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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 tThe 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 – 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....

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Miriam Reviews

  • Beth
    2018-11-20 01:48

    In Miriam Mesu Andrews has created a gripping, well-researched novel that is a continuation of the story begun in The Pharaoh’s Daughter. After falling in love with Mesu’s writing in that novel, I opened Miriam with great anticipation. Written in a dramatic yet realistic style, this story captured me from the very first page. Mesu has taken great care in staying true to the Biblical text, while fleshing out parts of the story that are not touched on in scripture. I thought it was an interesting decision to have the story primarily from Miriam’s perspective, and a couple of other characters, but not Moses himself. I think it really allows the reader to imagine how they would have responded to the message that Moses brought the captive people in Egypt.I was continually impressed by the realism of Miriam and the other characters. Since the events in book one, Miriam has aged and become a beloved prophetess and healer of her people. She is used to this role, as well as used to hearing God speak to her directly. Upon the arrival of Moses, she begins to doubt this role, and her reactions are very genuine and realistic. She doesn’t respond meekly, but rather questions God and presents insecurities in a very human way. I think it gave a lot of nuance to her character, as well as providing encouragement to the reader that everyone has seasons that are filled with more doubt than at other times. It just made her character that much more relatable.Another key character, Eleazar, has this quality of realness to him as well. Despite being a slave, he is also a soldier and warrior, who once fought in battles, but now protects Pharaoh’s second son, Rameses. He is very stubborn and resistant to change, particularly the commands of a God that he doesn’t know or understand. As Miriam’s nephew, he is respectful of her faith, but doesn’t agree with it. He provides the perspective of a non-believer, slow to believe in contrast to Miriam’s deep, abiding faith. Having these two conflicting perspectives adds a great depth to the story that otherwise wouldn’t have been there if the story only came from Miriam’s point of view.While the plot is not surprising to readers familiar with the Biblical story, it was surprisingly suspenseful! I could feel the tension of the Egyptian throne room, and the danger that the Hebrews faced every day was nearly palpable at times. Every time Moses and Aaron approached Pharaoh on his throne, I feared for them, even though I knew exactly how Pharaoh was going to respond. In contrast to that, there were the lovely scenes in Miriam’s home, where her family gathered for their meals and times of fellowship. Those scenes just had a very warm quality to them. I realized that there were certain aspects of the story that I had never really thought about in earnest – the Passover scene had a strong, emotional impact on me; I had never really imagined being “passed over” but knowing that your neighbors were not. Throughout the whole story, the descriptions enveloped me fully into whatever scenes I was reading. Both the historical details and the humanness of the characters’ experiences made each moment compelling and readable.I came away from reading Miriam with a renewed desire to dig into the account found in scripture, which I think is the best indicator of a well-done Biblical fiction novel. I don’t always react that way when I read a novel that tells a story found in the Bible, so the fact that I’ve done that with each novel of Mesu’s that I’ve read says a lot. She is one of my favorite authors in this genre. I’m hoping the Mesu comes back and visits the story of Joshua, who plays a smaller role in Miriam. I know in her hands it would be authentic, well-researched and encouraging, just like Miriam and The Pharaoh’s Daughter. Though you don’t have to read The Pharaoh’s Daughter to enjoy Miriam, definitely do give them both a read. I highly recommend Miriam for fans of historical fiction, especially set during the Biblical times.

