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A Cry From Egypt (The Promised Land Book 1) Kindle Edition
His face was pale, but his eyes kindled with indignation as he stood in front of the girls protectively. Ezra dropped the pitchers in the sand and his hand flashed to a dagger, concealed under his tunic. Jarah s eyes grew wide. He could be killed for carrying a dagger!
Jarah was a slave in Egypt. It was a dangerous place to be.Her work was exhausting and her family was torn between the gods of the Egyptians and the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. And her brother... would his Ada be given in marriage to an Egyptian in the palace? Would they ever be free?
Adventure, excitement, love, and faith come together when Jarah and her family find themselves at the culmination of four hundred years of history.
Have you ever wondered what life was like in ancient Egypt? As an Israelite? And a slave? Want your children to understand the Bible is history?
I seriously have no words that can properly explain everything awesome about this book. - Dawn Winters from Guiding Light Homeschool
After reading the first chapter with the children, I snuck off to read more. I stayed up late to finish it. That s how drawn into Jarah s world I was. - Linda B at Homeschooling 6
One of the things I enjoyed most about this book as a parent was that Hope did an excellent job of focusing on her story, while staying true to the Biblical account of the plagues in Egypt. She allowed the Bible to speak for itself with the details she presented, neither adding nor subtracting from it. - Michele P from Family, Faith, and Fridays
Fast paced, Biblically and historically accurate, great fun! - Hal & Melanie Young, authors of Raising Real Men and Publishers, Great Waters Press
A required read aloud for the Tapestry of Grace curriculum, one of eight recommended books for Cornerstone Curriculum's The Grand Story ancient history curriculum by David and Shirley Quine
"Hope Auer’s book, A Cry From Egypt, succeeds on multiple levels. There are shining examples of young people wrestling with doubts and trying to understand what God is doing. There are delightful examples of healthy families, under difficult circumstances, doing what families do – caring for each other, teasing each other, loving each other. There is romance – young people thinking about marriage and seeking wise counsel – facing the eternal struggles of the course of true love. As a historian, I particularly admired her portrayal of ancient Egypt in the time of Moses. We pass too lightly through the list of the ten plagues. We know how the story ends. For those who lived it, it must have been terrifying. They had no idea what would come next, or how the story would end. Miss Auer has done an admirable job of showing us the impact that the dramatic events of the Exodus must have had on ordinary families in Egypt. A Cry From Egypt is a great read for young adults from upper middle to high school (and adults could profit by reading it too!)” – Rob Shearer Publisher, Greenleaf Press
Miss Fashionista is now in 8th grade, and she is reading at grade level, but she is not one of those given to curling up with a good book and staying up into the wee hours to finish Just. One. More. Chapter.
Hope Auer is a young writer who has been creating stories for many years already. She is the author of A Cry From Egypt, the historical fiction story of a young Hebrew slave in Egypt prior to the Exodus. Each chapter is filled with drama and suspense woven around the dangers and trials of those who witnessed the ten plagues that fell upon Pharaoh and his people.
One night before bed, I asked Miss Fashionista to check it out for me before we started reading it aloud together later in the week. Turns out, she couldn t put it down until she finished it. I woke up to the note outside her bedroom door the next morning. When she did get up the next day, the first thing she said to me was Mom! You have to buy the next book! Order it now! Unfortunately, I had to tell her that it wasn t quite written yet that part at the end of the book was just a sample of the next book Hope is working on. This first book in The Promised Land series is still in pre-production mode itself.
I have worked as a writing teacher and editor for for my entire adult life. I have read more stories from young authors than I can count, but Hope s work is the first to make me think of JRR Tolkien, CS Lewis, and Frank Perretti when I read it. The action flows so well, it is hard to put it down. The characters and their mannerisms are genuine and entirely believable. They are so fully developed that even adults will enjoy it. Miss Fashionista loved the main character s courage and her family s willingness to risk their own lives for each other. But it s not all happy circumstance. At times, we couldn t turn the pages fast enough to find out what would happen next. At other times, we were reaching for a tissue along the way. Miss Auer has a talent for drawing in a reader s emotions and enabling us to to experience the story as all the great works of fiction do.
