by Jill Eileen Smith
In her eventful lifetime, Miriam was many things to many people: protective older sister, song leader, prophetess, leper. But between the highs and the lows, she was a girl who dreamed of freedom, a woman who longed for love, a leader who made mistakes, and a friend who valued connection.
With her impeccable research and keen eye for detail, bestselling author Jill Eileen Smith offers this epic story to fill in the gaps and imagine how Miriam navigated the challenges of holding on to hope, building a family in the midst of incredible hardship, and serving as a leader of a difficult people, all while living in her brother’s shadow. Follow Miriam’s journey from childhood to motherhood, obscurity to notoriety, and yearning to fulfillment as she learns that what God promises he provides–in his own perfect timing.
This book brings to life the story of Miriam, and things she might have faced as Moses’ sister. I always enjoy biblical fiction as a way to gain a deeper understanding of people from those long ago Bible days.
The author was careful to not stray from what is written in the Bible, but to stay as accurate as possible. There are a few minor details added, which are necessary when writing this type of fiction, but mostly it just sticks to the Biblical accounts.
I was just a little disappointed that she didn’t elaborate more on Miriam’s life. I think there are lots of interesting and intriguing possibilities there. However, I also understand that it could be quite difficult to write in a way that stays completely true to the biblical account, so I can empathize a bit with the quandary the author might have found herself in as she wrote this story!
If you enjoy biblical fiction, I do recommend this book. It is very interesting to read this story about how the Israelites suffered in Egypt, and then were delivered, and their very long and tiresome journey to the Promised Land.
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