Monday, May 25, 2009

Update on The Deliverer

I promised an update on The Deliverer after I'd read it. I haven't read Linda Rios Brook's first book, Lucifer's Flood, yet but her premise, that of the discovery of a diary from a reluctant demon, allows her to re-tell the story of the Israelites from a new viewpoint.

Brooks uses this reluctant demon, who relates events in a modern breezy manner, to examine Moses' encounter with Pharaoh and the following adventures of the Israelites, in a unusual light.

However, I didn't find cautions in the book. It sometimes shows familiar accounts with a new insight. For example, it's easy to forget that the Pharaoh and Moses had grown up together. Moses was familiar with the customs of the Pharaoh. That helps make his obedience to God even clearer, for many of us might have been tempted to craft our own strategy in an area we felt reasonably competent. Not Moses.

And our reluctant demon notices these things, pointing them out - sometimes in anguish and sometimes in curiosity. So we read Israel's history in a new way.

In any case, consider The Deliverer for your summer reading program.

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