Let my people go ...
A plea has been made in behalf of the children of Israel. Now comes the epic climax years in the making—the final showdown between two of the most powerful men in history—one fueled by pride, the other guided by the world of God. Moses has received an extraordinary call from the Lord: he is to lead the exodus of the Hebrew people out of Egypt, ending generations of bondage. And he must return to the land of his birth to boldly petition a man he does not want to challenge ... or lose to: Ramses—pharaoh of Egypt. Ramses, harboring years of feeling betrayed by his best friend, is determined to stop Moses no matter the cost. He will not yield, even as a dark veil of plaques and pestilence descends over the land of Egypt.
What follows is a powerful chronicle of the struggles of the children of Israel as they traverse uncharted territory, both physically and spiritually. Amid the horrific catastrophes devastating their land and through the dramatic evens that follow, the Hebrews must face their fears and their faltering faith. For even in the darkest of times, there are manifestations of the Lord's constant care to inspire their hope for a bright future.
|Size||6 x 9|
|Published||Covenant Communications 2016|
The second book of the Moses Chronicles, continues with the perception of not only Moses' but in this book, it also has Zipporah's. The author has creatively put this popular, familiar story into a more complete commentary of how she views the two lives were before they met, then their lives up until their return to Egypt.
None of us, of course, knows what truly transpired, yet, the author, creatively puts together a feasible concept based on the traditions and laws of that time from.
The tit;e and Book Cover depicts a key part of this tale and is well-done. The flow is smooth and steady. The characters are very real and the background scenes described well.
*This book was gifted me but it in no way obligates me to offer a positive review.
This is the last installment of the Moses Chronicles. Finishing this series is bitter sweet. I know the story from the Bible, as do most people, but Heather has taken another historical event and expanded it making those past events come to life.
Moses is now reunited, not just with his biological family, but the mother who raised him. He has brought his own little family out of the wilderness to do the Lords work. Trials and tribulations run rampant effecting not just the Egyptians, but the Hebrews.
Moses needs to find his strength and courage to lead his people out of the grip of Ramses. Thank goodness for his brother Aaron and those close to him. Family is a powerful influence.
Read all the Moses Chronicles, follow the Prophet who led the children of Israel out of bondage and on the path to freedom.
Once again, I was captivated by the way Heather B. Moore entwines the personal emotions of Moses and his family members with the intense, epic nature of the well-known Biblical account. Exodus definitely reads as a sequel to me- the majority of the character development is in the first two books, and this third book is the ultimate climax of all that has been building up. While the author subtly catches us up with where things stand with the main characters, I think the overall reading experience is richer for knowing the details of Moses' relationship with Ramses and his adoptive mother, Miriam and Aaron's struggles as slaves, the exile of Moses, and his romance with Zipporah.
Exodus is a successful example of a story told from multiple perspectives; the author avoided repetition and the various points of view deepened my understanding of how both Egyptians and Hebrews were affected by the politics, plagues, and the Hebrews' exodus from Egypt, the only home they have ever known, into a dangerous wilderness. It was interesting to see Moses portrayed as an outsider and not initially perceived by the people of Israel as their leader, but as time progresses they accept his stewardship over them. Aaron's role as his brother and spokesperson is significant, and I didn't realize the hand he had in executing some of the miracles (time for a visit to my Old Testament...). I appreciated the continuing story of Moses' Egyptian mother Bithiah and Mered, one of the Hebrew scribes in the palace and the one who told her about the Lord, the God of Israel. The action doesn't stop after they leave Egypt, and it was a nice wrap-up to include some of the early experiences in the desert. I HIGHLY recommend this entire series!!! It is definitely one I will be reading again and keeping in my personal library.
(Thank you to Covenant Communications for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review)
The story of Moses is one of the most powerful in the Bible as well as the Pearl of Great Price. I admire Heather's willingness to attempt to tell that story in novelized form. A fictionalized version of Moses' story makes sense because the scriptures leave some rather significant gaps. I also appreciated the author's taking the time to explain some of the changes she made to the timeline in order to move the story along. When I read historical fiction, it's always nice to know what's been changed for the sake of the story. Still, Moore has created a compelling, powerful story of a man who was called to do what the world would say was impossible. Challenging one of the most powerful men of the time, Moses calls on Pharoah to let the Hebrew slaves go free. Unsurprisingly, Pharoah refuses, but the Lord isn't taking no for an answer. But Moses refuses to go away or give up and under the Lord's direction continues to obey. I felt like H.B. Moore did a fabulous job of creating a picture of what Moses' life may have been like and just what it took for him to follow the Lord. A great conclusion to the trilogy, but definitely not an end to Moses story, as the trilogy focuses on the exit of the Hebrews from Egypt, thus, the years in the wilderness are not covered.
