Exodus

ExodusExodus by Cliff Graham
Series: Shadow of the Mountain
Genres: Biblical Fiction
Published by Bethany House on May 5, 2015
Pages: 304
Also by this author: Song of War

 

Eighty-five year old Caleb is not giving up in his God driven fight to the Holy Land. Their battle plans have been drawn and their men trained. Everything is prepared and ready, if only the weather would cooperate. With pouring rain hindering their attempts at conquering, Caleb can only sit and watch his men train, until he is asked about his past and how he became the man he is.

Caleb’s tale takes stories we’ve all read and adds a personal touch that is unlike anything else.

Caleb’s story is not one that appears in the Bible, so this tale is solely from the author’s experiences and imagination. However, it is not all that unrealistic or unbelievable. The tale Caleb tells leads people through scorching, desert sands to cool, misty forests and everywhere in between. His tale takes stories we’ve all read and adds a personal touch that is unlike anything else. Adding that personal touch evoked even more emotion than I thought possible from the Bible stories I grew up with.

This book can definitely be gory and violent but it is very realistic and has a thick enough plot to balance it out.

I love the fact that Cliff Graham chose Caleb to write and expand on. Caleb is someone we’ve heard of but know of only because of a few verses in Numbers and Joshua. To create a character from that was kind of genius. Not only does it allow us to connect with Caleb on a level not possible before but it also allows us to see what his life might have been like and what Caleb might have done in his younger years.

This story definitely doesn’t shy away from gore and violence. With Cliff Graham’s military experience, this is no surprise nor is it a mystery why. The point of his novels are to get men interested in Bible stories without shying away from how gruesome fighting can be. He succeeds greatly in his goal. Even though, I must say, being a female I still immensely enjoy his books. This book can definitely be gory and violent but it is very realistic and has a thick enough plot to balance it out.

This novel took me places I’ve never been or even seen and described them in such a way I felt like I was there.

The imagery in this novel is also magnificent. The thing I love about this author is his penchant to describe things in great detail. Now, this trait can be annoying and, with most books, it is. However, he has a very good balance between under descriptive and too descriptive that has been there, just improved on. This novel took me places I’ve never been or even seen and described them in such a way I felt like I was there. It also described battle scenes in such detail that I could see the formations (and I know nothing about the military or battles), smell the blood, and feel the power beneath an attack. In all my years of reading, Cliff Graham’s books are the only ones to make me do that, at least this vividly.

This is actually only my second book by Cliff Graham. My first was Day of War which I believe was his first novel. His skills have definitely improved since then. The battle scenes are more polished (hard to believe that that is possible I know) and the story is more well rounded, which makes any story more enjoyable. Even in ARC this book was amazing. I can’t believe I had the pleasure of reading it and I would love to read more by him.

–Danyelle


At eighty-five years old, Caleb is still strong, still able to fight, and still leading his people in battle. Confronting the Anakite city, which would later be named Hebron, Caleb’s resolve to help the Israelite’s conqueror the land God has given them has never wavered. As they wait for an extended storm to pass, Caleb’s nephew Othniel convinces Caleb to tell the story of the Exodus from his perspective. Unlike his fellow Israelite brothers, Caleb is not from one of the 12 tribes. Instead he is from the Kenizzite tribe and adopted by the tribe of Judah. Caleb did not witness the ten plagues sent to Egypt, rather he experienced them as an elite guard in Pharaoh’s court. Offering a unique perspective to the Exodus, Exodus is an engaging story of conflict and resolve with God’s power and strength on full display.

“A man’s bloodline does not matter. Only his heart. Yahweh gives his own bloodline to those who worship him.”

Exodus combines imagination with scripture to highlight the amazing power, strength, forgiveness, and faithfulness of the God we serve.

I am so very happy to have the opportunity to read Exodus. Just like Cliff Graham’s Lion of War series, this book is epic. Great action combined with in-depth spiritual truths and characters that pop off the page, this book epitomizes what Biblical fiction should be. It combines imagination with scripture to highlight the amazing power, strength, forgiveness, and faithfulness of the God we serve. This book is well worth the reader’s time and one I highly recommend.

“Great King, the Lord will humble you before the nations of the earth and he will defend his people. Whatever it takes.”

Cliff has created is a history that allows the reader to see the plagues from the Egyptian perspective.

Very little is known about Caleb’s early years and because of this, Cliff has taken great liberties in creating a plausible backstory for him. While it would be nice to know about Caleb’s past, the Bible does not provide this story for us. What Cliff has created is a history that allows the reader to see the plagues from the Egyptian perspective. This is quite a different point of view as it humanizes those that suffered due to the stubborn and prideful actions of pharaoh.

“May it be a lesson. A man can be brave and accomplish much, but his fate is only ever in the hand of Yahweh.”

This approach also humanizes Caleb and makes him relatable. The reader is able to follow his journey as he climbs the social ladder of Egypt and watch his transformation from elite guard to follower of Yahweh. The journey is both interesting and encouraging as there is that ever-present pursuit by God. Even when Caleb doesn’t believe in Yahweh, Yahweh is guiding and directly Caleb.

“I do not think Yahweh takes any joy in seeing a mother’s or father’s tears for their dead child.”

With all of Cliff’s books, there are some fabulous moments of spiritual truth. Lines come out of nowhere that are so true and strike a cord with the reader. I love when an author seamlessly meshes the spiritual truths with the story being told. It leaves a lasting impression and strengthens the overall story.

“Their god had captivated me. A powerful god was nothing new to us, but a powerful god with compassion? A god who would destroy and destroy again everything in the empire for the ages, just to protect the laughing little girl next to me, tugging a goat along? To bring her and her family out of bondage?”

Exodus is the book I most looked forward to this year and it delivered.

Exodus is the book I most looked forward to this year and it delivered. It has great action and a fantastic story, but most of all it highlights our God. Through the characters’ lives and the events that transpire, God is center stage, protecting, strengthening, wooing, forgiving, and ever faithful. There is a descent amount of tense action, violence, and bloodshed, but for readers ready to be challenged and looking for more than a retelling of scripture with a few added cultural details, Exodus is a must read.

“Give the enemy battle all of your life, and when you die, chase him into the afterlife and give him battle there. Perhaps then the Lord will give us peace.”

–Melissa

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