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6.09.2013

Reign:The Chronicles of Queen Jezebel

Reign: The Chronicles of Queen Jezebel
Lost Loves of the Bible #3
By Ginger Garrett

If you have ever wondered about Jezebel and her life Reign gives you a possible account of what her life may have been like and it isn't pretty!

Jezebel has never been someone that normal people would aspire to be like and Reign makes that feeling all the more certain.  There are moments when you feel sorry for her and how her life is playing out, but then she does something that makes you regret those moments of empathy.

The unwanted younger twin, Jezebel grew to dislike and even hate her sister.  But her sister achieved something Jezebel couldn't death.  As Jezebel grows into her preteen and teenage years she takes an active role in the Phoenician worship of Baal and Asherah even helping to convince mothers to sacrifice their children to these gods.

But when she marries Prince Ahab of Israel (against her will, I might add) she brings her idolatrous, immoral religion with her thus bringing God's curse upon the nation that God had established.  But when she is called upon to open her heart up to the one true God - Yahweh, she refuses.  Jezebel has determined that she has been given life so that she might destroy the God of Israel.

Jezebel's life is a sad one.  She spurns all attempts of anyone to reach out to her.  She has no emotional attachment to her own children and views them only as a means to an end - power!  This an interesting look at Israel at the time of Elijah, Obadiah, and Micah.

I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher David C. Cook through BookFun.org in exchange for my honest review.

Beyond the Drama, Her Heart Was Real
From the moment her marriage to prince Ahab thrusts her into the intrigues of palace life, Jezebel’s exotic beauty opens doors and her will breaks down walls. Torn from her homeland and wed to power in a strange country, Jezebel vows to create a legacy and power all her own. Some might call her a manipulative schemer, bent on having her way. But they don’t know the whole story, and she was much, much worse.

As she moves through the halls of power, her heart struggles between devotion to the gods she worships, the prince who loves her, and her thirst for revenge. She sparks a battle between her strangely powerless gods and the God of palace administrator Obadiah-a God who confronts her with surprising might. She will fight, though victory may cost her everything.