About the Book
Seeking peace and safety after a hard childhood, Leah marries Judah, a strong and gentle man, and for the first time in her life Leah believes she can rest easily. But the land is ruled by Antiochus IV, descended from one of Alexander the Great’s generals, and when he issues a decree that all Jews are to conform to Syrian laws upon pain of death, devout Jews risk everything to follow the law of Moses.
Judah’s father resists the decree, igniting a war that will cost him his life. But before dying, he commands his son to pick up his sword and continue the fight–or bear responsibility for the obliteration of the land of Judah. Leah, who wants nothing but peace, struggles with her husband’s decision–what kind of God would destroy the peace she has sought for so long?
The miraculous story of the courageous Maccabees is told through the eyes of Judah’s wife, who learns that love requires courage . . . and sacrifice.
This month’s book review is provided by my sweet friend, Tina Chen. She’s an amazing lady, wife, and mama, who has been investigating and celebrating the Jewish feasts that Jesus would have celebrated. Though their intention isn’t to live as cultural Jews, Tina and her husband are teaching their children (and learning themselves) about the “Jewishness” of Jesus and discovering new significance in the Scripture passages they’ve read all their lives.
In this month’s book, Judah’s Wife, she learned more about the history of Hanukkah through the story of Judah Maccabaeus, also known as Judas Maccabee, the human hero of the story of Hanukkah (because of course, God is the real hero!).
CLICK HERE to read Tina’s full post. The top portion describes her family’s Christmas experience this year. If you’re interested in only the book review, skip to the second portion of her post. Blessings on your New Year from Tina and me!