Hello, friend! Today, I have the honor of being a part of Faith Blum’s blog tour! I’ve read a few of Faith Blum’s books in the past, but I haven’t really gotten to know her or worked with her a lot, but I’m super excited to be doing a blog tour for her newest book, Trust and Obey! One thing about Faith’s books that I find really cool is how her book titles are also the titles of hymns that they tie into!
About the Book-
A wicked priestess, a morally corrupt king, and two children stuck in the middle…
Hadassah and Gidal love their parents and will do anything for them. When Priestess Basmat tell Ehud and Jerusha to pay their debt, they cannot and she takes Hadassah and Gidal as her slaves for two years.
The priestess works them hard, but there are two other servants to divide the load with, so they cope as well as they can. Then King Saul comes in disguise requesting the priestess’s other services—as a medium.
Will Hadassah and Gidal trust Adonai to take care of them? What will happen after Priestess Basmat comes face-to-face with the prophet Samuel?
About the Author-
Faith Blum is a small-town Wisconsin girl. She’s lived in, or outside of, small towns her whole life. The thought of living in a city with more than 60,000 people in it scares her, especially after some interesting adventures driving through big cities like Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota.
Faith currently resides in the middle of the state of Wisconsin with her husband and their cat, Smokey. She is blessed to be able to have writing as her full-time career with household work and cooking to do on the side. She loves to paint walls as long as she doesn’t have to do hallways or ceilings.
When not writing, you can find her cooking food from scratch due to food allergies (fun), doing dishes (meh), knitting, crocheting, sewing, reading, or spending time with her husband (yay!). She is also a Community Assistant for the Young Writers Workshop and loves her work there. She loves to hear from her readers, so feel free to contact her on her website.
Trust and Obey is Biblical historical fiction based around 1 Samuel 28: the medium of En-Dor, which was really interesting to read, because it’s super rare. There were some other Biblical characters also included, such as David, Saul, and Jonathan. As far as I could tell, it was historically accurate, which was fun to read!
The (fictional) characters were so sweet! I really enjoyed reading the relationship between Ehud and Jerusha, and their children, Hadassah and Gidal, were equally as sweet!
The alternating points of view really added to the story as well—the different scenes became more defined and it made the Bible itself seem that much more real.
As for the story itself, it was a lot of fun! It was exciting and sweet and overall, felt authentic. I really like how it flowed and especially how it ended.
Overall, it was a really sweet story! The writing style was very smooth, the story was good, and it was a fun way to learn more about the Bible!
- The characters! They were all so sweet
- Biblical historical fiction of an interesting time period/event
- Sweet and well told story
- Historically authentic
- It felt a little simplistic at times
Faith is giving away a paperback copy of her book, as well as a magnet!
Bookish Orchestrations – Giveaway Winner