  • Amanda Geaney (Christian Shelf-Esteem)
    2018-12-02 02:24

    {Review originally posted to Christian Shelf-Esteem http://wp.me/p4ExQk-1zc}It’s common to read reviews in which the reviewer boasts of how quickly they’ve read the book or how impossible it was to put down. However, I believe some books are meant to be read slowly so the gravity of the events and the significance of the author’s message can penetrate our thoughts — such was the case with Miriam. Over the course of her previous 5 novels, Mesu Andrews has built a reputation of letting her love for teaching God’s Word spill over into her works of biblical fiction. Therefore, when I sat down to read Miriam I was prepared with post-it flags and a copy of the Bible. Call me a book nerd or bible geek, but in doing so, I’ve gained rich satisfaction from this novel and many points to ponder for days to come.I’ll begin my praise by focusing on the main character of the story, Miriam. If you’ve read The Pharaoh’s Daughter, and I hope you have, you’ll recognize how Mesu maintains a consistent characterization of Miriam as a gentle and caring woman who places the needs of others before her own. We learn that in the time period between the first and second books, Miriam (who is now eighty-six years old) has become a trusted midwife/healer as well as a prophetess for Israel. My heart warmed to this elderly protagonist because her story brought to mind the many seasons of ministry we will experience. I found her reactions to change and her twinge of jealousy towards God’s call on others to be very… human.With Miriam, I perceived subtle changes in Mesu’s writing as compared to her previous novels. Her scenes, which have always been ladened with rich historical details, felt even warmer — as if I’d been invited into Miriam’s actual longhouse versus simply picturing it in my mind. Additionally, she has ramped up the level of suspense! Even knowing that Mesu would not depart from scripture, I remained on the edge of my seat as Pharoah’s army came bearing down on the Hebrews. Finally, it seemed to me that love (familial and romantic) took a more central role in this story.I could go on and on, but I fear I may give away too much. Read this book and remember my advice — some books are meant to be read slowly. Let the message seep in as you enjoy another fabulous biblical fiction novel by Mesu Andrews!I received this book from the author for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

  • Staci
    2018-12-15 01:23

    Miriam was a delight as a child in The Pharaoh's Daughter. In the novel named after her, Miriam is 86 years old and a prophetess. Moses returns to Goshen after spending 40 years away. He returns with a message from Yahweh and Miriam is more than a little jealous and angry about no longer having visions from God.I loved that the author painted a picture easy to visualize of what life was like for Hebrews during this time period. As for characters, Miriam's nephew Eleazar was one of my favorites. I also adored Sattar, Moses' faithful dog that loved Miriam as well.I did grow weary of Miriam's attitude and behavior. While it was perhaps portrayed realistically, I would have liked to have seen her adapt to her new place in God's will more quickly. And wouldn't we all like to adapt more quickly to God's will for us?Overall, I enjoyed the novel and look forward to reading others by the author.

  • Andrea Cox
    2018-12-09 06:41

    by Andrea Renee CoxMiriam took me into the era of Israel's slavery to Egypt. It was very interesting to get a glimpse of what it could have been like to live through the plagues that preceded Yahweh leading His people (Israel) to freedom. Author Mesu Andrews really made the setting and events come alive in a fresh way to me, which I'm certain will give me a new perspective the next time I read Exodus.I received this book in exchange for my honest review. Thank you, Blogging for Books.

  • Jamie
    2018-12-15 04:46

    I need to start off by saying how much I really love this cover. It fits the book so perfectly and is so well done. Second, Mesu Andrews has become such a strong voice in biblical fiction, not only for her talent of writing, but her incredible research of scripture and other historical documents which paint such a vivid picture of the era these stories take place. Ancient Egypt fascinates me already, so getting the chance to immerse myself more through the biblical stories? If you enjoy reading biblical fiction, I hope you have had the chance to read Mesu Andrews’ novels. She pens engaging stories and captivating characters, bringing new depth to famous biblical stories many of us already love. Miriam was no different.I loved seeing Moses after his time in the desert (if you have a chance, I recommend reading Pharaoh’s Daughter) and I was really encouraged by how Andrews portrayed Miriam. While we don’t have the exact details, I think this was done very well and a great reminder of the “greats” we know from the Bible were human too.On a historical angle, this book is fascinating. It shows how life was, how the plagues affected not only the Egyptians, but also for the first few, the Hebrews. It can be easy to read through this story in scripture and forget how terrible it all really was and that millions of Egyptians suffered because their leader was full of pride and hate.Bringing to life ancient Egypt, bringing humanity to famous bible people we love and reminding readers of the powerful and holy God we serve, this is another fantastic addition to biblical fiction.This book also stirred in me the desire to study the Old Testament and Moses’ life deeper. This past Fall, my church started a series on Exodus and it’s been awesome, so this book was perfect timing. (If interested you can find the sermons here!)What are some of your favorite Bible stories?(Thank you to Blogging for Books for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review)Originally posted http://booksandbeverages.org/2016/02/...

