Shadow of the Mountain: Exodus
By Cliff Graham
Caleb and the Hebrew army await the siege of yet another fortress that stands between them and their Promised Land. As he prepares his army to face the remnant of the race of giants in the land, Caleb recounts his early life to his nephew, Othniel. To his great surprise, Othniel discovers that Caleb’s story is not one of slavery to the Egyptians like his Hebrew brothers, but rather a story of deliverance from the charms of living among royalty in Egypt. Born a Kennazite, Caleb traveled to Egypt when he came of age with the hopes of earning a living as a skilled laborer. Caleb soon found himself trying to establish his worth to join the ranks of the king’s royal guard, the Red Scorpions – a brutal proving that most men either abandon or perish attempting. Caleb became a mighty warrior by the training of the Egyptian military, and secured a position in the palace itself - the king’s personal guard. The day Moses and Aaron entered the courts of Pharaoh, Caleb was an eyewitness to the nomads’ demands of the king in the name of the God Yahweh – and soon a sufferer of the plagues the Hebrew God poured out on the hard-hearted Pharaoh and his people. Caleb finds the God of the Hebrew people drawing him away from the fickle gods of Egypt, and calling him to follow these people out of slavery into the Land of Promise.
What a great fictionalized account of a man the Bible doesn’t give us much information about – except to tell us of his bravery in the face of insurmountable odds and that he followed the Lord wholeheartedly. I so enjoyed reading this account of the Exodus from one who started on the “other side” of the miraculous story. It is well accounted here, that, in truth, the Lord does seek to make all people His own. The reader does need to be prepared to read about some of the brutality of Egyptian military training and of war – the author kept the narrative clean, but truthful. Overall, I give this book an A+ - loved it, and I think you will too!
I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review.