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On This Foundation

On This Foundation

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The Powerful Concluding Novel
to The Restoration Chronicles

When news that the wall of Jerusalem is broken down, and its gates have been burned with fire, Nehemiah, Jewish cupbearer to King Artaxerxes in Persia, seeks God's guidance. After fasting and prayer, he's given leave to travel to Jerusalem and rebuild the city wall, not 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 halt the work. A drought, meanwhile, has left the country impoverished, 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 a powerful exploration of faith in the midst of oppression, and hope that, in spite of appearances, the gracious hand of God is upon those who believe.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780764209000
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/06/2015
Series: Restoration Chronicles Series , #3
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 289,577
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Lynn Austin has sold more than one and a half million copies of her books worldwide. A former teacher who now writes and speaks full-time, she has won eight Christy Awards for her historical fiction. One of those novels, Hidden Places, has also been made into an Original Hallmark Channel movie. Lynn and her husband have raised three children and make their home in western Michigan. Learn more at

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On This Foundation 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
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LanguageTCH More than 1 year ago
On This Foundation by Lynn Austin retells the Biblical story of Nehemiah, cupbearer to the Persian king, Artaxerxes. This novel is the conclusion to The Restoration Chronicles. Nehemiah learns of the destruction of Jerusalem’s walls and the deplorable condition of the city. Prayerfully seeking God’s guidance, he undertakes the enormous task of rebuilding the walls and protecting God’s city. He becomes the object of hatred for threatened leaders of nearby nations who plot to eliminate him and to stop the rebuilding. Not only is this the story of Nehemiah and the Jewish nation, it is also the story of a courageous, young woman, grieving for her deceased fiancé who died too young, and also a nobleman in sorrow for his wife. And it is the story of the poor faithful who finally are awarded their due. I highly recommend this captivating novel which sweeps the readers back to a pivotal time in Jewish history. Lynn Austin is skilled at recreating Biblical times. I received this book through TBCN in exchange for an honest review.
ksnapier475 More than 1 year ago
On This Foundation is the third book in the Restoration Charonicles. The author, Lynn Austin, does an awesome job when writing a fictional book based on the Bible. This book covers the story of Nehemiah and the rebuilding of the Jerusalem wall. If I did not need to sleep, I would not have put this book down once. Even then, I started back up in the morning. This book transports the reader to this Biblical time and the characters are alive. They almost made me feel like I was a fly on the wall. As with her other books, Austin does not paint perfect characters. Just as we all are flawed, so are the characters in the story, even through he is a powerful and influential man. I highly recommend this book and even though it is the third in the series, it easily stands alone. I was given this book by and Bethany House in exchange for my honest review.
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RobinWillson More than 1 year ago
I knew the story of Nehemiah from the bible, where he worked for the King of Persia, who noticed that Nehemiah was unhappy and he asked why. When Nehemiah told him he was upset about the destruction of the walls around Jerusalem, his home town, leaving it defenseless - the King gives him permission to go home and rebuild the walls - providing a guard and materials, and making him the governor. What I didn't know was the background on Nehemiah and his brothers that led him to work for the King. There are other character's lives within the story as well. Can you imagine being put into slavery for 6 years because your family is about to lose their home and land? There was a drought, and people were forced to pay taxes and mortgage their property even though they were starving. For many the only thing they could do was go into bondage to pay their debt - which happens to a young girl. And then of course Nehemiah is not popular with everyone, and there are plots to remove him. There is another young girl whose family wants her to marry into a political family entrenched in this part of the intrigue. The story is beautifully woven, with fabulous messages of God's faithfulness. This is a book I highly recommend - especially if you think you already know the story! Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the Baker Publishing Group, Bethany - Netgalley book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. 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.”