  • Tina at Mommynificent
    2018-11-21 23:36

    Biblical fiction by Mesu Andrews never fails to send me running for my Bible to find the details she has brought to life! Miriam, in my opinion, is one of Mesu's finest works to date. Not only does she make the reader ponder what it would have really been like to live through slavery to the Egyptians and the ten plagues, but she delves even deeper to the struggles of the human heart to wholeheartedly submit to an unseen God who is infinitely loving and merciful and yet is also sometimes silent, terrifyingly powerful, and maddeningly multi-faceted. I highlighted more thoughts about God in this book than in any non-fiction theology book I've ever read, and I came away feeling that I knew Him a little better than I did before. I know that this is a book I will go back to again and again as it is so full of beautiful, inspiring, and challenging thoughts about God wrapped up in an engaging and awe-inspiring story.This is an especially appropriate book to read in the weeks preceding Passover and Easter. I know that as I celebrate with my family in a few weeks, I will be remembering Mesu Andrews' vivid descriptions of Miriam and her family as they sacrificed a beloved lamb, lived, wept, and rejoiced through that very first Passing Over.I will be sharing my blog post review of this book on its launch day, March 15th, at Mommynificent.com, where we will also be having a Miriam scavenger hunt blog hop with lots of prizes including books and a Kindle Fire!I received this book from the author for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

  • Barb
    2018-12-03 01:36

    I really liked Miriam, the second book of the Treasures of the Nile series. Mesu Andrews does a wonderful job of making Biblical characters come alive. I have read about Miriam in Exodus many times, but she was always a two-dimensional person. Andrews adds the third dimension for me.Mesu Andrews uses the Bible itself as her primary source, but also studies historical sources for details about food, dress, customs of Egypt, etc. Then when she adds in her imaginings of how people would have felt, loved, lived, and mourned, it makes for a fascinating read. In her note to the reader at the beginning of the book, Andrews says that she wants her reader to compare her fiction to the truth of God's Word, and she gave me just such a desire. That to me is good Christian fiction!Miriam is such a passionate, gifted woman. We first meet her in the pages of Scripture as Moses' older sister, sent to watch her baby brother when his parents launch him into the Nile in a basket, in order to save his life. When she grew up she was a midwife, skilled with herbs and plants and knowledge of their healing properties. She was also a prophetess of El Shaddai and a leader among the Israelites, especially the women. Miriam was also a worship leader and song leader. What an amazing woman and a godly example for all believers.I'm sure you will enjoy this book as I did, as well as the first book in the series, The Pharaoh's Daughter. I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review.

  • Angie Arndt
    2018-11-21 22:19

    If you've ever wanted to step back in time and see what it was like to live in the time of the Bible, you've got to read Mesu Andrews' books -- any of them. I've read most and loved each of them. But I will let you in on a poorly-kept secret: each one is better than the last.I know, I'm gushing, but I can't decide which elements make her books so real. Is it the in-depth character development -- not only of the main character but secondary characters, as well. Or is the richly detailed settings? When I read Miriam, I felt the stinging sand, the difference between the rough homespun that the Israelites wore and could almost see the glory and wealth of Pharaoh's palace. Or is it Mesu's beautiful command of language? Here's some of my favorite quotes:I need a God I can’t explain to do the things I know are impossible.And:Yahweh is more interested in you knowing Him than pleasing yourself—or even pleasing others.Another favorite:Many gods have been created by men, but only one God created all men.If any of these speak to your heart, this book will, too. I'd recommend this book to anyone who loves the stories of the Bible and wonders, "what if."***I received this book from the author for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

  • Laura A. Grace
    2018-11-19 01:20

    This book was, plain and simple, amazing! I loved how eye-opening this novel made the story of Exodus and how it came alive to me in an entirely new way! Though I wasn't expecting a second main character, Eleazar became one of my favorite character's in MIRIAM. He was very easy to relate too concerning his doubts and questions about faith. When it had came to the plagues, it was WOW! Mesu did a fantastic job of bringing the Bible to life! I hadn't thought of the fear the Israelites might have felt and the uncertainty as well as the noise (or no noise) they might have heard. Overall, this book well surpassed my expectations and definitely recommend it to those who love Biblical fiction as well as to those looking to see the Exodus story with new eyes!

