Abinadi

by Heather B. Moore

Abinadi

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Raquel has a secret. As the daughter of one of King Noah’s priests, she enjoys a luxurious life and the admiration of powerful men. But her heart belongs to a commoner, a man with no earthly wealth but rich heavenly gifts. When King Noah demands that Raquel join his harem, she flees the only life she has known and marries her secret love. His name is Abinadi.

The couple finds abundant joy in their community of believers and in their firstborn son. But when the Lord calls Abinadi as His prophet, their faith is tested to the outermost limits. Abinadi’s commitment to the Lord requires them both to give their all — even unto death. Yet if Alma, the newest priest in King Noah’s court, chooses to overcome his troubled past and cleave unto the truth, their sacrifice may yield rich fruit.

With vivid detail and poignant emotion, this historical novel pulls readers into a fiery tale of love, courage, and faith that is difficult to put down and impossible to forget.

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PublishedCovenant Communications (September 2, 2011)
Pages260

About the Author

Heather B. Moore

HEATHER B. MOORE is the two-time Best of State and two-time Whitney Award winner for her historical fiction, the most recent being Esther the Queen. She is also the author of the nonfiction inspirational book Women of the Book of Mormon and the coauthor of Christ's Gifts to Women with Angela Eschler. Heather is a columnist for Meridian Magazine on LDS topics.

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Reviews

Average rating:

(based upon 24 reviews)

Making the scriptures come to life!
By , Submitted on 2016-02-18

I really enjoyed this book. I love historical novels where you're entertained with the characters while still learning. I know the story of Abinadi but I still found myself getting hooked into this book and wanting to keep reading. I appreciate the research that went into this book. It really helps you understand more about that time period and culture. After finishing this book I went back to read in the scriptures about Abinadi. I call that a win-win! (I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.)

Abinadi by Heather B. Moore
By , Submitted on 2016-02-18

This is another great book by H. B. Moore! I like the characters that she created and the story that she tells of well-known people from the Book of Mormon. It was interesting and compelling that the author chose to make Abinadi a young man. The life that Ms. Moore designed for him intrigued me. What I loved best about the novel is that it isn't just a retelling of facts from the Book of Mormon, but rather an engaging narrative of what life was like during ancient times.

I thoroughly enjoyed the imagery of the city, the people, the clothing, the time period, etc., that we were immersed in. The author includes some chapter notes at the end of the novel to help the reader understand more about the time period and customs of the people.


By , Submitted on 2016-02-16

I thought this was great. I love the author anyway but she did a marvelous job creating lives for some of the Book of Mormon prophets. While many of the personal life details are fiction, they make a person wonder. Obviously there isn't room for the details of each person's private life in the scriptural records. There are many factual events in this book from recorded scripture.
This book has clean language and no sex scenes of any kind but there is mention of the moral depravity that existed in the Mayan culture and at King Noah's court. She couldn't very well leave that out although some may not appreciate it but it happened and the author did a good job including it in the story without being lewd.
I look forward to the next book to find out what happens with each character...

I received an advanced reader copy in exchange for my honest review...

Abinadi
By , Submitted on 2016-02-15

Very interesting read! This book brought the story of Abinadi to life. The author obviously did a great deal of research to make the book as authentic as possible. The factual parts of the story are blended with the fictional seamlessly. Because the actual events involved some very wicked people and practices, there are some unsavory parts to the story. But the author handled it well; there is nothing graphic or inappropriate (but not a book for children.) Beautifully written.

WS
By , Submitted on 2016-02-09

This is the first book I read by H.B. Moore and has since been a favorite author. I so enjoyed this story which keeps the scriptural account accurate while giving an endearing senario of this amazing person. Highly recommend to anyone even if you aren't interested in scriptural stories.

