Miriam’s Song by Jill Eileen Smith

Young Llama Thoughts
  • Adventurous
  • Christian Friendly
  • Easy Reading
  • Humerous
  • Youth Appropriate
Overall
3.8 Llamas

Summary

This book was really fun to read. I love historical fiction, so the moment I saw this I wanted to read it, and I really enjoyed it. It was adventurous, inspiring, and an incredible Bible story.

Based on the story of Moses and the Israelites, this book goes through the life of Miriam, the sister of Moses. Miriam was there when Moses was born, and her family knew from the start that he was special, but the Egyptians want all the baby boys gone. To save his life, Miriam places her baby brother in a basket and places him in the river near Pharaoh’s palace where his daughter finds him. This famous story has been told time and time again, but this book takes it in a whole new direction.

The story is told from Miriam’s perspective. Going from the time her brother was born to the Isrealites life in the wilderness. It tells her story; how God spoke to her and used her to help save her people. Now, this book uses a lot of poetic license, that’s why its called historical Fiction. We don’t know what Miriam’s life was like other than what we’re given in the Bible, however, this story gives a beautiful view of what she could have been like and how she lived. This book gives you a new look on the famous story of Moses and is perfect for young adults. There are a few cons to this book. (Though I would barely count them as cons.) This book is not meant for kids or young teens. It is written for adults and possibly older teens. (This isn’t really a con, but I do need to mention it.) The real con I have is the ending is very fast. Unlike the rest of the story, the last couple chapters of this book go by at lightning speed and don’t give you as much as the first chapters. Honestly, this book could have been 20-40 pages longer. But other than these cons, this is a wonderful book.

Overall, if you’re an adult looking for a great Bible story to read, this is the book for you. It gives you a new look on Moses, the Isrealites, and especially Miriam. I really enjoyed reading this book. I will definitely be looking for more like it. I hope you liked my review.

-The Tiger Reader

Pros

  • Adventurous
  • Inspriring
  • Christian-friendly
  • A perfect story for adults

Cons

  • The ending is too fast

Prophetess, songstress, sister to one of Israel’s greatest heroes—Miriam’s story is often overshadowed by Moses’ own. In her vivid retelling of the life of one of the Bible’s most fascinating women, Smith reimagines how Miriam navigated the challenges of building a family, serving as a leader, and holding onto hope as she learned to trust God.

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