  • Audrey
    2018-11-23 06:35

    This is a beautifully written story of Miriam, the sister to Moses and Aaron. It is vivid and real and the characters are well developed. Sometimes they are just plain annoying but that makes them more endearing. Miriam's struggle with her faith is real as she wonders why God has spoken to Moses and not to her. The account of the plagues are incredible and this book brings the story of the Exodus to life.

  • Diane Wallace
    2018-12-05 02:24

    I enjoyed living through the plagues of Egypt through the eyes of Miriam. It made me think about each one and how it would have felt to experience it.

  • Deborah
    2018-11-27 01:35

    This was a perfect book to have read as we begin the season of Lent. The story is written with much research having been done.......I learned more about what the daily lives of the Hebrews might have been like during their captivity in Egypt. How forsaken they must have felt....... The story was obviously about Miriam, including Aaron and Moses, their families and neighbors, right before, during and after the plagues. This is the 2nd book written by Mesu Andrews that I have read, the first being Pharaoh's Daughter. I am so impressed by the research that she seems to have done for her stories! Her writing is lovely, with detail enough (without being excessive) to paint the picture that she wants to portray. I loved the Scripture verses at the beginning of each chapter......the verses gave me a bit of preparation for where the chapter would take me, plus stood us on the solid ground of God's Word throughout the book.A wonderful story, told by a story-teller. Well done!

  • Katiria
    2018-12-16 23:40

    This is my very first book that I read by Mesu Andrews and I really quite love and enjoyed Miriam! First I will tell you all the truth that I don't read a lot of Christian fiction not because I don't like Christian fiction books, but sometimes I disagree with some of the books. But I really wanted too give Miriam a try because I have always been curious about Miriam and I absolutely wanted too learn a little bit more about her. And I am very glad and happy that I did give it a chance! I had no idea that Miriam was the second book of a series when I requested it too read and review, but it is totally alright too read it because it can be read as a stand-alone. But Now after reading Miriam I really want too read the first book The Pharaoh's Daughter as well. I absolutely love everything about Miriam. You can tell the author really studied and learn about Miriam and her family too add it in the time line of this fiction story. The plot was about a quest and making sacrifices to follow the true and only God in heaven and have complete faith in him, which I absolutely love the concept in this book. I was also rooted for the Hebrews too be free from there masters in Egypt because the have suffer enough in the hands of the pharaoh and his son's. The writing style was very flawless and persuasive that I agree and understand ever pov's of all the characters that I read, which I tell you that never ever happens when I totally understand and agree with every characters pov's in a book especially in a Christian fiction book. That I tell you I couldn't get enough of this book that I had too keep reading one more chapter until way late in the night. All the characters were very diverse and complex in there own ways and I absolutely love each and every one of them and yes I even love the villains in Miriam as well. All the characters were very well develop and rounded especially the villains who were the pharaoh and his son's who were very crazy, cold hearted and really vicious too there slaves. That I was quite petrified about them I can totally understand the fear that the slaves had with the pharaoh and his son's and I really understand them when the slaves didn't want too listen to Moses and his brother Arron at first. But I absolutely love when Moses and Arron showed God's powers too the pharaoh and his son's and strike fear in there hearts if they did not let the slave go. Now I am going to leave it off here because I don't want too go into anymore details because of spoiler. But all and all I really love and enjoy Miriam that I most definitely want too continue too read more books by Mesu Andrews because I absolutely love and enjoy her flawless writing style! I received this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for an honest review.

  • Yvette
    2018-11-19 02:20

    Using Miriam as the main character and including others who were barely mentioned, this is a very interesting new take on the story of the Israelites and their Exodus from Egypt.I did have an issue with language use seeming too modern and complex at times. The characterization of Miriam as a prophetess with almost a running conversation with "her" El-Shaddai (God) who becomes resentful, jealous, and petty when she feels supplanted by her returning younger brother, was believable but difficult to reconcile. A lesser issue was the one-dimensional nature of some secondary and tertiary characters.When Moses returns he is a veritable stranger to her, and brings some revelations that seem a bit radical to Miriam (such as a new name for her El-Shaddai), but to the reader he seems very real and very human. This aspect of the story was handled so well by the author, that Moses does not take over the story. It remains firmly Miriam's. The sub-plot of Miriam's nephew Eleazar, a royal guard, and Taliah, a young woman who comes under his protection, added interest and another perspective to the story. It is through Eleazar that the reader sees the engrained, callous cruelty of the Egyptian court along with some of the reactions and repercussions of Moses' audiences and the ten plagues.As a fleshed-out imagining of the Exodus, this is an interesting read. As a story of an older woman struggling to come to terms with changes that are beyond her control, and the loss of a presence she took for granted in her life, it is possibly even more interesting. Recommended for those who enjoy biblical retellings, especially those that focus on the less well-known participants in the story. This review refers to an Advance Reading Copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  • Raechel
    2018-11-27 03:27

