Moses Chronicles, Vol. 2: Deliverance
Experience the life of Moses as never before, following his journey from fugitive of Egypt to prophet of God. In this exhilarating follow-up to H.B. Moore’s biblical drama The Moses Chronicles: Bondage, the account of Moses’s flight from Egypt continues. Moses’s life as he knew it is over. He has chosen to stand for his beliefs at the cost of being cast out of his royal home and family. He is free of the wickedness of Egypt, but peace is not to be found, for Moses is as much an aimless wanderer as those in the nomadic tribe he encounters in the wilderness. Exhausted by long weeks of travel, he nevertheless jumps to action when he observes a group of young women accosted by a band of Bedrayan men at a communal well. These lovely daughters of Jethro are grateful for his help, and their Midianite tribe welcomes Moses with open arms. As he learns the ways of the Midianites, his kinship with Jethro grows—as does his admiration of one of Jethro’s daughters, Zipporah. But when Moses suddenly receives a burning call to free the very people he has long oppressed, will he have the courage to return to the land from which he has been exiled?
|Published||Covenant Communications, Inc (March 1, 2016)|
|Audiobook Narrator||Jason Tatum|
|Runtime||9 Hrs. 4 Min|
By Corey , Submitted on 2016-03-29
This was a great second book for the series. It took me forever to get through but only because life got in the way. The story was very well conceived and written and was engaging. The ending was powerful and I look forward to the next book in the series. When gardening season slows down, I look forward to reading many more books by Ms. Moore. I have yet to read one authored by her that I didn't like (throughout various genres with different pen names). For my 'clean read' friends, all of her books are clean (I believe).
I received a copy of this book to review but all opinions are my own. Honestly, I'll probably go through all of her books at some point and purchase all the ones I didn't receive reader copies of. ;)
By Colleen, Submitted on 2016-03-24
This is the second book in the Moses Chronicles. In the first book we left Moses heading for the wilderness. We meet up with him again after he has wandered a few weeks into his journey, which he still doesn't know where he is going to end up.
Zipporah has lived in the wilderness all her life. That's all she knows. When Moses and her meet, they don't speak each others language, but actions speak louder then words.
This is a sweet love story, and that is what takes up most of this book (no complaints from me!). Towards the end is when he learns of his great calling, to lead the children of Egypt out of bondage. I am excited to read about the plagues and such in the next book. The end of this one leaves you hanging and wanting more.
If you love the story of Moses in the Bible I am pretty sure you will enjoy these books, that delve into the truth of one of our most beloved Prophets.
By Aimee Brown, Submitted on 2016-03-14
I have been looking forward to this book since I finished the first book in this series. The world that Heather Moore creates in these books are clear and rich and full of culture. I can so easily picture the places, characters and events in this book. I can feel the sun on my face and the dirt in my water. My mind is playing it all like a movie. I love that.
This book brings the story of Moses to life. So often in biblical stories, the people become lessons I learn from and I forget that there was a real human side to them. They were real people with real, every day struggles. They lived and loved. They laughed and cried. Books like this help me to remember and imagine those very human qualities. I know the author took many liberties in writing this book but the base of all the major events come right out of the bible.
This second book was different from the first in that the internal struggle for Moses was less. He is less conflicted and he isn't fighting against his conscience. This book begins with Moses wandering in the desert after fleeing his home in Egypt. He meets different people and eventually falls in love. He works and builds a new life with the Midianite people. This was more of a love story. It was also the important part where Moses grows up and learns more about his God. It lays a firm foundation for what is to come.
The next book though? It's going to be intense! I know what's coming and I can't wait to see how Heather Moore brings it to life for me.
By Katie, Submitted on 2016-03-10
I haven't read the first volume, but as I'm familiar with the basic key points to the story of Moses, I didn't feel that I was missing out on very much by jumping right into this one. I was just talking with my kids, not too long ago, and we were thinking about people who lived before us. We were wondering if our lives would be in vain or if people in the future would care about us, want to know us, and realize that we had lives, interests, friends, families, etc. Moses has also been just a prophet to me and this book really brought him to life. Although these thoughts and feelings may not be exactly accurate, they helped me understand him better and made him more real and personable.
I enjoyed the sequence of events that were portrayed in this book, as they were full of love, adventure, loyalty, devotion, and suspense. Times back then weren't easy, by any means, and I'm all the more grateful to live when I do. I loved the characters and getting to know them better throughout the story. I'm looking forward to the next installment. Although I know what's going to happen, I love getting the little details that transport me right into the story line.
Content: mild romance; mild violence (fighting, defending, killing-- not graphic); mild religious elements. Clean!
* I received a copy through the publisher in exchange for an honest review *
By Cathy J, Submitted on 2016-03-10
I love the way that H. B. Moore is able to make the scriptures jump off the pages and the characters become real people! I read this section of the Bible not very long ago and I think I understand a little bit better now that I've read this historical fiction novel.
