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Lioness: Mahlah's Journey

(Daughter's of Zelopheha #1)

4.48  ·  Rating details ·  25 ratings  ·  20 reviews
Fiction from Numbers 27:1-11 and 36:1-13 "Go Forth With God"

While the Israelites struggle to occupy the Promised Land of God, Mahlah bat Zelophehad is orphaned and left to care for her four sisters. But daughters of the dead are unable to inherit land, and it will take a miracle for Mahlah to obtain the means to care for her sisters and uphold the vow she made
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Published October 18th 2019 by Pelican Book Group-Harbourlight Books
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Jessica Kate
Oct 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Even though this book is outside the genres I normally read, I felt really uplifted when I finished it!
Mahlah's rock-solid faith in God despite some super tough circumstances really challenged my faith and left me feeling inspired to be brave.
I liked that there was romance (I don't read Biblical fiction a lot, but I felt there was more romance than most Biblical fiction) and I REALLY liked Noah and Jeremiah, who will feature in the next book.
I wasn't quite as big of a fan of the romantic
Becky Lewis
Nov 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lioness: Mahlah’s Journey
I was sold on this Biblical fiction book when I received a free excerpt. That took me under, hook, line, and sinker, and I had to purchase a full copy of this book for myself. This is a story based on the daughters of Zelophehad in Numbers 27:4. Barbara Britton, the creator of Lioness: Mahlah’s Journey, has planned a whole series. You can anticipate all three books by next April (book 2, Heavenly Lights: Noah’s Journey-February; and book three, Claiming Canaan, Mil
Sep 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Israelites had more to fight than Canaanites on their way to take the Promised Land. Britton brings to light another little known aspect of Bible times as she creates a story based on one family of orphaned young women who request their rightful inheritance of property among the ancestral clans. Although Jewish tradition is strongly patriarchal, stories like these remind us that God is our loving Parent who hears our petitions and acts in our best interest.

While Britton acknowled
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Zelophehad’s daughters aren’t the most well-known of biblical characters, but I imagine they created quite a stir among the twelve tribes of Israel when they petitioned Moses to be able to inherit the land that would have been apportioned to their father. And that’s how Barbara M. Britton imagines it, too, in Lioness: Mahlah’s Journey, the story of Zelophehad’s eldest daughter. Not only was the idea of a female inheriting land revolutionary, but with no husband or father to either protect or speak for t ...more
Jenna Van Mourik
Nov 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Lioness: Mahlah's Journey was engaging right from the very beginning. I had no idea who the daughters of Zelophehad were, or even that they existed, like most readers, I assume. Because of this, I went into this book "blind," not knowing what to expect from the story.

My expectations were blown right out of the water from page one. I immediately felt connected to the main character, Mahlah, as well as to her sisters and the close bond that they all shared with each other. Their narrative was tra
Oct 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
A fascinating perspective

One of the reasons I enjoy reading Biblical fiction is the opportunity to take a deeper look at accounts of men and women spoken of in Scripture. And sometimes, being able to see things differently than I had pictured.

I have often read about the daughters of Zelophehad and haven't actually thought much about them. I mean, they asked Moses for an inheritance, he asked God, God said okay. Not much there, right?

Depends on who is looking,
Valerie Biel
Oct 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Britton has an uncanny ability to transport the reader back to Biblical times to the point that you can almost taste the dust in the air and smell the dampness of the River Jordan. She takes lesser known women from the Bible and relying on what we do know about them from specific verses, she fills in and finishes their stories.

Lioness: Mahlah’s Journey is no different. In this story, I was so impressed with the bravery of Mahlah as she battles for her right (and the right of her sisters) to inh
Oct 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Lioness: Mahlah’s Journey gives credence to one of the little known stories of the Bible in a realistic and inspiring manner. The average reader would easily skip over the passages of scripture upon which author Barbara Britton bases her novel.