These books need to be read in order, as they are chronological. The Bible isn't an easy book to understand sometimes and I often look at those prophets and think of them as almost legends. That combination makes it an intimidating book to tackle. This installment of the series follows the multiple requests of Moses to the pharaoh of Egypt, and his former best friend, Ramses, to release this people from bondage. Each time, the answer is "no," and plagues come over the land.
What I absolutely love about this book (and series) is the incredible way H.B. Moore has of bringing these characters to life and on my level. I'm learning more about how human they actually were--they had real thoughts, feelings, relationships, and struggles. I love that these great people are brought down to my level and these events are told in a way that I could visualize so well. I feel like I grasp things so much better now.
I can't imagine trying to approach a childhood friend with such a scary request, yet Moses does it over and over again. He's an inspiring man. I loved getting to know Bithiah (the woman who raised him) better, as she became a favorite of mine. These people had great trials and I loved understanding them and their reactions more intimately. H.B. Moore is a master at awakening these scriptural stories for a reader.
This is a great read for those who enjoy clean, historical fiction, especially relating to the Bible.
*I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review*
I've loved this whole series and the way that Heather B Moore is able to make the Bible stories that we all know and love really jump off the pages of the book. I love how the characters from these stories become flesh and blood people to me. Heather really has a gift for this type of writing.
I loved Moses in this book. I love the way that you can tell just how much he cares for the children of Israel and also for the Lord and his commandments. I loved the way the story painted him as also caring for all of the people in Pharaoh's court that he would have grown up knowing and for Pharaoh himself, even though the Lord was chastising him.
I love in this series the way that Moses' wife becomes a real person and you can see the way that she sacrifices and cares for Moses and for their family. The same really with his mom and Miriam. It's hard for me sometimes to read the scriptures and realize just how many of the women are nameless and even if they have names, you really don't know them as a person. They're almost cardboard. I know this is a fictionalized account, but I love how it shows that Moses did have women in his life who were strong, caring and really just amazing women and they helped shape him into the amazing prophet that he came.
I liked the ending too. We all know what's going to happen, the Egyptian's eventually let Moses' people go, sort of, and then are killed in the Red Sea. I love how this scene was painted. It really came to life for me in a way that the jello Red Sea in The Ten Commandments never could.
I loved everything about this book and really the whole series. Can't wait for more books by Heather B Moore!
I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
"Let my people go!" That's the central message of the conclusion to the Moses Chronicles by H.B. Moore. The first two books dealt with Moses's life in Egypt and then his time in the wilderness after he flees Egypt. This book takes Moses back to Egypt as he receives his calling from the Lord to free His people. I love when Bible stories are brought to life by talented authors, and Heather Moore does a great job in this genre. She really does her research on characters and time period and weaves them into a riveting story.
This book has lots of drama in it with all the plagues and pestilence sent forth by the Lord against the Egyptians. It was interesting food for thought as I considered how these would have affected the Hebrews as well. I found the scenarios fascinating. There was a sweet romance woven into the tale (which was made up, but it made me happy). This is written and researched well. ***I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Once again, I loved reading a fictional account of a story that I'm familiar with but haven't taken the time to delve into. The characters came to life as I felt the concern Moses had for both the Hebrews and the Egyptians. He had lived among both people and didn't want either group to suffer. Ramses was stubborn and prideful, which caused a lot of physical and emotional damage by the end.
I liked that we got the view points of several different characters. Moses and Aaron, as they were following God's command to set his people free and the difficulties they each had to overcome in order to accomplish that. Bithiah, the Egyptian woman who raised Moses as her own, and was happy to see him again. She changed a lot over the years which made living in the palace difficult at times. And Miriam, who was happy Moses was back but had some issues with his wife, Zipporah.
I grew to love each of these characters more as I got to know them better. It also helped me understand the children of Israel more. Little did they know when they started out how long they would actually end up living in the wilderness. They didn't understand freedom at all since they had always been slaves and there were parts of that life that were difficult to give up.
I loved this series and how this story came to life for me! I've read enough books by Heather Moore to know that it will be well-researched and well-written and hold my attention from beginning to end. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys fictional accounts of scripture stories!
I received a copy for an honest review. My opinion is 100% my own.
This whole series has been great. The author must have put in a ton of time for research. She's very good with the historical details and the fiction that she adds flows along so well and really made me think about things I hadn't really considered before. For example, I knew that many of the plagues didn't affect the Hebrews directly but what I didn't think about were the after-effects, like the possibility (probability) that the Egyptians would come to steal the Hebrews' animals once the Egyptians animals had perished.
Hopefully I'll be able to read all of her scripture series' someday. I think this format (even though parts are fictional) makes remembering the stories (which were real) a lot easier. And I love that she adds a love story and some human interest to keep everything engaging.