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This historical fiction novel is the third book in Lynn Austin's series entitled The Restoration Chronicles. She writes this book as a narrative of the biblical book of Nehemiah. It opens with a description of how Nehemiah found himself in the place of the King of Persia's cupbearer. From there it details his journey to Jerusalem and his mission to rebuild the wall around the city that had been destroyed and left the people of the city vulnerable to the surrounding nations. He is met with the fierce opposition of the leaders of these exact leaders that are posing a threat to the city, but throughout the story, Nehemiah continually leans on God for his direction and leading, setting an example of conviction and faith for the people of Jerusalem. In the meantime, a drought has wreaked havoc on the farmers in the surrounding area, causing many of them to indenture their sons and daughters as servants to the nobility. This books also follows the stories of Nava, a young bondservant, her master, Malkijah, and his fiancee Chana. In a time of instability and uncertainty among the farmers as well as the upper class, this additional storyline added context and emotion to the people involved in the rebuilding of the wall. I enjoyed the historical context that this story gave the book of Nehemiah. I found this to be very helpful in understanding the biblical book. The descriptions of the labor involved, the struggle against enemies, the emotional drain of leadership, and constant guiding and protection of the Lord through turmoil gave the biblical narrative clarity and a frame of reference to better discern the depth of significance that this event had in Israel. While I felt that the story got monotonous or slow at times, just as I was ready to call it quits, another plot twist would keep me turning to the next page. It seemed that it took a long time for the conflicts in the book to be resolved, but by the end of the book, I was very please with the course of events and the way the author tied all the ends together. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys historical fiction, and especially biblical fiction. I would also recommend this book to anyone who is looking for some of the background and, while I do acknowledge that this story is fictional, the author did a lot of research and gathered many facts surrounding the story that makes it educational as well. I received a copy of this book from the publisher, through Bethany House Blogger Review Program in exchange for my honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
On This Foundation by Lynn Austin is a lengthy novel, 480 pages and based on Nehemiah. There are no discussion questions in the back but the author did include a glossary for words and places of that time (Gan Eden = Garden of Eden, Rebbe = Rabbi, teacher). This is the story of Nehemiah's passion and calling to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem after the Babylonians destroyed them many decades before. It shows God’s goodness and grace. It reveals His mercy to His people and His power to Jerusalem's enemies. The author uses vivid descriptions and dialog to introduce us to the main character Nehemiah, cupbearer to King Artaxerxes, the Persian King. It brings us likable secondary characters in Chana, Malkijah, Nava, and Dan. The book, third in The Restoration Chronicles, brings the Old Testament story to life in an interesting fictionalization that drew me in like Lynn Austin's books do. It had romance, adventure, suspense, and history. It is a Christian novel so there is a spiritual message included. It is an excellent book. I would recommend it to anyone and gave it a five out of five star rating. I received a complimentary book from Bethany House and The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review.
grammy57 More than 1 year ago
Once again Lynn Austin out did herself. This book, based on the book of Nehemiah and the rebuilding of the wall is very well written. The characters are believable and full of life. It weaves in some intrigue and a love story also. The editing was superb with only one mistake I noticed. The story flows very well and you don't get bogged down in excess descriptions but still enough to keep it interesting. It is a book that will draw you in and not disappoint. I highly recommend this book. This book was given to me in exchange for my honest review by
parmilespages More than 1 year ago
This book is a fictionalized account of the Biblical book of Nehemiah and the rebuilding of the Jerusalem wall. As one would expect Nehemiah is the main character but there are also two other prominent characters. Both of which are women. One of these characters is Nava, who becomes a bondservant to a wealthy nobleman to pay for her father’s debts. The other is Chana, the daughter of a district leader, who is grieving the lost her fiancé and finds happiness again by helping with the construction of the wall. As Nehemiah organizes efforts to rebuild the wall, he faces opposition from the leaders of the surrounding nations and as well as threats on his life. There appears to be people reporting on his actions to his enemies, so he is unsure who to trust and who to take into his confidence. Although the task is daunting, Nehemiah feels certain that God has called him to the task, so he perseveres. This was a well-written book, with engaging characters. I particularly enjoyed the three very different perspectives from which the story was told. And each character’s attitude was transformed as the story progressed and their faith and view of God changed. The historical detail was fascinating and appeared to be well researched by the author. The story was creative in the way that the three main characters overlapped and interacted. My favorite character was Chana because I liked her gumption and her graciousness. Intrigue and mystery were also incorporated into the story by creating doubt about the characters motives and intentions. I would recommend this book. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review.
