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“Until My Name is Known” by Sonya Contreras
Book one in Tell of My Kingdom’s Glory Series
Review copy source: Litfuse
My Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
About the Book:
The Exodus of the Jews from Egypt is a love story between God and His people. God woos His people to Himself as He prepares them to leave. Before leaving, God must fight Pharaoh for possession of His people. See how God changes all people: some for the better, others not. None stay the same. How will He change you? Can you trust a God Who destroyed a nation before your eyes? Would you want Him as your Friend? See God free His people from Egypt s bonds Before a watching world. Trace His Finger in the lives He touches. The Time: 2450 BC The Place: Old Kingdom of Egypt Pharaoh is god. His people worship him. Israel s God arrives. He challenges Pharaoh. His power touches all people. They must change. Some do not concede. They suffer. Others yield. They find freedom. Until My Name Is Known brings all to see the one true God. Read it to see Him. Today’s historians and archaeologists puzzle over the fall of the Old Kingdom of Egypt, But the world at that time heard of God. The world knew that He is the Lord. His Name was proclaimed in all the earth. Book One of the series Tell of My Kingdom’ s Glory
I liked a lot of aspects of this book. Biblical fiction really is one of my most favourite genres, and this one was accurate, and enjoyable. The account of Moses and the Exodus out of Egypt has been coming to my attention quite frequently, and so it was great to read another “retelling” of it. I appreciated the variety of characters and their point’s of view through out this book. They were good characters, for the most part, there of course being the ‘bad’ characters, like Pharaoh who was more frustrating than frightening, and the vizier who I very much disliked.
I wish we could’ve seen more of Zipporah in the very end. I was expecting her part of the story to get wrapped up, but perhaps that will continue in the next book of this series.
I wasn’t really able to relate or get to know the characters a whole lot, but I think that is partially because of the writing it style – it just didn’t ‘hit’ me. The writing was somewhat choppy – it didn’t flow all of the time. But there was some great spiritual depth to it, so it was fairly easy to overlook. There were many quotes I wrote down so I can keep in my memory. I will share a few at the end of this post. :)
It was really, really interesting to see the historic side of things – like how devastating the plagues would have really been, and how each plague was God refuting/showing His immense power over each of Egypt’s “gods”. That was just fascinating. I really appreciate the amount of research Sonya Contreras went to, to develop this book. It really added depth and more understanding to this well-known Biblical passage.
As I said, the spiritual truth to this book was great, and I really loved getting to see the Power of God in “Until My Name is Known”. That is one reason I love Biblical fiction so much – it keeps my mind focused on God and surrounded by His glory. Truly magnificent. :)
Some of my favourite quotes were:
“Salome nodded; her eyes were full of tears, ‘Rest comes in letting Him control. Tell Him all your thoughts, but don’t try to control what He does.'” – Chapter 5
“There’s no danger when we are where God has put us.” – Chapter 11
“The Friend of Abraham is bringing His people to know Him. We must change our thinking; we must trust His ways. Yes, it hurts, but I must trust Him.” Spoken from the character, Adlai, Chapter 11
“Ellis responded, ‘How do you know that you’ve done enough?’ ‘It’s not about doing, it’s about being His. When you are His servant, you obey because you love Him. His desires become yours as you obey.’ Nathan said.” – Chapter 20
“Nathan added, ‘God keeps us focused on what we are doing today. He takes care of tomorrow.” – Chapter 20
“The danger of God is the only place for peace.” – Chapter 22
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publishers and Litfuse in exchange for my honest review which I have given.