One of my all time favorite books!!
By , Submitted on 2016-02-07

I first read HB Moore's series Out of Jerusalem and really enjoyed them. However, once I read Abinadi, I was hooked on anything she has written!! Abinadi takes an intense story and creates a romantic, exciting adventure story that will have you laughing and crying! Based on the story of Abinadi found in the Book of Mormon, Moore's unique twist to making the main character a young man with everything to lose, just brings the story to life. The detail of ancient daily life and traditions, along with her colorful wording makes for interesting, enlightening and delightful reading! I recommend this book to everyone I talk to- literally! You won't be disappointed in Abinadi!

Incredible Historical Fiction Novel, Gain a Deeper Appreciation for Abinadi's Sacrifice
By , Submitted on 2016-02-04

Reading this book deepened my understanding, respect, and love for Abinadi, the Book of Mormon prophet. H.B. Moore has done an incredible thing in this fictionalized account of a true prophet who lived thousands of years ago--she brings him to life in a way that I'd never considered before. His sacrifice was acute and terrible and he did it because he wanted people to know about the Savior, Jesus Christ. Now, don't think that this is a preachy book. It is not at all that. In fact, people who know nothing of the Book of Mormon will love this book because Moore has written it in a way that transports you back in time to a people who lived like the ancient Mayans. She portrays the hardships, way of life, and challenges to seek and study religion and live beyond the servitude that so many people had to endure during the reigns of kings.
I have read the entire series of Moore's books that develop from prophets and religious leaders in The Book of Mormon and The Holy Bible. Each is excellent in its own right and your time will be well spent in reading these novels.

Moving and Insiring
By , Submitted on 2016-02-02

This story is based on a story from the Book of Mormon. There are only a few verses to tell this story, but it could have happened in the way HB Moore wrote about. I felt like I was given a glimpse into what life would have been like during that time period. Set about 150 years before Christ, Abinadi tells the story of a prophet who preaches Christ's teachings. Abinadi is just a farmer before he is called to preach about Christ. His simple beginnings, along with his humble nature make him an unlikely priest, but well liked main character.
The other characters in the story are well developed. Abinadi's family, Noah, Amulon, Raquel, Gideon, Ben and Alma are written with their own personalities and voices.
The wicked King Noah and his priests tax the people so they can live lavishly. In a time when they are supposed to be following the Law of Moses, they break more rules than they keep. They sacrifice unclean animals, worship idols, change the scriptures for their own benefit and spend their days drinking with harlots. I liked that Moore was able to write about the evils the men were living without crossing the line into giving TOO much information.

I especially liked that Abinadi was depicted as a young man. There are several pictures that show Abinadi as a old man. Giving your life for your religion is an amazing sacrifice at any age, but knowing you have a family you are leaving behind would make it even harder. I will definitely read the rest of the books in this series!

Another excellent story from one of the best historical storytellers
By , Submitted on 2016-02-02

I was in bed reading and 3/4 of the way through Abinadi when I decided I should go to sleep. It's probably 11-11:30 PM, I thought to myself. I put the shut the book and looked at the clock.
It was 1 AM.
I couldn't put the book down! I needed to know what would happen to Abinadi, Raquel, and Alma.

Heather Moore has taken a small but significant scripture story from the Book of Mormon and enlarged it to a rich scriptural novel.

The story begins with a young Abinadi who has a small crush on a local girl who happens to be the daughter of a high priest in King Noah's court.
King Noah is an adulterous, greedy whoremonger who bullies his court and people. He doesn't like being told he is sinning. He doesn't like being told he and his people must repent. And when Adinadi starts preaching about sin and repentance, King Noah doesn't like him.

One of King Noah's high priests, Alma, learned the gospel while he was young. He struggles with what is right and wrong but gives in to the carnal temptations of the court. When Abinadi preaches to King Noah and his priests, Alma knows the prophet is speaking the truth and tries to stop his death. But King Noah will have both men killed. Alma must run for his life.

