective of the life and times of God’s people. This is the third book I have read by Author Andrews, her writing with such historical and Biblical detail makes her works very enjoyable. From a genre I didn’t use to like to read; now I can’t wait to get my hands on all her books. I think I am lacking but one. This is a worthy read, if not a hard one in regards to the sin nature of humanity. I received a copy of this novel for free. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.
VillaSyl More than 1 year ago
Songs are written of sons, but daughters are left to whispers. So gather near, friend, to hear of a daughter beyond imagining. She had the heart of a lion. Braver than a soldier. Wiser than a king. She was queen in Judah long after King David’s bones had turned to dust. Long after the arrogance of Solomon’s son split Israel into two nations. In this epic Biblical narrative, ideal for fans of The Bible miniseries, a young woman taken into the prophet Isaiah's household rises to capture the heart of the future king. Isaiah adopts Ishma, giving her a new name; Zibah, a delight of the Lord, thereby ensuring her royal pedigree. Ishma came to the prophet's home, devastated after watching her family destroyed and living as a captive. But as the years pass, Zibah's lively spirit wins Prince Hezekiah's favor, a boy determined to rebuild the kingdom his father has nearly destroyed. But loving this man will awake in her all the fears and pain of her past and she must turn to the only One who can give life, calm her fears, and deliver a nation. “Danger, dark schemes, and political intrigue wrestle against the truth, valor, and determined obedience to Yahweh in this compelling tale of Hezekiah—the boy who would be king—and a beautiful but broken orphan girl taken in by Isaiah, the Lord’s prophet. Andrews has woven a love story, a beautifully written novel to savor, and a reminder that despite our fallen humanity, God’s best is yet to come. Mesu Andrews brings the prophet Isaiah to life with her usual brilliance at weaving deep historical threads together with the story of a little-known woman of the Bible. Isaiah’s Daughter is an excellent reminder that the truth of God’s words will be proven, even when His people cannot see through the veil of suffering to the ultimate victory. Epic drama, adventure, love, treachery; Isaiah’s Daughter is all of that and more in this latest stellar novel by Mesu Andrews. The author brings to life Judah’s queen, the lovely Hephzibah, infusing each page with heart-stopping emotion and a pure romantic love for her friend and king, If you haven’t tried biblical/historical fiction before, give this book a try. I received a copy of the book from Blogging for Books and the Crown Publishing Group for my review.
luvnjesus More than 1 year ago
“Whips Cracked. Soliders Shouted. My Feet Blistered In A Sunbaked Wildnerness. We Kept Walking and Walking” How many times do we at certain points in our life feel like we are in the wildnerness, but by the grace of God He is always with us! Isaiah’s Daughter is a well written book that brings the bible to life in a different way. This was Mesu’s first book that I read and have already added the auther to my “To Be Read Pile.” I normally do not read bibical fiction, but I now have a deeper understanding of the struggles that they faced each day. I loved all the prophecies that were mentioned and how each characted applied them to everyday living and how they apply to today. The word of God flowing like water. At the start of each chapter the author starts with scripture from the Old Testament. Even though the book is a work of bibical fiction, the characters faced some of the same hurdles we have today and a reminder that our Heavenly Father is a loving and forgiving God regardless of the situation. I highly recommend Isaiah’s daughter. I recieved this book from the Waterbrook Multnomah in exchange for an honest opinion.
Jenneper More than 1 year ago
"Songs are written of sons, but daughters are left to whispers. So, gather near, friend, to hear of a daughter beyond imaging." ~Mesu Andrews Isaiah's Daughter, a novel of history, prophecy, and fiction intricately woven to tell the story of King Hezekiah, his queen Hephzibah, the prophet Isaiah and the land of Judah, Andrews paints a vivid fictional picture of what Hephzibah’s life may have been like as a child under the wicked King Ahaz and then as the wife and queen of the faithful King Hezekiah. After the first pages I was hooked. I carried the book with me everywhere not wanting to put it aside. As I finished the last page, I found I was not ready to say good-bye to the characters. I had lived with Hephzibah through prophecies, wars, conspiracies, espionage, everyday life and heartache. I had cheered Hephzibah and Hezekiah when their faith failed them and rejoiced with them when God rewarded their faithfulness. Andrew’s understanding of the scriptures brings the world of Queen Hephzibah, the Lord’s delight, alive for readers.
