Book Review: A Cry From Egypt
A brand-new author broke the mold. Her name is Hope Auer, and she’s achieved the seemingly impossible; in A Cry From Egypt, she’s written historically (and Biblically) accurate Christian fiction that leaps off the page and captivates the imagination as well as any secular tale.
A Cry From Egypt opens with Jarah, a young Hebrew slave in Egypt, just prior to the return of Moses. Jarah is confused about her faith, feeling pulled between the differing beliefs of her parents, and to some extent, the rest of her family.
Her mother, and older sister, Shayna, are often angry and cruel, and she has come to believe this is because they have taken on the traits of the Egyptian gods that they have accepted as their own. Her father and older brothers retain their devotion to the Hebrew God Yahweh, and see his power in the changes that are happening in their lives.
The religious divide within Jarah’s family personalizes the larger themes of the book as a whole that it echos, for A Cry From Egypt is the story of how God led Moses to seek the release of the Israelites from Egypt.
The truly mind-boggling thing is, we all *know* how the bible story ends – there’s no surprise there – but Ms. Auer brought us so deeply involved into Jarah’s story that we’re anxious to find out how HER story ends – and we’ve completely forgotten that it is a biblical story in the first place. Pure skill of a born storyteller, is what that is.
This is exactly the type of writing that the Christian fiction genre needs. Not fiction that is preachy, not fiction that is blatant and obvious, not fiction that has a few token things thrown in to make it “seem” Christian – but fiction that has a Christian heart and soul.
And when that fiction is so pure and rich and dazzling that even my 16-yr-old “won’t touch anything that seems formulaic or preachy unless I make him” kid promptly devours it and tells me I HAVE to order the next one…
…well, the consensus around here is, please, Ms. Hope Auer, hurry up and write book 2 in The Promised Land Series. We were ready to order it the day after book 1 arrived, and we hope you have a long, prolific writing career planned.
A note on content: A Cry From Egypt is recommended for ages 8 and up. Because slavery is a primary theme, and, due to A Cry From Egypt‘s historically accuracy, there are some descriptions that may bother younger or sensitive readers. Parents should be prepared to pre-read the book before giving it to their children, discuss these issues, or whatever method of handling it is desirable for their family. It isn’t, by any means, gratuitous violence, or anything graphic – merely setting the scene and emotional mindset of the era and the characters.
Shipping is free, so an advanced readers copy of A Cry From Egypt is just $12.50. Though it’s called an “advanced reader’s copy”, that doesn’t mean cheaply made – the 9″ x 6″ perfect-bound book has a glossy color cover and nearly 200 pages of quality paper – it’s printed to last.
Other Schoolhouse Crew members reviewed Children in Church: Nurturing Hearts of Worship, another title that is soon-to-be-released by Great Waters Press. It’s a guidebook for bringing not just bringing your children *to* church, but to actively involving them *in* worship, and making the experience a positive one for the whole family. Advance reader copies are $12.00 with free shipping.