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Winner of the “Miriam” Scavenger hunt!

Hello all!

The Scavenger Hunt for Mesu Andrews’ book, “Miriam”, has come to an end, and now I am pleased to announce the winner of the giveaway of the two print book copies – “The Pharaoh’s Daughter” and “Miriam”! So, please join me in congratulating….

 

!!!Bonnie Moore!!!

 

Thank you so much for entering each of you, and I hope you greatly enjoy the books, Bonnie! I’ve contacted you to get your info :)

 

And for those who didn’t win, please still consider checking out “Miriam” – it is a great book!

 

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“Miriam” Scavenger Hunt!

I’m so excited to be a part of this scavenger hunt blog hop in celebration of the launch of Mesu Andrews’ second book in her Treasures of the Nile series, Miriam!

Miriam Scavenger Hunt Blog Hop

I realize most of you are probably already “on the hunt”, but if you just happened on this page first, you’ll want to hop on over to the start of the hunt at Mesu’s blog and then you’ll finish your journey at Mommynificent.com. At the bottom of this post, you can find the full list of stops for the entire hunt. Between March 15th and 20th, click on the next link, head over to the page, meet a new book-lover, and read their thoughts about Miriam. Somewhere in each post there will be a single word that is in BOLD AND ALL CAPITALS. Write it down. (The words “Home” and “Good Luck” are not secret words for anyone.)

Then, go to the next stop. That post will also have a word that’s bolded and capitalized. You will need to visit all 14 blogs as each one will have a word that you need. Once you reach the end and have found all the words, you will have found an inspirational quote from the book Miriam. There are 14 words in this quote. Enter the quote into the Rafflecopter on the last stop and you will be entered to win a Kindle Fire from Mesu Andrews! (Open to U.S. residents only)

If you have any questions, get lost, or experience any technical difficulties, you may email Tina at tina{at}mommynificent{dot}com for help.

Now, let’s talk about this fantastic book!

Miriam by Mesu Andrews

About the Book

Title: Miriam

Author: Mesu Andrews

Series: Treasures of the Nile, Book 2

Publication Date: March 15, 2016

Publisher: WaterBrook Press

Print Length: 384 pages

Summary from the publisher: At eighty-six, Miriam had devoted her entire life to loving El Shaddai and serving His people as both midwife and messenger. Yet when her brother Moses returns to Egypt from exile, he brings a disruptive message. God has a new name – Yahweh – and has declared a radical deliverance for the Israelites.

Miriam and her beloved family face an impossible choice: cling to familiar bondage or embrace uncharted freedom at an unimaginable cost. Even if the Hebrews survive the plagues set to turn the Nile to blood and unleash a maelstrom of frogs and locusts, can they weather the resulting fury of the Pharaoh?

Enter an exotic land where a cruel Pharaoh reigns, pagan priests wield black arts, and the Israelites cry out to a God they only think they know.

My Thoughts about Miriam by Mesu Andrews

Some of you reading this may have already seen my review of this lovely book, but if this is your first time, you may read my official review here: Miriam Review

To sum it up, I really truly loved “Miriam”. It was so beautiful and written so well. And the Lord is so good – HE used several parts in the book that directly ministered to me, and I love when that happens! It is a touching book, and you certainly won’t want to miss it!!

About The Author

Author Mesu AndrewsMesu Andrews is the award-winning author of Love Amid the Ashes, Love’s Sacred Song, Love in a Broken Vessel, In the Shadow of Jezebel, as well as two books in her Treasures of the Nile series: The Pharoah’s Daughter and Miriam. Winner of the 2012 ECPA Christian Book Award for New Author, she has devoted herself to passionate and intense study of Scripture, bringing the biblical world vividly alive for her readers. She lives in Washington.

Mesu’s Website * Facebook * Twitter * Goodreads

Stops on the Scavenger Hunt

  1. Mesu Andrews
  2. A Holland Reads
  3. Mother of Three
  4. Just A Second
  5. Grace and Glory
  6. Angela Arndt – Joy on the Back Roads
  7. God’s Peculiar Treasure Rae
  8. What If
  9. Carole Towriss
  10. Kate Hodges, Storyteller
  11. Backing Books
  12. Creative Madness Mama This blog is not working right now. :( The keyword for this one is WHO. Sorry for any inconvenience.
  13. Climbing to the High Calling
  14. Mommynificent

Win Both Treasure of the Nile Books

WaterBrook Press has given me permission to give away one copy of each of Mesu’s Treasures of the Nile novels to one lucky winner so to enter to win your own copies of both The Pharaoh’s Daughter and Miriam, all you have to do is sign up to follow this blog (on the sidebar) and comment that you’ve done so! And don’t be shy to talk about the books in the comments – I love talking books. :) (Open to U.S. residents only)

May the Lord bless you and keep you!

 

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Book Review: “Miriam” by Mesu Andrews

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“Miriam” by Mesu Andrews

Biblical Fiction, A Treasure of the Nile Novel

Review copy source: The Publishers/Author

My rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

 

About the Book:

The Hebrews call me prophetess, the Egyptians a seer.
But I am neither. I am simply a watcher of Israel
and the messenger of El Shaddai.
When He speaks to me in dreams, I interpret. When He whispers a melody, I sing.

At eighty-six, Miriam had devoted her entire life to loving El Shaddai and serving His people as both midwife and messenger. Yet when her brother Moses returns to Egypt from exile, he brings a disruptive message. God has a new name – Yahweh – and has declared a radical deliverance for the Israelites.
 
 Miriam and her beloved family face an impossible choice: cling to familiar bondage or embrace uncharted freedom at an unimaginable cost. Even if the Hebrews survive the plagues set to turn the Nile to blood and unleash a maelstrom of frogs and locusts, can they weather the resulting fury of the Pharaoh?
 
Enter an exotic land where a cruel Pharaoh reigns, pagan priests wield black arts, and the Israelites cry out to a God they only think they know.

My Thoughts:

I am very much a fan of Biblical Fiction. The tricky thing is finding *good* Biblical fiction that is actually Biblical. I found “Miriam” to fit just this description. I thoroughly enjoyed this rich story and was very impressed with all the Biblical research Mesu seamlessly wove into it. Truly, it was spectacular.
Mesu brought new light to the familiar Bible account, and had me enraptured the whole time right up until the very end. Even though I know how the Bible account goes, I was still on the edge of my seat as I read, and that expresses great God-given talent in the author.
There were parts that had me smiling, laughing, crying, and one point I had goosebumps! There were so many heart-touching moments and things that really made you think.
And the characters were done so well. I loved Miriam – she was so real. In her faith, in her doubts, in her daily life. Exceptionally well done! And I really loved Eleazar too. He was a great character, and though he has his issues (who doesn’t?!), I so very much enjoyed his character. He was quiet, and maybe a bit angry at times (but that seems to be “my type” because nearly every character I love is that way..hmmm…), but his heart was good and still reachable in the end.
Each of the plagues were really well-written too, and made my skin crawl at the horrid-ness of them. And the sadness that Pharaoh wouldn’t relent, even for his children.
I underlined so many sections of this book because it was full of meaningful quotes and lessons. It was my desire to share them here, but there are SO many that you’ll just have to read the book for yourself to discover all of its gems. :)
Suffice it to say, I was not disappointed with “Miriam” at all – I greatly enjoyed it and am looking forward to more from Mesu!
Just a few of the quotes that I liked:
“El-Shaddai has not abandoned you any more than He’s abandoned Israel. For reasons that only He knows, He has chosen to become silent, and you must trust His silence – as Israel has trusted His silence all these years.”
    “You can learn to know Him anew, but you must trust Him in the silence, daughter.”
“We can plant the seeds, but only God can make them grow.”  
Taliah sat down beside her and scooted close. “It’s more than a little reassuring to know that even a prophetess has questions.” Warmth flooded Miriam’s cheeks, not with shame or embarrassment, but with a deep sense of awe. Perhaps Shaddai’s silence was nurturing seeds beyond Miriam’s garden.”
“Many gods have been created by men, but only one God created all men. It is that one God that Israel serves – Ell-Shaddai, the Almighty – who chose to make a covenant with Abraham and to bless all nations through his descendants.”
“Utlimately, my dear,” Ima Jochebed chimed in, “it is El-Shaddai who must reveal Himself to us. We are but dust and could never climb to the heights of His holiness to reach Him.”….”But He is near to those who seek Him with their whole hearts. We’ve seen it proven repeatedly in our lifetime.”
Abba chuckled. “Anyone can develop a *God sense* similar to the way we use other senses to experience things. Though we can’t taste, touch, see, hear, or smell our invisible God, He sometimes uses those experiences to communicate His nearness.”
“Like the warm breeze I sometimes felt while inside the longhouse, that proved Shaddai was near.”
“You simply know He is.There’s no magic or sign. He just *is*”
I’ll continue to seek Shaddai – and wait for Him to reveal Himself
Still, He had the patience to woo her as she made these discoveries at her own pace. Her heart broke at the reality.
“No matter who else disappoints you, Yahweh’s love endures. We need never doubt His love – ever.”
“Yahweh is more interested in you knowing Him than pleasing yourself – or even pleasing others.”
Yahweh wasted no experience, no matter how seemingly insignificant.
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I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publishers/author as one of Mesu’s Biblical Fiction Fan (BFF) team in exchange for my honest review, which I have given.
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An Upcoming Scavenger Hunt!

