Love Amid The Ashes

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 emotionalReaders 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.
Love Amid The Ashes 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 aroun

  • Title: Love Amid The Ashes
  • Author: Mesu Andrews
  • ISBN: 9780800734077
  • Page: 375
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “Love Amid The Ashes”

    1. I stumbled upon this book quite by accident. my kids needed new library books and none of my holds were yet available so I was just wandering the stacks of my local library. I was a Biblical Theology major (extremely rare for a Catholic!) and took a class on Job in College. I LOVED THIS BOOK. The author did a beautiful job of taking the Biblical text and turning it in to a very readable and enjoyable novel. The Book of Job is an amazing story, but to have it fleshed out and more accessible was s [...]

    2. What I liked:1. The book cover.2. The character of Job (he was the most believable and stable of all the characters).3. Message of God's love and forgiveness. The love that Job had for God even with the terrible misfortunes and his witness to those around him.4. The use of scripture at opening of every chapter.What I didn't like:1. Overuse of metaphors, similes, and description (facial expressions and body language) to the point that I wanted to scream. Ex. "Jacob raised his chin once again, as [...]

    3. Since the horror of her experience at Shechem, when her brothers bathed a city in blood in the name of honor, Jacob’s only daughter Dinah has lived under an oppressive cloud of shame. A virtual outcast in her own family, Dinah’s knowledge of healing and herb lore earns her a place as her grandfather Isaac’s nurse. But from his deathbed, Isaac sends Dinah’s future down a path she never expected by ordering her to marry into Esau’s clan. Though regarded as a fallen woman, Dinah is covere [...]

    4. Dinah is Isaac's granddaughter and she has strict instructions after his death to go to Job's household and marry Ennon to advance the line of Esau since Jacob took the birthright from him. Dinah has been "soiled" she was raped by Shechem the son of Hamor, the prince of the land. Jacob's sons destroy the city, in Dinah's honor. Yet that doesn't take away the disgrace of Dinah. Dinah travels to Uz to marry Ennon, no sooner does she arrive than Job's household is destroyed. The man Dinah was to ma [...]

    5. I enjoyed reading this fictional retelling of the Biblical story of Job. I found nothing in the book that directly contradicted the Bible; however, being a work of fiction, there are added characters and assorted assumptions throughout the story. The book starts with the death of the patriarch, Isaac and Job taking Dinah home to marry his son. Dinah is there throughout the devastation that hits Job's household. "Seeing" Job's actions in the flesh, especially as he reacts to his initial losses pr [...]

    6. LOVE AMID THE ASHES by Mesu Andrews is an amazing,inspirational biblical fiction about Job and Dinah. It is well written with details,scriptures,and depth. The characters are enduring,courageous,steadfast,suffer and romance. This story will bring the biblical story of Job,his suffering,his faith,his journey,loss,and weaves this story of the old testament to life. This story will weave beauty,steadfast faith,suffering and love amid the ashes together with vivid details.Job's tale is not only one [...]

    7. Thirty-five-year-old Dinah has cared for her grandfather, Isaac, for 15 years making her feel secure, capable and useful. When Isaac dies, Dinah doesn’t know what to do with herself but she knows she must keep her promise to her grandfather at all costs. That promise was to travel to the City of Uz and marry Job’s son, Ennon, who is 39-years-old. Before leaving with Job’s caravan, Dinah collects all her vials and herbs for healing as she knows the minute her greedy Uncle Esau arrives he wi [...]

    8. 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 [...]

    9. I didn't know what I was expecting but this wasn't it. LOL. I'm still not quite sure how I feel about the book. I DO believe that it was very well written and researched, but in cases like this story, it's good to remember that this is biblical FICTION that may or may not be true. The look into Job's life was very well done. I'm not a fan of his wife. I am not a fan of how Elihu was introduced or was for the first half of the novel. I did NOT like the toddler temper tantrums of 100 year old Esau [...]

    10. One of the best books I've read. I love when I feel the people in the Bible are real just like me. This is a much read!!

    11. I was thankful to receive a review copy of a story many people quote from the bible and look to when they are suffering. The story of Job is a powerful one. Meus Andrews states in the author notes how she came up for the premise of her book Love Amid the Ashes! She says, “I hope you can see (through my extensive research) that biblical fiction is so much more than a fanciful imagining of how things might have been. It is truly my heart cry to know how biblical characters experienced the God I [...]

    12. This is a tough review for me to write because I really wanted to love this book. There were parts of the story that I really liked, and then there were parts that I found myself skimming through (closer to the end.) I really loved the beginning when Job's plan was for Dinah to marry his son. It seemed like he and Dinah were overly fond of each other, though. Not sure how I felt about that, so the verdict is still out on that one. I also loved the rehashing and remembering of Dinah's experience [...]

    13. Mesu Andrews in her new book, "Love Amid The Ashes" published by Revell gives us a fictional account of what might have happened with Job.Job, according to various surveys, is not one of the books in the Bible that people read frequently, if at all. Seems there is just too much suffering in this book for someone to read it to the end where the redemption is. Job is the richest man in the world and he serves God. The devil wants to destroy him and in one day takes away all Job's cattle, then Job' [...]

