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Miriam, by Mesu Andrews
Enter the world of the Hebrews and follow their trek from their slavery in Egypt toward freedom as told through the eyes of Miriam, the sister of Moses. At eighty-six, after a life of faithful service to El Shaddai, Miriam’s world will be rocked by the news her brother brings, that God will now be known as Yahweh and that God has a plan to set the Israelites free from bondage. What role will Miriam play in this plan?
Number of Pages: 320
Publication Date: 2016
|Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)|
Series: Treasures of the Nile
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.
"Mesu Andrews shines brilliant new light on the epic we only thought we knew, transforming the familiar biblical account of the Exodus with a narrative grounded in a deep love for God and his word. Miriam illuminates the power and majesty of Yahweh, while weaving a story of real people waiting for deliverance from a God they have not yet learned to trust."
Stephanie Landsem, author of The Tomb: a Novel of Martha (The Living Water Series)
"Mesu Andrewss novels have transformed my ability to hear the heartbeat of biblical figures like Job, Dinah, and Solomon. Miriam brings another cast of familiar characters to vibrant lifeMiriam, Moses, Eleazar, Aaron, Hurmingling them seamlessly with an imagined circle of loved ones that will have readers eagerly turning pages to witness Gods stunning power at work for his people, both personally and nationally. With skillful prose, impeccable research, and a clear devotion to the biblical account of Israels Exodus from Egypt, Mesu Andrews depicts these Old Testament men and women with a sparkling clarity, never shying away from what makes them relatable human beingsthe failings, triumphs, and yearnings that are timeless."
Lori Benton, author of Burning Sky, The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn, and The Woods Edge
"Mesu Andrewss engaging novel, Miriam, gives us a new and vibrant appreciation for life in Egypt as the Lord visits the land with ten unforgettable plagues. With fascinating insight into biblical history as well as the human heart, this story will capture your attention until the last page."
Tessa Afshar, award-winning author of Land of Silence and Pearl in the San
EmilyAnne285 Stars Out Of 5Awesome Biblical FictionSeptember 16, 2016EmilyAnne28Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Miriam has been a midwife and prophetess to the Hebrew slaves in Egypt for nearly all of her eighty-six years. Then one day, everything changes. Pharaoh had a dream, Miriam cannot feel the Spirit of El Shaddai, and her brother Aaron experiences a calling to fetch his brother Moses out of Midian. Then Moses arrives, bearing news of their upcoming deliverance and a new name for their God, Yahweh.
Miriam by Mesu Andrews takes up the story of the Exodus begun in Pharoahs Daughter, and I must say I enjoyed it very much. It takes a new look at the story of Israels deliverance, the ten plagues, and the Red Sea crossing through the view of some of the normal people in Israel. After all, not everyone would have seen Moses talking to Pharaoh and would not understand at first why a few dozen frogs suddenly invaded their house. Miriam was a rather fascinating look at some of the physical and spiritual effects of the events in Exodus.
A second main character, other than Miriam, was Eleazar, her brother Aarons son. Eleazar, as the bodyguard for one of Pharaohs sons, gave insight into what occurred in the palace, since neither Moses nor Aaron were ever POV characters. Also, Miriam told of Eleazars growing relationship with a young woman under his care. It amused and frustrated me as I realized how little Eleazar understood women.
The spiritual journey of the various characters was a major focus of the novel. As mentioned in the synopsis, Miriam had held a close relationship with God, having a distinct and unusual sense of God. But she lost that particular sense around the same time Moses received his calling to rescue the Israelites, and she struggled from that point on, feeling deserted. It wasnt that God deserted her but that the relationship between them had changed. Miriam was no longer alone in her calling to minister to the Israelites, and Moses took her place as spiritual leader. It made the character who I had worried about being able to relate to, due to my age being a fraction of her own, and made her relatable and dynamic.
The historical facts seemed as accurate as they could be, considering how little is known about ancient Egypt. Watching the plagues ensue and the scientists of the time trying to explain away the extreme forces of nature was fascinating. Also, I had never thought about the fact that Pharaoh would have several first-born sons because of his many wives. How horrible it would have been to have lost all of them at once.
In all, Miriam was a fascinating look into the Exodus of the Bible. It touched on the characters and the spiritual and physical effects the plagues would have on them and the way Pharaoh could have reacted as he did. I enjoyed it very much and recommend it to anyone who enjoys an interesting, accurate retelling of Biblical history.
I received a free copy of this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.
S ScalesTexasAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A fascinating glimpse into MiriamAugust 17, 2016S ScalesTexasAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5What an fascinating, intriguing historical fiction book! Not only do we dive into more of the culture and political climate in this period of the Israelites history, but we also feel the possible emotions and relationships surrounding Miriam, a familiar and yet lesser know historical woman.
