The second book of the Chronicles of the Kings series portrays an older, wiser and faith-filled King Hezekiah. Gone is the boy prince who witnessed the sacrifice of his older brother to an evil god of fire. To restore Israel, he needs to rebuild the temple, learn from his godly grandfather and follow the guidelines set in scripture. He must also choose the right wife.

Against the counsel of his advisors, Hezekiah believes in God's promise to protect Israel and chooses to rebel against the cruel Assyrians. Will his trust in Jehovah win his nation's freedom, or will God's people be trampled under the boots of a conquering army?

Austin vividly portrays ancient Jerusalem where, much like today, life wasn't easy and answers to struggles were not always clear. Readers will cheer for Hezekiah's obedience to God, even as they relate to his feelings of fear and doubt. The suspense thrills and the character interaction are all too real. (May, 304 pp., $12.99)
Reviewed by: 
Linda Mae Baldwin