I remember learning about Daniel's experiences in the lion’s den and the fiery furnace when I was a young child in Sunday school. I can still see the large felt-board showcasing the biblical characters and flames in my mind. I have always been fascinated by Daniel’s extraordinary faith.
Of Fire and Lions is a fictional account of this biblical figure, expounding on his life by giving him a fictional wife. This is biblical fiction; therefore appropriate to add to Daniel’s story without eliminating the biblical message. I love it when an author brings a Bible story to life and paints a new visual in my head to last a long time. Just like the felt-board stories when I was young.
The various time periods and dual POVs is a little confusing in the beginning, but it doesn't take long for the flow to become established, allowing me to sink into the story. The character list in the front of the book is helpful.
The extensive research is apparent, and Ms. Andrews really drives the message(s) home with beautiful prose. I’ve loved every book I’ve read by this author, and will continue to seek out her work.
Author: Mesu Andrews
Opening Line: I’d never seen a sesame seed grow until I came to Babylon almost seventy years ago.
I received a review copy of this book as a #PRHpartner with #WaterbrookMultnomah. Opinions expressed are completely my own.