Readers of Biblical historical fiction who have not read the Treasures of the Nile series by Christian fiction author Mesu Andrews are missing out on an opportunity to learn more about the characters of the Old Testament. Her first book in the series, “The Pharaoh’s Daughter,” told the story of the Egyptian princess who found Moses floating in a basket on the Nile when he was a baby. Now the author has released a second title in the series giving readers a look at the enslavement and release from bondage of the Hebrews from the viewpoint of Moses’ older sister.
“Miriam” by Andrews is a book that stands alone as a work of Biblical historical fiction; one does not have to have read the first book to appreciate the tightly-woven narrative created by this outstanding author. With attention to detail and believable dialogue, the reader is quickly swept up in the lives of the characters and begins to want to know more about what will happen to each of them. Using the scriptures found in the Old Testament, Miriam, Aaron, Moses, Eleazar, and other well-known Bible heroes come to life in a way that seems truly inspired by God. While nothing can take the place of studying God’s Word, Andrews’ research into creating a realistic story shows.
Miriam is 86 when the story opens. It has been decades since Moses fled Egypt to escape Pharaoh’s wrath for killing an Egyptian and Miriam has long been the Israelites’ only connection to El Shaddai. She is a healer and a prophetess. When she is called to the royal court to interpret a dream for the ruler, she becomes aware that her life is about to change. It isn’t long before Moses has returned to Egypt and the events told in Exodus are unfolding.
What this reader especially liked about this novel, was feeling a connection to Miriam. Although she knows she should trust the God she has always known, she is also afraid to learn about a side of Him she has never experienced. Time and again, Yahweh makes Himself known to her through the circumstances and words of those around her. However, she still doubts. She is not much different from women of today. We often know that still, small voice of the Heavenly Father, but circumstances and outside voices are not perceived in the way God wants us to perceive them. God oftentimes uses situations, friends, and family to confirm something He has already been whispering to our heart.
Whether you read “The Pharaoh’s Daughter” or if “Miriam” will be your introduction to the talented writing of Mesu Andrews, you should pick up one or both of these books immediately. Take the time to read, enjoy, learn, and contemplate what the ancient story of slavery and the miraculous release from that bondage means for a woman of today.
The San Francisco Christian Fiction Examiner received a free copy of the book for review purposes.