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Subject: Lynn Austin books?
Date Posted: 4/6/2009 2:48 PM ET
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I've heard her books are great and would like to try them, especially the Refiner's Fire series. Anybody willing to do a deal on them? Please PM me.

Thanks, lisa

Date Posted: 4/16/2009 7:03 PM ET
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She is a great writer.  Most of her books are wished listed.  I just finished her "Until We Reach Home" I posted it but since it was wished listed it went fast.  Good luck, I am sure you will enjoy her.

 susan

Date Posted: 4/17/2009 8:01 AM ET
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I loved Until We Reach Home. Interesting story of an immigrant family.

Date Posted: 4/17/2009 12:32 PM ET
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All of her books are fabulous, and I am a sucker for buying each and every new one that she releases!

Date Posted: 4/17/2009 1:28 PM ET
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Have you read her "Wings of Refuge"?  It does not seem to get a lot of attention but it is one of my  all time favorites, my husband also liked it.    I added the summary from PBS about the book.

Abigail MaLeod being a treacher, wife n and mother, decied to spend her summer in Israel. Her marriage and faith were in shambles when she joined this archaeological dig. While hoping this trip will offer her inner peace. She is forced to board the airplane after a bomb threat, and tragedy occurs. In spite of all this she goes to the dig and feels a ray of hope.

Just talking about it made me realize that I needed to reread it.

susan

Date Posted: 4/17/2009 10:19 PM ET
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It's been a long time since I read Wings of Refuge, but I remember enjoying it.  :o)

Date Posted: 5/28/2009 3:46 AM ET
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Her earlier novels are all great.  I've read all three novels in the Refiner's Fire series and loved all of them.  If you're into Lynn Austin, try Hidden Places.  It's one of my all-time favorite Christian fiction novels.  Also, Song of Redemption is pretty good as well. 

Date Posted: 5/28/2009 9:36 AM ET
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Hidden Places was excellent, and it was made into a movie. Refiner's Fire series is good also.

Date Posted: 5/28/2009 8:23 PM ET
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I saw that movie.  I hated it!  It too all the "feel good" moments from the book and multiplied them by 100 - along with changing the plot and the characters.  It was like watching a cloud or something - nothing to grab onto.  But then, Hidden Places is one of my favorite novels, probably no matter what they did I wouldn't have liked it.  I just thought the film was way, way too sappy.

Date Posted: 5/28/2009 9:28 PM ET
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I didn't think the movie was that great either. I bought it thinking that the movie would be excellent like the book, but I was wrong!

Date Posted: 5/29/2009 10:16 AM ET
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I have been looking at her book titles here and I am confused. There is a series called Chronicles of the Kings, but there is a group listed as this (Gods and Kings, Song of Redemption, The Strength of His Hand, Faith of My Fathers, and Among the Gods) and then there is a group of other titles listed as Chronicles of the Kings (The Lord is My Strength, The Lord Is My Song, The Lord Is My Salvation, and My Father's God). Are these the same books with different titles or are they totally different stories??? 

Date Posted: 5/30/2009 9:01 AM ET
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I've wondered myself so I checked her website. Here is what I found:

Chronicles of the Kings series
Following the lives and legacies of King Hezekiah and his son Manasseh, this series takes readers through the history, drama and promises of the Old Testament. Embracing God's law, following God's will, and growing in faith is easier said than done for the father and son. Three-time Christy Award winner Lynn Austin brings the Bible to life in her gripping historical novels.

  1. Gods and Kings
  2. Song of Redemption
  3. The Strength of His Hand
  4. Faith of My Fathers
  5. Among the Gods

Lynn Austin Website

Date Posted: 6/1/2009 12:30 AM ET
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Pat, the Chronicles of the King series can almost be read as stand-alone novels.  Personally, I have read Song of Redemption and The Strength of His Hand

I loved Song of the Redemption not because of the sections dealing with King Hezekiah - but with another prominant story line concerning Jerusha.  Her part of the novel is actually fairly large, so much so that I'd say that King Hezekiah is almost secondary.  Good thing, too - because Jerusha's story is fascinating.  She's taken as a prisoner by the Assyrians and is treated horrifically until they release her for sport in order to "hunt her down" again.  She manages to evade them and with her sister, they travel for about a month or two so to the city where they become refugees.  Her part, again, is a really great read.  Honestly, I sort of skimmed over the other stuff. 

Date Posted: 6/8/2009 10:49 AM ET
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Okay, guys, I went to the library and got Gods and Kings. Can I just say that this is a "WOW" story!! I could not put it down and read the whole book this weekend. It made me race to Chronicles to see what all was written about these kings. I know Ms Austin's book is fiction, but I love how she handled the story. It made it seem real and alive. I just cannot recommend this book enough! 

Date Posted: 6/8/2009 11:16 AM ET
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Pat, the Chronicles of the Kings books were originally named The Lord is my Strength and The Lord is my Song/Salvation (something like that).  They were all re-released a few years ago with new titles and new covers.  The entire series is fantastic, and I recommend it to everyone I know all the time.  :o)

Christy

Date Posted: 6/9/2009 11:59 AM ET
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Thanks, Christy! I wondered about them being the same books with newer titles. I am well into the second book of the series and it is as amazingly awesome as the first.