Heather has added a couple of fillers for this lean scripture story. She filled out Abinadi's life with a mother, wife and baby. Abinadi's wife, Raquel, is the only child of a wealthy couple. Her father is Amulon, high priest to King Noah. There are also other religious leaders like Gideon, who have wives and families. Their fictional parts in the book help bring real emotion to the story.

Heather's attention to detail is woven well throughout her book. Reading about the food, clothing, customs and ceremonies in Abinadi's time brought richness to her story. The historical details helped move the story along and make it realistic without taking me out of the story.

Abinadi is a book everyone will want to buy for their personal libraries. A book that can be read again and again

A great mix of scriptural and historical fiction
By , Submitted on 2016-02-02

I am a fan of Heather Moore's version of scriptural figures. Her stories help me understand the scriptures more because she researches the culture and time period and writes the story so the reader understands more where the character is coming from. I liked her new view on Abinadi where she portrays him as a younger man. It makes his sacrifice that much more. I enjoyed reading this book and would highly recommend it.

Abinadi
By , Submitted on 2016-02-02

I read this book a few years ago and LOVED it! I also read all the other books in this Book of Mormon collection. My friend just actually asked me about any books that were fiction, but had to do with Book of Mormon events and Prophets. Ta da, Abinadi and the other books in this collection were the first books I told her about. She is really excited herself to start this book and continue with the others.
Truthfully I have to say that at the end of the book I wanted to throw the book across the room......now if you don't know Abinadi's story I am not going to ruin it for you. I know how the story ends from reading the scriptures, but it still doesn't make it easy to read (or I am sure write it). I even told my sister in law (who happened to be in the room with me at the time of me finishing it) that the book was horrible, and she asked me what it was called, I told her and she laughed at me for being upset about the outcome.
When it came down to it I really loved this book. Yes things happened that I had no control over in the first place (seeing as the story is set in stone......or shall we say gold?;) It amazes me how much research Heather has to explore when writing her books. You cant go wrong with any of her books, so if you see one, pick it up and start reading!

Well Researched and Engrossing!
By , Submitted on 2016-02-02

I loved this book! H B Moore did a great job of sticking to the original scripture story, while bringing the story to life. She helped me understand what it would be like to live in the days of Abinadi and Alma.

While we don't really know Abinadi's age or family situation, this gave me a fresh perspective and made learning about it fun. The information about the time period is well researched and sited. The characters are engrossing and I love them!

Makes history come to life
By , Submitted on 2016-02-02

Just the story alone makes this book great but add in there that these were real people (some fictional characters are added) that are a huge part of our religious history. The story of Abinadi and King Noah came to life for me while reading this book. It opened my eyes even more to the evil that was on the earth but also the good that can still come when we trust in the Lord.

Some of the stories about King Noah and Alma and what they did in their wickedness may be a little too much for younger readers but it's the truth. These men did bad things and unfortunately it is sometimes hard to discuss those things but I think the author did a phenomenal job of opening our eyes to it without making it too crude.

I love this book!
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

Heather Moore is an astounding person. There is not just anyone who could take such a beloved figure as Abinadi from the Book of Mormon and fill him out into a believable character for whom you feel love and terrible sorrow. He had to have been an amazing man to have persisted with his mission from God at the peril of his life, and to continue persisting as he burned. His conversion of Alma (especially a wicked Alma as Moore demonstrates) was a major turning point in the Book of Mormon. All this is felt in Moore's writing. I especially appreciated all the loving detail she put into describing the daily life of the times. It pulled me right in.
As for the previous reviewer's problem with the morality of this church book, King Noah and his priests were truly wicked. Wicked in the worst sense. It makes Abinadi's mission and success with Alma all the greater to understand how wicked they were. Moore's characters are not cartoons. They see, think, and feel. I personally believe that when she writes her historical books she has an angel on her shoulder. They are that real.

