The story of Anna isn't a very long one. I was very curious to see how Moore would take this snippet from the Bible and turn it into a novel. I loved the way she used a fictional character, Julia, to help the reader come to know the story in a firsthand way.
Moore always does a great job of writing relatable characters living in believable circumstances. Hope and faithfulness really shine through the words and give the reader something to think about, along with being entertained by a fascinating character.
I really enjoyed the tale and loved seeing the small miracles that accompanied the book's progression.
Content: very mild romance; mild religion
*I received a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are my own and were voluntarily given.*
Another winning Biblical fiction by H. B. Moore. We don't know much about Anna except what's written in Luke 2:36-38, and that she was a woman of great faith, and held the rare distinction of being called a Prophetess.
The book starts off in the present, but when Anna's great-niece, Julia, comes to stay with her it switches to the past as Anna relates to Julia how she met Josiah, her deceased husband and the early years of their marriage until his death in battle. Part of the flashback is from Josiah's point of view as he relates moving to a new village as a young widower, trying to fit in his new home, meeting Anna and finally asking her to marry him. Julia learns so much from her Anna about having faith, serving in the temple and seeking the Lord's will in her life.
The author has weaves many biblical stories into Anna's story--the new star in sky, Simeon who was promised he would not die until he saw the Savior, and the story of Elizabeth and Zacharias, the parents of the child who would become John, the Baptist.
I love these Biblical fiction books by Heather Moore because she does so much research it's as if I'm there watching the scenes take place like a movie. I learn about the culture and customs the people had to follow. Once I start one of these books it's hard for me to put it down. I can't wait to read the next book.
I loved the way I felt completely immersed in the Biblical setting of Anna's story! The historical details are subtly woven into the narrative and built a world very different from ours, but familiar from reading the Bible. I was glad that Julia was a main character and that the story was told from her point of view as well as Anna's. She is a stranger to Anna when they first meet, but the family bond and respect allow the women to quickly grow closer together. Julia appreciates Anna's wisdom and unconventional perspective, based on inspiration from the Lord instead of village customs. Anna's role as mentor to Julia allowed me to share that relationship as well and I felt like I was learning from a spiritual giant. I loved the story of Anna's youth and how she met her husband, it was so gentle and sweet how they grew to care for each other. Anna's devotion to her father and brother painted a picture of her contented daily life filled with loving family, observing customs, and serving neighbors. There is some action and conflict that brought variety to the plot, and I felt like it was well balanced. Julia and Anna rely on the Lord's guidance as Julia seeks answers to her decisions about her future with Phillip, the man who she would like to marry but is not in the good graces of the small village because of a past family scandal. I loved the way her experiences with Anna shifted her perspective and gave her compassion for her family, and her tender feelings for Phillip brought more sweet romance to the story. The signs of the Messiah's birth excite and astound those who recognize them and seem to soften the hearts of all, bringing gratitude that the ancient prophecies have been fulfilled. I loved the way Anna and Julia are able to interact with other Biblical persons, such as Simeon, Elizabeth, Mary, and Joseph. The beloved Bible story came to life in my mind and heart as I read this book, and my heart felt full of love and gratitude as I finished it. Highly recommend!!!
(I received a complimentary copy of the book; all opinions in this review are my own)
I have loved all of the past books written by H.B. Moore about historical figures from either the Book of Mormon or the Bible. Anna the Prophetess now is one of my favorites. I started reading and was swept up into the story from the first pages. I've long wondered who Anna really was. I knew she'd been a Prophetess that worked in the temple in Jerusalem and was there when Mary and Joseph brought in the baby Jesus after his birth. I was amazed at how Moore brought to life Anna's story using true facts and fiction.
The story is told from several different viewpoints, but mainly Anna's. The novel starts when Anna is very old and her great-niece, Julia, comes to stay with her awhile. Then Anna shares the story of her life and we go into the past. This was such a wonderful way to get to know Anna and grow to love this character. There were many tender scenes between Julia, her father Phanuel, brother Michael, and her future husband Josiah.
The main theme that I found in the story was one of patience,especially as one is going through trials in life. This is so timely in my life and many others may find it the same for them. In this novel Anna is shown as living through many trials, but her faith and patience brought many blessings to her, especially at the end of her life when she was able to meet the baby Jesus. The end of the story brought me to tears and gave me chills. Honestly, this is such a beautiful story with great characters and a setting from a wonderful part of the New Testament. If you love retellings from the scriptures, a fabulously written story, and a love story that will warm your heart, then Anna the Prophetess would be a good read for you.
I love this author’s books about Women of the scriptures. The way she writes is amazing! It’s almost as though the reader climbs into the pages of the Bible. The characters are so great! I love how she stays true to the scripture stories, while making them more…real!
Anna the Prophetess is an interesting character in the scriptures. Not a whole lot is mentioned about her. I’ve always kind of wondered about her life. I loved the way the author made Anna real. This one’s written a little differently than most. Some of the story is written in Anna and her niece Julia’s present, and a bunch of it is written as a flashback of Anna’s life. I liked the way the author did this. It helps the reader to see not only Julia and Anna’s current life, but the life Anna has already led as well. It made me love and understand the character even more!
In Anna the Prophetess, you see things through several of the characters eyes, making the story more rich. You see a lot of it through Anna’s eyes, some through Josiah’s eyes and some through Julia’s eyes. I love all of these characters, and I loved seeing through their eyes. One thing that I thought was really fun about this one was when Anna and Julia meet Elizabeth and John.
The plot is great! The author used her imagination to tell the reader what Anna’s life could have been like. This helped me learn a lot about how the women…and men…would have lived their lives in Jerusalem during this period.