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Love Amid the Ashes ( Book #1): A Novel (Treasures of His Love) by [Andrews, Mesu]
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An epic story of love and forgiveness, suffering and restoration

When her beloved grandfather Isaac dies, Dinah must follow his final command: travel to Job's household to marry his son. After Job's world comes crashing down, Dinah finds herself drawn to this great man brought low. What will she risk to fight for his survival?

Mesu Andrews weaves an emotional and stirring account of Job and Dinah. Love Amid the Ashes breathes life, romance, and passion into the classic biblical story of suffering and steadfast faith.

"In Love Amid the Ashes, Mesu Andrews takes a biblical tale of great tragedy and skillfully weaves beauty and love amid the loss. Job's story brought vividly to life!"--Jill Eileen Smith, bestselling author of Michal and Abigail

"Mesu Andrews has skillfully brought the Old Testament story of Job to life in Love Amid the Ashes. Throughout this book she explains Job's faithful adherence to studying the teachings of El Shaddai. Then she creatively reveals how those principles are demonstrated by his interaction with Dinah. You will be moved to tears as the characters reflect the mysterious role suffering plays in our faith. If you enjoy a story that includes a powerful plot, romantic passion, and biblical truth, read this book!"--Carol Kent, speaker and author of Between a Rock and a Grace Place

Mesu Andrews is a speaker who has devoted herself to passionate and intense study of Scripture. Harnessing her deep understanding and love for God's Word, Andrews brings the biblical world alive for her readers in this debut novel. She lives in Washington.

About the Author

Mesu Andrews is an active speaker who has devoted herself to passionate and intense study of Scripture. Harnessing her deep understanding and love for God's Word, Andrews brings the biblical world alive for her readers in this debut novel. She lives in Washington.

Product Details

  • File Size: 769 KB
  • Print Length: 417 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0800734076
  • Publisher: Revell (March 1, 2011)
  • Publication Date: March 1, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004JHY650
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By Ruth Anderson on March 31, 2011
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Since the horror of her experience at Shechem, when her brothers bathed a city in blood in the name of honor, Jacob's only daughter Dinah has lived under an oppressive cloud of shame. A virtual outcast in her own family, Dinah's knowledge of healing and herb lore earns her a place as her grandfather Isaac's nurse. But from his deathbed, Isaac sends Dinah's future down a path she never expected by ordering her to marry into Esau's clan. Though regarded as a fallen woman, Dinah is covered by the covenant promise bestowed on her father's line - a promise that through marriage she could bless her uncle's family. Only one man from Esau's clan steps forward to honor Isaac's wish - Job, the wisest man in the East, offers his oldest son in marriage. On the journey to Job's home, Dinah is awed by this righteous man's ability to look beyond the rumors and accept her as she is, in spite of her past. Job's desire to see Dinah restored, if only she'll have the faith to accept Yahweh's forgiveness, plants the first seeds of hope in Dinah that she might have a future free of condemnation.

But shortly after their arrival, Dinah's hard-won hope and fragile faith are tested as her newfound friend and benefactor loses everything. Overnight, Job is stripped of family, wealth, and servants, and when his household and riches are reduced to rubble, the man himself falls prey to a crippling illness. Covered in painful sores, with his very flesh decaying before his eyes, Job is reduced to living in piles of filth and waste, sustained by Dinah's healing knowledge of herbs. Through the horrifying reality of being brought so low, Job clings to his faith in Yahweh's greater plan, and Dinah finds fresh purpose as his friend and healer.
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In Love Amid the Ashes, Mesu Andrews weaves together two Biblical families -- those of Job and Jacob. Although this struck me at first as a bit too convoluted and contrived, once I read the Author's Note in the back (yes, I read the back of the book!) and saw how she came up with the idea of Dinah becoming Job's second wife, it actually seemed plausible. And I have to say that the book started out strong. Other than the fact that Jacob and Esau fought like immature juveniles rather than 125-year-old men, the author did a good job of creating characters and setting. Her re-telling of the slaughter of the Shechemites was effective at setting the mood of isolation and rejection that Dinah suffered within her family.

The story continued to move along pretty well -- Job seemed a little too "aware" of Dinah, but that wasn't a terribly huge distraction -- until about a third of the way through. After the first wave of Satan's onslaught hit Job and he lost his children and all his wealth, the book began to seriously lose traction. The dialogue and actions of the characters fizzled, lacking depth and authenticity. For example, both Job and his wife continually smiled and chuckled about minor (even silly) little things that people in their shoes would certainly have been too grief-stricken to even notice. And Job's wife suddenly became obsessed with trying to get Dinah to marry her own childhood sweetheart who she still carried a torch for (I never could quite figure out how she really felt about either her husband Job or her "friend" Sayyid). The author over-emphasized Dinah's beauty by having other characters continually thinking she was "beautiful," "stunning", etc; I felt like I was being beat over the head with it.
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Love Amid the Ashes captured me on the opening pages; the generational flow chart and scripture setting the scene for each chapter hooked me immediately. The book flowed so easily and so naturally,I truly had difficulty putting it down.

As a student of the Bible I enjoyed the historical foundation of the novel; a place of familiarity punctuated with Mesu's creativity in bringing humanity to the fore.

How wonderful it was to experience the humanity of God's people; to be reminded that we are but weak flesh and God forgives and loves us always. Thank you Mesu for giving us a very human view of the life of Job; one we too can relate to daily.
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I'm a huge fan of Christian historical fiction and love books based on people from the Bible. It takes a lot of creativity for a writer to take small bits of history and weave entire stories out of them and when it's done well, it's really enjoyable. Most times, the story is great and completely believable, other times if falls short and misses the mark. Unfortunately, Love Amid the Ashes missed the mark for me.

A story based on the Biblical account of Job is great material to work with. Mesu Andrews makes good use of the potions of Job's story that we are very familiar with but Job is not really the main character in this book, Dinah is. Honestly, this surprised me as I thought the story would focus on Job more than anyone else.

Dinah is Jacob's only daughter, the one who, according to scripture, was raped by Prince Shechem and whose brothers took revenge by killing the prince and all the men in the city. Andrews' book puts a different spin on the situation. Instead of being raped, Shechem approached 15-year-old Dinah, proposed to her and the two eloped, all on the same day. In Love Amid the Ashes, Dinah was actually in love with her husband, her brothers slaughtered him and she was labeled and an evil temptress by everyone who heard the rumors. This is the first portion of the story that I had an issue with. I have a hard time believing that with the culture she lived in, this girl, with Jacob for a father and those 12 men for brothers, would be crazy enough to run off with a man from a different culture and religion who she had just met.

Now an adult, Dinah is pretty much unmarriageable because of her reputation but her grandfather's dying request is that she become the second wife of Job's oldest son.
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