I have the privilege of being a part of the launch team for Mesu Andrews’ newest book, Miriam, the second installment in her Treasures of the Nile series. Several of us on the team decided to get together and have a scavenger hunt and giveaway to celebrate the book’s release. We want to invite you to be a part of the fun next week!

Miriam Scavenger Hunt Blog Hop

From 1am Eastern (US) time on March 15th, the book’s release date, until 11:59pm on March 20th, there will be a scavenger hunt with stops on 14 different blogs!

You’ll start at Mesu’s blog and finish your journey at Mommynificent.com. At the end of each post, you’ll find links to all of the stops in the hunt. Between March 15th and 20th, click on the next link, head over to the page, meet a new book-lover, and read their thoughts about this fantastic book. Somewhere in each post there will be a single word that is in BOLD AND ALL CAPITALS. Write it down. (The words “Home” and “Good Luck” are not secret words for anyone.)

Then, go to the next stop. That post will also have a word that’s bolded and capitalized. You will need to visit all 14 blogs as each one will have a word that you need.

Once you reach the end and have found all the words, you will have found an inspirational quote from the book Miriam. There are 14 words in this quote. Enter the quote into the Rafflecopter on the last stop and you will be entered to win a Kindle Fire from Mesu Andrews!

In addition, each blogger will be running their own giveaway of a set of paperbacks of Mesu’s two Treasures of the Nile books – The Pharaoh’s Daughter and Miriam!

If you have any questions, get lost, or experience any technical difficulties, you may email Tina at tina{at}mommynificent{dot}com for help.

Good luck and have lots of fun!

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I’ve been readin’, I’ve been writin’, I’ve been singin’.

Ehh, not entirely true, but I felt a random title was in order, and that’s what came to mind first. :D I mean, I have been reading, and I have been writing, and I guess I have been singing (This is Not a Test, baby. TMac.), but that is not really the point now, is it? “I’m not quite sure,” you say in a British accent.

Alright, onward and forward!

 

Yes, books! I said I’ve been reading, after all. :) I just finished “Light of the Last” and it was beyond amazing!!!! I will be sharing my review with you very soon, God-willing! I just adored the book :) I will be beginning “Miriam” today, and looking forward to it. And then, as the third picture shows: I have a bit of Biblical fiction to be reading! Besides “Miriam” I have “Risen” by Angela Hunt, and “The Prophetess” by Jill Eileen Smith. I am very interested to see how they are.  Hopefully I’ll get all of them read in a good amount of time!

As for writing, I’ve just been writing in one of my stories :D When I started it a few months ago, it was meant to just be a quick, side-story type thing, but it’s turned into more, which is always fun. :)

Also in news of writing, the Love is in the Heart contest has ended and the two winners were announced on Valentine’s Day. I was so pleasantly surprised to find out my story was second! It really blessed me :) Lesa did a GREAT job hosting this fun writing contest and I’m looking forward to future contests! :)

What are you busy with, readers?

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Miriam

Today is just one post of a several where I shall be talking about the book, “Miriam” by Mesu Andrews. :)

Have you heard of this book yet? It looks beautiful! And I’m looking forward to reading it. I should be getting my ARC (advanced readers copy) soon and I keep checking the mailbox expectantly every day!

You wanna hear about the book now? Here’s the cover:

 

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It follows after the book “The Pharaoh’s Daughter” (you can read my review of that one here).

“Miriam” shall release March 15th, 2016

About the Book:

The Hebrews call me prophetess, the Egyptians a seer.
But I am neither. I am simply a watcher of Israel
and the messenger of El Shaddai.
When He speaks to me in dreams, I interpret. When He whispers a melody, I sing.

At eighty-six, Miriam had devoted her entire life to loving El Shaddai and serving His people as both midwife and messenger. Yet when her brother Moses returns to Egypt from exile, he brings a disruptive message. God has a new name – Yahweh – and has declared a radical deliverance for the Israelites.

Miriam and her beloved family face an impossible choice: cling to familiar bondage or embrace uncharted freedom at an unimaginable cost. Even if the Hebrews survive the plagues set to turn the Nile to blood and unleash a maelstrom of frogs and locusts, can they weather the resulting fury of the Pharaoh?

Enter an exotic land where a cruel Pharaoh reigns, pagan priests wield black arts, and the Israelites cry out to a God they only think they know. – See more at WaterBrook Multnomah

 

As I said, I’m looking forward to it!

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Book Review: “The Pharaoh’s Daughter” by Mesu Andrews

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“The Pharaoh’s Daughter” by Mesu Andrews

Book One in Treasures of the Nile series

My rating: 3 out of 5 Stars

 

About the Book:

“Fear is the most fertile ground for faith.”

