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Original and exciting . . . with emotion and insight. Parallels with our own time.” —Richard H. Cracroft, Book Columnist, BYU Magazine

Jeremiah’s name is synonymous with a tirade, a long list of evils and social ills. Marilyn Brown captures this all in three words: Jerusalem was broken. From that opening sentence Marilyn goes on to give a six-decade portrait of Jeremiah from his first vision at fourteen years old to his hiding sacred artifacts in a hill to his flight from Jerusalem and hiding sacred records in a barrel. In between we see a portrait of Jeremiah as a sometimes reluctant prophet living among dangerous people, and among other prophets, Lehi, Ezekiel, Daniel, Jehu, Zephaniah, Nahum, his Aunt Huldah, the prophetess, and his father Hilkiah, who discovers the lost record of Moses. We see him descending into the valley of the shadow, into the miry pit. We wait for every writer’s nightmare, to watch precious work burn page by page. But Jeremiah comes out of the pit, out of the shadow. And out of the fire come his words.” —Harlow Clark, Literary Critic, Author of the introduction to Marilyn Brown’s Serpent in Paradise

I wasn’t sure anyone could make an Old Testament prophet, especially one as dour and dishwater dull as Jeremiah, accessible to readers, let alone appealing. Marilyn Brown accomplishes just that in Fires of Jerusalem. The thing I like best about this engaging book is how well Brown has done her homework; for all her narrative expansion and psychological imagination, she’s remarkably true to the Biblical text of Jeremiah. And I liked almost as much how thoroughly I was caught up in the drama, captivated by the action of the novel, from the first page.” —Steven Walker, Professor of English: Bible as Literature

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