    I am very much a fan of Biblical Fiction. The tricky thing is finding *good* Biblical fiction that is actually Biblical. I found “Miriam” to fit just this description. I thoroughly enjoyed this rich story and was very impressed with all the Biblical research Mesu seamlessly wove into it. Truly, it was spectacular.Mesu brought new light to the familiar Bible account, and had me enraptured the whole time right up until the very end. Even though I know how the Bible account goes, I was still on the edge of my seat as I read, and that expresses great God-given talent in the author.There were parts that had me smiling, laughing, crying, and one point I had goosebumps! There were so many heart-touching moments and things that really made you think.And the characters were done so well. I loved Miriam – she was so real. In her faith, in her doubts, in her daily life. Exceptionally well done! And I really loved Eleazar too. He was a great character, and though he has his issues (who doesn’t?!), I so very much enjoyed his character. He was quiet, and maybe a bit angry at times (but that seems to be “my type” because nearly every character I love is that way..hmmm…), but his heart was good and still reachable in the end.Each of the plagues were really well-written too, and made my skin crawl at the horrid-ness of them. And the sadness that Pharaoh wouldn’t relent, even for his children.I underlined so many sections of this book because it was full of meaningful quotes and lessons. It was my desire to share them here, but there are SO many that you’ll just have to read the book for yourself to discover all of its gems. :)

  • Jasmine
    2018-11-25 05:31

    The time of the Exodus comes to life...Another 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.)

  • Lindsay Brandon-smith
    2018-12-14 05:40

    If you’ve read any of Mesu Andrews books then you know her gift for making Biblical stories and times come alive through in depth character development and thorough research on the life and times. If you haven’t read any of Andrews books I highly recommend them. As a Biblical Fiction author, she rates up there with Francine Rivers and that’s about as high of a compliment as I can pay.Miriam is book 2 in the Treasures of the Nile series. The story follows Moses’ sister and prophetess of Israel, Miriam. I hadn’t thought much about Miriam’s role in this part of the Old Testament narrative. I had only ever really thought of her as Moses’ big sister who looked out for him as a baby. I love how Andrews brings to life this feisty, faithful silver haired woman. Miriam is a role model and a reminder that our kingdom purpose doesn’t expire when we retire.The depiction of the plagues was on point as well. It’s crazy how you can read a story your whole life and never really understand the depth of it. Andrews’ description of the plagues is so intense and you really see how the affected the people, both Israelite and Egyptian. This depiction makes Pharaoh’s deception and hard heart all that much more apprehensible and the miracle of the Exodus that much more miraculous.If you enjoy Biblical Fiction, the works of Mesu Andrews are a must read and Miriam is among her best.I received this book from the author for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review.

  • Rebekah Gyger
    2018-12-14 00:32

    In my opinion, the best part of Biblical fiction is experiencing the stories of the Bible as though we were there, reading the events as though hearing them from a close friend. Mesu's Miriam brings the Biblical plagues and the Israelites' departure from Egypt into vivid focus, including the horrifying results of plagues which are not expanded upon in the Bible. Through the eyes of Miriam and her nephew Eleazar, the reader is able to see the full destruction of Egypt and the mighty hand of Yahweh.For me, Miriam as not as enjoyable as The Pharaoh's Daughter. This story follows Biblical text far closer then it's predecessor, leaving the reader with fewer questions as to how it was going to end. This is not to say that there were no surprises, Mesu includes enough characters who are not mentioned in the Bible to keep the reader guessing up until near the very end.What makes Miriam stand out however is themes of love and obedience. The main characters constantly struggled with balancing their love for others with obedience to their masters. Tied into these themes is the concept of trust and the consequences of placing it in the wrong things.Miriam is a rich novel, full of strong themes and complex characters. It is one I am grateful to add to my Biblical fiction library and will be sharing with my friends.I received a copy of this book from the publisher exchange for an honest review.