 “You will be called Anippe, daughter of the Nile. Do you like it?” Without waiting for a reply, she pulls me into her squishy, round tummy for a hug.
I’m trying not to cry. Pharaoh’s daughters don’t cry.
When we make our way down the tiled hall, I try to stop at ummi Kiya’s chamber. I know her spirit has flown yet I long for one more moment. Amenia pushes me past so I keep walking and don’t look back.
Like the waters of the Nile, I will flow.
 
Anippe has grown up in the shadows of Egypt’s good god Pharaoh, aware that Anubis, god of the afterlife, may take her or her siblings at any moment. She watched him snatch her mother and infant brother during childbirth, a moment which awakens in her a terrible dread of ever bearing a child. Now she is to be become the bride of Sebak, a kind but quick-tempered Captain of Pharaoh Tut’s army. In order to provide Sebak the heir he deserves and yet protect herself from the underworld gods, Anippe must launch a series of deceptions, even involving the Hebrew midwives—women ordered by Tut to drown the sons of their own people in the Nile.
     When she finds a baby floating in a basket on the great river, Anippe believes Egypt’s gods have answered her pleas, entrenching her more deeply in deception and placing her and her son Mehy, whom handmaiden Miriam calls Moses, in mortal danger.
  As bloodshed and savage politics shift the balance of power in Egypt, the gods reveal their fickle natures and Anippe wonders if her son, a boy of Hebrew blood, could one day become king. Or does the god of her Hebrew servants, the one they call El Shaddai, have a different plan—for them all?

 

My Thoughts:

I was eager to jump into this beautiful book. I’ve been reading several things on or relating to the Biblical account of Moses, so this was a nice addition. And while “The Pharaoh’s Daughter” felt more like fiction-fiction than Biblical fiction, I still enjoyed it. The story was quite alive.

There were some parts that I did not care for, and some that made me feel quite uncomfortable because of the…graphic nature of the scenes. There was a part of torture that really made me uncomfortable – I get that we’re to understand that the Egyptians could be ruthless, but for me personally, I think this particular scene was just too much/too far.

It was interesting to get to see from the perspective of Egypt’s side, particularly the family of ‘The Pharaoh’s Daughter’, herself most importantly included. When reading the account, we so often can glance past this side of history and think the Egyptians utterly evil, but I’m sure even they had some soft parts, misled as they were. This perspective was indeed very interesting, and I enjoyed being able to get a glimpse into it. For me, my interpretation of the Biblical account is different, but that doesn’t mean that this book’s was wrong – only God knows what all happened back then! And that’s okay. I do know that God was involved in this writing, especially since I know Mesu to be a very godly person. :)

I liked the Hebrew’s aspect in this story a lot. I enjoyed Miriam especially and am greatly looking forward to her story in the next book of this series!  I liked Anippe as a character. Her representation of being the Pharaoh’s daughter mentioned in Exodus, I’m not quite sure I shared, but as I said, her as a character I liked. Her deception was a hard thing, and I would get frustrated with her for it, but in this tale for her, you kind of understood why she did what she did. We all have fears – great fears – and without God (and sometimes even as we know Him; we still struggle!) they can cause us to do some very not-great things. So yes, Anippe was a well-built up character.

There of course was a faith-strand, since it’s the account of Moses and such, and for the most part, it was good. There were some great quotes from it, which I will share at the end of this review.

I was rather disappointed though that we didn’t get to see more of Anippe’s transition in her faith. There were some parts that had great opportunities to open up into a deeper discussion of the truth of the One True God and the lies of all the Egyptians gods, but then it would skip to another scene or jump to a different conversation, leaving the faith discussion wanting.

There was also a great deal of marriage sensitive issues. I would definitely recommend readers to be at least 18 years old and use caution because of delicate issues such as this and the graphic torture scenes.

But yes, I really love Mesu Andrews – her note before the story and afterwards were both so good and heartfelt. I loved her note of asking for grace and forgiveness for any discrepancies etc. in the novel. We are only humans and can do what God gives us strength for – and I think Mesu does an excellent job.

I think that, as with all Biblical fiction, we need to keep in mind that everyone has their own interpretation of things, which makes each story unique. :)

As a fiction piece, I liked this read. As a Biblical fiction piece, it just didn’t hit me as much. That doesn’t mean it won’t for you though. :)

 

“Blame and Guilt serve no purpose” – Chapter 35

“If fear robs us of truth, faith never has a chance to grow” Chapter 37

“A god could never fill the longing for your one true love.” “No, Bithiah. A man can never fill the longing for my one true God.”

“Hope can’t be lost or stolen. Hope is a choice we embrace for ourselves each day”

Book Review of The Pharaoh's Daughter by Mesu Andrews - made by Mommynificent

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I received a free gift copy of this book – I was not required to write a review. All thoughts are my own, unbiased and honest.