- Title: In the Shadow of Sinai
- Author: Carole Towriss
- Publisher: Deward Publishing
- Genre: Biblical Fiction
- Release date: November 2012
Bezalel is a Hebrew slave to Ramses II. An artisan of the highest order, Ramses has kept him in the palace even when all other Israelites have been banned. Bezalel blames El Shaddai for isolating him from his people.
When Moses and Aaron appear one summer, and El Shaddai shakes Egypt to its core, Bezalel must reexamine his anger. Over the course of the next year, Bezalel’s life becomes intertwined with those of an Egyptian child-slave, the captain of the guard, and especially a beautiful, young concubine.
When spring arrives, all of them escape with the young nation of Israel. But that’s only the beginning…
I asked Carole to tell us how she came to write this book:
The idea for Sinai first came to me as I was reading in Exodus. God says to Moses, “See, I have chosen Bezalel son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with wisdom, with understanding, with knowledge and with all kinds of skills…”
I wondered, how does a slave learn to make all the beautiful pieces that were in the tabernacle? Did God just say, “Poof! Now you know!”? Sometimes he works that way, but not very often, and it’s not very fun that way, so I made up a story to explain it.
The underlying plot-line comes from the Bible, as do some of the characters. I added others, because I wanted to tell the story from a different point of view, to see how the familiar story affected regular, everyday people. My stories aren’t about the big-name people like Moses, Joshua, Ruth, David—though sometimes they’re in there. But the real story is about the lives of these ordinary people in the midst of what turns out to be a tale that will be told in Sunday school forever, and how they deal with it all when the ending is not quite so familiar to them.
About the author: Carole Towriss grew up in beautiful San Diego, California. Now she and her husband live just north of Washington, DC. In between making tacos and telling her four children to pick up their shoes for the third time, she reads, writes, watches chick flicks and waits for summertime to return to the beach. Her first novel, In the Shadow of Sinai, released November 1. You can find her at www.CaroleTowriss.com.
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About the Giveaway: Carole is offering a free* copy of this book to one lucky reader of this blog. Open to US and Canada residents. To enter, leave your name and email address in the comment section below and, for a second entry, answer this question:
As you’ve read through the Bible, have you, like Carole, ever given any thought to some of the lesser-known characters who people those Bible stories? Share your thoughts here with us.
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