I could go on and on about the book, but I don t want to ruin it for anyone. You and your family just have to read it. You will love it! Whether you are studying ancient history this year or not, you won t want to miss this book. It is a great read for all ages. ---Patsy Brekke, Writing Foundations--This text refers to the paperback edition.
About the Author
- ASIN : B00G3M3OVG
- Publisher : Great Waters Press (April 26, 2013)
- Publication date : April 26, 2013
- Language : English
- File size : 9004 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 214 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #334,160 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I wouldn't recommend it for under 6 years old because it does have some very tense harsh moments of guard's punishing people. But my 6 year old sister was able to handle it. She enjoyed the book too.
I give A Cry From Egypt 5 stars. I wish I could give it 10 stars.
It is a heart-stopping story that I didn't want my mom to stop reading.
Worthwhile for reading with family and friends.
- 9 year old girl
Best for Ages: 8 - 15
I have heard so much good about this book. Yes, it was meant for younger readers, and I knew that going in. However, I find books meant for younger readers often to be a way to unwind in the evening. They are less challenging (most of the time) to my brain and often very good.
Biblical fiction can be difficult. After all, it is a balance not to have so much fiction that you forget what the Bible says, nor so much Bible you might as well have just read that instead of the fiction book. Auer nailed the balance in this book. She stuck to the biblical account while adding a personal feeling to the story.
Historically, she also did a great job as far as I could tell. I am not an expert, but from everything I have studied about Egypt and the Israelites, the history was spot on. The little details of daily life made the story feel alive and will help readers get a clear picture.
There were a couple of things that diminished my enjoyment of the book. First, the large cast of characters with many with similar names was a challenge even for me. I can see this being even harder for young children. Secondly, it was obviously written for much younger readers.
I think that my favorite part was the family dynamics. Each member of the family was very different and had their own struggles. Much of the book was spent dealing with family issues in a godly way.
I highly recommend this book for younger readers who enjoy biblical fiction, good stories, and solid faith messages.
A Cry From Egypt really made the time period we were studying come to life, and illustrated what life in Ancient Egypt was like for the Hebrews and the Egyptians. The book follows the life of a young Israelite girl, Jarah, and her family and friends, and as such, it makes it easy for children to relate to the story since the characters are similar in age to themselves. The main theme of the book is how the Israelites, who are slaves to the Egyptians, cry out to their God, Yahweh, and how he hears their cries.
My kids requested, "More Jarah!" often, so we typically read 1-3 chapters per day, followed by some discussion of what we had read. The plagues of Egypt are a big part of the story -- I read part of the Passover chapter through tears -- but I felt it was a powerful teaching tool, and one that led to lots of positive family discussions, both about history and our own beliefs today.
Another point to note is that the main character, Jarah, starts off with a lot of doubt about her own beliefs, but as the story progresses, you get to hear her thoughts and prayers, and witness her growing faith. Quite powerful in and of itself.
We give it 5 stars!
Jarah lived in Egypt during the time of the Exodus in the Bible. She was a young slave girl whose mother believed in the Egyptian gods and whose father believed in Yahweh.
She and her siblings live in Goshen; they go thru the Ten Plagues. Moses asks the Pharaoh, in the words of Yahweh, to ‘let my people go.’ The Pharaoh refuses. Then one of the plagues happen. Will they ever make it out of Egypt?
Over all this was a great book. I think others should read it because it tells the story of the Exodus in a fun and exciting way. - Leah, age 10
Top reviews from other countries
If you are teaching history from a chronological method this book serves well for 10/12 + for although you could keep out the parts which aren't suitable for younger children..I read this to all of our kids.