Wednesday, April 8, 2015

The Pharoah's Daughter by Mesu Andrews

The Pharoah's Daughter by Mesu Andrews is the story of how the Pharaoh's daughter may have come to be by the river to see and later to raise Moses to be God's own hands and feet in the saving of his people from a centuries old lifetime of slavery.  This author weaves the Biblical story of Moses life and fills in the gaps in the truest fashion with additions that could have happened.  Anippe has grown up in a life of luxury as well as the fantastical world of the multitude of gods in the Egyptian culture.  She knew her father as a god as well as later on her brother, Tut became a god when he became king.  She has a great fear of childbirth after watching her mother die in childbirth and is afraid to bear her own child.  She takes on deception by convincing all those around her that the baby she found floating in the reed basket in the river is her own son.  She takes on his sister Miriam as her servant and also becomes acquainted with her son's natural mother since she needs a wet nurse for her son.  She begins to wonder about this new god of the slaves which they call El Shaddai.  Could it be that they are right and that her family is wrong about the god system?  Could it be that there is only one God and that He is all powerful?  Is there a God out there that cares about Anippe and loves her?

This story is one that I expected and did love.  I found it hard to understand the beginning and the foreign words intermingled occasionally with the regular English language.  After that first difficulty it was worth the great telling of this ages old story.  I truly loved this rendition and I liked that the author also tells how she came about her decisions on how she decided to tell this story and where to place it in history.  This story has been fictionalized but where the author knows the actual history she tells the historical facts.  The only way the story could have been helped in my humble opinion is that it would have been nice to have had a small dictionary in the back for the foreign words.
This book was provided by Waterbrook Press for this review.

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