Let me preface this by stating that in the past I have had trouble reading Biblical Fiction. Thanks to Mesu Andrews and Of Fire and Lions, I will be giving it another chance. Biblical Fiction is so easy to take liberties with, but not here. I found Of Fire and Lions to hold true with my beliefs while following a fictional storyline. I say fictional storyline because we cannot know for sure exactly how Daniel’s life played out, but the pertinent facts can be found within the pages of this story.
In case you didn’t know, Of Fire and Lions is essentially Daniel’s story. It’s not quite what I could classify as a split timeline, but it does go back and forth between two timeframes using memories. Most of the story is told from Abigail’s perspective. Something you have to watch out for, a lot of people go through name changes throughout the storyline, but the author provides you with a directory in the front of the book in case you have trouble keeping them straight.
Mesu Andrews is a master at drawing you into Daniel’s world. Abigail’s trials were heartrending. I mourned, worried, and celebrated with her through every page of her history, and we don’t know that she even existed. We see more of Abigail’s journey than we do Daniel’s, but I believe that could be because Abigail is in need of redemption where Daniel never once wavers in his faith. I would like to have seen more of the things Daniel went through that made him so faithful. Faith like that does not grow overnight.
Of Fire and Lions is heavy on the biblical front, as I hoped it would be. It basically boils down to one thing. What would you do if you were the only person who believed in a one true God in the midst of a nation who praised false idols? Would you be able to stand strong as Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego? Would you still openly pray to God when to do so meant you would be thrown into a den of lions? Those were the situations God’s people faced, and those are the stories that you will read in Of Fire and Lions. At times, it gave me chills, and it strengthened my resolve to hold on to God with both hands despite whatever might be going on around me.
I received a copy of this book from the Waterbrook and Multnomah Book Launch Team. I was not required to leave a review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.