Caleb and Joshua Roar to Life in this High-Impact Old Testament Saga
Two men were brave enough to tell the truth about what awaited the Hebrews in Canaan. This is their story. From the slave pits of Egypt to the efforts of an eighty-five-year-old Caleb as he drives out the last of the giants, Shadow of the Mountain is a vivid portrait of two of God’s chosen champions, and a meditation on masculine mentorship and the challenges and blessings of growing older.
For the sake of his new God and his loyalty to his friend Joshua, Caleb will not spend his twilight years resting, but taking the battle to the enemies of God’s people until his dying breath. From his early days as a mercenary for Pharaoh in Egypt watching the Hebrews suffer under the yoke of slavery, all the way through a desperate fight with giants in the dark forests of the hill country, this is a story filled with epic battles, gritty intensity, and supernatural events that made Graham’s Lion of War series a hit. Shadow of the Mountain is sure to ignite a love for the Old Testament in popular culture.
Read on for my review and also for an excerpt from Shadow of the Mountain: Exodus.
Cliff Graham is an author I’d not come across before, although he’s previously written a series about King David. Exodus is the first in a new series – Shadow of the Mountain – about two other Old Testament legends. The book is aimed more at men, but it sounded interesting enough that this woman was happy to pick it up and give it a go.
The narrative begins many years after the Hebrews left Egypt. It’s the night before a big battle against the Amakites, and Caleb is feeling every bit of his old age. After a last briefing with his men about the following day, his nephew stays back for a private conversation. It’s during this discussion that Othniel asks about his uncle’s past. From there, we are taken into Caleb’s memories as he recounts his days in
Egypt. Some of it is brutal, some is tragic, but it all helps form an understanding of Caleb’s character.
I had expected that it would take a bit of time to get through Exodus as the subject is quite meaty. Graham’s writing made it a breeze for me to read and also think about the events in it in a new way. For example, I don’t think I’d thought before about the impact the plagues had on ordinary Egyptians. Their lives were almost destroyed through the hardness of their Pharaoh’s heart. Disappointingly, there are two glaring continuity errors that appear to have come about during the editing process, as though passages that should’ve been removed were mistakenly left in. I was a little confused about Caleb’s lineage, but upon doing some research I discovered that Graham had used a known theory regarding it.
I know nothing about the next book in the series but, based on Exodus, I’ll be interested in reading it when it comes out.
Thank you to Bethany House for my complimentary copy of Shadow of the Mountain: Exodus, which I received in exchange for my honest review.
Have you read Shadow of the Mountain: Exodus? Do you plan to read it? Let me know your thoughts.
Publisher: Bethany House (a division of Baker Publishing)
Publication Date: 05 May 2015
Page Count: 304