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Miriam

(Treasures of the Nile #2)

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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
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Paperback, 374 pages
Published March 15th 2016 by WaterBrook
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Rachael L. It's not necessary, but I would recommend it. It's like being with a group of friends who tell an inside joke, but fill you in. Miriam has all the…moreIt's not necessary, but I would recommend it. It's like being with a group of friends who tell an inside joke, but fill you in. Miriam has all the info you need inside of it to be fine and know the story, but if you read Pharoah's Daughter first, it's like you are now party of the joke and you know so much more!(less)

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Beth
In Miriam Mesu Andrews has created a gripping, well-researched novel that is a continuation of the story begun in The Pharaoh’s Daughter. After falling in love with Mesu’s writing in that novel, I opened Miriam with great anticipation. Written in a dramatic yet realistic style, this story captured me from the very first page. Mesu has taken great care in staying true to the Biblical text, while fleshing out parts of the story that are not touched on in scripture. I thought it was an interesting ...more
Staci
Oct 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2017
Miriam was a delight as a child in The Pharaoh's Daughter. In the novel named after her, Miriam is 86 years old and a prophetess. Moses returns to Goshen after spending 40 years away. He returns with a message from Yahweh and Miriam is more than a little jealous and angry about no longer having visions from God.

I loved that the author painted a picture easy to visualize of what life was like for Hebrews during this time period. As for characters, Miriam's nephew Eleazar was one of my favorites.
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Loraine
Historically well researched and Biblically based, Mesu Andrews brings to life the time period from when Moses returns from self-imposed exile through the Exodus and crossing of the Red Sea. What made this book different is it is told from Miriam's perspective. Miriam is the sister of Aaron and Moses. While Moses was in exile, Miriam became a prophetess; but now that Moses has returned, Miriam feels that Yahweh no longer speaks to her. She longs for the return of El Shaddai and the closeness she ...more
Allison Tebo
DNF.

Can't do it.

Things just went even further down hill after the hog fat. :)
Amanda Geaney
Dec 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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It’s common to read reviews in which the reviewer boasts of how quickly they’ve read the book or how impossible it was to put down. However, I believe some books are meant to be read slowly so the gravity of the events and the significance of the author’s message can penetrate our thoughts — such was the case with Miriam. Over the course of her previous 5 novels, Mesu Andrews has built a reputation of letting her love
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Sarita
Oct 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Sarita by: Beth
Shelves: kindle
If you want to experience the 10 plagues and Israel's exodus from Egypt like never before, you need to read this book! I cannot remember when a Biblical fiction book has ever kept me so on the edge of my seat, wanting to see what happens (even though we know the ending). This was my first Biblical suspense. :-)

Mesu Andrews delivered a well researched, emotional and suspenseful intriguing story on Israel's captivity, God's deliverance through the 10 plagues and Israel's exodus from Egypt. So,
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Andrea Cox
by Andrea Renee Cox

Miriam took me into the era of Israel's slavery to Egypt. It was very interesting to get a glimpse of what it could have been like to live through the plagues that preceded Yahweh leading His people (Israel) to freedom. Author Mesu Andrews really made the setting and events come alive in a fresh way to me, which I'm certain will give me a new perspective the next time I read Exodus.

I received this book in exchange for my honest review. Thank you, Blogging for Books.
Jamie
Dec 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
I need to start off by saying how much I really love this cover. It fits the book so perfectly and is so well done. Second, Mesu Andrews has become such a strong voice in biblical fiction, not only for her talent of writing, but her incredible research of scripture and other historical documents which paint such a vivid picture of the era these stories take place. Ancient Egypt fascinates me already, so getting the chance to immerse myself more through the biblical stories?

If you enjoy reading
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Barb
Jan 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
I really liked Miriam, the second book of the Treasures of the Nile series. Mesu Andrews does a wonderful job of making Biblical characters come alive. I have read about Miriam in Exodus many times, but she was always a two-dimensional person. Andrews adds the third dimension for me.

