His courage covered his brother's fear. His sacrifices atoned for the people's sin. His voice carried the words of God. This is Aaron, brother of Moses; symbol of our great High Priest. The Priest is volume 1 in the "Sons of Encouragement" series by best-selling author Francine Rivers.
In her Lineage of Grace series, the award-winning Rivers successfully explored
the lives of five biblical women. Here, in the first of her Sons of
Encouragement series, she turns her attention to the life of Aaron with less
stellar results. A jealous Aaron grows up in the shadow of his younger brother
Moses. Yet when God calls him to assist Moses in leading the enslaved
Israelites to freedom, Aaron finds love for his brother. In the wilderness,
disastrous disobedience to God follows, and Aaron must come face-to-face with
the knowledge of his own unworthiness and the sins of the Israelites. "It
would take a bigger miracle than plagues and parting the Red Sea to change
the hearts of these people," he realizes. When he's chosen as high priest, the
daily sacrifices Aaron makes torment him, and he dreams of fire and blood. The
first portion of the book feels flat, as if Rivers may have relied too heavily
on the scriptural text. Her ability to weave sexual tension throughout her
novels has been one of the talents of this former general market romance
writer, but she fails to take advantage of several opportunities here. By the
last third of the book, however, the narrative improves, as Rivers
convincingly envisions the emotions and intrigue that surely permeated the
biblical events. Rivers is a deservedly popular author, and her loyal fans
will likely embrace her new series despite some shortcomings. (May)
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