Saturday, March 26, 2011

Book Review: Love Amid the Ashes by Mesu Andrews/4 Stars

About the book:

Readers often think of Job sitting on the ash heap, his life in shambles. But how did he get there? What was Job's life like before tragedy struck? What did he think as his world came crashing down around him? And what was life like after God restored his wealth, health, and family?

Through painstaking research and a writer's creative mind, Mesu Andrews weaves an emotional and stirring account of this well-known story told through the eyes of the women who loved him. Drawing together the account of Job with those of Esau's tribe and Jacob's daughter, Dinah, Love Amid the Ashes breathes life, romance, and passion into the classic biblical story of suffering and steadfast faith.

My thoughts:

Having been a fan of Biblical fiction for many years now, I was very intrigued to read a story about the life of Job.  Job's story in the Bible is not one that I've read very many times because frankly, it's a little sad and depressing, even though it does end well.  I have to say that the fictional retelling of Job's story in Love Amid the Ashes really has me wanting to crack open this book in my Bible to get a better appreciation of Job's trials.

I really appreciated the genealogy flow chart at the beginning of the book because without it, I don't know if I'd have ever been able to keep all the characters straight!  There are a LOT of characters mentioned at the very beginning of the story, and I admit that I was confused a number of times.  However, had all of those characters not been introduced, I wouldn't have gotten a full picture of the people involved in Job's life.

I was also very grateful for the author's note at the end of the book explaining how she developed the story.  I never would've thought of Jacob's daughter, Dinah, as being a part of Job's life at all, but thanks to the enormous research done by Ms. Andrews, it very likely may have been a reality.  Because of that, I doubt I will ever look at Job's story the same way again.

I highly recommend Love Amid the Ashes for those who enjoy Biblical fiction.  Ms. Andrews has challenged my thinking, and has encouraged me to thoroughly re-read the story of Job.  I can't wait to see what she has planned for her next novel because as a debut author, she's hit the ball out of the park with Love Amid the Ashes!  My rating is 4 stars.

Southern?  No
Sass?  No

**Many thanks to Revell for providing a copy for review.


  1. Thanks for your review. I just started this book. Can't wait for some time to read later!

  2. Thanks, Renee!! I hope you enjoy it. :o)

  3. I loved this one too. I wasn't quite sure how it would work, because you have to take so many liberties with the story, but it was terrific. I can't wait for more from Mesu!

  4. Great review - I've been curious about this one.

  5. I'm really looking forward to Mesu's next book - it's great to have such a promising author of biblical fiction writing today! :)

  6. FYI I linked to this review on my latest post at Tales of :)

  7. Love Amid the Ashes captured me on the opening pages; the generational flow chart and scripture setting the scene for each chapter hooked me immediately. The book flowed so easily and so naturally,I truly had difficulty putting it down.
    I enjoyed the historical foundation of the novel; a place of familiarity punctuated with Mesu's creativity in bringing humanity to the fore. How wonderful it was to experience the humanity of God's people; to be reminded that we are but weak flesh and God forgives and loves us always. Thank you Mesu for giving us a very human view of the life of Job.


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