On the surface, this novel is about the leadership of Mattathias and, later, Judah Maccabaeus during the years that stretch between the Old Testament and the New. At it's core, however, Judah's Wife is a tale of violence, submission, and - ultimately - surrender. It's the story of a woman with the courage to stand in the shadow of a great warrior while learning to lay her own life down for the sake of her people.
Not having read the Maccabees, this novel has kindled an urge to pick up and read 1 and 2 Maccabees, as well as other accounts of the period of the silent years. I recommend this historical novel to those who desire to learn about the history between the testaments, as well as anyone in need of a reminder of God's masterful timing and planning, even in the midst of our pains and losses. 5/5 stars.
*Disclaimer: I received a complimentary print copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers for the purpose of this honest review. All opinions are my own.*
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ About The Author ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
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Angela Hunt has published more than one hundred books, with sales nearing five million copies worldwide. She's the New York Times bestselling author of The Tale of Three Trees, The Note, and The Nativity Story. Angela's novels have won or been nominated for several prestigious industry awards, such as the RITA Award, the Christy Award, the EPCA Christian Book Award, and the HOLT Medallion Award. Romantic Times Book Club presented her with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006. She holds both a doctorate in Biblical Studies and a Th.D. degree. Angela and her husband live in Florida, along with their mastiffs. For a complete list of the author's books, visit angelahuntbooks.com.Purchase Links: