In Lynn Austin’s Keepers of the Covenant, the Jews are days away from extinction. As they are held captive in a foreign land for disobeying God’s laws, the Lord orchestrates a way of escape, but it comes with a price. Wives become widows, and children are left fatherless. Convinced that his people will forget God’s salvation in Babylon, Ezra, leads the exiles back to the Promised Land. Will he remain faithful to his calling as he shoulders the responsibility of leading his people?
Keepers of the Covenant tells the biblical story of Israel’s prominent and beloved priest. As historical fiction, it traces the second wave of exiles who return home from Babylon. The characters are relatable and empathetic. The plot is intriguing, entertaining, and filled with fascinating historical tidbits. The story is theologically solid. Austin’s knowledge of Old Testament Law is amazing and her grasp of biblical history is unlike any author I’ve read.
The only drawback in Austin’s work is the constant summarizing and sermonizing. It interrupts the flow of the story, detracts from valid theological points, and makes the book seem longer than it is. A little lighter touch and Keepers of the Covenant would be the perfect book.
I was given a free copy from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.