The Shadow Women

The Shadow Women

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by Angela Hunt
     
 

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One called him son. One called him brother. One called him husband. And all three suffered for him.

This epic novel tells the story of Moses from the viewpoints of the women who loved him-from his mother and sister, who saved him by giving him up to the Egyptian princess who adopted him, to the shepherd's daughter he married.

Under the shadow of ancient Egypt, a

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One called him son. One called him brother. One called him husband. And all three suffered for him.

This epic novel tells the story of Moses from the viewpoints of the women who loved him-from his mother and sister, who saved him by giving him up to the Egyptian princess who adopted him, to the shepherd's daughter he married.

Under the shadow of ancient Egypt, a baby boy is born to a peasant woman. His young sister leaves him in a basket in a river, hiding in the rushes to watch over him until a princess comes to claim the child as her own. The princess names him Moses, and he grows to become a man whose life is characterized by violence and terror, but equally by faith, and whose sacrifice ultimately leads to the redemption and liberation of his people from slavery. "The Shadow Women" is a novel full of passion and intrigue that offers a fresh perspective on one of the most enigmatic figures in biblical history.

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ISBN-13:
9781936924639
Publisher:
Greenbrier Book Company, LLC
Publication date:
04/14/2011
Pages:
358
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

Award-winning author Angela Hunt has written more than 130 books for adults and children. Read more about her work at www.angelahuntbooks.com.

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The Shadow Women 4.3 out of 5 based on 6 ratings. 15 reviews.
K-Everett More than 1 year ago
"The Shadow Women" was excellent! I really got the sense on how it was to live in the days of Moses. At the end of the book there are questions and answers about the book. I thought that was great. I've been reading more christian historical fiction and it was nice that some scenes were exsplained. Such as why the author added a certain part and if a story that was told could have been true. I did not give 5 stars because I thought there was way to much about Egyptian culture.
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Bookworm33LD More than 1 year ago
This book was wee researched and brought the biblical characters to life. I enjoyed it so much I purchased another book by the same author as soon as I finished this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mz Hunt has a way of bringing new life to an old story. She put lots of study into this book. Much research on lifestyle and such. Great book. Looking forward to more of her books.
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When the name Moses is said, the image most likely that comes to mind is Charlton Heston parting the Red Sea or thundering down Mt. Sinai with the Ten Commandments in hand. Yet, there is much more to the character, and Ms. Hunt uses the women of his life to show modern readers that. ................. His sister Miryam sees Moses' (Moshe) life begin. Though under orders from their Egyptian overlords to kill all newborn males, her mother tries to hide her child, until it is absalutely neccessary to place him an in ark like Noah's, and put him in the Nile. There he is found by Pharoh's daughter - wife, Merytam, the child of Ramses most loved wife, Neferrtitti, and Pharoh's most recent wife. She is barren, and seeks an answer from her gods to hide the condition that would exile her to the harems for the rest of her life. Finding the baby solves her problem, though keeping him alive in the face of coniving, jealous court advisors will not be easy. Perhaps it is only her desperate prayer to the unknown God of the Hebrews that saves her 'son's' life. ............... Moses grows to adulthood, never dreaming that he is one of the 'mud people' that his people have enslaved. Learning the truth triggers an incident that sets off his rage and reveals his secret. Exiled and outcast, Moses flees to the lands far from Egypt, and makes a new life as a shepherd, until he is sent back to Egypt by God, with the mission of freeing his people. ............. Moses is a man without a people, though. He is rejected by Egyptian and Hebrew alike, but he is determined in his quest, and through God's power, he is able to bring his people into the wilderness. As they travel towards the Promised Land, the way is hard, and the people rebellious. On the way, he suffers great loss and many trials. Through them all, his wife and sister watch and support him, despite their resentments and misgivings. ............ **** If you have ever thought a historical novel would be boring, then read this one and change your mind. It is fascinating and true to the Biblical account, though more detailed and sheds light on things that may mystify readers of the Bible. Like the MISTS OF AVALON, the story is told by varied perspectives, but in this case, it is a true story, and one that will increase your faith. ****
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. I loved the historical accounts of egypt. It reminded me of the need to be obedient to God's word, and do what He asks you to do. So many other people can get hurt if you arent in step with the Lord. It was a wonderful book.
harstan More than 1 year ago
THE SHADOW WOMEN is an interesting biographical fiction focusing on the life of Moses through the first hand accounts of the three women who most influenced his life by loving and caring for him. Readers obtain an insightful perspective of the Hebrew leader filtered through the lenses of his sister Miryam, his Egyptian mother Merytamon, and his Bedouin wife Zipporah as each tell their side of the story. Seven years old Miryam saves her infant brother¿s life and as an adult lives more like a male leader until her personal encounter with God. Merytamon, needing a baby to cement her position, finds the infant floating amidst the reeds and raises the child with love as if he came from her womb. Zipporah shows her courage when she marries her ¿teacher¿ whom in many ways seems her superior yet she proves that she is his loving partner. The background descriptions are quite powerful reminiscent of Anita DIAMANT'S THE RED TENT, but avoiding the sexual connotations of the latter novel as the targeted audience is quite obvious conservative Christian, especially with the controversial ending. Though inconsistent at times, Angela Elwell Hunt sculptures an engaging look at the man who never quite made it into Canaan that will please her chosen readers. Harriet Klausner