  • Kate
    2018-11-29 01:33

    I normally read through a new book as fast as I can, often skipping meals and staying up into the wee hours of the morning. I took my time with this book. I have read other books by Mesu Andrews and have been impressed by the depth of her knowledge and the realism of her characters. I didn't want to miss any tidbits in this one by reading too fast. I am so glad I chose to savor instead of devour. Once again Mesu has created a world familiar yet foreign as she took us to ancient Egypt to witness the lives of the Israelites as God showed the world his power. The story focuses on Miriam, the sister of Moses, now well into her eighties and the voice of God to his chosen people. But her relationship with El Shaddai is changing. He doesn't commune with her as he once did and the void that his silence leaves shakes Miriam to the core of her being. Then her brother, Moses, reappears after forty years and claims that God had spoken to him from a burning bush it is another blow to her confidence.This book covers her journey to a new understanding of a God she thought she knew. Through the ten plagues and ever increasing danger to herself and her family, Miriam holds fast to her faith and witnesses the power of God as he reveals himself to the world.I received an advance copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

  • Faith
    2018-12-02 01:20

    If you love to read biblical fiction like I do, then this book is for you. Mesu Andrews grabs your attention from the very first page to the last and transports you back to an era of slavery, prophets/prophetess, plagues, miracles and the power of God. You find yourself in Egypt where the Isralites have been in captivity for 400 years. They have lost most of their faith and hope in God and His promises.Miriam, the older sister of Moses, never thought that she would feel that way, but then there came the day that she felt her God, her El-Shaddai go silent, her world turns upside down. She can't understand why can't she feel Him? Where did He go? She wonders what did she do? Throughout her lifetime she has walked with Him, listened to Him. She has heard Him in her songs and dreams, and now silence. She feels abandoned, lost and confused. Take this walk with Miriam as she gains insight to the many ways that God talks to us. Mesu Andrews pours herself into her books so you feel that you are not only reading the words but you are truly walking along with Miriam. I hope that as you read this book you also will find yourself listening for the many ways God talks to us.I received this book from Waterbook Press, a division of Penguin Random House, in exchange for an honest review.

  • Kella
    2018-11-15 23:23

    I absolutely adored reading this story from Miriam’s perspective. Mesu Andrews writes with such passion and a love for God that really made Miriam’s story dance across the pages. I found myself relating to Miriam’s struggle to understand God and find Him when it seems He’s up and left her. In reality, He never left her side, but just revealed Himself in new, amazing ways. Ways that Miriam would have never begun to imagine before Moses showed up.I love how Mesu Andrews stays true to the Biblical accuracy of the story, but weaves the fictional tale throughout those facts in a delightful and refreshing manner. The characters, the scenes, the action – they all jump from the page, vividly recreating a world long gone by. The way Mesu Andrews depicts the plagues had me cringing and shuddering. The romances stirring through the pages had my hear all a-fluttering as I kept wanting certain characters to overcome their blindness and see the love of their lives standing right in front of them! Sigh. I really loved this book!Read more of my review here: www.bakerkella.wordpress.comI was graciously provided a free copy of this novel from Blogging For Books exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own.

  • Bethel Burton
    2018-12-14 02:38

    Mesu Andrews has quickly become one of my all time favorite authors. Every book she writes just keeps getting better! In Miriam, following the story of Moses, I found myself going back to the scriptures in amazement at all that happened in those few short chapters of the Bible. I thought I knew this story well. I now really know the story. Mesu has done her research both Biblically and historically. Mesu is brilliant in working her characters into what is already known to take place. I personally identified with a lot of Miriam's thoughts and emotions. I have found myself to respond to God in the same ways. I loved one conversation between the characters Moses and Miriam, where Moses tells Miriam, "Sister, you're the one who taught me as a child that God is constant, and it is still true. The changes you sense are merely changes in your knowledge of him, not changes in Yahweh Himself." (p.279) I have found this to be so true! As we grow in our knowledge of God, our perspective of Him changes, but He never changes. I read this book fast, staying up late to finish it because it was so good. But this is a book I would read again and again!I received this book from Waterbook Press, a division of Penguin Random House, in exchange for an honest review.

