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Ginger Garrett is the critically acclaimed author of Chosen: The Lost Diaries of Queen Esther, which was recognized as one of the top five novels of 2006 by the ECPA, and Dark Hour. An expert in ancient women's history, Ginger creates novels and nonfiction resources that explore the lives of historical women. A frequent media guest and television host, Ginger has been interviewed by The New York Times, NPR, Billy Graham's The Hour of Decision," The Harvest Show, Fox News, and many other outlets.

In 2007, Ginger was nominated for the Georgia Author of the Year Award for her novel Dark Hour. A graduate of Southern Methodist University with a degree in theater, she is passionate about creating art from history. You can learn more about Ginger and her work by visiting www.gingergarrett.com 

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Product Details

  • Series: Lost Loves of the Bible
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: David C. Cook; New edition (May 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1434765962
  • ISBN-13: 978-1434765963
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,166,974 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Let me start with saying that I don't like biblical fiction. I don't know why, I just don't. Until now.

Ginger Garrett has written a refreshingly beautiful, descriptive, and haunting story of Queen Jezebel. If you don't know the biblical story of Jezebel, you can read it in the Bible in 1 Kings 16 through 1 Kings 22, and in 2 Kings 9 and 2 Kings 10. Her writing is obviously fictional, though thoroughly researched. It seems as if she's taken great pains to make sure her story is as accurate as can be with as little detail that is known about Jezebel and her reign over Israel.

Ms. Garrett writes the story from the point of view of three historical figures: Jezebel, King Ahab (who is actually Prince Ahab through 90% of the book), and Obadiah, who served King Ahab (there are twelve Obadiah's mentioned in the Old Testament, one of whom wrote the shortest book in the OT, though it can't be attributed to any of the Obadiah's mentioned in the OT). The character of Jezebel is horrifying (especially in the opening scene) yet compelling. Does that make sense? You're sickened at her actions and disregard for life and the Lord, but you almost feel a compassion for her when she's younger. As her character develops throughout the book, you truly don't like the woman (as is right!), but there is still a part of me that aches for the little girl who could have been redeemed had she not been so deceived by evil. Ahab is also a compelling character; you cheer him on but want to smack him silly. And Obadiah...you want to smack him for not speaking up confidently enough to be listened to, but you still have compassion for him as he shows his own compassion.

The book was a little slow at times, but I highly recommend it. Ms.
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Reign The Chronicles of Queen Jezebel by Ginger Garrett is a fictional account of Ahab and Jezebel taken from I Kings and II Kings in the Bible. In the Bible, Jezebel was described as a very wicked woman but the author's imagination just became too much for me. Biblical fiction is one of my favorite genre but I just could not get into this book, in fact I was not able to finish it. I was really looking forward to reading the book but it was a disappointment for all the sacrificing of babies and the vivid descriptions of the worship of Baal just became too depressing for me to continue reading.

I read over half the book and I will say that it was well written with the plot and characters being well developed. Just too well developed for my taste. It was obvious that the author did a lot of research before writing the book. I have read the story of Jezebel many times in the Bible and I know how the story ended.

If one is not bothered by reading about infant sacrifices and the sexual perversion of the temple priests, then I could recommend this book.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from David C. Cook at Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
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"Reign: The Chronicles of Queen Jezebel" is fictional, based on the biblical story of Queen Jezebel and King Ahab, betrothed as a union between two nations. Jezebel was the daughter of King Eth-Baal who reigned in Phoenicia where the practice of worshiping gods and goddesses demanded the sacrifice of infants and children. Ahab was the son of King Omri of Israel, the land of Yahweh, a land of armies. Obadiah is a servant to Ahab, and serves as his administrator. His role in this story is one whose advice to Ahab is unheeded, and he is too timid to command respect. His relationship with the prophet Elijah is valuable, but his lacking strength of character fails him and his allegiance to Ahab.

Jezebel, unloved and neglected as a child, became a vicious woman, scorned by all, including her husband. Ahab was not a born leader, and as he ignored Yahweh's warnings Israel suffered great tragedies. Jezebel's wickedness and mean spirit only brought hatred and disrespect. Her beauty was her only attribute. Her hateful spirit positions her husband against her, although he had previously loved her.

This fictional tale of the lives of Jezebel, Ahab and Obadiah is an emotional sojourn. The author researched her biblical history well. There were a few slow passages, but the story was well told and interesting beyond what I expected. I was compelled to get my bible out to read the biblical account of this profound story. For those interested in an enhancement of Jezebel's character and influence, this is an excellent portrayal.

Disclaimer: I was given an advanced reader copy of this book by Wynn-Wynn Media for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own and I was given no monetary compensation for this review.
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Perhaps you will learn more than you wanted to know about the infamous Jezebel. The ambitious Baal worshipper, married against her will, a prince in Israel. She was determined to take control of the nation and finally be queen over all. She brought along her multitude of priests of Baal, thereby gathering multitudes of Israelites to offer their infants to the fiery pot under the arms of the idol Baal. Elijah set up a wrestling match between the Lord and the idol, Baal, but not until after years of drought. Maybe you will think the same as I did. We are sacrificing thousands of infants before their birth. Our west has suffered drought for years, until the recent flood that destroyed property and many lives as well. You probably would not read this book if you were not knowledgeable about Scripture. Does it not say that God Almighty controls the weather?
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