Thursday, August 18, 2016

BLOG TOUR w/ GIVEAWAY: The Moses Chronicles #3: Exodus by H.B. Moore


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 plaques 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.


The story of Moses is one of the most powerful in the Bible as well as the Pearl of Great Price.  I admire Heather's willingness to attempt to tell that story in novelized form.  A fictionalized version of Moses' story makes sense because the scriptures leave some rather significant gaps.  I also appreciated the author's taking the time to explain some of the changes she made to the timeline in order to move the story along.  When I read historical fiction, it's always nice to know what's been changed for the sake of the story.  Still, Moore has created a compelling, powerful story of a man who was called to do what the world would say was impossible.  Challenging one of the most powerful men of the time, Moses calls on Pharoah to let the Hebrew slaves go free.  Unsurprisingly, Pharoah refuses, but the Lord isn't taking no for an answer.  But Moses refuses to go away or give up and under the Lord's direction continues to obey.  I felt like H.B. Moore did a fabulous job of creating a picture of what Moses' life may have been like and just what it took for him to follow the Lord.  A great conclusion to the trilogy, but definitely not an end to Moses story, as the trilogy focuses on the exit of the Hebrews from Egypt, thus, the years in the wilderness are not covered.


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