MIriam had never felt so adrift. Now, there is nothing,
but silence. Why has he abandoned her now? Her God, her
El-Ahaddai, has always been with her, helping her to
heal, helping to interpret dreams, guiding her as a
prophetess for her people, The Hebrews, still caught in
the bondage of slavery for the past 400 years in Egypt.
Why the silence now? What is happening?
Born a Hebrew slave, yet raised in a palace, Miriam, now
in her 86th year, has seen more than her share of
riches and of disappointments and poverty. She is the
sister of Moses and gifted with the constant guidance of
her God, the one and only true God. Yet, nothing has
prepared her for the massive changes that will take place
after Moses returns to Egypt. What will happen to her?
What will happen to the members of her family?
MIRIAM is the latest offering from the award-winning
writer of Biblical novels, Mesu Andrews, and it is an
awesome read! Breathing fresh life into ancient Egypt,
Andrews vividly portrays the harsh and brutal life
facing the Hebrew slaves still held captive by Pharaoh
and seemingly abandoned by their invisible God. Her
writing is nothing short of inspired! Andrews also made
a brilliant decision on opening the story with Miriam
being an old, yet still a vibrant and spirited woman.
This allows her not only to comment and reflect on
current happenings and relationships as well as to
remember past events; thus, bringing a richness to the
story and a greater understanding of the relationship
between the various characters and how they change over
time, especially after Moses returns. I also appreciate
Andrews' characterization and description of other
Biblical and secondary characters. Eleazar, in
particular, is a strong and frustrated person struggling
between his role as a warrior and protector of Rames, the
Pharaoh's second son, and his family and his faith.
I found Miriam a very engrossing and surprisingly
suspenseful story, despite the overarching plot following
the Biblical text of which I am reasonably familiar. I
can just visualize this as an amazing movie!
MIRIAM can be thoroughly enjoyed as a stand alone novel,
reading THE PHARAOH'S DAUGHTER, the first book in
Andrews' Treasures of the Nile Series will certainly add
to the riches found in MIRIAM. Fans of historical or
Biblical novels are sure to be thrilled with MIRIAM,
either as a stand alone novel or especially after reading
THE PHARAOH'S DAUGHTER, the first book in Andrews'
Treasures of the Nile Series which would provide a richer
background to the story in MIRIAM. Regardless of faith
preference, MIRIAM (complete with Study Guide and
suggested questions) would be a very interesting
selection for a book club as it is sure to engender lots
of lively discussions. Definitely put MIRIAM on your
list of books to read this year!
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 Ė
Yahweh Ė and has declared a radical deliverance for the
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
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.