My guest reviewer today is Kristy Stapley
I loved reading The Story of Jonah, Redemption, or subtitled The Terrible City by Susan Dayley. It captured my attention from the beginning, telling Jonah's life from his childhood to his later years when he met the big fish. It is obvious that Dayley did her research about the cities, travel, geographic layout, and ancient customs.. The story is entertaining, is a good pace, never dragged, and was just the right length.
Honestly, I found Redemption intriguing, yet still an easy read. The author gives believable explanations why Jonah made the choices he did.
This is Susan Dayley's first published novel. I recommend it and look forward to seeing what she will publish in the future.
It is the eighth century BC. No Hebrew will purposely venture into the Assyrian Empire, whose practice of barbarous slaughter casts a shadow of fear over all of Israel. But God calls Jonah, an Israelite prophet, to cry repentance to the evil empire’s capital—the great and terrible city of Nineveh. Fearing the Assyrians and doubting the wisdom of the divine call, Jonah flees in the opposite direction. But in a series of miracles, God gives Jonah a second chance to obey. Journey with Jonah in a wealth-laden ship of Tarshish, hear his prayers inside the belly of a great fish, witness his struggles working in a desert caravan, and feel his terror as he finally arrives in Nineveh. And while Jonah does eventually preach in the great city, the prophet still has some lessons to learn . . . With historically accurate details, Redemption is a story of repentance, trust, and God’s love for all his children.
To learn more about Redemption, and Susan Dayley, visit her blog.
Enter a drawing on June 16, 2010 at Walnut Springs Press to win a free copy of Redemption.