    14. I thoroughly enjoyed Andrew's take of Job's story from the Bible. It has been a while since I've read the book of Job, and this novel definitely sparked an interest in re-reading it again. I suppose I had never really and truly thought about the misfortunes that he had to go through and how easy and how justified he would feel to turn his back on the beliefs he had held dear.I also thought it was clever that Andrew's thought to connect the story of Jacob's daughter, Dinah, to Job's story. At the [...]

    15. Love Amid The Ashes makes the story of Job come to life! Biblical fiction is one of my favorite genres and I’ve read many books about various characters in the Bible but I don’t remember ever reading a story centered around Job. The meticulous research and hard work of the author shines through in this captivating tale of romance and tragedy and makes this an easy book to read. Love Amid The Ashes was not only interesting and thought provoking, but very emotional as well. At times, I found i [...]

    16. I have a guilty secret: I sometimes enjoy fiction about Biblical characters, despite being a non-believer. I don't know why, but I have read some decent stories in this vein. This is definitely not one of them.First of all the characters are shallow and two dimensional. They are completely unconvincing caricatures. They felt flat and I couldn't find sympathy for any of them because of their lack of depth.Secondly I kept running into whitewashing and anti-blackness. I suppose there MIGHT have bee [...]

    17. Love Amid the Ashes, by Mesu Andrews, is the story of Job from Dinah’s, the daughter of Jacob, point of view. When her beloved grandfather Isaac passes away, she is sent to Job’s household to marry his son who is of the Edomite lineage. But as soon as she arrives, Job’s world crashes in on in him. As Job has few remaining friends and Dinah has nowhere else to go since she is disgraced in her family, she stays as his nursemaid. When he recovers Dinah leaves to be with her favourite brother [...]

    18. Wow.For a debut novel, Mesu Andrews has "hit a home run" with her portrayal of Dinah and Job.Through strong Biblical research and solid writing, Andrews has created a novel that is not only enjoyable to read, but will also challenge you to study the Bible more and more.  I'll be honest, it made me read the novel alongside my Bible, to try to determine which aspects were fiction and which were true.I find her placement of Job within the chronology of Jacob, Esau and Joseph, helps give the story [...]

    19. The story of Job in historical form would be a difficult endeavor for a historical fiction. I had some difficulty reconciling the relationship between Job and Dinah, however, after I read the Acknowledgement at the end of the book, I realized how I miss the tiniest details when reading from the bible. Reading this type of historical fiction can give us some insight to what it means to trust God in his sovereignty. It never is or becomes about us but about him. How easily we loose sight of that t [...]

    20. It is not at all often that I give 5 star ratings. I firmly believe in giving credit where it is due, and that there is always something somewhere that can be improved. Having said that, Love Amid the Ashes gets a solid 5 stars from me.Mesu Andrews uses the facts we have, weaves in fiction to fill in the blanks so skillfully that one must be careful to discern between the two, and gives us a story of love and redemption that left me wondering if I had read it or truly been there. I expected this [...]

    21. This is a fascinating interpretation of the lives of both Job and Jacob’s daughter, Dinah. I had no idea before reading this book that many Biblical scholars believe that Job was a contemporary of Jacob but I found the way Andrews wove these characters together intriguing. Before reading this book, I had never connected well with the story of Job. I’m not an ancient poetry person and I also found it really hard to understand and connect with, but this book brought it to life for me in a way [...]

    22. This book is a fictional account of the story of Job. I really enjoyed it, and thought the author was so creative in how she wove several biblical stories and characters together in this one book. I think you'll understand this book better if you have read the biblical stories of Job, Joseph, and Dinah - it wouldn't make as much sense without having the biblical context fresh in your mind. The only part that I wasn't crazy about was naming the "behemoth" creature mentioned in Job as a hippo. The [...]

    23. Ms. Andrews throughout this book about Job shows the reader her deep love and understanding of God's Word. She has by her research and study given us an excellent book about one of God's most loved men, Job.Her characters, both actual and fictional, are well rounded, believable, and add depth to the story. The great detail she uses to describe the ancient world makes it come alive. A very well written story that I highly recommend.

    24. A deeper look into Job's lifeThis is a wonderful telling of Job. With all of my life's ups and downs, and many can relate to Job, reading this can you give you a fresh perspective on how in the darkest moment God is still there. Mesu definitely knows how to write Biblically sound fiction.

    25. This story is rich in history. It is intertwined with the Living Word of God. Do I believe every word of her book to be true? No. Does she tell a good story? Absolutely. Giving a glimpse of "what might have happened"? It was a great story about a great YVWH.

    26. Excellent telling of the story of Job. This is what Christian fiction should be, a great story, with Biblical facts interwoven with good storytelling. I look forward to reading more by this author. I've had this book a while and put off reading it, and now I'm not sure why. Very good read!

    27. Wonderful storyI love the way Job's story comes to life. Amazing weaving of Job's story with Genesis. Love this kind of writing

    28. This is a well-researched, highly believable fictional account of the story of Job. It is a beautiful story of faith and love.

    Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *