Miriam Part II ~ Gifted Leader

Miriam ~ Gifted Leader

Meet Miriam, the gifted leader!

Most of us know about the little girl who watched over her three-month-old brother as he sailed in a basket boat on the crocodile-infested River Nile. Her story is told in Miriam Part 1 ~ Devoted Sister, which ends as the Children of Israel gather at the exit to Goshen, their home for many decades, and prepare for their trip to the Promised Land.

Miriam ~ Gifted Leader takes up her story at around eighty years old. Yet, as we will see, this was no fragile, elderly woman. She had far more energy than I have, and I imagine more than you. About to embark on an incredible journey that would take the rest of her life, she faced adventures and horrors of terrifying magnitude. Throughout that time, she showed herself to be a gifted leader. All this in a time when women were not regarded as capable of taking the lead.

This story commences as the previous book ends. I invite you to pick up your bundles and get behind our leaders as we prepare to take our leave of Pharaoh, the Egyptians, and the life of slavery. We will follow Miriam as she steps out of the shadow of her famous brother, Moses, and becomes a true leader in her own right.

If you recognize this elderly lady from the previous Miriam book, you are right. She’s the same person. She’s just aged as we all do!

Excerpt: The story commences:

The sound of the ram’s horn echoed across the land of Goshen. Egyptians crowded along the borders of their land to watch. Some cheered. Some jeered. Others, especially women, waved tearful goodbyes.

Miriam took her place at the front of the procession next to her two brothers. “I am so sorry for these Egyptian women,” she said. “They did nothing to bring this about.”

Aaron glanced at her. “No, this is all to be blamed on Pharaoh and his stubborn disregard for human life. Not that the men are in the clear. They didn’t need to exert such cruelty on our men.”

Moses turned to those around him. “Let’s go people. The Lord has spoken.”

Shouts of scorn and ridicule came to Miriam’s ears. She looked around and saw a mob of young Egyptian men yelling obscenities and negative statements at God’s people. She felt a rush of anger quickly followed by one of great joy. “The Lord the God of our forefathers goes before us,” she sang out. “I AM is Lord of All!”

She heard those around her pick up the song. She added more words which she sang alone, then repeated, “I AM is Lord of All!” The sounds of jeering faded as more and more of the slow-moving multitude joined in. The words came like echoes from the back of the crowd. As a massed choir beyond any ever seen on earth, the people took up the chorus. “I AM is Lord of All!”

Moses turned and spoke into her ear. “Well done, Miriam. God is going to use your gift of song over these next weeks. Music lifts the soul and brings encouragement to the downhearted and fearful.”

She grinned and reached up to speak into his ear above the singing. “It also drowns the noise of opposition.”

The time had come—at last. What excitement filled Miriam’s breast. God’s people were on their way to the Promised Land. Indeed, I AM was Lord of All!

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Miriam – Gifted Leader is the first in a growing series of books based on women in the Bible that lived under the shadow of some other person, location, or event. 

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Drawing Ladies Out of the Shadow

Out of the Shadow

When I started this series, Out of the Shadow, I wanted to take a look at some the women in the Bible who are commonly seen “under the shadow” of another person or location. Hence it is not Out of the Shadows, but only one shadow. Although they are often well-known names, you will find it surprising how little you actually know about these women.

Book 1

Book 1 of the series is Naomi, Beloved Mother-in-Law, who lives under the shadow of her daughter-in-law, Ruth. Her story is contained in the Old Testament book of Ruth, yet that book begins with Naomi’s story and ends with Naomi’s story. If it hadn’t been for the bravery of Naomi, Ruth would not have converted to Judaism, moved to live among God’s people, and ultimately become part of the lineage of Jesus Christ.

Moved from her home to God’s “scrub bucket,” Naomi lived for years in a foreign and idolatrous land. She experienced several devastating losses before she made the first of a number of huge decisions.

Written in creative nonfiction, the story stays close to the biblical story, but is brought alive in a way that will help you identify with Naomi. Just as this lady of old faced life-changing decisions, so we too can face threatening situations trusting in Naomi’s God.