StudentofParables More than 1 year ago
Once again, I enter a series late to the party! But no harm done, as this work is based on an entire book of the Bible – Nehemiah – and stands alone unto itself very well. Yet, looking at the previous titles in Ms. Austin’s Restoration Chronicles, I can see how it works in the overall tapestry, as they are each distinctive weaves. I greatly appreciated that about this book – it allowed me to recommend it to some friends, even though I didn’t have the others on hand. I’ve read the Book of Nehemiah before in my Bible studies, and really enjoyed it as both a tale, and a lesson of obedience and faithfulness. Yet Ms. Austin’s rendering really made the story pop, putting in cultural context that helped me see deeper layers not first obvious. I also liked that as the Book of Nehemiah is a very thorough account, Ms. Austin didn’t have to get overly “extra biblical” with embellishment. She stayed true to the actual, amazing story, which allowed the realness of her depictions of historical characters to come through even brighter. And as her writing style is one of amazing descriptions and storytelling, I found it first class in immersion! I’ve already handed off my copy and will continue to highly recommend! I received a review copy of this work from the publisher
BethanyMarks More than 1 year ago
Nehemiah has a passion to rebuild Jerusalem’s walls to display God’s power and might to the surrounding nations, their enemies. The only problem is, he is in Susa and head of security for the King of Persia. Nehemiah asks God for favor with the King. See how it unfolds to Nehemiah as governor, rallying for unity. Many interconnecting lives weave through this Jewish culture. There are sweet love stories. Nava and Dan grew up together, but are so poor they can’t marry. Chana and Malkijah come together through loss. Chana is grieving her fiancee who was murdered and Malkijah his wife who died. When people are not in control they wrestle with God. “Don’t ask God what He’s doing… Ask Him what you should be doing.” Don’t ask God why, ask Him how to make a difference. How many of us today could use that advise? The solid foundation of God is compared to the walls of Jerusalem. Coming back to God and His ways is Nehemiah’s legacy. The physically restored walls are the evidence. I would have like to know what happened with Aaron, Malkijah’s son. “He pretends to respect his father, but there is rebellion and anger in his heart.” With Chana’s help his father begins to see who his 16 year old really is. Aaron is one of the antagonists. I received a complimentary book from Bethany House and The Book Club Network at in exchange for my honest review.
MrsTina42MR More than 1 year ago
On This Foundation***** book 3 The Restoration Chronicles by Lynn Austin I have read many Biblical fiction books over the years, but On This Foundation is my favorite. Lynn Austin has written a fantastic story of the rebuilding of the Jerusalem wall in such a way that is very realistic. Not much is known of the main character, Nehemiah, other than he was the cupbearer to the King of Persia. But she has beautifully woven a story of his burning desire—a calling of God—to leave Persia, go to Jerusalem and rebuild the wall. Of course, he meets with many challenges, some even attempt to stop his endeavors. But God's hand was on Nehemiah as he lead the people to come together as a community and rebuild the walls of Jerusalem in an impossibly short time. I loved Nehemiah's humble heart for God and the way he looked to Him to guide him and assure him that he was doing what God had sent him to do. There are a variety of characters from different stations in life who volunteered to help. And then there were enemies who would stop at nothing—even murder—to stop him. Interspersed throughout are side-stories of families who struggled to produce enough food to keep starvation away and those who had plenty—wealthy. Stories of grief, struggles, romance, love and faith and the history of the Israelites. Some of the characters that captured my heart were Chana, her sisters and their father, and a servant/slave Nava and favorite of all Shimon. I had a hard time deciding if the wealthy nobleman and land owner Malkijah was an honorable man or someone who was up to no good and not to be trusted. This is one of those books that is very hard to put down until the last page. ~I received a copy of this book from TBFN for my honest review~
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
***I received a free copy of this book by Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review. I love anything that Lynn Austin writes. I think I've read every single one of her books. Some multiple times. This summer I got on a kick and read several of my favorites one after another. Lynn Austin is a wonderful storyteller and her characters are well developed. Once I start one of her books I usually can't put it down until I'm done. This new one didn't disappoint. On This Foundation is the third book in the Restoration Chronicles series. (I've reviewed both book 1 and book 2 on my blog.) I usually tend to stay away from Biblical fiction (because it feels like a whole lot of fiction and not much Biblical fact) but Lynn Austin's Biblical fiction I find different. She quotes from scripture as often as possible. I also like that she includes a list of scripture references in the back of the book for further reading. This third and final book focuses on Nehemiah, King Artaxerxes' cup-bearer, who found permission to rebuild Jerusalem's crumbling walls. While in Jerusalem, he was made governor of Judah. The book also tells the story of Chana (whose betrothed was killed due to the lack of walls surrounding the city), Malkijah (a man who lost his first wife and is hoping to find love again) and Nava (a young girl who became a bondservant to save her father's land during a drought). All three along with the rest of the people of Jerusalem and the surrounding areas do their part to help Nehemiah rebuild the walls of Jerusalem in a staggering 52 days. But amongst the people are spies working for enemies in the surrounding provinces who want to hinder and harm the Lord's work being done. Nehemiah's life, and those of his workers, are in danger. This is a thick book but one that is worth taking the time to read. It did not disappoint.
