Monday, March 12, 2012

Love's Sacred Song by Mesu Andrews * A Review

Standing in the massive shadow of his famous father, young king Solomon wavers between fear and bravado, wisdom and folly. In the uncertain world of alliances and treachery, Solomon longs for peace and a love that is true and pure--a love that can be his cornerstone.

A shepherdess in the northern city of Shunem, Arielah remembers the first time she laid eyes on Solomon in Jerusalem when she was just seven years old. Since then she has known that it was her destiny to become his bride. When her father, a leader of their tribe, secures a promise from King Solomon to marry Arielah as a treaty bride to help unite the kingdom, it seems her dreams may come true.

But how can this simple shepherdess live as part of Solomon's harem? Can Solomon set aside his distractions to give himself completely to just one woman? Or will he let duty, deception, and the daily routine divide his heart?

Mesu Andrews expertly weaves the words of the Song of Solomon into this touching story of the power of love. Readers will be transported from the glowing fields of Shunem to the gleaming city of Jerusalem as they experience this rich and textured novel from a master storyteller.

Paperback: 448 pages
Publisher: Revell (March 1, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0800734084
ISBN-13: 978-0800734084

Mesu grew up with a variegated Christian heritage. With grandparents from the Pilgrim Holiness, Nazarene, and Wesleyan Churches, her dad was a Quaker and mom charismatic. As you might imagine, God was a central figure in most family discussions, but theology was a battlefield and Scripture the weapon. As a rebellious teenager, Mesu rejected God and His Word, but discovered Jesus as a life-transforming Savior through the changed life of an old friend.

The desire for God's Word exploded with her new commitment, but devotional time was scarce due to the demands of a young wife and mother. So Mesu scoured the only two theology books available--children's Bible stories and her Bible. The stories she read to her daughters at night pointed her to the Bible passages she studied all day. She became an avid student of God's Word, searching historical and cultural settings as well as ancient texts and original languages.

Just as her daughters have grown and are sharing their own journeys with Jesus, so Mesu's stories have matured through years of study. Harnessing her deep understanding and love for Scripture, Mesu helps others experience God's Word in living color through her biblical novels and devotional studies.

Her debut novel, Love Amid the Ashes, released in March 2011.

  This is Mesu Andrews' second novel and the first one I’ve read of hers. This book Love’s Sacred Song was the historical fiction story of Solomon and Arielah’s love story.
  It was quite an interesting story and makes me want to read Solomon and his other books in the Bible again. I like to see if the books of historical fiction I read and the Bible share the same story or close to it.
  Solomon is a very wise King and I’ve always admired him for asking God for wisdom and not wealth, etc…, but I never cared much for his love of women.
Love’s Sacred Song tells of a precious love story between Solomon and Arielah, but she is more special and forgiving than most people. I suppose she just loved Solomon so much that she forgave his every wrong choice.
  If you like love stories and historical fiction and the books of Solomon you will be intrigued with Love’s Sacred Song. I recommend this wonderful story if love and forgiveness. I look forward to more books of Mesu Andrews.

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I received my free copy from Donna Hausler from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group for my review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255


Mesu Andrews said...

Thanks so much for your encouraging review! ;)

Christie said...

I read and reviewed this book, too, and LOVED IT! BTW, I am following you now. :)