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Book 2

The next book in the series is Eve, Mother of All.  Of course we have all heard of Eve, the very first woman who was created in God’s own image. She lived in a beautiful garden, the Garden of Eden, and she was married to the first man, Adam. Remember her? She lived a perfect life in an idyllic setting.

Unfortunately, it didn’t last long.  As she’s drawn out of the shadow of the garden we find a real flesh-and-blood woman; the first wife, the first woman to give birth, the first woman to hold a newborn baby in her arms and ask, “Now what?”

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Book 3

Next up is Miriam, Devoted Sister. I’m sure we all know about Moses, the baby rescued from the bulrushes alongside the crocodile-infested River Nile. We no doubt also know the story of Miriam, the little girl who bravely faced the Egyptian princess and suggested a plan that would save the life of her three-month-old baby brother. But what happened to the little girl as she became a woman living in a nation under slavery?

As we draw her out of the shadow of the baby in the bulrushes, we learn that she grew up in Goshen, at a time when her people were slaves to the wicked Pharaoh. Her parents were Godly people who not only taught Miriam about the God of their forefathers, they instilled their faith into their little boy who would leave them at the age of three to grow up in the Egyptian palace.

Miriam, Devoted Sister, ends at the point when the Hebrew nation gather at the border of Goshen,  about to embark on their amazing venture: the journey to the Promised Land.

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 Book 4

When I first set out on this journey with Miriam, I wondered if I would find enough information to fill an entire book. Imagine my surprise when one book became two.

And so the 4th book in this series is Miriam, Gifted Leader. This takes up Miriam’s story at around eighty years old. Yet, as we will see, this was no fragile, elderly woman. She had far more energy than I have, and I imagine more than you. About to embark on an incredible journey that would take the rest of her life, she faced adventures and horrors of terrifying magnitude. Throughout that time, she showed herself to be a gifted leader in a time when women were not regarded as capable of taking the lead.

This story commences as the previous book ends. The Children of Israel gather at the exit from Goshen, about to embark on the journey of a lifetime. I invite you to pick up your bundles and get behind our leaders as we prepare to take our leave of Pharaoh, the Egyptians, and the life of slavery. We will follow Miriam as she steps out of the shadow of her famous brother, Moses, and becomes a true leader in her own right.

As before, if you have read this book, please will you pop over to Amazon and leave an honest review? Thank you.

So who next?

And so in four books, I have covered three characters. Many have asked me, “Who next?” We will be taking an in-depth look at another lady out of the shadow (there are plenty!) and continue with the series. This lady was another slave, but in a very different type of shadow.

I am also in the process of compiling a book of 365 brief devotional messages based on some of the women of the Bible.

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Eighty-year-old and her Walk to Freedom

Miriam! Who was this amazing woman?

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The Young Miriam

Miriam! What a fascinating woman. Over the last months, I have spent time in her company. What a joy it has been to unpack her life story.

When I first set out on this journey, I wondered if I would find enough information to fill an entire book. Imagine my surprise when one book became two.

Devoted Sister

Miriam—Devoted Sister, tells of a little girl who saves the life of her baby brother, Moses. We trace her girlhood years as she faces the horrors of belonging to a large and rapidly-growing nation of slaves, owned and ill-treated by the Pharaoh of Egypt. Despite their conditions, her parents, Amram and Jochebed, manage to instill in their daughter a rich faith in the one true God, Yahweh. We draw Miriam out of the shadow of her famous brother, Moses, and get to know the young girl growing up in Goshen, Egypt.

The Elderly Miriam, still beautiful but a lot older and wiser

Gifted Leader

Miriam—Gifted Leader, takes up Miriam’s story at around eighty years old. Yet this is no fragile, elderly woman. As she embarks on an incredible journey that will take the rest of her life, she faces adventures and horrors of terrifying magnitude. She shows herself to be a gifted leader in a time when women are not regarded as capable of taking the lead.

In this book we are encouraged to pick up our bundles and get behind our leaders, Moses, Aaron, and Miriam, as we take our leave of Pharaoh, the Egyptians, and the life of slavery.

You will be encouraged by the way God used this woman who was well past her prime and her, at times, head-strong attitude. Miriam was a normal woman, far from perfection. That gives me hope. I am also far from perfection, and I suspect you are too.