  • Connie Brown
    2018-12-06 02:44

    I just finished the Advance Reading Copy of Mesu Andrews book, "Miriam" WaterBrook Press sent me. I was mesmerized while I was reading it. I took it slow so I could take in all that Mesu wrote. I know she does exhaustive research on her books and I wanted to see how she crafted the Biblical characters and the ones she added as support characters. I was so impressed. The characters were drawn so completely I could clearly see them in my mind. I could hear their voices and the story was captivating. The descriptions of the way things were accomplished were amazing. I was given a new way of looking at things from the way I had thought of before, especially the crossing of the sea. I would give this book a must read status. It will make you think and then to go to the Bible and research.I received this book from the author for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

  • Rebekah Weekes
    2018-11-23 00:43

    (If I could, I would rate this book 4.5 stars. The character of Eleazar was a little hard to love in the first portion of the book, but that's just personal preference. Plus, this book is far closer to 5 stars than 4) I should probably first point out my bias: I love anything by Mesu Andrews. This book was no exception. Ms. Andrews has always been great at including historical details naturally in her stories and this book follows the same pattern. I think I've learned more about ancient Egypt from this novel than from all of my educational experience combined. The use of lesser known Bible names as main characters throughout the story kept it interesting and allowed me to imagine a tried and true tale in new and exciting ways. The story also deals with faith in a way most books shy away from. The characters go through periods of questioning and searching, just like we all do, as opposed to the glossy, perfect Christians of some novels. Another bonus, you can read this book without having read the first book in the series and still understand the story. All in all, a great read I would recommend to anyone who enjoys Biblical or Christian fiction.

  • Yo Leo Ficción Cristiana
    2018-12-01 04:39

    RESEÑA COMPLETA EN ESPAÑOLMiriam, an admirable woman.There are so many female characters in the Bible that are worthy of admiration, respect and whom you can learn great lessons of life, Miriam is one of the most highlighted characters; even though most of us have always seen her behind the shadow of her brother Moses.With this novel, Mesu Andrews presents a brave and a somehow stubborn Miriam, who does her best to please Yahweh and help her people, while dealing with her own problems.The reading is very interesting and invites you to see the characters in a different way. It also describes the environment so well that you can feel part of the time and story.I am very sorry to say that I missed the first book in this series, but I'm sure I'll read more books of this author in the future.If you like reading historical novels with strong female characters, then this perfect book for you.-I recieved a copy from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion-

  • Regina
    2018-12-09 00:49

    If you haven't read any Biblical fiction book lately, then I highly recommend this one. Mesu Andrews takes you in depth to the life of being a Hebrew slave. She takes you through Moses life as Prince Regent, his returning, the plagues, the crossing into the Promised Land. As you read this story, you will feel like you're living their life, feeling the slash of a whip, the cruelty of the slave handlers, and Pharaoh's cruelty. Through of all this, you will see and feel God's power unleashed. You'll see His hand in ALL things! Mesu knows how to draw her readers in and you will not be disappointed! You'll be so drawn in time will fly. With a heartbreaking sigh, the story will be at its last sentence. May you enjoy and fall in love into the biblical life of Miriam as I did. I received an advanced readers copy of this book from Waterbrook Multinomah Publishing, a division of Penguin House, for my honest and unbiased opinion of this book.

  • Amy
    2018-11-16 01:39

    Miriam is a beautiful retelling of the Biblical story of Miriam from scripture in the book of Exodus. I just love Mesu Andrews's vision of bringing Miriam to life and how she lived during her time. This book is rich in historical details, easy to read and follow and a fabulous addition to the Treasures of the Nile series. A beautifully written piece of Biblical Fiction. Highly recommended.5 plus stars.

