This book is based on the Biblical story of the second exodus, when the Jews return to Jerusalem after their captivity in Babylon. The author uses her creativity to bring alive the Old Testament. There were many times that I stopped to think about different passages and stories I had read and been taught from the Bible. This story literally takes you on a journey to the past. It gives you a perspective on the culture and way of life during that time.
For me the book was a bit of a roller coaster as far as engagement. The beginning really grasped my attention then I felt like it got a little slow and it was challenging to keep all the characters straight. There were parts as I was reading where I definitely had to force myself to continue. I'm glad that I did because soon after a slow section the interest would pick back up again. I'm sure it's a challenge to balance insight into Biblical history with suspense and a story line. I recommend reading this book because it paints a clear picture of the rebuilding of the temple and the events surrounding it. This story really drew me to the Word of God and made me want to read the Old Testament.
Towards the end of the book there was a main theme that really hit me hard, God can do the impossible. I know it sounds simple enough but the light bulb just clicked for me one day as I was reading. How can we see God's work in our lives if everything is perfect, when all our ducks are in a row? We can truly experience God's power and see his work in our lives when things aren't going as planned when things seem impossible. God is the only one who can do the impossible. If we want to see and experience His miracles we've got to be obedient, faithful and STEP BACK and allow Him to work.