theskett More than 1 year ago
Mesu Andrews definitely has a gift for making historical research understandable. I enjoyed reading snippets of Isaiah’s prophecies set in a context. The fictional aspect of Isaiah’s daughter’s story is completely believable and only emphasizes God’s power, justice, and mercy at work in the lives of His people. For those who enjoy Biblical fiction, Mesu offers another strong story. I was given this book, with no expectation of a review, positive or otherwise.
ecclecticnurse More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent book from Mesu Andrews. This is the first one of hers I have read, and I will definitely be adding her to my must read author list. If you love the Bible, or fiction, or just love books this is the book for you. She does an excellent job bringing the Bible characters to life in a way that you can relate to their story like never before. She also opens your eyes to the real struggle that comes when you have the call of God on your life, and how sometimes even those who are closest to us do not understand. This book is one you can just curl up on the couch with and will not put down till its done.
threewithinme More than 1 year ago
“Songs are written of sons, but daughters are left to whisper. So gather near friend, to hear of a daughter beyond imagining”…. Mesu Andrews What a way to pull the reader in Mesu!!! These are the beginning words in the book Isaiah’s Daughter by Mesu Andrews, which I had the utmost pleasure of being able to read an ARC. It has always been a joy to read Mesu’s books, and this one is no exception. Her attention to detail of times long past and her dedication to the research that goes into her books, amazes me. Isaiah’s Daughter is a biblical fiction book that is set around the time of 732 b.c. where Judah and the surrounding nations are in turmoil. The nations and most of the people have turned against God. Idol worshiping, sacrifices to pagan gods, desecration of Yahweh's temple and altars, and the building up of pagan altars is accepted. There are still ones who believe in God’s word, a little orphan girl named Ishma, who later is renamed Hephzibah (Zibah) by her adopted father Isaiah, a young boy Hezekiah (Hezi), who’s father is King Ahaz (a wicked King in the eyes of God), the prophet Isaiah (prophet to King Ahaz and then his son), just to name a few. We travel with Zibah and Hezi from their traumatic childhood, to them becoming best friends, falling in love, getting married and becoming King and Queen. We are right there with them as they go through happiness and sadness, terror and pain, love and joy, doubts of God, themselves and each other, and eventually finding their place with God, one another and themselves. There is a quote in the book that I really took to heart, its during the time where Hezi is away working with the people of Judah, his promise to his father that he would do this until his father death(read the book to find out the reason) and he sees a rider coming and he knows his father is no more. His first thought is Zibah. He prays to Yahweh, El Shaddai, El Roi, “I have trusted You, Yahweh, to tend her love for me as the Master Gardener would tend His prize vineyard. Please, let the harvest come.” Wow!!! How powerful. What love, just like the love the Master Gardener has for us!!! If you love biblical fiction, historical fiction, fiction, or whatever you love to read, Isaiah’s Daughter will capture your attention. Do yourself a favor and just take the time, go out or go online and buy a copy, I truly think you will find yourself captive and you just might find yourself wanting to read a whole new book genre. Disclaimer: I was given an ARC in exchange for my honest review. The opinions in this review are completely my own honest opinions.
