I have yet to read anything of Lynn Austin’s that I have disliked. ReturnTo Me is a great story of the Jewish exiles in Babylon returning to the destroyed Holy City of Jerusalem. The story delves into the reasoning behind why some of the exiles wanting to go back to Jerusalem so badly and why others felt just as strongly about staying in a foreign land.
I know that when I read the Bible I forget that the people who inhabit its pages had all the same feelings and sensibilities as anybody else I know. I think a narrative such as this can help us to think more deeply about the emotions and reasoning behind the decisions the people of the Bible made, whether good or bad. Why was Iddo so eager to face adversity to travel to a devastated city? Why was his wife reluctant to leave Babylon. What would lead someone to leave behind a faith in the Living God to follow idols? What could turn their hearts back to the LORD. Looking deeper into the lives of these fictionalized people can help us better understand ourselves and those around us. Hopefully it will help us think and pray for others before we pass judgment on them.
This was a great story and a worthwhile read.
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