Title: Miriam’s Song
Author: Jill Eileen Smith
“Though she knew God had called her to help Moses lead, she had lost some of the connection she once felt for Him–as if He had given it to Moses and no one else,” Jill Eileen Smith writes about the prophetess in her Biblical fiction, Miriam’s Song.
~ What ~
This four-hundred-and-six-page paperback targets those who enjoy an enhanced version of the Biblical story of Miriam from being a young girl to dying en route to the Promise Land. Containing no profanity or explicit sexual scenes, topics of plagues, murder, and death may not be appropriate for immature readers. An author’s note, acknowledgments, biography, and advertisements complete the book.
In this loosely retold story taken from the Old Testament, Miriam’s journey covers protecting her baby brother in the reeds along the Nile, witnessing the plagues of the Egyptians, escaping with Moses across the Red Sea, eating manna, and dying in the desert before reaching the Holy Land. In her trials and tribulations, not only does she encourage the Israeli camp to focus on Yahweh, but she also deals with insecurity, jealousy, and yearning to feel special to God.
~ Why ~
If you do not know much about a woman mentioned limitedly in the Bible, this will give you a synopsis of the book of Exodus and the holiness of God seen through a woman. The reader can tell quickly that the author has done plenty of research while adding her imagination and creativity to the Old Testament stories of Moses, Aaron, and Miriam.
~ Why Not ~
Those who do not like fictionalized Bible stories may pass on this one as the author uses ample liberties to enhance the story. With the focus on Miriam having dreams and multiple added characters, it is fabricated, especially at the emotional level. Some may find some of the well-known scenes underwritten or without Biblical clarity, yet the author states it was a hard novel to pen.
~ Wish ~
Having read other books by Smith, I found this one a struggle to connect with its protagonist. It seemed Miriam often was the one with all the right answers and responses even though her desire to be needed by God and others was promoted (which is not noted in the Word).
~ Want ~
If you enjoy learning about the Miriam in Scripture, this one shows how God loves each of us in a special way and will always be with us, but realize, the read may not be emotionally or spiritually true to the Bible.
Thanks to Revell for this complimentary book that I am not obligated to review.
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