God of the Mountain: The True Story Behind the Discoveries at the Real Mt. Sinai
Penny Caldwells book, God of the Mountain, is an adventure that compels you to read just one more page. It is the story of the obedience a young family of four living in Saudi Arabia and working for Aramco. The story begins with the gnawing desire to find, photograph, and publish the Mt. Sinai of Exodus. To this end, the parents and two young children are confronted by every extreme, from life threatening confrontations to a whirlwind of the presence of God.Eventually, after repeated trips, the reader is with the Caldwells in a jeep in the desert surrounding Mr. Lawz in Arabia being followed by guards. The reader shares the adventure that by this time has become an obsession. Repeatedly, circumstances point to death, capture, failure, or confusion only to be rescued by an eleventh hour answer or escape route.The photographs the Caldwells were able to obtain and smuggle out of the country are stunning proof of the existence not only of the presence of a horde of people, but also, that they sacrificed, that large amounts of water once flowed, that a mountaintop was curiously scorched, that a multistory rock was cracked in half, that 12 pillars once existed, and much more. Truly, only a person who was a resident of Arabia who also enjoyed the protection of authority to obtain the permits to camp in this region who also prayed daily for divine protection could have obtained these photos.This is a remarkable story with a remarkable conclusion. In this age of the restoration of the truth of Gods Word, the Caldwells have made a significant contribution. They have brought the real Mt. Sinai to the attention of those who care to look. Equal to that contribution, they have set a living example of the cost, and also the reward, of following God into a maelstrom.
April 19, 2010
The God Of The Mountain is based on a daily journal that accounts the experiences of an average american family that traveled throughout the Middle East during the early 90's. Written in in author's own words, The God Of The Mountain also describes how her family was inspired to seek out the true location of the biblical Mount Sinai. This book is written so that you feel as if you are right there with Jim, Penny, and their two children as they travel through Egypt and Saudi Arabia. In several occasions, they face real-life perils and dangers that would make the vast majority of adventurers turn and run for home!! The God Of The Mountain uncovers indisputable evidence that the stories found in the Old Testament are simply not folk lore that can be explained away by modern science. A must-read for anyone living in the modern age with doubts about their faith in God and his holy word - the bible.
January 19, 2010
Jim & Penny Caldwell lived with their two children in Saudi Arabia during the late 1980s and into the early 1990s. During the Gulf War Penny and the children returned to the United States, while Jim remained in Saudi Arabia working in the oil industry. When the rest of the family returned to Saudi Arabia, Jim, Penny, and the children were in need of a long overdue time of rest, relaxation, and reconnection. In January 1992 they embarked on an overland family vacation into Egypt. What began as a seemingly normal vacation became much more as the Caldwells encountered many signs and wonders along the way.The first 3/4 of the book recounts the familys overland journey from Saudi Arabia to Egypt, their adventures throughout Egypt, and then back again. Personally I havent had the privilege of traveling in the Middle East, so I thoroughly enjoyed the play by play descriptions of the ins and outs of traveling via automobile in a foreign land. Also, I appreciated that this was a family adventure of sorts as Jim and Penny Caldwell brought their two children with them for the majority of the endeavors recounted in the book. The latter part of the book tells of the Caldwells first three journeys into the Jabel Lawz and surrounding areas of northwest Saudi Arabia in search of evidence for the Exodus and the real Mount Sinai. Towards the end of book Penny shares that they feel Jabel Lawz is a good alternate site for the Biblical Mount Horeb and Jabel Maqla is a good alternate site for the Biblical Mount Sinai. Outside of the three journeys mentioned in the latter part of this book, the Caldwells made 12 additional trips into northwest Saudi Arabia. Penny hopes to share the stories behind these trips in a later book. As a result of these adventures, the Caldwells have met people and gone places they never thought possible. Today Penny and Jim work with the Split Rock Research Foundation to share their story throughout the world.
April 30, 2009
I thoroughly enjoyed reading "The God of the Mountain." In fact, I found it hard to put down time and again.The book is a detailed account of the Caldwell family's adventures while living in Saudi Arabia . I was quickly drawn into their story. From the walk on the beach and the unusual signs in the sky, to the snowfall in the desert, to the dark and cramped passages at the pyramids of Egypt, to the morning coffee song, to the timely discovery at a hotel gift shop, to a ride on a dilapidated boat across the Nile River, to a scary arrest and questioning at a security outpost in the desert, to standing on holy ground and more, I felt like I was right there journeying with the Caldwells. Are you longing for some adventure in your life? Then "The God of the Mountain" is a must read! It is sure to inspire you, bless you, and encourage you to follow God in your own life where incredible adventures await you, too!
January 30, 2009