  • GollyRojer
    2018-12-08 00:31

    This book was a pleasure to read. Note that it will help your enjoyment tremendously if you're already familiar with the Exodus story. The author excels at showing the surroundings and habits of the characters; how they eat (mats, no tables), sleep and go about their daily affairs. Far from stick figures, they all have distinct personalities.The characters do not display a blindly trusting faith. In fact, they know very little about their god--even Miriam, who receives dreams and visions from him and has dedicated her celibate life to him. The characters ask the same questions we would ask in such situations: why let us suffer as slaves for 400 years and then show up all of a sudden? Why choose as the first three plagues something Pharaoh's priests could duplicate? Why inflict those first plagues on the Israelites as well as the Egyptians? Why not just make Pharaoh let us go instead of all this plague rigamarole? Even Moses has questions and doesn't understand what God is up to. And most of these questions do not get answered in the book, just as they are not answered in the bible.There are some rough places in the development of relationships. Eleazar is a 47 year old Israelite warrior-slave who has known nothing but military life. Taliah is a young Israelite woman, perhaps 20, who marries Eleazar; but their courtship, such as it is, and Eleazar's behavior make their deep love for one another, once expressed, totally unrealistic. He doesn't know how to talk to her, and any time they speak they argue. On the wedding day he shows up caked with mud and blood, and can't wash because there's no water; a plague has turned the Nile River to blood. So Miriam makes him wipe dust all over his body and hair and then comb it out. That's as clean as he gets. They then get married, and lying in bed together, we're told "her hunger grew". Must have been one hell of a hunger.They constantly fight, so Eliazar takes to sleeping at the armory instead of coming home. When he learns she's pregnant, he decides to divorce her and just support the child. This separation goes on for months. And yet somehow, toward the end of the story, they suddenly have deep love for each other. Uh... huh?God has been known to the Israelites as El Shaddai, but when Moses shows up he brings a new name: Yahweh. Throughout the book there is great emphasis on this new name, which God has just now revealed for the first time. Here, it helps if the reader has a more than cursory knowledge of the bible. "Yahweh" , like "Jehovah", is a common rendering of the hebrew word "YHWH" (Hebrew has no vowels). This word is known as the Tetragrammaton, and its meaning is given in scripture as "I am that I am", or "I shall prove to be what I shall prove to be", or, as this book has it, "My nature will become evident by my actions". The word appears 6,807 times in the bible. However, in the King James version it is only rendered "Jehovah" four times; the rest have the substitution "the LORD", where "LORD" is in smaller all-caps. When this construct is seen, it means that the Hebrew has the word YHWH there. Later bible versions have either removed "Jehovah" (or "Yahweh") completely, or conversely have rendered it as such in all 6,807 occurrences.Throughout the book, Moses, his brother Aaron, Miriam, Eleazar, Taliah and others constantly speak of Yahweh by name. It plays an important role in causing Miriam confusion and jealousy, because she has had a close personal relationship with El Shaddai and now must adjust to a new name and new characteristics, revealed by Yahweh to her brother Moses rather than to her.In light of the prominent role that the name "Yahweh" plays in the book, it was surprising and greatly disappointing to me to find that the scripture citations which start every chapter revert to the practice of substituting "the LORD" for "Yahweh". For example, chapter 59 begins by quoting Exodus 14:3-4, which ends with, "But I will gain glory for myself through Pharaoh and all his army, and the Egyptians will know that I am the LORD." No... "the Egyptians will know that I am YAHWEH." Good grief, that's what the whole story of Exodus is all about, Yahweh making his name known to Israel and the nations. This oversight in the scripture citations (I hope it was an oversight) greatly decreased my pleasure in reading the book.There are some ridiculous coincidences of timing. Eliazar's grandparents, Amram and Jochebed (parents of Miriam, Aaron, and Moses) die during the wedding of Eliazar and Taliah. "I believe they held on to see you and Taliah married," Moses tells Eliazar. Oh, puh-leez. And Miriam gets married to her childhood love on passover night. Seriously? While they're slaughtering lambs and splashing the blood on the door and packing their things in preparation to leave; while the angel of Yahweh is passing through the land killing every firstborn male of both humans and animals... Miriam gets married. Just... wow.The story made me conscious of things I'd never considered, like, where did these slave Israelites get all the wagons, donkeys, oxen, and supplies for their trip? How about weapons? Those and other concerns are satisfactorily addressed in the book.All in all, an enjoyable read. I will be seeking out other books by Mesu Andrews.

  • Katie
    2018-12-14 02:22

    The Pharaoh's Daughter made it on my "best of 2015 list" so this was one of my most anticipated reads. It was a great follow-up, a book to be savored versus devoured.

  • Emily
    2018-11-28 00:34

    Review Coming Soon!