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Stone Tables * Orson Scott Card Book Review

In 448 pages, one of my favourite authors, Orson Scott Card, explores the life of Moses, life in Egypt, the Israelites slavery accounts and his adoption into one of the most powerful families – the one of the pharaoh.
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This was quite an interesting read. Did you know that Moses stuttered? Did you know that his real mother breastfed him and taught him the language of the slaves? Did you know that the princess adopted the boy she found in the river to consolidate her power and said that the River God gifted her an heir? Did you know that instead of killing off the offspring of the Israelites as a form of population control, the Egyptians asked them to put them in a boat in a river and if they topped over and died it was the will of the Gods?

What about the fact that the priests had such a great power and were involved in politics and that the only way that Pharaohs could escape them was to declare themselves Gods?

It was a good book. Initially created as a play for Broadway, the script was taken and converted into a book to be read alongside other biblical stories like Sarah (Women of Genesis, Book 1) By Orson Scott Card and Rebekah (Women of Genesis) (Book 2) – Orson Scott Card

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A great memorial service

The other day, I went to a memorial service. It was quite short as there weren’t many people about and the priest decided to give his “standard” service. (I have heard the “extra special” service on a different occasion.

But this one, it kinda stuck to me. Here’s how it went:

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Rebekah (Women of Genesis) (Book 2) – Orson Scott Card

It is always great when someone dramatizes the life of someone in the Bible so we can get to know the people a little better.  Orson Scott Card started the tale with Sarah – Abraham’s wife – a tale of barrenness despair and the rise of a concubine which ended in happy tears as a child came along – Isaac. This is the tale of Rebekah – Isaac’s wife, born in the desert, child of an influential man, living in a tent – learning about God and the other religions from fathers, brothers and dishonored mothers.

Rebekah is someone I never really thought a whole lot about–other than I knew that she had tricked Isaac into granting the priesthood right to the second son by making him wear lambswool to make him seem hairier like his older brother.  The story had so much behind it!

“Let me be loved like that, by a man who will not replace me with concubines when I’m old and ugly. Let me be loved by a man who loves God more than me.”

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Sarah (Women of Genesis, Book 1) By Orson Scott Card

I must say I have never seen such a beautiful way of telling a very old story – the story of Sara and Abraham – from the moment they met until their first child was born. If you are a woman struggling to conceive, this book is for you – shows the trials and tribulations of a couple who do not let one of the spouse’s infertility get in the way, the life of nomad sheephearders in Canaan and the lives of women in Ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia.

I devoured this book from start to finish (and it was a big one!)

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In his afterword, Card explains that here he is not an apologist for the Bible, but rather “an apologist for Sarah, a tough, smart, strong, bright woman in an era when women did not show up much in historical records.” He takes the tantalizingly rich references to Sarah in the book of Genesis and determines to bring her to life for his readers. This novel is not an epic volume rich in cultural and historical detail about ancient Mesopotamia, Canaan and Egypt.

Its focus is more what Card does best: exploring human motives and relationships, and the role of faith in individual lives. The entire novel is told exclusively from the point of view of Sarah and her sister Qira, whom Card has created as Lot’s wife. Qira is the blind, selfish materialist who cannot understand the kindness or self-sacrifice of the faithful who surround her and who chafes against her husband’s authority. Sarah, by contrast, is a wise and virtuous figure who struggles to have the unflinching faith of Abraham, even though she glimpses God’s presence in her life only rarely.

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Innocence – by Dean Koontz Review

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I have officially just put the book down and I must say this little gem will be one of my favourites for a long time to come.