I need to start off by saying how much I really love this cover. It fits the book so perfectly and is so well done. Second, Mesu Andrews has become such a strong voice in biblical fiction, not only for her talent of writing, but her incredible research which paints such a vivid picture of the era these stories take place. Ancient Egypt fascinates me already, so getting the chance to immerse myself more through the biblical stories? Count me in.
The Hebrews call me prophetess, the Egyptians a seer.
But I am neither. I am simply a watcher of Israel
and the messenger of El Shaddai.
When He speaks to me in dreams, I interpret. When He whispers a melody, I sing.
At eighty-six, Miriam had devoted her entire life to loving El Shaddai and serving His people as both midwife and messenger. Yet when her brother Moses returns to Egypt from exile, he brings a disruptive message. God has a new name – Yahweh – and has declared a radical deliverance for the Israelites.
Miriam and her beloved family face an impossible choice: cling to familiar bondage or embrace uncharted freedom at an unimaginable cost. Even if the Hebrews survive the plagues set to turn the Nile to blood and unleash a maelstrom of frogs and locusts, can they weather the resulting fury of the Pharaoh?
Enter an exotic land where a cruel Pharaoh reigns, pagan priests wield black arts, and the Israelites cry out to a God they only think they know.
If you enjoy reading biblical fiction, I hope you have had the chance to read Mesu Andrews’ novels. She pens engaging stories and captivating characters, bringing new depth to famous biblical stories many of us already love. Miriam was no different.
I loved seeing Moses after his time in the desert (if you have a chance, I recommend reading The Pharaoh’s Daughter) and I was really encouraged by how Andrews portrayed Miriam. While we don’t have the exact details, I think this was done very well and a great reminder of the “greats” we know from the Bible were human too.
On a historical angle, this book is fascinating. It shows how life was, how the plagues affected not only the Egyptians, but also for the first few plagues, the Hebrews. It’s easy to read through this story in scripture and forget how terrible it all really was and that millions of Egyptians suffered because their leader was full of pride and hate.
Bringing to life ancient Egypt, bringing humanity to famous bible people we love and reminding readers of the powerful and holy God we serve, this is another fantastic addition to biblical fiction.
This book also stirred in me the desire to study the Old Testament and Moses’ life deeper. This past Fall, my church started a series on Exodus and it’s been awesome, so this book was perfect timing. (If interested you can find the sermons here!)
What are some of your favorite Bible stories?
(Thank you to Blogging for Books for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review)
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