A Cry From Egypt- Hope Auer

Synopsis: Jarah was a slave in Egypt. It was a dangerous place to be.Her work was exhausting and her family was torn between the gods of the Egyptians and the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. And her brother… would his Ada be given in marriage to an Egyptian in the palace? Would they ever be free?

 

Violence

Hebrew slaves are beaten and whipped; it’s described and occurs to several characters, including Jarah. Most Egyptians were cruel masters, and her brother attacks one before the master can kill her. Mention of the murder Moses had committed. A fight occurs after a Hebrew girl is held at knifepoint. A girl is beaten by her drunk father.

 

Romance

Eitan pursues Ada’s hand in marriage, while Paki become betrothed to her by applying to the Pharaoh. A character is mentioned to be flirtatious. Jarah develops a liking for a character.

 

Alcohol/Substance

A father becomes drunk and beats his daughter.

 

Authority

The Hebrews are slaves, and most of the Egyptians are cruel masters. However, as Jarah’s brother says, not all of them are cruel; some are kind even. Jarah learns to look beyond the bitterness toward all Egyptians, and instead see them as people as well.

 

Language

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Religion

Jarah has a lot of conflict in her heart whether to trust in Yahweh, and she prays regularly. The plagues and miracles happen throughout the book, and Yahweh’s power is shown. Jarah’s family mostly stands firm in Yahweh, yet her mother is a firm believer in the Egyptian gods. Yahweh’s love and mercy is contrasted by the powerlessness of the gods and goddesses of Egypt.

 

Overall feel: Deliver us! Cries the heart of the young Hebrew girl. The hardships of being a slave in Egypt are written in clear and blunt tones, fully bringing you to that cruel realisation. The freedom and God’s mercy in times of hardship are contrasted beautifully. Jarah learns what the true meaning of trust is, amidst the doubt and the suffering.

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