Historical Fiction, Review

Miriam by Mesu Andrews

Miriam by Mesu AndrewsAt eighty-six, Miriam had devoted her entire life to loving El Shaddai and serving His people as both midwife and messenger. Yet when her brother Moses returns to Egypt from exile, he brings a disruptive message. God has a new name – Yahweh – and has declared a radical deliverance for the Israelites.

Miriam and her beloved family face an impossible choice: cling to familiar bondage or embrace uncharted freedom at an unimaginable cost. Even if the Hebrews survive the plagues set to turn the Nile to blood and unleash a maelstrom of frogs and locusts, can they weather the resulting fury of the Pharaoh?

Enter an exotic land where a cruel Pharaoh reigns, pagan priests wield black arts, and the Israelites cry out to a God they only think they know.

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My Thoughts

Miriam is beautiful, epic, and profoundly moving! I have goosebumps just thinking about this book! Thanks to Mesu’s vivid and detailed storytelling, the familiar Exodus story played out in IMAX proportions before my mind’s eye. Readers will journey deep into the possible fears, struggles, thoughts, and emotions of multiple biblical figures.

Reading this book has amplified my understanding of the plagues and those who experienced them. I have to admit I’m guilty of speeding through familiar sections of scripture, often forgetting to slow down and contemplate. For example, I tend to focus on the “mentioned by name” characters in my Bible reading. Obviously, there are many family members and neighbors who also witnessed God’s wonders and impacted the lives of those central figures and future leaders as well. Mesu even included Moses’ dog in the story and you know I love stories with animals!

Miriam will be a permanent fixture on my bookshelf for years to come and I’m so excited to read the first title in the Treasures of the Nile series, The Pharaoh’s Daughter. I’m looking forward to diving deeper into the Word while enjoying Mesu’s novels!

I received an advanced reader copy of this title from the publisher. The opinions expressed are my own.


About the Author

Mesu Andrews is an author and speaker who has devoted herself to passionate study of Scripture. Harnessing her deep love for God’s Word, Andrews brings the biblical world alive for her audiences.

Mesu and her husband, Roy, have two grown children and (Praise God!) a growing number of grandkids. They live in Washington, where Roy serves as the academic dean at Multnomah Biblical Seminary. They have a Staffordshire Terrier named Zeke who keeps Mesu company while she writes.

Her first novel, Love Amid the Ashes (the story of Job), won the 2012 ECPA debut Book of the Year. She has since published biblical novels touching on the lives of King Solomon, Hosea and Gomer, Queen Athaliah, Pharaoh’s Daughter, and Miriam.

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Fans of biblical fiction, please recommend some of your favorite titles and authors! The first one that always comes to my mind is Gods and Kings by Lynn Austin.


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