Mesu Andrews uses the Bible itself as her primary source, but also studies historical sources for details about food, dress, customs of Egypt, etc. Then when she adds in her imaginings of how people would have felt,
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Tina at Mommynificent
Feb 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Biblical fiction by Mesu Andrews never fails to send me running for my Bible to find the details she has brought to life! Miriam, in my opinion, is one of Mesu's finest works to date. Not only does she make the reader ponder what it would have really been like to live through slavery to the Egyptians and the ten plagues, but she delves even deeper to the struggles of the human heart to wholeheartedly submit to an unseen God who is infinitely loving and merciful and yet is also sometimes silent, ...more
Angie Arndt
Oct 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: biblical-fiction
If you've ever wanted to step back in time and see what it was like to live in the time of the Bible, you've got to read Mesu Andrews' books -- any of them. I've read most and loved each of them. But I will let you in on a poorly-kept secret: each one is better than the last.

I know, I'm gushing, but I can't decide which elements make her books so real. Is it the in-depth character development -- not only of the main character but secondary characters, as well. Or is the richly detailed settings?
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Audrey
This is a beautifully written story of Miriam, the sister to Moses and Aaron. It is vivid and real and the characters are well developed. Sometimes they are just plain annoying but that makes them more endearing. Miriam's struggle with her faith is real as she wonders why God has spoken to Moses and not to her. The account of the plagues are incredible and this book brings the story of the Exodus to life.
Laura A. Grace
Apr 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book was, plain and simple, amazing! I loved how eye-opening this novel made the story of Exodus and how it came alive to me in an entirely new way!

Though I wasn't expecting a second main character, Eleazar became one of my favorite character's in MIRIAM. He was very easy to relate too concerning his doubts and questions about faith.

When it had came to the plagues, it was WOW! Mesu did a fantastic job of bringing the Bible to life! I hadn't thought of the fear the Israelites might have
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Diane Wallace
Jul 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed living through the plagues of Egypt through the eyes of Miriam. It made me think about each one and how it would have felt to experience it.
Deborah
This was a perfect book to have read as we begin the season of Lent. The story is written with much research having been done.......I learned more about what the daily lives of the Hebrews might have been like during their captivity in Egypt. How forsaken they must have felt....... The story was obviously about Miriam, including Aaron and Moses, their families and neighbors, right before, during and after the plagues.

This is the 2nd book written by Mesu Andrews that I have read, the first being
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Amanda
Apr 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a fascinating read about the 10 plagues against Egypt when God set His people free, told mostly from the point of view of Miriam. It provides wonderful insights to the history and background of that event. Andrews' knowledge of the Bible is impressive, and it's so interesting to see how to uses that to weave tiny details from the Bible, like the meaning of a name, into the action and events of the story.
Vicki Andrada
Sep 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another awesome book by Mesu Andrews! This was the second and the last in her treasures of the Nile series. It was hard to put down, I loved it! It is a great book to read about the love and power of our Lord! I'd totally recommend it!
Susan
Feb 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-book, bard
Excellent. I loved every moment of this book. It made Biblical life even more real and tangible. Highly recommend .
Carissa
Mar 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
It's refreshing to read a novel where the heroine is over 80-years-old. You just don't find that anymore.

Miriam is my first attempt at reading a Mesu Andrews novel and I must say that I'm impressed with the quality of her writing style. Solid prose, tight technique, perhaps a little long and wandering on the plot at times, but otherwise a very stable novelist in the realm of biblical fiction. It is a little bit of a struggle to follow the honorifics of the era: abba and ima, saba and savta, doda
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Katiria
Feb 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites-books
This is my very first book that I read by Mesu Andrews and I really quite love and enjoyed Miriam! First I will tell you all the truth that I don't read a lot of Christian fiction not because I don't like Christian fiction books, but sometimes I disagree with some of the books. But I really wanted too give Miriam a try because I have always been curious about Miriam and I absolutely wanted too learn a little bit more about her. And I am very glad and happy that I did give it a chance! I had no ...more
Victor Gentile
Apr 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Mesu Andrews in her new book, “Miriam” Book Two in the Treasures of the Nile series published by WaterBrook Press brings us into the life of the sister of Moses.

