Before Jericho, there was Arad…
Forty years have passed since Israel escaped Egypt. Their punishment is over, and the time to take the land is finally here.
Arisha, a secret worshipper of Yahweh, fled Canaan in search of safety. Under Miriam’s care she has begun to heal, but Miriam is close to death. She wants to be assured this abused and abandoned young woman will have a good life, and she entreats Zadok to marry her.
Zadok is the grandson of Bezalel, architect of the Tabernacle, and great-grandson of Hur, advisor to Moses. Selected by Aaron to shepherd the Tabernacle flock, he has a gentle spirit Miriam believes can help heal Arisha’s heart.
The Canaanite king of Arad has heard about the mighty deeds of Israel’s God, and fears he will be destroyed as Egypt was. When Arad goes on the offensive, Zadok will have to make a choice. This time a shepherd’s heart cannot save Arisha.
This is the first book I’ve had the chance to read by Carole, although I have another book by her on my shelf I need to pick up after reading this one.
Carole has crafted a unique Biblical fiction account. In this book you will run into some figures you have read about many times, Moses, Aaron and Miriam. I loved encountering them in this setting and seeing how Carole portrayed them.
I really like Arisha. She has some wounds she is dealing with, not sure who she can trust but she wants to put her trust in Zadok.
Zadok, too, has things and a past to overcome. He has been hurt before and he isn’t sure who he can trust with his heart.
This is a beautiful story of young love and God’s people finding refuge.
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A copy of this book was given to my by the author in exchange for an honest review.