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Schoolhouse Review: A Cry From Egypt

Hal & Melanie Young are the chief publishers at Great Waters Press, which focuses on Making Biblical Family Life Practical. They are also the authors of  the 2011 book of the year, Raising Real Men! I have drooled over their site many times, and was so very happy to be able to review one of their newest books. A Cry From Egypt by Hope Auer.

Hope Auer is a very talented young writer. She is a homeschool graduate (yay Hope). That's always something exciting to me. Hope as been working on A Cry From Egypt since she was 13 years old as a writing assignment and has been rewriting and revising it ever since.

This book is a first in a series (the children and I are anxiously anticipating the next book). A Cry From Egypt is Christian historical fiction. The plagues and the biblical accounts with Moses and Aaron really happened, Jarah and her family are fictional.

A Cry From Egypt is about a Hebrew slave girl, Jarah, her family and people. It's at the time when the Hebrew's were enslaved by the Egyptians. Moses and Aaron are pleading with Pharaoh to let his people go. As we have read in the Bible, Pharaoh's heart is hardened and refuses to let the Hebrews go, thus the awesome power of God is demonstrated by the ten plagues upon the Egyptian people.

All I can say is this book captured my interest from the start. I was touched and moved by the characters. Some scenes brought tears that I tried to control but the children knew because of my quivering voice.

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. Even though I've read about the Exodus many times in the Bible and know the ending I was still very interested and couldn't wait to read the last page.

I then read it at a slower pace with my children and they too wanted more but I made them wait (evil grin). Actually I would have read more but my throat can only take so much before it gets itchy.

For those of you with sensitive children, Jarah and a few other characters are beaten by the Egyptian guard and one Egyptian girl by her own father. I read this to all my children, ages 8-14. My 8 year old did fine. We had many good discussions during our read aloud time.

There is some romance between Jarah's older brother and her best friend's sister, but it is all very modest and it's not the focal point point of the book. It doesn't take away from Jarah's story. There are no warm embraces or kissing. There is a brief mention of Jarah's sister flirting with boys too. These are things that I like to be aware of, so I thought I'd mention it.

If you're looking for a good book for this time period I highly recommend purchasing A Cry From Egypt. For $12.50 (that includes shipping) along with your imagination, you can be a part of Jarah's world. You will laugh and cry with her. I did. This book is recommended for children ages 8 and older.

You can find the author Hope Auer on Facebook. Raising Real Men: website, Facebook, Twitter, and You Tube Channel. Great Waters Press: website.

To read more reviews please visit the Schoolhouse Review Crew website.
**Disclaimer: As a member of the Schoolhouse Review Crew, I received this product, at no cost to me, in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are mine.

1 comment

  1. This is a great review! I found my voice quivering at times, too. We loved A Cry from Egypt. It has to be the best historical fiction book we've read!


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