The daughters of Zelophehad, first mentioned in Numbers in the Bible, are five orphaned sisters. The oldest, Mahlah, must stand up against a male-dominated society to claim her family’s right to property in the Promised Land. The author skillfu
Sandy Brehl
This first of three titles in a new series is focused on Mahlah, the oldest of five suddenly orphaned daughters. Still a teen, she is dedicated, first-and-always, to God, but then to her family and their right to claim a plot of land despite being all females. The novel opens at the conclusion of forty long years of survival in the desert, a righteous people poised to begin their assault on the walls of Jericho. She relies on their Moses-validated claim to her family’s inherited right to a land ...more
Carla Cullen
Oct 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Barbara M. Britton is rapidly becoming my go-to author for fictionalized accounts of women in the Bible. In particular, I like the way her vivid descriptions paint a picture of everyday life in Biblical times. I thoroughly enjoyed her first series, The Tribes of Israel, and was excited to receive an advanced review copy of Lioness: Mahlah’s Journey, the first book in her new series, the Daughters of Zelophehad. Lioness focuses on Mahlah, the eldest daughter of the family, who becomes caretaker t ...more
Oct 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The wind and sand of the desert fail to deter Mahlah from finding a home for her sisters and taking hold of her family’s rightful inheritance. Mahlah is confident that the Lord will answer her prayers and is determined to make the tribe elders listen, even if they don’t want to bother because she’s a woman.
In Lioness: Mahlah’s Journey, author Barb M. Britton introduces readers to a brave, strong-willed young woman willing to risk her life for the safety of her four younger sisters. Mahlah’
Ruth Meyer
Nov 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: biblical-fiction
I enjoyed this glimpse into a lesser-known biblical story of five orphaned daughters receiving an inheritance of land. Barbara does a fine job weaving details of everyday life into the story, from the setup of the tents by clan surrounding the Tabernacle, to gathering manna and catching quail. I appreciate how she ties in the account of the bronze serpent and the Baal worship at Peor, and I was intrigued by the way she incorporated Balaam, although I would have liked to see a little more develop ...more
Olivia Rae
Oct 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ms. Britton has taken a piece of Biblical history and has turned it into a masterpiece. A story that every 21st-century woman can relate to. Mahlah a strong woman must fight for her land and her sisters in a male dominant society. Her bold tactics lead her to stand before Moses and incur the wrath of the tribal elders. All this Malhlah can bear for her family name and her sisters' sake. Yet, she desires the love of Rueben, who disapproves of her methods. This book is fast-paced and a page-turner ...more
Terri Wangard
Oct 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Zelophehad dies in the wilderness, leaving his five daughters orphaned. The men of Israel don’t show much regard for the girls. They don’t even show much reverence for God.

Mahlah, the eldest, doesn’t let that stop her. She has to be a lioness, and challenges anyone who sees them fit only to be married off or become servants.

Her childhood friend Reuben broke her heart when he married another. Now he’s widowed and has an adorable son. Does he support her efforts to inherit their father’s land in Can


Wendy Park
Nov 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
My favorite Biblical Fiction novels explore lesser recognized passages of the Bible. This book is a crowned jewel in that regard, creating a back story to Numbers 26: 33, Numbers 27: 1-11, Numbers 36, Joshua 17: 3-6. The book highlights the struggles of these five young women and their unstoppable faith in God. This story is fast-paced and full of heart-pounding action.
Nov 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. The story-line is about the daughters of Zelophehad, which can be found in the Bible. It is rich in history and Biblical characters and demonstrates what a strong faith in Him will bring. Good, quick read.
Jennifer Rupp
Sep 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Having thoroughly enjoyed her Tribes of Israel series, I was excited to read the first of Barbara M. Britton's new series called Daughters of Zelophehad. Lioness: Mahlah’s Journey, is set in the time of Moses. The tribes of Israel wait outside the walls of Jericho ready to wage war in order to cross the River Jordan and get to the Promised Land. Folks with only a cursory knowledge of the Old Testament have heard this much. But what makes Barbara M. Britton a brilliant biblical storyteller is her ...more
Oct 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Holy Bible is made up of 66 books. Some people are mentioned by name and some aren't. But there are 5 sister's in the book of Numbers that Author Barbara M. Britton has made to come to life. In Numbers, their father dies, they ask for his portion of land, and it's granted to them. But Author Britton has given us a glimpse of what the hardships must have been for those 5 NAMED sisters. Her take on the culture at the time (Biblical) to what the culture is now gives us a more in depth feeling o ...more
Sep 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was pleased to receive an advance copy of Lioness, Barbara Britton’s latest Biblical fiction. I have a stronger appreciation for what the Israelites went through during their journey in the desert, the hardships and cultural issues placed before them. Mahlah’s trust in God and the determination to keep her vow to her mother during adversity is inspiring. I have read all of her books, and I can honestly say this one is her best yet. Ms. Britton’s gift with the written language, as well as her k ...more
Confession time: the only reason I knew of the daughters of Zelophehad before Barbara M. Britton began her series on them is that I know a woman named Tirzah. I’ve yet to ask if she has four older sisters by the names of Mahlah, Noah (I thought that was a boy’s name), Hoglah, and Milcah! These were the names Zelophehad gave his daughters and, in this first book about them, Britton focuses on the oldest daughter. Using the meagre amount of information about the family found in the book of Numbers ...more
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Barbara M. Britton was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, but currently lives in Wisconsin and loves the snow—when it accumulates under three inches. She writes romantic adventures for teens and adults. Barb has a nutrition degree from Baylor University but loves to dip healthy strawberries in chocolate. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, Wiscon ...more

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Daughter's of Zelopheha (3 books)
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