From the Back Cover: 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
...more
Yvette - Bookworlder
Apr 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Using Miriam as the main character and including others who were barely mentioned, this is a very interesting new take on the story of the Israelites and their Exodus from Egypt.

I did have an issue with language use seeming too modern and complex at times. The characterization of Miriam as a prophetess with almost a running conversation with "her" El-Shaddai (God) who becomes resentful, jealous, and petty when she feels supplanted by her returning younger brother, was believable but difficult to
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Raechel
Sep 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2016
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
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Jasmine
May 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The time of the Exodus comes to life...

Another moving and very powerful story from one of the best names in Biblical fiction. Miriam opens up the world of the Exodus and helps you dig deep down into yourself and, even more so, into the Bible.

Mesu Andrews paints such vivid word pictures that all five senses are engaged through the imagination. Her depictions of life in ancient times, Egypt in this book, are just so real. And let me tell you, the plaques were described to well and so colorfully
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Lindsay Brandon-smith
Oct 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
If you’ve read any of Mesu Andrews books then you know her gift for making Biblical stories and times come alive through in depth character development and thorough research on the life and times. If you haven’t read any of Andrews books I highly recommend them. As a Biblical Fiction author, she rates up there with Francine Rivers and that’s about as high of a compliment as I can pay.

Miriam is book 2 in the Treasures of the Nile series. The story follows Moses’ sister and prophetess of Israel,
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Rebekah Gyger
Mar 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
In my opinion, the best part of Biblical fiction is experiencing the stories of the Bible as though we were there, reading the events as though hearing them from a close friend. Mesu's Miriam brings the Biblical plagues and the Israelites' departure from Egypt into vivid focus, including the horrifying results of plagues which are not expanded upon in the Bible. Through the eyes of Miriam and her nephew Eleazar, the reader is able to see the full destruction of Egypt and the mighty hand of ...more
Faith
Aug 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves to read stories from the bible
Recommended to Faith by: I would recommend this book to anyone who loves bible stories
If you love to read biblical fiction like I do, then this book is for you. Mesu Andrews grabs your attention from the very first page to the last and transports you back to an era of slavery, prophets/prophetess, plagues, miracles and the power of God. You find yourself in Egypt where the Isralites have been in captivity for 400 years. They have lost most of their faith and hope in God and His promises.

Miriam, the older sister of Moses, never thought that she would feel that way, but then there
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Kate
Dec 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: biblical-fiction
I normally read through a new book as fast as I can, often skipping meals and staying up into the wee hours of the morning. I took my time with this book. I have read other books by Mesu Andrews and have been impressed by the depth of her knowledge and the realism of her characters. I didn't want to miss any tidbits in this one by reading too fast.
I am so glad I chose to savor instead of devour. Once again Mesu has created a world familiar yet foreign as she took us to ancient Egypt to witness
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Bethel Burton
Nov 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Mesu Andrews has quickly become one of my all time favorite authors. Every book she writes just keeps getting better! In Miriam, following the story of Moses, I found myself going back to the scriptures in amazement at all that happened in those few short chapters of the Bible. I thought I knew this story well. I now really know the story. Mesu has done her research both Biblically and historically. Mesu is brilliant in working her characters into what is already known to take place. I ...more
Kella
Feb 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016
I absolutely adored reading this story from Miriam’s perspective. Mesu Andrews writes with such passion and a love for God that really made Miriam’s story dance across the pages. I found myself relating to Miriam’s struggle to understand God and find Him when it seems He’s up and left her. In reality, He never left her side, but just revealed Himself in new, amazing ways. Ways that Miriam would have never begun to imagine before Moses showed up.

I love how Mesu Andrews stays true to the Biblical
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Mesu grew up with a variegated Christian heritage. With grandparents from the Pilgrim Holiness, Nazarene, and Wesleyan Churches, her dad was a Quaker and mom charismatic. As you might imagine, God was a central figure in most family discussions, but theology was a battlefield and Scripture the weapon. As a rebellious teenager, Mesu rejected God and His Word, but discovered Jesus as a ...more

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