About Me I am a retired librarian and I now support books and authors through my reviews.

I have always loved to read and I was able to share that love through my work as a public librarian for 22 1/2 years. I now promote literacy by reading, and then writing reviews. I love to support authors by sharing my reviews with others!

Monday, March 22, 2021

Miriam's Song by Jill Eileen Smith


She has prayed for deliverance from Egypt.

But perhaps the greatest liberation happens within the heart.

From the very beginning, Miriam has lived in her younger brother's shadow. Thrust into the role of protective older sister before Moses was even born, she will grow up into a woman who not only keeps her family's secret but bears the burden of leading a new nation.

In her mind, she knows that she is serving both her God and her people. But in her heart, Miriam yearns for more. She longs to experience the privileges Moses has--to talk with God face-to-face. But when God finally does speak directly to her, the outcome is not at all what she expects.

With her impeccable research and keen eye for detail, bestselling author Jill Eileen Smith offers this epic novel to fill in the gaps in Miriam's story, following her from childhood to motherhood, obscurity to notoriety, and yearning to fulfillment as she learns that what God promises He provides--in His own perfect timing.


Miriam's Song is a new biblical fiction novel by veteran author Jill Eileen Smith, and I feel blessed to have the chance to read it. I love biblical fiction because it prompts me to go back to check the true source, God's Word, and Miriam's Song is no different. Much of this story is Smith's conjecture, but it's apparent that she devoted a lot of time and effort in her research. Miriam was the older sister of Moses, and Smith paints her as a very human person. She is portrayed as deeply loving her family, and being especially protective of Moses, but there is also aggravation and jealousy that is common is all sibling relationships. As Moses continues to do God's bidding, Miriam wants her brother to be present in her life but she realizes that "There was nothing they could do. God wanted her brother, and her brother seemed to want God more than he wanted anything else."

One of my earliest memories of Sunday school is of hearing the story of baby Moses, and seeing a picture of him in a basket, hidden in the reeds along the river bank. My young mind thought that it was amazing that his mother was the one chosen to help Pharaoh's daughter care for him, and that his young sister was there to make it happen. As I've grown in my knowledge, I now know that God was orchestrating all of this, and this book heightens my appreciation of His Plan. Miriam's thoughts and actions are only assumed as she witnesses the many events of Moses's life, but they are very poignant. The extreme cruelty of the Egyptians, the desperate attempts of the Hebrews to escape, and the parting of the Red Sea are all mentioned, and Smith also shows Miriam's regrets when the people continuously complain about God's actions. "No food,,,nothing but manna...we want meat." Complaining people even then --- some things never change!

If you love Old Testament history, you will certainly enjoy this book. Miriam's Song has a powerful faith message, and it's a story that I won't soon forget! I give it 5 stars.

This book was provided courtesy of Revell through Interviews & Reviews. These are my own thoughts.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars 


Jill Eileen Smith is the bestselling, award-winning author of the Wives of King David series, the Daughters of the Promised Land, the Wives of the Patriarchs, and The Loves of King Solomon series. Her research has taken her from the Bible to Israel, and she particularly enjoys learning how women lived in Old Testament times.

When she isn’t writing, she loves to spend time with her family and friends, read stories that take her away, ride her bike to the park, snag date nights with her hubby, try out new restaurants, or play with her lovable, “helpful” cat Tiger. Jill lives with her family in southeast Michigan.

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