The Pharaoh’s Daughter Book Review

Pharaoh's Daughter

**from the front flap** www.mesuandrews.com

Anippe has grown up in the shadows of Egypt’s good god Pharaoh, aware that Anubis, god of the afterlife, may take her or her siblings at any moment. She watched him snatch her mother and infant brother during childbirth, a moment which awakens in her a terrible dread of ever bearing a child. Now she is to be become the bride of Sebak, a kind but quick-tempered Captain of Pharaoh Tut’s army. In order to provide Sebak the heir he deserves and yet protect herself from the underworld gods, Anippe must launch a series of deceptions, even involving the Hebrew midwives—women ordered by Tut to drown the sons of their own people in the Nile.

When she finds a baby floating in a basket on the great river, Anippe believes Egypt’s gods have answered her pleas, entrenching her more deeply in deception and placing her and her son Mehy, whom handmaiden Miriam calls Moses, in mortal danger.

As bloodshed and savage politics shift the balance of power in Egypt, the gods reveal their fickle natures and Anippe wonders if her son, a boy of Hebrew blood, could one day become king. Or does the god of her Hebrew servants, the one they call El Shaddai, have a different plan—for them all?

REVIEW:

I’ve read Christian fiction for as long as I can remember, but never have I really delved into the world of Biblical fiction, until this book – and boy what a fun experience it was. Mesu Andrew’s other books are next up on my “what I’m currently reading list!”

Anippe knows that life is short, her experiences have taught her that. But when a wailing baby in a basket is found washed up next to her bathhouse wall, she knows she must take him in and pass him off as her son, or be forced to bear a child herself [ her ultimate fear]. While Anippe’s husband is away fighting a war, she devises a complete deception of everyone but a select few people. Mesu Andrews weaves a stunning tale of the origins of Baby Moses and his Egyptian mother, or Ummi Anippe as she is called. Andrews keeps the Word of God in high regard throughout the book, but offers readers a fresh perspective on an age old story.

As her family is torn from her by God of the Underworld Anubis, Anippe learns that maybe there is a higher God than the ones the Ancient Egyptians worshipped. The one her Hebrew slaves speak of. If you are a fan of excellently written historical fiction, this book is for you. I would recommend it to any reader who is looking for some fictional insight into the world of Moses, or just a great book!

Disclosure (for book reviews) – The FTC requires book reviewers to disclose the following: Book reviews will appear regularly on this site. There are books that I have purchased myself or borrowed from the library, I will note this. However, I do occasionally receive books, at no cost, in exchange for a fair and balanced review with no other compensation provided. – I received this book The Pharaoh’s Daughter from Blogging for Books – you can visit their website at www.bloggingforbooks.com

Advertisements

The Red Tent – Anita Diamant Review

The Red Tent Review

The Red Tent by Anita Diamant

**from the front flap**

Her name is Dinah. In the Bible, her life is only hinted at in a brief and violent detour within the more familiar chapters of the Book of Genesis that are about her father, Jacob, and his dozen sons. Told in Dinah’s voice, this novel reveals the traditions and turmoils of ancient womanhood – the world of the red tent.

REVIEW

Jacob had dozens of sons but only one daughter, Dinah, who had as she describes four mothers, Leah, Rachel, Zilpah, and Bilhah – Leah and Rachel were Jacob’s two wives – Zilpah and Bilhah his concubines. Dinah in reality was the only daughter of Leah, Jacobs first wife. This book, first published in 1997, lends a very interesting take on the early chapters of Genesis in the Bible. Dinah grows up, and is called to be a midwife, separated from her family by a violent event, she makes her own way in the world. This story could be interpreted as rape, and it often departs from the Biblical basis. Dinah’s story is told in a single chapter in Genesis. But when you as a reader remember that this book is a work of fiction, and set aside the room for interpretation, an amazing story unfolds – one that is unparalled almost 20 years after the original publication. All in all I give the book 3.5 stars. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a well written read.

***FTC DISCLOSURE*** – The FTC requires book reviewers to  disclose  the following: Book reviews will appear regularly on this site. There are books that I have purchased myself or borrowed from the library, I will note this. However, I do occasionally receive books, at no cost, in exchange for a fair and balanced review with no other compensation provided.

Reflection for the Day

The following is taken from “The Word Among Us” – http://www.wau.org

April 27, 2015 [Monday of the Fourth Week of April]

John 10:1-10

The sheep follow him, because they recognize his voice. – John 10:4

Do you hear voices? We all do, you know – all different kinds of voices. Some are actual voices, but there are also the voices in our minds: what we imagine certain people would say if they really knew us, as well as our own inner voice. Some voices are spiritual, from the Lord as well as from the devil’s tempters. There’s a lot going on in our minds, so it’s helpful to try to sort through all the voices to make sure we’re listening to the right ones.

I will leave you with those thoughts…