Slender Reeds: Jochebed's HopeTexie Susan Gregory
Trapped beneath 400 years of Egypt’s injustices, the Hebrew people await deliverance from generations of Egyptian slavery. But while it is still dark, God is at work. Young Jochebed is unaware the Master Weaver is preparing her to mother three formidable leaders: Miriam, A... Read More
Release Date: 11/2016
- Store Only: Yes
- Product type: Book
- Format: Softcover
- Release Date: Nov 1, 2016
- UPC: 9781634099608
- Volumes/Discs: 1
- Pages: 320
- Publish Date: Nov 1, 2016
- Language: English
- Audience Age Maximum: 100
- Audience Age Minimum: 18
- Audience Gender: Gender Neutral
- BISAC: "FIC042030"
- ISBN: 1634099605
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- Moses is in the reeds by Carol on 11/10/2016
This is a fantastic story of Moses's Mother and her People. It told about Jochebed and about how her people were slaves and how they had to kill their children and she saved hers. It also goes into a lot of detail and I do mean a lot about the pagan gods - that is the one thing I think that the author did not need to go into so much detail about - you kind of get off track and a little lost in the weeds about - but the rest of the story is amazing - it rips your heart out - as a mother - it just totally rips your heart out. Can you imagine having a baby and someone coming to your house and saying ok - the President has made an amendment you are to kill your child today by law. I would be like - over my dead body - and I know that would be that - over my dead body - I guess it would be just that - over my dead body...anyway - this is one great story of strength and courage and love. You are brought into Jochebed''s life and you are allowed to glimpse into it for a short period of time and you are Blessed to have been there and you are honored to have been able to do just that. I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
- “Alone, a Slender Reed was Fragile;” by Jeanie on 10/31/2016
“woven together they would be a circle of protection…”(page 81). ‘Slender Reeds: Jochebed’s Hope’ is a fascinating account of what life may have been like for Jochebed, the mother of Moses, Miriam, and Aaron. It is the author’s debut novel, and it sings with every emotion the Hebrews enslaved in Egypt must have felt in the centuries before the Lord used Moses to lead them out of bondage. Fear that the new edict of Pharaoh’s demanding the death of baby boys would take her son yet the joy of having a beautiful new baby to love and nurture. Pain of separation from loved ones as they are moved about for Pharaoh’s work. Despair when wondering if the promise the Lord made to free them would ever occur.
Bypassing this novel would be a loss to Christians, even if one has not been curious about daily life in Bible times. Texie Susan Gregory has researched her curiosity about moms of the people we read about in scripture and shared the results in this fictional account of Jochebed, based on the time in which she and Amram, her husband, lived. Their hardships are unimaginable by most 21st century people!
Slender reeds are referred to several times, most often in their use for weaving. It is also referred to by Elisheba, Jochebed’s mother, when teaching her, a friend Lili, and Shiphrah, who would become one of the midwives who refused to kill newborn boys when ordered to by Pharaoh. It represents how the three girls had been best friends during their childhood and how their lives were still woven together despite their differences.
We begin reading when, at a tender age, Jochebed is betrothed to Amram and go through the birth of Moses and the dreadful choice his mother faces. The author has richly woven together words of pain with the texture of hope in such a way that one will not be able to read or hear about Moses again without a better understanding of the faith and endurance those who went before us had to nurture.
Each primary woman has been defined very well. Jochebed, her mother Elisheba and daughter Miriam, Lili, Shiphrah, and her aunt Puah become alive before our eyes. While this is a work of fiction, most of the ladies in the novel are real women. Through actions and excellent dialog we see how we are so like them! We also learn more about the arrogant Pharaoh and his beautiful wife, as Pharaoh is well represented by how the kings of Egypt lived.
We see various milestones of life in Egypt for the Hebrews and their daily life. We learn of the selfish life of the Pharaoh who is so full of fear that he could order the deaths of newborn boys to keep the throne safe for himself and his son. Ultimately, we see how the Lord’s plans will not be thwarted, as faithful people are raised up, encourage each other to endure and be part of His master plan for His chosen. For anyone who is a mother or grandmother, this will be especially meaningful as they see the cost mothers in the distant past may have suffered for their children. To any woman who has faced seemingly insurmountable doubts and faith failures it is also invaluable. The women included in scripture are not perfect; they also had doubts and failings, times when their faith was pushed to the limit, and the Lord still loved them and used them. I highly recommend this novel for women of any age and older teens.
With a grateful heart, I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing; as a courtesy, I am posting my honest review.