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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?
When I learned that Mesu Andrews was coming out with a new book I was totally excited. I was especially excited when I learned that she was using one of my favorite movies(The Ten Commandments 1956) as a basis or as an inspiration for this novel.
Growing up I was also really interested in Egyptian history so it was really cool how the author melded together Biblical stories,Egyptian history ,and fiction and created a masterpiece.
I really love how the author laid a foundation with the main character Anippe. Anippe’s story was so heartbreaking and heartwarming all at the same time.
The different cast of characters in this novel was pretty awesome to read about. I loved the variety of characters. Although there was one character in this novel that absolutely grated on my nerves! I’ll let you read it to find out. 😉
There was one quote in this book that really moved me,
“El-Shaddai holds my heart,Bithiah. He’s the One I adore. I feel His presence when I sing.”
“Oh, Miriam.” Disheartened,Bithiah ached at the girl’s loneliness. “A god could never fill the longing for your one true love.”
“No,Bithiah. A man can never fill the longing for my one true God.”
The writing was concise and gripping. I really enjoyed reading this awesome book and I can’t wait to see what else Mesu Andrews has in store!
*I received this book through NetGalley by Blogging for Books. All opinions expressed are entirely my own. I was not compensated in any way for this review*
For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.~2 Timothy 1:7
For we walk by faith, not by sight~2 Corinthians 5:7
Stay blessed! 🙂
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A splendid exploration of faith against great odds and love that endures years of disappointment.
Abraham and Sarah is a masterful historical drama from the moment that Abraham strides into the pagan temple to rescue Sarah. The couple set out in search of the blessings God had promised: abundant fertile land and descendents more plentiful than the stars.
But years of wandering bring the couple to Egypt where once again Abraham convinces Sarah that as sister and brother surely they will pass safely through the territory. But Pharaoh takes Sarah into his harem where she befriends Pharaoh’s daughter, Hagar. Together the three are ordered to leave.
Years of barrenness have embittered Sarah and she hatches a plan: Hagar must become the vessel for the child God has promised. Ishmael is born to Hagar and so is jealousy born in Sarah’s heart. But God had a plan and He was right all along. This miracle unfolds with Historical authenticity leaving the reader with a better understanding of the ancient world and the life-changing faith of Abraham and Sarah.
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I had been wanting to read a book by Roberta Dorr for quite a while and I’m glad that I have discovered a new Biblical Fiction author!
At first, I was apprehensive because I have read some pretty outrages plots when it comes to Biblical Fiction. I was surprised how much I really enjoyed it! I can say Abraham is one of my favorite Biblical characters. I really do admire in the book how it mirrored the Bible in some ways. Abraham was a man who staggered not at the promises of God and he stood on God’s promises no matter what people around him said. He had undying faith even through all the criticism. In the book, there was also some new things that I learned that were interesting about Egypt,and Sodom, and the traditions of Abraham and Sarah’s people. That was awesome! I really like how the author intertwined the historical elements of that time into the book. The book cover was vibrant and very well put together.
The only thing that I didn’t really favor in the book was how the author portrayed Sarah. I thought that her character in the book was very downplayed. I just have the belief that Sarah wasn’t always a woman who wanted to get her way or whatever. That just wasn’t the image of Sarah that I had in my mind. I mean, she did call Abraham lord didn’t she?
Overall, I really enjoyed reading this book and I’m eagerly waiting to read more books by this author!
Happy Reading Y’all! 🙂