Shadow of the Mountain
By: Cliff Graham
Publisher: Bethany House
“Shadow of the Mountain” begins with 85 year old Caleb telling the story of his life from a young boy until the current time. He takes you on a journey of the dangers of travel, the horrors of war and how Pharaoh’s poor leadership caused great hardship for Egypt, the horror of the Israelites bondage and what it took to become one of Pharaoh’s Elite in Bible time. Caleb shows again and again how satan’s power can mimic God’s power but in the end God reigns supreme.
When I first started reading this book, I thought it was going to be about Caleb, but soon learned it is instead the story of the bondage and freedom of the Israelites. It is his first-hand account being told to his nephew, Othniel to write down for future generations. As Caleb tells his story, he explains in graphic detail the unleashing of the plagues and the pain and suffering that followed, so if you are faint of heart you need to be aware there isn’t much left to the imagination. Although this book is a work of fiction and the author states he took great liberties and used artistic license to create the character of Caleb, since there is very little in the Bible about Caleb, he did write the story about scripture and history of that time period. To be honest I had never given much thought to Caleb as I had always focused on the plight of the Israelites and the plagues with the culmination of the parting of the Red Sea, but after reading this book, Caleb will hold a special place in my heart. He didn’t follow the ways of God until after he had become a man and part of Pharaoh’s Elite. It is an amazing story and well worth reading even if you are not into the graphicness of war. Please don’t let that deter you from reading this book. I promise you the message of God’s supreme love will remain with you long after you’ve finished the book.
Disclosure: I was given a copy of this eBook by the publisher, Bethany House, through NetGalley blogger program for review. I was not required to write a favorable review nor was I compensated for my review. The opinions in this review are my own.