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About Miriam

The Hebrews call me prophetess, the Egyptians a seer.
But I am neither. I am simply a watcher of Israel
and the messenger of El Shaddai.
When He speaks to me in dreams, I interpret. When He whispers a melody, I sing.

At eighty-six, Miriam had devoted her entire life to loving El Shaddai and serving His people as both midwife and messenger. Yet when her brother Moses returns to Egypt from exile, he brings a disruptive message. God has a new name – Yahweh – and has declared a radical deliverance for the Israelites.
 
 Miriam and her beloved family face an impossible choice: cling to familiar bondage or embrace uncharted freedom at an unimaginable cost. Even if the Hebrews survive the plagues set to turn the Nile to blood and unleash a maelstrom of frogs and locusts, can they weather the resulting fury of the Pharaoh?
 
Enter an exotic land where a cruel Pharaoh reigns, pagan priests wield black arts, and the Israelites cry out to a God they only think they know.

Praise

"Andrews (The Pharaoh’s Daughter) offers her unique brand of in-depth Bible knowledge and storytelling flair in this tale of Miriam, sister of the famous Moses and Israel’s prophetess during the slavery of Israelites in Egypt. Miriam’s strong faith comes into question when she begins to experience her gentle husband, El-Shaddai, as Yahweh, God of Moses, as well as plagues and death. Before the story ends with the Israelites’ miraculous freedom after the final, horrible plague, Andrews offers readers a beautiful and nuanced picture of Miriam and other characters: Eleazer, Miriam’s beloved nephew and slave soldier; Taliah, his young and headstrong wife; Hoshea, Eleazer’s right-hand man, of gigantic faith; and even stubborn Pharaoh Ramesses himself. Andrews is gifted at bringing the past to life, and readers will thrill at God’s victory even as they struggle, as Miriam did, to understand God’s plan. This novel is biblical fiction at its finest." —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Mesu Andrews shines brilliant new light on the epic we only thought we knew, transforming the familiar biblical account of the Exodus with a narrative grounded in a deep love for God and his word. Miriam illuminates the power and majesty of Yahweh, while weaving a story of real people waiting for deliverance from a God they have not yet learned to trust.”
—Stephanie Landsem, author of The Tomb: a Novel of Martha (The Living Water Series)

“Mesu Andrews’s novels have transformed my ability to hear the heartbeat of biblical figures like Job, Dinah, and Solomon. Miriam brings another cast of familiar characters to vibrant life—Miriam, Moses, Eleazar, Aaron, Hur—mingling them seamlessly with an imagined circle of loved ones that will have readers eagerly turning pages to witness God’s stunning power at work for his people, both personally and nationally. With skillful prose, impeccable research, and a clear devotion to the biblical account of Israel’s Exodus from Egypt, Mesu Andrews depicts these Old Testament men and women with a sparkling clarity, never shying away from what makes them relatable human beings—the failings, triumphs, and yearnings that are timeless.”
—Lori Benton, author of Burning Sky, The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn, and The Wood’s Edge

“Mesu Andrews’s engaging novel, Miriam, gives us a new and vibrant appreciation for life in Egypt as the Lord visits the land with ten unforgettable plagues. With fascinating insight into biblical history as well as the human heart, this story will capture your attention until the last page.”
— Tessa Afshar, award-winning author of Land of Silence and Pearl in the San

About Mesu Andrews

MESU ANDREWS is the award-winning author of Love Amid the Ashes and numerous other novels, including The Pharaoh's Daughter, Miriam, and Isaiah's Daughter. Her deep understanding of and love for God's Word brings the biblical world alive for readers. Mesu lives in North Carolina with her husband, Roy, and enjoys spending time with her growing tribe of grandchildren.

Product Details

384 pages | Published by WaterBrook

On Sale Date: Mar 15, 2016

Trim Size: 5-1/2 x 8-1/4

Carton Quantity: 24

Sneak Peek

Read the first chapter of Miriam.

The Hebrews call me prophetess, the Egyptians a seer.

But I am neither. I am simply a watcher of Israel

and the messenger of El Shaddai.

When He speaks to me in dreams, I interpret. When He whispers a melody, I sing.

At eighty-six, Miriam had devoted her entire life to loving El Shaddai and serving His people as both midwife and messenger. Yet when her brother Moses returns to Egypt from exile, he brings a disruptive message. God has a new name – Yahweh – and has declared a radical deliverance for the Israelites. Miriam and her beloved family face an impossible choice: cling to familiar bondage or embrace uncharted freedom at an unimaginable cost. Even if the Hebrews survive the plagues set to turn the Nile to blood and unleash a maelstrom of frogs and locusts, can they weather the resulting fury of the Pharaoh? Enter an exotic land where a cruel Pharaoh reigns, pagan priests wield black arts, and the Israelites cry out to a God they only think they know.

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Contact: Charlene Guzman, Senior Publicist
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A Sister’s Heart: Explore an Ancient Story from a New Perspective


At first mention, Scripture describes Miriam as the “sister who stood at a distance”—Moses’ watchful sister, who stood faithfully among the reeds as her infant brother drifted along the murky waters of the Nile and into the arms of the Pharaoh’s daughter. As the years passed, Miriam became a watcher of Israel and a prophetess among her people, wholly devoted to El Shaddai and well acquainted with the sweet voice of her Creator. Yet who did she become when Moses suddenly returned from Midian, proclaiming God’s new name—Yahweh—and the deliverance of His people?
 
In the highly anticipated follow-up to the 2015 release of The Pharaoh’s Daughter, award-winning author Mesu Andrews answers this question as she combines in-depth historical research with biblical truth in Miriam: A Treasures of the Nile Novel (WaterBrook Press, March 15, 2016). In stunning detail, Andrews lifts the veil from one of the most well known Bible stories and uncovers a long-overlooked, but pivotal character in Moses’ journey from a basket on the Nile to the shore of the Red Sea.  
 
Andrews’ beautiful portrayal of Miriam and her epic depiction of the ten plagues will fascinate and astound readers. Miriam is a woman caught in transition—forced to navigate a new role among her people as Moses and Aaron take over the reins of leadership and compelled to face the dichotomy of God’s inexplicable silence and His devastating wrath unleashed upon Egypt. Can she reconcile her love for El Shaddai’s tenderness with the dramatic displays of Yahweh’s fury? Is it possible…they are one in the same?
 
Discover a sovereign God who is faithful and just to fulfill His promises. Learn to trust Him, even in His silence. Stand transfixed by the might and power of the one true God. In this intricately crafted story, Andrews encourages readers to “become captivated by a God they can’t understand…that will do things they know are impossible.”
 
  
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
 
MESU ANDREWS’ deep understanding of and love for God's Word brings the biblical world alive for her readers. Her first novel, Love Amid the Ashes won the 2012 ECPA Book of the Year for a Debut Author. Her three subsequent novels, Love's Sacred Song, Love in a Broken Vessel, and In the Shadow of Jezebel all released to great reader enthusiasm. Mesu has been married to her husband Roy for 30 years and they live in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. They have two adult daughters. 
 
Website: www.mesuandrews.com/
Twitter: twitter.com/MesuAndrews
Facebook: www.facebook.com/MesuAndrews

Contact Publicist

Charlene Guzman