The Days of Elijah
The Widow of Zarephath’s young son, Yashar, abandons his mother to follow the prophet Elijah into Israel during a time of devastating drought. Yashar witnesses God’s triumph over Queen Jezebel’s pagan priests at Mount Carmel but afterward finds himself lost and alone in a strange land until he is adopted by a stray dog. Yashar names the animal, Juttah, and the once frail animal grows uncannily strong and fearsome. At Jezreel, Juttah leads Yashar into Naboth’s vineyard and a new, wonderful life. Though Yashar plans to grow old in the vineyard learning to grow grapes, he witnesses Naboth’s brutal murder at the hands of King Ahab as Israel falls further into idolatry. Juttah proves to be God's instrument and Yashar comes to understand the warnings and promises of the prophets concerning Israel’s divine destiny.
Audrey's Reviews on goodreads.com wrote:
This creative fiction centered around the Prophet Elijah and to a lesser extent Elisha is both true to the Biblical narrative as well as engaging with supportive storyline. The added characters are rich, far more human than in many Biblically based novels, and enjoyable companions throughout. The story coincides with historical accounts when warranted, and creative liberties are judicious and clever. I was sorry to see it come to an end, to leave the characters behind, which is high praise for Keller's work, and will look forward to reading his other novels.
Bringing The Book to life
Here is a well written and extremely readable novel that brings Old Testament Times to life. I felt comfortable with the characters and the story has made helped make the events of the Scriptures in the times of Elijah and the Prophets seem much more real to me