NKBookReviewer More than 1 year ago
"Isaiah's Daughter" by author Mesu Andrews is a fabulous Christian novel. This paperback by Waterbrook Publishers has a striking cover and is a hefty 384 pages that absolutely flew by. I could not put it down and yet did not want it to end. Author Andrews is a truly gifted wordsmith and gently lifts readers out of their chairs to place them smack dab in the middle of her setting. I felt like I was there myself. Her latest novel is the tale of a young woman that has been taken into Isaiah's household. Ishma is adopted by Isaiah and her name changed to Zibah, which means delight of the Lord. Isaiah is a prophet during a time when Israel has become divided in its religion. The North has turned its back on God and now worships false, pagan gods. The South, Judah, has remained faithful to Yahweh. Reading this book gave me a glimpse into the life and struggles of the Israelites. There was a big struggle between good and evil, right and wrong, worshipping God or the idols. That is why Abba sent prophets to speak to men and turn them from their wicked ways. In her wonderfully written novel, the author tells us the love story of Judah’s King Hezekiah and Queen Hephzibah as well as the love story of Yahweh for His people. It teaches us about the culture and customs of that time. Her book encourages us to put our trust in God now, even as they did in Old Testament times. Characters in "Isaiah's Daughter" absolutely come alive because of the writing. They are well defined so that each one is like a new friend that I have just made. Dialogue rings true to what I imagined it would be back then. The book is written in a narrative. I liked that as it made me feel closer to the character. I highly recommend this book. It has so much to offer. If you like romance, history, inspiration, learning, adventure, suspense, intrigue, and having a Bible story come to life, this book is for you. It would be great for a book club. So many things were in it that I wanted to discuss with my reading friends. You will, also. I rated it 5 out of 5 stars.
VJoyPalmer More than 1 year ago
If you love stories that open the Bible to you in a whole new way, then Isaiah's Daughter by Mesu Andrews needs to be added to your mountainous - I'm assuming - TBR pile! ;-) Do NOT miss this story! Isaiah's Daughter starts while Ishma/Zibah and Hezekiah are young, giving us backstory and young love, and it ends in the last fifteen years of Hezekiah's life. These pages are filled with triumph, devastation, sickening sin, and beautiful revelations. The characters, their hearts, and God's loving truth will stay with you long after you shut the cover. One of the things I loved most about this book was the prophecies and seeing how the characters applied them to their everyday lives, while also looking to the future. Isn't that what we do? We look at a verse that was written or prophesied to someone long ago a hundred different times, then BAM! Meaning and life flow from it like a spring. It is the Living Word of God, after all!
jewelrydiva More than 1 year ago
This is the first book that I have read by this author. It is Biblical fiction about king Hezekiah and his wife Hephziba. She is the adopted daughter of the prophet Isaiah. This book brought to life the old testament and it was a very enjoyable read. It was beautifully written and I highly recommend it. *I was given a copy of this book by the publisher and was not required to leave a review.
Teadrinker More than 1 year ago
Isaiah's Daughter by Mesu Andrews is a Biblical story of a warring divided nation ruled by an evil king who mocks King David's legacy and leaves those faithful to Yahweh praying and clinging to Him. Affected by the war, Ishma, meaning desolation, is an orphaned Hebrew girl who is also a refugee after the war between Judah and Israel. Ishma comes to Isaiah's home as a household servant but is treated with love as a family member. She comes as a child who is full of fear and anxiety after watching the horrors of war take her parents. Yet, in a short time, she becomes friends with Prince Hezekiah. Through the years, they both grow and mature, and continue to love and serve Yahweh. Isaiah and Aya guide Ishma as she grows and matures, then adopt her, giving her a royal lineage fit for a king and change her name, as Yahweh instructs, to Hephzibah, meaning delight of the Lord. Andrews has a gift for helping readers better understand the Old Testament Bible stories and the culture in those times. She certainly brought this story alive for me through this novel that is based on the Bible but with some fictionalized characters where the Bible doesn't give details. Isaiah's Daughter is full of adventure and romance. Hephzibah is a woman who has had the courage to face her fears and grow through them, all the while learning to lean on Yahweh throughout her life. I thoroughly enjoyed this read and had a hard time putting the book down. It is my first book by Andrews, but it won't be my last. Isaiah's Daughter is also the first book in her new series, Prophets and Kings. I highly recommend it. I received this book from Waterbrook Mulnomah. I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for the book.
poodlelover More than 1 year ago
New Biblical fiction by Author Mesu Andrews is a treat! From my perspective there are three parts to Biblical fiction. First, the story puts ‘flesh’ on characters from the Bible to bring them to life. Second, the story needs to include details to match historical facts. The third part is filling in the gray areas with enough fiction to color the story. Thorough and meticulous research are hallmarks of Author Mesu Andrews. Isaiah’s Daughter is loaded with facts and scripture references as well as being fun to read. I’m confident you will learn something new and fall in love with faithful characters from the Bible. A wonderful gift for yourself or a friend! I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.