Thursday, May 16, 2013

Reign: The Chronicles of Queen Jezebel-Ginger Garrett

Reign: The Chronicles of Queen Jezebel

Ginger Garrett

David C. Cook, May 1 2013, $14.99

ISBN: 9781434765963

Phoenician King Eth-Baal arranges a marriage between his daughter Jezebel and Samarian King Ahab. Jezebel worshiped a pantheon of gods that ordered followers to sacrifice infants. Ahab worships the one God who always lives with us.

The prophet Elijah warns the royal couple, but Queen Jezebel is a non-believer and King Ahab lives to please his beautiful wife. Ahab’s top advisor Obadiah begs his king to care for his people’s needs and heed the words of the great prophet, but initially fails to move him as his wicked wife has him captured with desire. When Ahab begins to realize how cruel his spouse is; his love turns to loathing especially when she dares to challenge the God of the Jews who she assumes will bend to her will. Elijah accepts her challenge.

The latest Lost Loves of the Bible (see Desired: The Untold Story of Samson and Delilah) is a super rendition of the Old Testament story of Jezebel in which Ginger Garrett fills in the blanks with a reasonable explanation as to how she became the biblical queen of mean. Reign: The Chronicles of Queen Jezebel is a winner.

Harriet Klausner

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