Monday, January 7, 2013

In the Shadow of Sinai



Title:  In the Shadow of Sinai
Author:  Carole Towriss
Pages:  300
Year:  2012
Publisher:  DeWard Pub.
                “One delightful fictional story to read,” is how I would describe this novel.  As I read the Old Testament book of Exodus in the Bible, which is not fictional, the activity recorded there kept coming to mind.  A friend and I have been studying the Tabernacle along with the book of Exodus, and what wonders both studies have shown us.  If you aren’t familiar with Moses, Aaron or the actions and events in Exodus, I highly recommend reading that portion in the Bible first.
                In the Shadow of Sinai, the focus isn’t so much on the whole group of people God separated to be His own.  The focus of the novel is more on characters the author has created where a reader can have a broader view of what occurred so long ago.  We read of an Israelite who worked in the palace and created beautiful carvings, necklaces, and statues at the order of Ramses.  However, when he would return to the Goshen village, he was often spurned by his own people.
                We see cross cultural and multiracial relationships bloom as the characters try to understand the One True God when all they have known were many powerless gods.  There is adventure as those who seek to obey Yahweh are battling other Israelites and nations who don’t wish to believe or change for the “new” God they are being taught.  Readers will be able to see within their mind’s eye the battles that occur within the hearts of the characters because of the author’s wonderful storytelling ability which helps us understand what is normally not seen.
                Following the drama from page one all the way until the end was exciting and riveting!  It is important to remember this is a work of fiction and different in some aspects from the events revealed in the Bible.  Just because there are differences, doesn’t make this tale any less interesting.  It is really a marvelous drama filled with seeking, loving, losing, and forgiving characters.  There are also antagonists who don’t want God’s people to succeed or obey, and the lengths they go to will keep one turning page after page.
I hope the author writes more stories loosely based on Biblical events, people, and times.  Don’t be surprised if you lose a little sleep while reading the novel because it is very hard to put down.
My rating is 4 stars.
Note:  I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book.  The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility.  Other reviews can be read at http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspot.com/ .  Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988, FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/lisa.johnson.75457
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