This book takes my breath away. Miriam is a Hebrew prophetess and midwife, and she hears El Shaddai speak to her in her dreams. The Israelites have been captives of Egypt for over four hundred years, and it's time they came home.
Eleazar is the body guard for Prince Ram, and even though he is a Hebrew, he is loyal to his prince. Their friendship belies the fact that they should be enemies.
Taliah is a governess for one of the Pharaoh's sons and lives in the palace. Her true passion is educating children.
Kopshef is the crown prince who has little control of his temper and less ability in military tactics.
Ramesses is the Pharaoh, and he plays favorites among his sons. He also resents the Hebrews and takes every complaint as a personal affront.
Aaron is Miriam's brother and Eleazar's father. His wife favors her older two sons over her younger two. Eleazar is the third son and Ithamar is the youngest, and a scribe in the Pharaoh's palace.
Moses has been living in Midian tending the flocks of his father-in-law, Jethro. He sees a bush burning in the field and goes to investigate it, only to hear Yahweh speak to him.
Hur is Miriam's best friend from long ago, he'd married another young girl, but now he's come back to Miriam and wants to marry her.
These are some of the major players in Mesu Andrews' book, Miriam.
While Exodus gives us an account of the Israelites in Egypt and their mistreatment by the Egyptians, Mesu puts flesh on the people and makes them breathe new life. When Moses brings the ten plagues, Mesu paints a picture for our minds of what it was like to live through those plagues. When the Israelites are finally allowed to leave Egypt, Mesu illuminates how Yahweh's glory is revealed by His own hand. When Miriam struggles with El Shaddai's voice leaving her, Mesu shows us that our own struggles are not something new, but they are as old as time. These are just a few of the reasons I LOVE this book.
This is a five star, two thumbs up book, with a meal eaten in haste because you are about to be evicted from your home of over four hundred years.
My thanks to Waterbrook Press for allowing me to read and review this book.