Friday, January 29, 2016
Summary: 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.
I've read two other books by Mesu Andrews and I loved both of them. Miriam is a book like no other. I've never read a novel about Moses' sister, so I was excited to get my hands on it, and it has been worth it. I cheered and cried for the characters, living among those who lived through the plagues, and the whole time I've been reading it the whole story and the characters have seemed real and personal. Mesu does a great way of bringing the Bible story to life in a way none of us could imagine.
I loved the main character Miriam, a kind and amazing 86 year old that is stubborn and loving. After being the Hebrew's midwife and prophetess for years she finds herself hearing less and less from El Shaddai. She fears losing the connection forever, but she soon realized that God, now Yahweh, wants all of Hi people to experience what Miriam has for her whole life.
Mesu Andrews is an amazing author. She thoroughly researches each of her novels, and brings a new way to imagine Biblical times. Her style of writing is different from any other author I've read, and I love it. Though her books are not 100% for sure of what happened, they bring you into a world in which you can only experience from opening one of Mesu's novels.
I would rate this book 5 out of 5 stars
I received this book free from the publisher for a honest review