Book Review- In the Shadow of Sinai
by Carole Towriss
Bezalel is a Hebrew slave to Ramses II. An artisan of the highest order, Ramses has kept him in the palace even when all other Israelites have been banned. Bezalel blames El Shaddai for isolating him from his people.
When Moses and Aaron appear one summer, and El Shaddai shakes Egypt to its core, Bezalel must reexamine his anger. Over the course of the next year, Bezalel’s life becomes intertwined with those of an Egyptian child-slave, the captain of the guard, and especially a beautiful, young concubine.
When spring arrives, all of them escape with the young nation of Israel. But that’s only the beginning…
May be a strange title for a book, but you will realize the significance by the end of the book.
Wow, incredible. A whole new meaning to the story of Moses and the 10 Plagues of Egypt! This behind the scenes look at Israel’s slavery in Egypt is brought to life In The Shadow of Sinai. I felt as if I were in the thick of Bible times experiencing the 10 Plagues of Egypt firsthand. I had never read about the turmoil or anguish in such a way that you really felt sorry for the people. It makes you realize what a truly evil ruler Ramses was to allow his people to suffer so greatly.
I grew up in a Christian home and went to a Christian school and had heard the story of Moses many times. In The Shadow of Sinai is a retelling of Moses like I had never heard or read before. The plot and tension throughout the book keeps you on the edge of your seat. The realizations about Yahweh that Bezalel makes really hones in on God’s sovereignty.
Towriss brings such a clear, vivid picture of the time in Egypt and the Exodus to the Promised Land. If you want to learn more about Moses, Aaron, and how the slaves escaped Egypt then In The Shadow of Sinai is the perfect choice. This book would make an excellent addition to a highschool Bible curriculum with close parental involvement.
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Disclaimer: I received a free book for review from Cross Focused Reviews without compensation besides the free product. I was under no obligation to provide a positive review. This review is my honest and accurate understanding of the book.
Cross Focused Reviews says
Thanks for being a part of the In the Shadow of Sinai blog tour. It’s exciting to read that Carole’s book brought the world of the Exodus alive to you!
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Carole Towriss says
Thank you very much for your wonderful review! God’s sovereignty is a tricky issue – trying to learn about it is a little like praying for patience. 😉 I had many lessons as I worked on this book. I am glad the message came through.
Shaun and Carole,
Thank you both for stopping by and commenting. It was a hard book to put down in order to take care of my family,(hee,hee) but I managed. Thanks for putting so much thought and detail into the book, Carole!
Super good read. Very thought provoking.