24 September 2012

*A Cry From Egypt*: a Review

You probably know by now that I love to read.  And, thankfully, my children also love books.  So we were happy to receive a new book recently to review.  A Cry From Egypt is a newly published book brought to us by Hal and Melanie Young of Raising Real Men and Great Waters Press.

We have been enjoying A Cry From Egypt as our family read aloud together.  I'm glad that I chose to do this and not just give it to my 9-yr-old daughter to read on her own because I am enjoying it as much as the children are!

This story is historical fiction (one of my favorite genres).  It introduces us to a fictional Hebrew family living as slaves in Egypt during ancient times with the main character being a young girl.  The characters are well-developed and my children (especially my daughter) have really connected with them.  And even though we know the main plot line of the story from the Bible, the author of this book has done an amazing job of painting a much more vivid picture of the plagues in Egypt and also building on what could have been going on in the Hebrew community at the time.  My children beg for "just one more chapter" every time we have to put it down.  They were thrilled to learn that this is installment one of a series called The Promised Land and now they can't wait for the second book!  

A Cry From Egypt is written by talented young writer Hope Auer.  Hope is a homeschool graduate and first began working on this story as a young student of 13 when given a writing assignment.  She most definitely has a passion for writing and for helping children and youth.  I have enjoyed her blog that gives lots of help and advice to young writers.  She writes from her heart and with a passion for honoring God.  This makes her a great role model for my children and I am happy to be able to share about her with them.  

This story is written primarily for ages 8 and up, however my son is 7 and has also enjoyed it very much as our family read aloud.  Even though at times there are some scenes that make you cringe (remember how slaves were treated), there have been several good talking points for our family as a result of this book.  

An advance copy of this book is now available for $12.50~click here to order your copy.  I don't think you will be disappointed.  

With so many books without healthy substance being published for children now, I am so thankful for people like Hal and Melanie Young from Raising Real Men who are bringing us talented new authors who write with integrity and a God-honoring heart.  

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Disclaimer: I was given a physical copy of A Cry From Egypt through the Schoolhouse Review Crew in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion.  No other compensation was received.  

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