Thursday, March 10, 2016

The Moses Chronicles: Deliverance, Volume 2


Title:  The Moses Chronicles:  Deliverance, Volume 2
Author:  H. B. Moore
Pages:  288
Year:  2016
Publisher:  Covenant Communications, Inc.
This story picks up right where book one, The Moses Chronicles:  Bondage, left off.  Moses is trudging through the desert when he is captured by a nomadic tribe, becomes their slave for a while, wins their respect and after some time is sent on his way.  Then, he arrives in Midian where he meets Zipporah and her sisters while they are watering their sheep at a well.  Some men from another tribe try to intimidate the women, but Moses leaps to their defense.  He is taken to the Midianite camp to meet Jethro, the leader of the camp and lead priest.
Moses picks up the desert lifestyle, determines he likes it and will stay with the Midianites.  He offers to train the men in Egyptian warfare and fighting techniques so that they may defend themselves from raiding from other desert tribes.  He and Zipporah develop a friendship that blossoms into romance, marry and have children.  Moses proves himself to be a leader, but still has a temper to contend with.  He has his life planned out, but God intervenes with His plan for the life of Moses.  Moses gets a visit from God in the form of a burning bush and learns of God’s directives for Moses.  Moses obeys God, packs up his family and leaves for Egypt.
I enjoyed book one, but this second book seemed to allow too much poetic license, which decreased my enjoyment of the story.  I know this is a fictional book, but there are biblical facts to take into account that if not taken into account, skew the whole story.  According to the Bible, Moses was forty (Acts 7:23) when this story begins and he spent forty years there before he returns to Egypt (Acts 7:30), not the five years as depicted in the story.  Also, I don’t believe that the Midianites worshiped God as portrayed in the story.  They may have worshiped him along with other gods.  A statement I disagree with is Zipporah telling Moses that as a God follower she has to live a better life to earn her way to a higher world (pg.79 in the book).  Assuming the “higher world” refers to heaven or salvation, and I’m not sure that is what is being referenced here, I disagree.  We can’t earn our salvation; we accept it is a free gift from God.  I did like the way the author wrote the character of Zipporah for the most part.  I also liked the descriptions of the desert and the everyday life of desert dwellers.
My rating is 3 stars.

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