The Moses Chronicles: Exodus, by H.B. Moore
2016, 240p, Clean Historical Fiction
My Rating=5 Stars
Source: Received a copy from the publisher for an honest review
Book 3 in The Moses Chronicles series.
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 plagues 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.
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!
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Heather B. Moore is a USA Today bestselling author of more than a dozen historical novels and thrillers, written under pen name H.B. Moore. She writes women's fiction, romance and inspirational non-fiction under Heather B. Moore. This can all be confusing, so her kids just call her Mom. Heather attended Cairo American College in Egypt, the Anglican School of Jerusalem in Israel, and earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Brigham Young University in Utah.