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Isaiah's Legacy

A Novel of Prophets and Kings
Written by: Mesu Andrews
Length: 14 hrs and 41 mins

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The drama of the Old Testament comes to life as Judah's most notorious king ascends to the throne in this gripping novel from the award-winning author of Isaiah's Daughter.

At eight years old, Shulle has known only life in a small village with her loving but peculiar father. When Uncle Shebna offers shelter in Jerusalem in exchange for Shulle's help tutoring King Manasseh, Judah's five-year-old co-regent who displays the same peculiarities as her father, she's eager to experience the royal court. But Shulle soon realizes the limits of her father's strict adherence to Yahweh's Law when Uncle Shebna teaches her of the starry hosts and their power.

Convinced Judah must be freed from Yahweh's chains, she begins the subtle swaying of young Manasseh, using her charm and skills on the boy no one else understands. When King Hezekiah dies, 12-year-old Manasseh is thrust onto Judah's throne, bitter at Yahweh and eager to marry the girl he adores. Assyria's crown prince favors Manasseh and twists his brilliant mind toward cruelty, beginning Shulle's long and harrowing journey to discover the Yahweh she'd never known, guided with loving wisdom by Manasseh's mother: Isaiah's daughter, the heartbroken Hephzibah. Amid Judah's dark days, a desperate remnant emerges, claiming the Lord's promise, "Though we're helpless now, we're never hopeless - because we serve El Shaddai." Shulle is among them, a girl who becomes a queen through Isaiah's legacy.

©2020 Mesu Andrews (P)2020 Random House Audio

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  • DeRoseBreathe
  • 07-04-20

I was so disappointed due to the child narrator

I bet this would have been so much better of a story if presented appropriately. This book is not for children. Young adults/teens sure but they wouldn’t be able to get past the childlike voice either. At first I thought well it’s the character’s age, but then the voice never matured with the woman! I had to do a lot of jumping forward to get past the long beginning set up that wasn’t necessary to go that detailed or long. I wanted to get into Isaiah-Hello? It’s his story. And Hezikiah part was way to rushed through and not enough depth of the deep abandonment feelings or how Mannassah felt like why am I here? Dad is always busy. God is more important than me. He didn’t even go to my barmizpah (sp) which is a big deal. It’s the first time a boy can actually enter the temple! So all his friends went with their dads and his dad was the King, how cool is that?! Just to be let down and not be taken in by his dad’s side to introduce him? Then boom He dies. Why? Why only 15 years extra? He didn’t understand. Why would God take his dad away when he needs him most to teach him how to be a man, a leader? So all the hurt and bitterness pent up inside, no wonder he destroyed everything. He didn’t know how to be able to keep up with the name his dad had. He could never be able to be equal at least to his dad and fulfill the people’s expectations. No wonder He rebelled! Destroyed did everything opposite! He was mad at God and his dad! So It was easy to accept the other gods. But God knew his heart so much that instead of destroying him like king Ahab he gave him his time to get it out of his system until all he had left was to look to God the father and repent.
The sad thing is he should have taken a year off to be a dad with his son. But he didn’t have a good example so he didn’t think about it. So he became like King Hezikiah and became a work horse to fix everything right. But forgot his sons. And the legacy of neglecting children continued. Finally it ended because God saw man can’t do this king thing and finally sent the king of Kings - Jesus!
Get into Isiah! And explain what the prophecies meant.

And the man read the script as if no acting at all. Just reading!

So bummed

The Hosea story is great that she wrote. And great narrator!

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  • Heide
  • 25-04-20

Interesting perspective

Interesting audiobook, I have listened to many Mesu Andrews books, this one a little different. I really believe that the epilogue (authors notes) should have been stated at the beginning of this book. When I finally finished the book and listened to authors notes did I finally understand so much of the heart of the story. One of the men’s voices (king menassahs’)
voice absolutely drove me crazy, however after listening to notes I guess it was done on purpose however some would perceive as disrespectful to a certain group of people, you will understand when you listen. I didn’t like this distinction, it was not necessary to make him any different than the rest of the men( just my opinion).

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  • A. J. McConachie
  • 30-03-20

Incredible story based on the Bible

I found myself running to the scriptures to verify this fantastic book.
I could not stop listening. It was the most incredible fascinating Truth. I’m so glad I chose this title. God is our loving restoring wonderful Heavenly Father. How He loves His creation.
Thank you Mesu Andrews. May God continue to inspire and bless you
This is in my opinion is your finest treasure.











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  • Lyndel Robinson
  • 29-03-20

Excellent

At first glance I determined this book because of the betrayals and divination that I would not enjoy it. However I supremely enjoyed the knowledge I have gained.

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  • paulette mullin
  • 02-06-20

Good book to stretch with!!

This book had many issues that I
dealt with in my youth. My life work has been dealing with and teaching various special needs children and adults! I enjoyed hearing from the author!!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 31-05-20

Loved it!

I enjoying this book because it helped add a lot of color to the time period and possibilities that led to the wickedness of King Manasseh. I appreciated the authors commentary at the end regarding her additions to the personalities not clearly defined in Scripture (2 Kings 21 and 2 chronicles 33).

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  • Beatrice A Rice
  • 19-05-20

Greg

This book was very good. It seemed to follow the Bible very well. I would recommend all to read.

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  • Elizabeth Busser
  • 22-04-20

Enjoyed!

Great story and narration but the multitude of characters made it often difficult to follow. You have to pay attention and not multitask while listening. Great book. Thank you very much.