Fitzysmom More than 1 year ago
Do you know how I can tell an historical book is good? I know it's good when I'm very familiar with the story being told and yet I continue to eagerly read to find out what is going to happen as if I didn't know the outcome. That is exactly what I did with On This Foundation. On This Foundation is the story of Nehemiah and the rebuilding of the wall around Jerusalem. I grew up reading my Bible and going to Sunday School so I cannot possibly tell you the amount of times that I have read the story of Nehemiah. Let's just say it is enough to be pretty familiar with the account. Reading Lynn Austin's fictionalized version was like having dessert after dinner. She took the bones of the story and fleshed it out with added storylines that we only get a glancing view of in the Bible. She did a masterful job at sticking to the Biblical account while adding in narrative and content that would enhance the story but not take anything away from it. I've enjoyed Lynn's writing across the different genres but it is my hope that she will delve into more Biblical fiction stories because she did such a wonderful job with this series. While each of the books in the series are considered stand alone titles don't cheat yourself by not going back and reading the previous two in the series. You'll be glad that you did. I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.
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booksandbeverages More than 1 year ago
When it comes to a novel written by Lynn Austin, it takes about three paragraphs to completely hook into the story. I have read all of her novels and have yet to find one I didn’t thoroughly enjoy. The third in The Restoration Chronicles, On This Foundation, might be my favorite of the series! Although I’ll probably re-read them all just to make sure. “When the Almighty One gives us a job to do, we can expect two things: both strength and wisdom from God and opposition from His enemies. Be strong and very courageous.” Once again, through incredible research and her talented hand, Lynn Austin has opened up the stories of the Old Testament in refreshing and captivating ways. I know I’ve said this before, but when a biblical fiction novel stirs in your heart the desire to dive into scripture, you know it’s a job well done. A study of Nehemiah is now high on my list (and if you know of any, please share!). One thing I have loved in each of these books is the multiple story lines in each novel. Not only because it paints such a bigger picture, but Austin weaves them together with skill. The stories of some of the characters were not what I expected at all, and in complete honesty, at first I was fighting against it. I thought I wasn’t going to be pleased with the end result, but y’all! The way Austin crafted her story revealed more about forgiveness, trust and leaning into God in all circumstances much more than what I thought the novel needed. This is why I didn’t write the book Internet. I was so incredibly encouraged with God’s truth and I’m sad the series is done, but cannot wait to see what’s next from Lynn! What biblical story would you love to read a story about? (Thank you to Bethany House for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review) Originally posted at:
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
On This Foundation is the compelling and thought provoking conclusion to Lynn Austin’s Biblical series The Restoration Chronicles which follows the Jews’ return to Jerusalem to rebuild the temple after their exile in Babylon. Specifically, On This Foundation tells the story of Nehemiah, cupbearer to the King of Persia. With a clear call from God, Nehemiah risks everything and receives king Artaxerxes permission and aid to travel to Jerusalem as the new governor to rebuild the city walls. Have reading the two previous novels in The Restoration Chronicles, I was captivated with Austin’s retelling of Nehemiah’s struggle to lead the Jews to rebuild the wall around Jerusalem while contending with intrigue and deception from locals and jealous provincial leaders. With authentic characters representing all levels in society, Austin skillfully creates a story that captures the struggle, heartache, fear, and devastation that shrouds the people when Nehemiah arrives in Jerusalem. In Nehemiah, Lynn Austin shows us a leader who struggles like everyone else to obey and persevere even though he leads with courage and boldness. I was particularly intrigued by the nobleman Malkijah and his journey from lawful obedience toward consecrated and compassionate obedience. Lynn Austin has created a story full of authentic characters that deftly and powerfully portray the many struggles the Jews faced as a people and as individuals as they sought God’s help and protection while building the wall. Overall, On This Foundation deeply moved me as the story of Nehemiah and his countrymen came alive through Austin’s vibrant writing. Austin has a gift for conveying to readers the power of God’s promises in the lives of ordinary people who accomplish extraordinary things. Bethany House gave me a complimentary copy of On This Foundation by Lynn Austin for my candid review.
Bookworm_Debbie More than 1 year ago
Another wonderful biblical novel! This is the third book in a “true” series. You have to read the first two books for this one to make sense. Over the course of the three books the full story of the return of the Jews to Jerusalem after their exile to Babylon, and the rebuilding they did, is beautifully told. I loved the characters in this book. There is a great variety of people and situations that they are dealing with during a very trying time in the history of the Israelites. I think that the ones I felt the most for were Nava and Chana. They both struggled with feelings connected to loving someone they couldn’t be with, even though the reasons for the separation were very different. They had to try and navigate their way during a time when women usually didn’t have any say in what they could do and who they could be with. The continuing story of the rebuilding of Jerusalem after the exile to Babylon was fabulous. I thoroughly enjoyed reading how Lynn Austin brought Nehemiah on the scene. I don’t remember there being very many details about his background in the bible other than that he was the cupbearer to the King of Persia. The story as it is presented in this book is very plausible. One of the things that I really liked about Nehemiah was his humility. He continued to seek God throughout the book wanting to make sure that he was the one chosen to complete the task and that it wasn’t just his own idea. It held my attention from start to finish. I believe that reading this book is an incredible way to spend some of your leisure time. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.
TCramer More than 1 year ago
Old Testament Biblical Fiction at its finest! The entire series starting with “Return to Me”, then “Keepers of the Covenant”, and finally, “On This Foundation” is absolutely riveting. Each book is better than the previous, and I thought the first one was amazing. This is the 118th book I’ve read this year, and I can honestly say it’s my favorite for the year. I had never read Lynn Austin prior to this series but I have discovered that she has the gift of building characters and weaving their stories together in an incredible way. I have to be honest, I slowed down tremendously during the last 50 pages of this story because I did not want it to end. This novel is based on Nehemiah and his calling from God to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem some 120 years after they were destroyed by the Babylonians and the Jews were carried off into exile. It is a wonderful story of God’s mercy and grace demonstrated even in the Old Testament towards His people. I really enjoyed the supporting characters of Nava, Chana, Malkijah, and Nehemiah’s brothers. On This Foundation is absolutely my favorite novel of the year. I highly recommend it along with the first two books in the series. I received a copy of this book from the publisher, through The Book Club Network ( in exchange for my honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I reviewed this book for Bethany House Publishers (this was a complimentary copy), and I have to say that this one became a quick favorite. I will preface my review with this fact - I love history, and I love Biblical history, which is a huge factor in why I enjoyed this book so much. Lynn Austin did her research on this one, and it shows. Not only did she know what was happening in the Bible, but she also reviewed the historical events going on elsewhere. I feel like some authors like to take Bible stories and then just take complete creative license, but what she did seemed authentic. This book is the story of Nehemiah, the Persian king's cup bearer who became the re-builder of the walls of Jerusalem. Fantastic. This story doesn't get enough attention, in my opinion, and why? What an amazing tale - a servant in the court who is given full permission and supplies to repair the most important city in his homeland. How on earth did he even gain that much favor? Austin developed Nehemiah's character so well that when this event occurred, it was completely believable. Austin also has a good knowledge of Jewish culture and customs, as evidenced by her discussion of the feasts and laws from the Torah. Her accuracy was refreshing and added a lot of depth to the characters. And, by the way, the characters - the story was told from a variety of points of view, mainly Nehemiah and two other main characters. This seems to be quite the trend right now, but I have to admit that I buy into it every time. I like being able to see the broad scope of the story and how it affects more than just one character. Nehemiah is a pretty static character, but both of the supporting narrators go through some pretty serious character development, so I can forgive Austin for that. 100% pick this book up. If you like history. And even if you don't. This was by far my favorite book I've reviewed thus far. Thanks so much to Lynn Austin for being careful and thorough in her research and crafting a story that added so much depth to what I already knew of Nehemiah.