I thought that the author did an excellent job of writing Moses' character. He seemed to really jump off the pages. I loved the way that I was able to see him as a man first, and then realize that he was just a normal man who Heavenly Father called to be a prophet after he had lived a normal life.
I loved Zipporah too. She is a pretty fearless character. I loved the way she was not afraid to let her family know that she didn't want to marry the man that she had been betrothed to. She listened to her feelings. I loved her selflessness in caring for her family and sisters not knowing if she herself would ever have a chance to be a wife and mother.
I loved the way that I was transported from my home to a land of sand, wind and danger around every corner and a time long ago and really foreign to me in my life of ease.
This is a great book. I loved reading it and I can't wait to read the next volume of Moses' story!
I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
By Heidi G., Submitted on 2016-03-10
H. B. Moore captures the both the divine inspiration and guidance that led Moses to become the man that would lead the Hebrews out of slavery while showing his humanity and frailties that marked his journey. Whenever I read stories based on scripture, I'm always a bit concerned with the fictionalizing parts, simply because the scriptures usually leave out a great deal about individuals such as Moses. And yet Moses as well as other biblical people both wicked and righteous have such compelling stories, how can we not wonder more about their experiences and personalities. I admire writers such as Moore who take that leap into the unknown in order to share some of the possibilities. I especially appreciate it when the story remains as faithful to the scriptural record as possible under the circumstances. In Deliverance, Moore has created just such a story. While obviously fictionalized in a lot of ways, the story feels very believable and does follow what little we know about Moses's experiences before he returned to Egypt on the Lord's errand. I especially enjoyed reading Moses's and Zipporah's love story and imagining what it may have been like. I think the author has done a fabulous job of doing just that.
By Heidi Reads..., Submitted on 2016-03-08
Once again, totally epic, amazing, compelling. I've never thought much about Moses' life between when when he was raised in Egypt to when he returns to set the Israelites free. I appreciated that this novel is based as much as possible on Biblical accuracy, the history and culture of the period, yet brings the story to life in such a vivid way that made me completely immersed in the world as I read. The story picks up where the first book left off, Moses wandering in the wilderness in search of a new life. His experiences with desert tribes are incredibly different from his upbringing in the royal Egyptian court, but he adapts and thrives, becoming a blessing to those he comes across. The feelings and emotions of Moses are explored as he reconciles his newfound knowledge that he is truly a Hebrew and learns from Jethro about worshiping the one true God and the importance of family. The story is told just as much from the perspective of Zipporah, and I loved the sweetness of their romance. She is strong, compassionate, and devoted to her family. Her life is full of hard work, but the love of her family relationships and faith in God bring her peace. The skirmishes and battles with an aggressive neighboring tribe bring tension and action to the plot, and Moses proves invaluable with his skills learned in Egypt. The book wraps up with the events leading to Moses' return to Egypt, and it was incredible to read about them from the perspective of a character I feel like I connected with, who was also a real person. It makes me want to study the scriptural account of Moses, his life and communications with God. Highly recommend!
(Thank you to Covenant Communications for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review)
By Andrea, Submitted on 2016-03-06
H.B. Moore has a talent for bringing scriptural characters to life, and I enjoyed Volume 1 of The Moses Chronicles so I looked forward to reading Volume 2: Deliverance. Although it has been awhile since I read Volume 1, I remember liking it more than this one. As usual, Moore's writing is good, but I wasn't as interested as I wanted to be. Maybe it was because it felt like a part of Moses' life that we don't know much about, and the artistic license didn't sit well with me.
That said, it made me want to pull out the scriptures and see how closely Moore portrayed his story. I was actually pleasantly surprised to find how close the major details were (obviously quite a bit of filler had to be added since his young life in the Bible is a few short chapters). I guess my memories of Moses' story are of the big events (being found in a basket in the river as a baby and raised in Egypt, fleeing, the burning bush, returning to Egypt, freeing the Hebrews, etc.). There are a few things that Moore included that I didn't remember (like the reason he fled Egypt, how he got his wife, the circumcision of his son, etc.), and that actually helped me appreciate the story more.
When I put the book down I wasn't thinking I'd want to continue with this version of Moses' story, but after a few days of reflection and reading in Exodus, I am curious about future books in the series.
By Charissa, Submitted on 2016-03-03
This is the 2nd installment in the Moses Chronicles. Deliverance deals with the time period from when Moses escapes Egypt after killing the Egyptian taskmaster to when he meets and joins the Midianites. Once he saves Zipporah and her sisters from a neighboring tribe of shepherds, he gets to know and eventually marry her. This book delivers a moving romance between the two characters with fictional battles and trials thrown in to make history come alive. It concludes with the burning bush and Moses being commanded to return to Egypt to deliver God’s people.
This is a well done piece of historical fiction from the Bible that helped me envision the time period a lot better. I like Moore’s books for that reason. She’s good at painting vivid pictures. Can’t wait for the last book in this series.
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for my fair and honest review.