On This Foundation is the compelling and thought provoking conclusion to Lynn Austin’s Biblical series The Restoration Chronicles which follows the Jews’ return to Jerusalem to rebuild the temple after their exile in Babylon. Specifically, On This Foundation tells the story of Nehemiah, cupbearer to the King of Persia. With a clear call from God, Nehemiah risks everything and receives king Artaxerxes permission and aid to travel to Jerusalem as the new governor to rebuild the city walls.
Have reading the two previous novels in The Restoration Chronicles, I was captivated with Austin’s retelling of Nehemiah’s struggle to lead the Jews to rebuild the wall around Jerusalem while contending with intrigue and deception from locals and jealous provincial leaders. With authentic characters representing all levels in society, Austin skillfully creates a story that captures the struggle, heartache, fear, and devastation that shrouds the people when Nehemiah arrives in Jerusalem.
In Nehemiah, Lynn Austin shows us a leader who struggles like everyone else to obey and persevere even though he leads with courage and boldness. I was particularly intrigued by the nobleman Malkijah and his journey from lawful obedience toward consecrated and compassionate obedience.
Lynn Austin has created a story full of authentic characters that deftly and powerfully portray the many struggles the Jews faced as a people and as individuals as they sought God’s help and protection while building the wall.
Overall, On This Foundation deeply moved me as the story of Nehemiah and his countrymen came alive through Austin’s vibrant writing. Austin has a gift for conveying to readers the power of God’s promises in the lives of ordinary people who accomplish extraordinary things. Bethany House gave me a complimentary copy of On This Foundation by Lynn Austin for my candid review.