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The Moses Chronicles: Deliverance by H.B. Moore
Experience the life of Moses as never before, following his journey from fugitive of Egypt to prophet of God. In this exhilarating follow-up to H.B. Moore’s biblical drama The Moses Chronicles: Bondage, the account of Moses’s flight from Egypt continues. Moses’s life as he knew it is over. He has chosen to stand for his beliefs at the cost of being cast out of his royal home and family. He is free of the wickedness of Egypt, but peace is not to be found, for Moses is as much an aimless wanderer as those in the nomadic tribe he encounters in the wilderness. Exhausted by long weeks of travel, he nevertheless jumps to action when he observes a group of young women accosted by a band of Bedrayan men at a communal well. These lovely daughters of Jethro are grateful for his help, and their Midianite tribe welcomes Moses with open arms. As he learns the ways of the Midianites, his kinship with Jethro grows—as does his admiration of one of Jethro’s daughters, Zipporah. But when Moses suddenly receives a burning call to free the very people he has long oppressed, will he have the courage to return to the land from which he has been exiled?
I really enjoyed the first book, so I was excited to have a chance to review this book. It did not disappoint. This novel was full of rich characters, all of whom the author brings to life really well.
When you hear the story of Moses, you hear some about his upbringing and then a lot more about when he returns to Egypt to free the Hebrews, but you don't really hear much at all about his time in the desert as a fugitive. Of course, we don't know a whole lot about what really happened at that time, but the author does an excellent good job at telling this part of the story.
I'm looking forward to reading the third book in the series.
H.B. Moore has a talent for bringing scriptural characters to life, and I enjoyed Volume 1 of The Moses Chronicles so I looked forward to reading Volume 2: Deliverance. Although it has been awhile since I read Volume 1, I remember liking it more than this one. As usual, Moore's writing is good, but I wasn't as interested as I wanted to be. Maybe it was because it felt like a part of Moses' life that we don't know much about, and the artistic license didn't sit well with me.
That said, it made me want to pull out the scriptures and see how closely Moore portrayed his story. I was actually pleasantly surprised to find how close the major details were (obviously quite a bit of filler had to be added since his young life in the Bible is a few short chapters). I guess my memories of Moses' story are of the big events (being found in a basket in the river as a baby and raised in Egypt, fleeing, the burning bush, returning to Egypt, freeing the Hebrews, etc.). There are a few things that Moore included that I didn't remember (like the reason he fled Egypt, how he got his wife, the circumcision of his son, etc.), and that actually helped me appreciate the story more.
When I put the book down I wasn't thinking I'd want to continue with this version of Moses' story, but after a few days of reflection and reading in Exodus, I am curious about future books in the series.
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Author: H.B. Moore
Publisher: Covenant Communications
Published: March 2016
Source: We received copies from the publisher in exchange for a review.
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