Wow!
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

This is the first book I've read by H. B. Moore and can I just say - Wow! She totally brought Abinadi's story to life for me. When I finished the book, I had a whole new understanding and respect for the work that great man did. I highly recommend it!

PG-13 reading
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

We were listening to this book on CD as a family on a road trip. When the author got to the point of describing how King Noah was threatening to rape his High Priest's daughter and also Alma's pleasure in losing his virtue to a harlot we turned it off. Not quite what I was expecting, nor what I want my children exposed to from a quasi church publication.

Heather Moore has taken a small but significant scripture story from the Book of Mormon and enlarged it to a rich scriptural novel.
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

I was in bed reading and 3/4 of the way through Abinadi when I decided I should go to sleep. It's probably 11-11:30 PM, I thought to myself. I put the shut the book and looked at the clock.
It was 1 AM.
I couldn't put the book down! I needed to know what would happen to Abinadi, Raquel, and Alma.

Heather Moore has taken a small but significant scripture story from the Book of Mormon and enlarged it to a rich scriptural novel.

The story begins with a young Abinadi who has a small crush on a local girl who happens to be the daughter of a high priest in King Noah's court.
King Noah is an adulterous, greedy whoremonger who bullies his court and people. He doesn't like being told he is sinning. He doesn't like being told he and his people must repent. And when Adinadi starts preaching about sin and repentance, King Noah doesn't like him.

One of King Noah's high priests, Alma, learned the gospel while he was young. He struggles with what is right and wrong but gives in to the carnal temptations of the court. When Abinadi preaches to King Noah and his priests, Alma knows the prophet is speaking the truth and tries to stop his death. But King Noah will have both men killed. Alma must run for his life.

Heather has added a couple of fillers for this lean scripture story. She filled out Abinadi's life with a mother, wife and baby. Abinadi's wife, Raquel, is the only child of a wealthy couple. Her father is Amulon, high priest to King Noah. There are also other religious leaders like Gideon, who have wives and families. Their fictional parts in the book help bring real emotion to the story.

Heather's attention to detail is woven well throughout her book. Reading about the food, clothing, customs and ceremonies in Abinadi's time brought richness to her story. The historical details helped move the story along and make it realistic without taking me out of the story.

Abinadi is a book everyone will want to buy for their personal libraries. A book that can be read again and again.

A fresh and compelling approach
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

Making the prophet Abinadi a young father was a stroke of brilliance on H.B. Moore’s part; Abinadi’s sacrificing his life for his beliefs becomes that much more poignant when the reader has become acquainted with the young family he leaves behind when he obeys the call to teach the people of King Noah. But the novel is not depressing, despite Abinadi's martyrdom--it’s a powerful story of faith and hope.

Moore is adept at characterization. Abinadi is well-drawn—likable, hardworking, and in love with the beautiful and brave Raquel, but fearing he’s beneath her notice. I appreciate how in her portrayal of Abinadi, Moore shows us his humanness. Abinadi doesn’t want to die a martyr. After he marries Raquel and their son is born, there’s nothing he’d like more than to continue on with that quiet life forever, but when the Lord calls, Abinadi has the faith to respond, no matter what the cost.

Moore is highly skilled both at the technical aspects of writing fiction and at creating interesting and exciting stories. The pacing of the novel is excellent. The story never drags. The ending is satisfying, as Alma the Elder is shown carrying on the work Abinadi began.

Abinadi is a thoroughly engaging novel, and I highly recommend it.

The Good and the Bad
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

Heather has created a compelling story which probably deserves a 4+ however
her writing style really needs to improve.
To many "to", "of", "with", ext.
to much writing from the point of an observer, not enough portraying the thoughts and situations in the present and from the characters point of view, (feelings), hence barely a 2 on prose.

Net result 3

Excellent Story
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

Loved the Story of Abinadi and his life. The Story Line and Characters took me back in time and was well written to keep my interest and look forward to the next volume "Alma The Elder"
Thank You for this great story.

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