Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Book Review: Miriam's Song by Jill Eileen Smith


About the Book:

In her eventful lifetime, Miriam was many things to many people: protective older sister, song leader, prophetess, leper. But between the highs and the lows, she was a girl who dreamed of freedom, a woman who longed for love, a leader who made mistakes, and a friend who valued connection.

With her impeccable research and keen eye for detail, bestselling author Jill Eileen Smith offers this epic story to fill in the gaps and imagine how Miriam navigated the challenges of holding on to hope, building a family in the midst of incredible hardship, and serving as a leader of a difficult people, all while living in her brother's shadow. Follow Miriam's journey from childhood to motherhood, obscurity to notoriety, and yearning to fulfillment as she learns that what God promises he provides--in his own perfect timing.

This book is available for purchase here.

My Review:

In the Bible, not much is revealed about Miriam, the older sister of Moses, after she connects her mother with the Egyptian princess who rescued him from the Nile river.  But behind every mention that is found in Scripture, there is certainly a story, and Jill Eileen Smith has put together a wonderful tome that chronicles the life of Miriam.  We get to know her as a beloved daughter, sister, wife, mother, and leader of the Israelite women.  I loved how she was especially sensitive to the Lord, and that was evident as she lived her life and influenced others.

Even though I am familiar with the account of Moses and the deliverance of the Israelites from slavery in Egypt, this novel is written in such a way that I yearned to know what would happen next, even though I knew what would occur next.  This is the joy of reading Biblical fiction, and Jill Eileen Smith has penned an excellent account of this time in Biblical history.

Readers of Christian and Biblical fiction will certainly enjoy this novel, as well as those with an interest in the life and deeds of Moses.  

I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Revell, for review purposes.  The thoughts expressed here are my own.

About the Author:

Jill Eileen Smith is the bestselling, award-winning author of the Wives of King David series, Wives of the Patriarchs, Daughters of the Promised Land, The Heart of a King, Star of Persia, Miriam's Song, and the nonfiction When Life Doesn't Match Your Dreams, and She Walked Before Us. Her research has taken her from the Bible to Israel, and she particularly enjoys learning how women lived in Old Testament times.

When she isn't writing, she loves to spend time with her family and friends, read stories that take her away, ride her bike to the park, snag date nights with her hubby, try out new restaurants, or play with her lovable, "helpful" cat Tiger. Jill lives with her family in southeast Michigan.

Contact Jill through email (jill@jilleileensmith.com), her website (http://www.jilleileensmith.com), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/jilleileensmith), or Twitter (https://twitter.com/JillEileenSmith).

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