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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

The Pharaoh’s Daughter by Mesu Andrews

              Mesu tells the story of Moses through the eyes of Pharaoh's daughter and brings a brand new perspective to the biblical narrative. What I appreciate most about Mesu's writing is how she holds God's Word in high regard. Her artistic liberties do not in any way change or take away from the truth as it is revealed in Scripture. Readers think about how to apply God's truth to their current life and circumstances.

              This story takes a plausible look at how that may have happened. With political intrigue and a thread of romance, I was taken back into time into the workings of Egyptians royal family and court. This story does not shy away either from the cruelty of some of these leaders. 

              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?
I appreciate the authors’ notes at the end of the book and I look forward to the next in this series of A Treasures of the Nile and to reading her previous books.

             The Pharaoh’s Daughter is also a story about love between man and woman, parent and child, and God and his people—and those willing to sacrifice for loved ones. Along with heartbreak and pain, there is also kindness, grace, and forgiveness.  I was able to see God’s hand at work in a new and refreshing way. I believe there is a depth to this story that will keep impacting readers long after they reach “the end.” A great story and I recommend this book. I received a copy of this book from Multnomah Press in their Blogging for Books program for my review.

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