Friday, May 20, 2016


 El Shaddai once whispered in her dreams and by her side, like a cool breeze along the banks of the Nile. But when Miriam's brother returns with a message for Pharroah, "let my people go." and proclaims that the God of their Father's has a new name, Jehovah, Miriam struggles to adjust to a new way of life. They call her prophetess, but does Jehovah still love her as her Shaddai had, and why does she no longer hear His voice? 

  Miriam is the anticipated sequel to Mesu Andrew's novel The Pharaoh's Daughter which gave new voice to the familiar story of a baby and a basket and the daughter of the most powerful man in the world. In that book we saw Miriam as a wise young lady, now we meet her many years later as a wise old woman whose world is about to be turned over. In Miriam we discover that God is never done teaching us, even when we have much to teach others. Threaded with struggles, victories and revelations, Miriam is a bittersweet story of family and of a God who does not change but reveals Himself in new ways. 

  I loved The Pharaoh's Daughter so I was eager to read Miriam as soon as it became available to me. I dove in with little knowledge of the story or premise and found that the book was not quite what I was expecting, but it was still a great story. I especially love how Andrews gives life to familiar biblical figures and places so vividly. She is a master of her art, telling her stories intentionally and thoughtfully. While I did really like this book, I have to place it just under The Pharaoh's Daughter as it didn't quite grab me in the same frenzied Hunger Games sort of way as that novel. That said, I do recommend it! An insightful, enjoyable, thoughtful read for any lover of biblical fiction.

Note: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for sharing my honest opinions expressed in this review.