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Israel My Beloved [Paperback]

By kay arthur (Author)
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Bestselling author Kay Arthur tells the dramatic story of the nation of Israel, painting a living panorama that will forever change the way we view God's people. History comes alive as readers are drawn to the vibrant characters--from the beautiful yet strong-willed Sarah, to the endearing couple Enoch and Rebecca, to the devoted Samuel. "Israel, My Beloved" is an exciting epic with a powerful message.

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When "Israel, My Beloved "first released, it immediately captured the #1 spot on the CBA hardcover fiction bestseller list--and stayed on the list for months. Kay Arthur's dramatic, epic-style novel is now available in softcover with a beautiful new cover and a historical timeline that corresponds with the fascinating retelling of Israel's story. History comes alive as Kay begins with the tragic mistakes that led to Israel's captivity by Babylon and takes readers all the way to the modern-day miracles of triumph against all odds. A heartwarming novel filled with adventure and suspense, "Israel, My Beloved "is an incredible testimony of God's great love and faithfulness even in Israel's darkest hour.

Item Specifications...

Pages   448
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.47" Width: 5.52" Height: 1.11"
Weight:   1.1 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 15, 2001
Publisher   Harvest House Publishers
ISBN  0736903704  
EAN  9780736903707  

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a book written with research and insight, following the history of the nation of Israel.  Jul 21, 2006
whilst reading this book, i have people popping into my mind, who i would love to give this book to.
i am jewish, i studied and accepted yeshua is messiah.
kay arthur has a talent, i feel like jeremiah and daniel have been brought alive to me, i feel the application of scriptures in conversations in this book jump off the page and to the heart.
the unfolding of events in jewish history , i feel i am sharing with the characters as i read.
i cried as i just had not thought deep enough how devastating it was during the times where the romans snatched babies from their mothers.
kay arthur has a gift of communicating biblical and historical events, and she has found a way to write for jewish readers, so they can read about their history and heritage , and also read about Yeshua, factually.
the book is tactfully written, and i feel purposely written not as a witnessing tool, that is not even neccessary .
any one who wants to learn the whole history of israel in a very readable way would love this book, and considering it is a novel, kay arthur has covered so many historical events that it is also a history will feel like you are walking the land and walking the life of israel and the plight of the jewish people.
miriam fauth.
Very different, new spin on things  May 14, 2005
Kay Arthur's imagination and writing style created a new spin on the history of the Jewish people and God's covenant with them. She combines fiction with real historical events and trys to portray how the Jewish people would have reacted and their fight for survival. The main character is Sarah who represents Israel as a whole and is allegorically married to God. The book traces Sarah's life from the first exile through both destructions of the Temple all the way through the Holocaust and to the appearance of Messiah ben David. Sarah and her adultery, repentance and chastening is supposed to represent the Nation of Israel as a whole but it does require your imagination as you have to pretend with Kay that Sarah lives through all this, a period of more than 2,000 years. It is hard to combine allegory with real historical events. Kay uses mainly common biblical names for her characters which is confusing because the reader immediately thinks of the Bible personality while the character in the book is someone else. My opinion is she should have gone with the full gamut of Hebrew names in their original language for a more Jewish flavor. Most Christians are completely ignorant of Jewish history and the suffering and only know about the Holocaust so hopefully this book will spark interest in knowing more about history. Kay gives a glimpse into how Christianity persecuted the Jews and why they can't possibly consider Christianity because of the lifestyle of most Christians and what they did in the name of Christ. Christians today again are ignorant of their own bloody condemning heretical anti-jewish church history who decided in the 4th century to change God's laws, His times and seasons. Christians need to know why Jews are so turned off because the only Jesus they have seen portrayed by Christianity is demonstrated in Christians who don't even keep the basics of God's word and who have murdered millions and millions of Jews and thought they were doing God a favor. When the characters in Kay's book are helped by genuine Christians , they are in disbelief because this was so unexpected and hard for them to see and experience a loving Christian who tells them, " a Jew gave his life for me, and I am willing to give my life for a Jew" The book is not meant to be a proselytizing tool to the Jew but to give Christians today insight into the covenant God made with Israel and even though they have been unfaithful, yet He is faithful.( by the way, Y'all have been unfaithful too, not just the Jew but everyone of you and I, myself included) Who God loves, He chastises as a father disciplines his own. The oddest thing about the book however, is the picture on the cover of women that don't look remotely Jewish, actually I think the red-headed woman in the middle resembles Drew Barrymore. : ) If you are not familiar with Jewish history or can't relate to Jewish people this book can really give you an insight into what they have been through and hopefully it will provoke you to do some more research on your own.
A Beloved Story!  Dec 18, 2002
I saw Kay Arthur on tv doing a series on the covenant and really enjoyed the way she explained things. She mentioned that she wrote a book called Israel, My Beloved, so I was curious.

I'm glad I brought the book.

The story covers a time span from Jeremiah the prophet to the not too distant future. It deals with marriage, faithfulness and infidility, slavery, idolatry, suffering, hope.

At times it was quite hard to read - I never knew the history of Jewish people (outside of the bible and excluding World War II). It was if nothing else, a brilliant look into the history of a nation.

But it was more than that. Kay Arthur has a wonderful way with words, taking quite complex and difficult subject matters (for example the rape of women at the hands of an invading force), and doesn't make it sordid or weak. I really enjoyed reading this book and felt a little sad when I finished the last page.

This is a wonderful book. You won't regret buying it!

Long and dull  Apr 22, 2002
Honestly, this book doesn't cut it. Several interesting things happen, but they are muted by scene changes and poor dialogue. The one thing that infuriates me the most about the book (which I closed mid-way) is that whenever a good conversation begins one of the characters has to leave. I don't know how time-driven ancient Israeli culture was, but I doubt people were checking their watches and running to the synagogue. I wish Kay had been more character focused and less history driven when she wrote this.
Marvelous Metaphor  Dec 6, 2001
Kay Arthur has managed to weave a marvelously intricate tapestry of the saga of a Jewish family through three millinea that is at the same time historically accurate, deeply moving and highly readable.
Although a work of fiction, it is based in historical fact. Although fictional, the characters come to life. The author draws the reader into the story with vivid detail and an emotional tie to the heroine. Her descriptions absolutely make the reader feel as if he were living in that moment in time.
I read "Israel, My Beloved" just a few weeks after I had read "The Red Tent" by Anita Diamant, and can honestly say that "Israel" is on a par with "The Red Tent."
Exposure for Arthur's book is limited mostly to Christian bookstores and the religion section of secular bookstores while Diamant's book has enjoyed a broader exposure of "best seller" status. I truly believe that if given adequate exposure, it would also be on the "best seller" list within a very short time.

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