Series: Treasures of the Nile #2
Author: Mesu Andrews
No. of Pages: 374
Published: March 15, 2016
Source: Blogging for Books
Genre: Historical Fiction, Biblical Fiction, Christian Fiction, Romance
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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. ― Publisher
WHAT I LIKED
I have seen a plethora of films based on Moses and the persecution Jews were forced to endure under ancient Egypt’s rule. Most of these films were mainly focused on Moses and the signs and wonders that followed him; in retrospect, however, I found it enlightening and invigorating to read this same plotline and watch these infamous biblical events unfold from an alternative angle, primarily that of Miriam, Moses’ sister. Seeing these biblical accounts emerge while witnessing the turmoil each biblical character wrestled with was tangible and so deeply affecting for me. Namely, because we see them as normal men and women who truly grappled with this great and terrible phenomena ― which in turn, makes it difficult not to sympathize with them.
Greater suffering means deeper revelation as you near God’s promise.
In the same vein, through each individual character’s internal struggles, the reader is provoked and challenged with an ebb of emotions that draw out the doubts and fears we harbor ourselves while at the same time seeing the very nature of God revealed throughout the storyline ― this book seriously, stirred a myriad of emotions and quarrels within me; it was all for the good, though, because it cemented what I value even more and tugged at my resolve; this was an extraordinary reading experience for sure!
God is God, and He decides how He will speak and to whom. We must all be ready to acknowledge Him in whatever ways He reveals Himself.
The overwhelming nature of the world depicted in Miriam was full of life and wholly perceptible. Some of the most interesting scenes involve the ones in Goshen where we see Israel’s response and dubious approach towards Moses and God. It goes without saying that, Mesu Andrews’ well-rounded biblical research breathes life into this enthralling tale and makes the reader feel as though they are part of the story.
Several faces turned her way, but most remained focused on Aaron and Moses. “You have made us a stench in Pharaoh’s nostrils with your demand to worship in the wilderness.” “Who is this Yahweh? What has He ever done for us?” said another.
THINGS THAT MADE ME GO HMMM. . .
One of the major quibbles I had with Miriam was not with the general story itself nor with the characters, but with the pacing and merely redundant parts. Over the course of the narrative, the story included repetitive segments that focused on Eleazar’s and Taliah’s trivial mistakes which didn’t really shed new light.
Which brings me to my next point, the extremely complex romantic plotlines (there are two) were interesting, to say the least. While well-developed, there were some major aspects that did grate on the nerves; namely, the abrasive approach and unruly demeanor Eleazar and Taliah exhibited towards each other. Given the slow burning romance of their relationship, however, I can see how this is probably acceptable ― I just wasn’t a fan of this aspect. Odd I know, I’m just radically meticulous when it comes to romantic plotlines Miriam’s relationship with Hur, however, was nothing short of bittersweet. Regrettably, I did not read The Pharaoh’s Daughter thus I wasn’t as well acquainted with their story arc, but I am certain that those who read book one will be pleased with their story.
As I turned the last page, I found myself encouraged and even more in love with the One who holds all things together by the power of His word. What’s more, I realized that the same God who proved Himself faithful to the people of Israel then is the same God who continues to prove Himself faithful today ― to both the people of Israel and those who bear His name; waiting for the day He returns to make all the wrong things right. He truly is transcendent.
I don’t know the reasons bad things happen, but I know ―because of all the good things that happen in between―that Yahweh has good reasons.
SPECIAL BITS & PIECES
“Who else could rescue a babe from certain death, educate him in Egypt, refine him in the wilderness, and return him to his family? No one but You, Shaddai.”
“Safety is a lie told by the courageous to the fearful, and the gods are as inconsistent as the wind. Living on my own seems no more dangerous than entrusting my life to another.”
“I once told Aaron that it was both a blessing and burden to be included in God’s counsel. I do not envy your burden, Brother.”
“To see the true measure of Yahweh’s power and authority things must get worse.”
“Yahweh sometime extends mercy to those who haven’t asked, but it is His way alone that leads to deliverance.”
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|RECOMMENDED FOR||T 13+|
Loss of a loved one, battle sequences and physical combat, slaves are physically abused and mistreated, very minor sexual harassment; the story alludes to Hebrew women being sold as sex slaves, adult drinking