Sunday, October 30, 2011
Abinadi by HB Moore
On the back cover:
"Raquel has a secret. As the daughter of one of King Noah's priests, she enjoys a luxurious life and the admiration of powerful men, including Alma, the newest priest in the king's court. But her heart belongs to a commoner, a man with no earthly wealth but rich heavenly gifts. When King Noah demands that Raquel join his harem, she flees the only life she has known and marries her secret love. His name is Abinadi.
The couple find abundant joy in their community of believers and in their firstborn son. But when the Lord calls Abinadi as His prophet, their faith is tested to the outermost limits. Abinadi's commitment to the Lord requires them both to give their all-even unto death. Yet if Alma chooses to overcome his troubled past and seek out the truth, their sacrifice may yield rich fruit.
With vivid detail and poignant emotion, this historical novel pulls readers into a fiery tale of love, courage, and faith that is difficult to put down and impossible to forget."
In the preface of this book Heather asks a question I never thought to ask. "Is there any information within the scriptural text that hints at the age of the prophet Abinadi?" When thinking of Abinadi as an elderly man I was so grateful for his sacrifice. When thinking of Abinadi as a young man giving his life to the Lord I am not only grateful but in awe of all he did and gave up.
This Book of Mormon story comes to life. Vivid details bring you to places you've never been but now feel like home. Descriptive smells, foods, and clothing all bring you right into the book. The characters keep you turning pages.
Abinadi was very hard to put down. A wonderful historical fiction story helping us to bring the Book of Mormon to life.