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Book Review – Exodus by Cliff Graham

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Title:  Shadow of the Mountain: Exodus
Author: Cliff Graham
Rating: 3 stars

51EA5-Mr5VL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_Exodus is the first book in Cliff Graham’s Shadow of the Mountain series. This book tells the story of Caleb as he is retelling the stories of his life to his nephew Othniel.  The story begins as he is preparing to invade an enemy city and his nephew asks his to tell the stories of his battles. He starts with his pagan youth, his eventual rise to power in Egypt, his conversion to a worshiper of the one true God and his exploits as a mighty warrior of Israel.

The book is well written and Graham does a fine job at making th events of the exodus come to life.  This is especially true of the chapters covering the ten plagues of Egypt. The battle scenes in the book can be a tad graphic for a younger audience, and Caleb’s occasional alluding to the comfort he finds in women (especially prostitutes) also suggest that parents will want to read this first before handing it to their sons. Although there are no graphic scenes of sexual encounters, it is certainly implied.

Overall I found this book to be a good piece of fiction and it serves well to demonstrate that God is not only powerful, but will not hesitate to fight on behalf of His people. There is very little “formal” theology but some great theological lessons are woven throughout including lessons on providence, election, and holiness. Some may be annoyed at the vast amount of details which are not found in scripture, but Graham gives fair warning in the book that very little in known about Caleb so much of his history was created for the book. Students of scripture will however recognize that the fictional events are not simply created at the whim of the author’s imagination, but are perfectly reasonable given what we do know about Caleb.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Bethany House , a division of Baker Publishing Group, in exchange for a review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

2 thoughts on “Book Review – Exodus by Cliff Graham

  1. Lindsey

    I was thinking of getting this for my son. How concerned were you about the violence and sexual connotations?

  2. ajcerda.com

    Lindsey, that depends a great deal on your son’s age. I will say this, my son loves this genre. He lover battle scenes. But he is eleven years old and not ready to shoulder the burden of explicit violence. He understands that war is grave and that people die, but is not yet ready to hear descriptions of how they die. Similarly, he knows that men and women fall in love but is not yet ready to hear of prostitutes or the warmth of a woman comforting a man during the night. The sexuality is far from explicit and I don’t want to sound like I am saying that it is. I just don’t want to “awaken love before it pleases” (SoS 8:4). There is absolutely nothing explicit when it comes to relationships in this book, but there are a few implicit moments that could stir a young person’s curiosity prematurely if stoked.

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