  • These are currently eBooks available on Amazon.com
  • They will hopefully be converted to print next year.
  • Each book is a standalone. Although it is obviously best to read them both in order, this is not necessary.

Out of the Shadow

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The Out of the Shadow series is what it suggests. It covers women from Scripture commonly thought of  under the shadow of another person or place.

  • So we have Naomi, who is commonly known as Ruth’s mother-in-law.
  • Next comes Eve, the first woman, who lived under the shadow of Adam as well as the Garden of Eden.
  • Then we look at Miriam, this woman who is first seen as a ten-year-old, then followed through into her nineties! An amazing woman indeed.

Each book stands alone, and they don’t need to be read in order.

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What is an Author’s Street Team

Originally written in November 2017. Updated August, 2018.

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That’s where the idea of a street team comes into being.

What is a Street Team?

It all began for me when my friend, Marion Ueckermann, mentioned the term to me during a Whatsapp call. I immediately asked if I could join hers to see how it worked. And, of course, I turned to Google to learn more.

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At iUniverse I found this: “A street team is a group of volunteers who band together to promote an author and his or her book. Members of a street team are motivated by their love of an author’s work to promote it to as many people as possible.”

I learned a good deal from various sources, but most of all from a guest post by Jennifer Probst, a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author.

In Jennifer’s words, “A street team is a dedicated group of readers who like your work and are interested in helping promote your books. These readers are interested in helping to promote your book because your relationship with them is mutually beneficial. They get to hang out online with one of their favorite authors and receive exclusive material, and you get help with promotion to share new releases, giveaways, and special events.” read more

Traces of Guilt – by Dee Henderson

Traces of Guilt Book ReviewI am a fan of Dee Henderson’s novels, and so I was thrilled for the opportunity to review Trace of Guilt. I enjoyed the story immensely, but it is missing the suspense and clear romances of most of her other books. This is not a bad thing; it is just good if the reader anticipates this. The suspense is more of a speculation as no active crime happens in the story. The romance thread is there, but it is either found in established marriages or it is left hanging, presumably to be continued in one of the sequels.

Unlike the majority of Dee’s novels, in Traces of Guilt there is a good deal of “telling” as opposed to “showing”, yet despite that I became absorbed in the story from the beginning and didn’t want to put the book down. I would call it a Christian mystery novel, as the theme revolves around a number of cold cases and who-dun-it and where they hid the bodies.

Those who have enjoyed previous books by this author will enjoy meeting up with a number of old friends from previous stories as well as the introduction of a number of new characters. Nevertheless, the book is a stand-alone and it is not necessary to have read previous books by her. read more

Cold Shot Book Review

Cold Shot by Dani Pettrey

Cold Shot by Dani Pettrey opens with a mysterious grave in the Gettysburg Memorial cemetery. The shallow grave contains a body that doesn’t belong. Park Ranger and former sniper, Griffin McCray, is called in to investigate. Beautiful forensic anthropologist, Finley Scott, is included in the team. She is battling to overcome a crippling fear left over from her last case. read more

Journey of the Heart Book Review

Journey of the Heart by DiAnn Mills

Journey of the Heart is a Christian historical fiction story set in the year 1857. DiAnn Mills has done her thorough research into the traditions of the Comanche Indians of that period of time, which makes for interesting reading.

White woman Katie Colter promises her dying father that she will leave her Comanche home where she has grown up and join her aunt and uncle at the white man’s fort. However, when she leaves the Indian family whom she loves, she also leaves Lone Eagle, the warrior she has pledged to marry.

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Where She Belongs by Johnnie Alexander

Where She BelongsNewly widowed Shelby Kincaid decides to move with her two young daughters to the small town of Misty Willow to live in her family’s old homestead.

Newly widowed Shelby Kincaid decides to move with her two young daughters to the small town of Misty Willow to live in her family’s old homestead.

She knows there is going to be a lot of work getting the abandoned home to the condition she knows it can be. It is the only place where she ever felt she belonged, and she longs to have her children grow up in touch with their heritage.

The house has been neglected for so long and is in need of massive repairs, however Shelby knows she can do it, and looks forward to the challenge. read more