Miriam introduced herself as old but of use. I am a slave, a midwife, a healer with herbs. This is what I do, but El Shaddai makes me who I am. She is called a prophetess, but she sees herself as a messenger of El Shaddai who speaks to her in dreams and visions. He has been her whole world, He satisfies her heart, she seeks Hes wisdom as she treats the injured slaves and talks with those around her
As we enter into Miriams world, the Israelites have been slaves for 400 years. Thats all they know
Now Moses, her brother and former Egyptain prince, comes back with news from Yahweh, El Shaddais newly revealed name, that freedom is coming for the Israelites. However, the freedom wont come immediately or without pain. Miriam feels left out and unneeded. Will she learn to trust this El Shaddai and His gifts of love or give in to anger and bitterness?
Based only on the first three plaguesbefore the distinction between Egypt and Goshen was made, when there was no clean water, frogs were hopping, gnats were bitingwhat would you have thought of Yahwehs nature? Would you have trusted Him, or would you have feared such a God? Only after His fierce majesty was displayed did Yahweh show His great love the the Israelites. Thats what we find in the Bible we hold in our hands today. Only after we see God fierce holiness through the Old Testament Law can we fully appreciate Jesuss great love through grace in the New Testament.
It is my prayer that you, dear reader, will come to know Yahwehintimately, personally, and fullyand become as Miriam was, captivated by a God you cant understand that will do things you know are impossible. from the Authors Note
Miriam is the second book in Mesu Andrewss A Treasures of the Nile Novels. The first was The Pharaohs Daughter. I havent read it and didnt feel like I was missing anything. However, Im sure you will meet some of the historical characters, including Miriam in that first book. If its as well written as this one, I would recommend both!
**Disclosure: I received a free copy of Miriam from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review. THEN the book was stolen! Yes, there is a real life book thief that thought this book looked good enough to take! I think thats a huge recommendation in itself!! I contacted Blogging for Books, and they kindly sent me another copy to finish reading! Thank you, Blogging for Books :)
sweetieSacramento, CAAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5MiriamAugust 11, 2016sweetieSacramento, CAAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Once again Mesu delights her readers. Mesu has become my number one author. Using scripture it seems that God uses her to put a believable story to pen and paper. We often forget that the people in the Bible were flesh and blood and lived everyday normal lives just as we do. When God is their center and our center nothing is impossible, as His word tells us. Mesu brings life to the people in the Bible as God gives her the stories she writes.
TellNJasmineMontanaAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5The time of the Exodus comes to life...August 1, 2016TellNJasmineMontanaAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5Another moving and very powerful story from one of the best names in Biblical fiction. Miriam opens up the world of the Exodus and helps you dig deep down into yourself and, even more so, into the Bible.
Mesu Andrews paints such vivid word pictures that all five senses are engaged through the imagination. Her depictions of life in ancient times, Egypt in this book, are just so real. And let me tell you, the plaques were described to well and so colorfully that, not only did I mentally visualize them, but I also just about smelled the dead fish and frogs. Speaking of the plagues, I really liked how she handled them, some science but the miraculousness of them is not hidden or denied.
One of the things I love best about Mesu Andrews writing is that she takes these Biblical heroes off the pedestals we've put them on. They are people, just like us, they made the same mistakes people do today. In Miriam the title character has several struggles, one of which is that she feels replaced and unimportant when God chooses to reveal His salvation of the Hebrews through her little brother, Moses, instead of her. She has been El Shaddai's prophetess for decades, when quite suddenly He has a new name and nothing is the same, so she feels and she feels angry. Gosh, has that ever happened to any of us? Yeah, totally a rhetorical question there.
On the whole, I was totally impressed by Miriam and can't recommend Mesu Andrews' new Treasurer's Of The Nile series enough.
(I received a copy of this book from Blogging For Books in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are entirely my own.)
LorettaDallas, GeorgiaAge: 45-54Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5HIstorical, Biblical fiction at it's best.July 26, 2016LorettaDallas, GeorgiaAge: 45-54Gender: FemaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4I am not a usual historical fiction reader, but I'm glad I chose this book. What drew me was the cover, I love Biblical stories and this brought to life, the life of the Israelite's and their culture, who were captive slaves in Egypt, and takes you through their release from captivity. The titles of their relationships like "doda", and "saba" and "abba", which I knew Abba was Hebrew for Father, was a little hard to get through, but I got used to it as I went along reading this great story. The twists and turns of the romantic relationships kept me reading past my usual bedtime. I found it interesting, the attitude and struggle of Miriam and her jealousy of Moses. Her yearning to know Yahweh, and missing their relationship got me thinking about my relationship with God in a new way. I appreciate all the research Mesu Andrews did to keep the story real and true to history. I would definitely recommend it to those who like historical fiction and those who maybe haven't tried it yet.
I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.