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Survival. A Hebrew girl first tasted it when she escaped death nearly seventy years ago as the Babylonians ransacked Jerusalem and took their finest as captives. She thought she'd perfected in the many years amongst the Magoi and the idol worshippers, pretending with all the others in King Nebuchadnezzar's court. Now, as Daniel's wife and a septuagenarian matriarch, Belili thinks she's safe and she can live out her days in Babylon without fear--until the night Daniel is escorted to Belshazzar's palace to interpret mysterious handwriting on a wall. The Persian Army invades, and Bellili's tightly-wound secrets unfurl with the arrival of the conquering army. What will the reign of Darius mean for Daniel, a man who prays to Yahweh alone?
Ultimately, Yahweh's sovereign hand guides Jerusalem's captives, and the frightened Hebrew girl is transformed into a confident woman, who realizes her need of the God who conquers both fire and lions.
What a book! Well researched, written, and historically recreated, Of Fire and Lions by Mesu Andrews deserves the awards it garnered. The story line follows a captive Judean girl and four boys taken to Babylon to serve as slaves in the court of the pagan king throughout a period of seventy years. While telling the story through their eyes and experience, the author transports the reader to a setting and an era totally foreign to most modern American readers. Unless the reader has served in the U.S. armed forces stationed in the middle east, the reader can scarcely imagine what life must have been like for those captured children...so Mesu Andrews has recreated that life for our imaginations. That these five children not only survived, but thrived, bears witness to God's awesome protective power. Of Fire and Lions, by Mesu Andrews is a book well worth reading.