Author: Violet Nesdoly
Publisher: Word Alive Press, 2012
205 pp. $17.99-paperback; $8.99-Kindle
Rating: 5/5 stars (Rating System)
Reviewed by Ruth Snyder
Have you struggled with finding God’s will? Bezalel thinks he knows what he wants, but is it what God wants? He discovers at an early age that his hands instinctively know how to create beautiful works of art. As a slave in Egypt, he uses his craft to gain favour with his overseer. The events in his life have caused him to question the faith of his fathers. He decides his capabilities are protected as he worships his new Egyptian god. Then Moses comes and demands that Pharoah lets the children of Israel go worship Yahweh.
When Pharoah refuses, terrible things begin to happen. As far as Bezalel is concerned, Moses is a dreamer and a trouble maker – someone who should just go away. However, as Bezalel continues to watch the miracles Yahweh performs through Moses, he begins to question his assumptions about his Egyptian god and Yahweh. Bezalel’s artful work brings the promise of freedom and a wonderful future in Egypt, but his heart yearns to know the true God. Will Bezalel choose wisely? Will Yahweh deliver His people? Will Bezalel find the desires of his heart?
Author Violet Nesdoly lives in Vancouver, BC. Although she has had many pieces published for both children and adults, this is her first novel.
Nesdoly uses strong characterization and vivid description to provide a compelling version of the Israeli exodus from Egypt, told from Bezalel’s perspective. You feel like you’re tasting the dust and walking through the desert with the Israelites. Although I’m familiar with the biblical account, the story came alive in a new way for me. Nesdoly causes us to examine personal beliefs in light of the amazing power of God. Questions for reflection are included. I highly recommend this book.
Ruth L. Snyder lives with her husband and five young children on a quarter section north of Glendon, Alberta. Homemaking and serving on the local public school board take up most of her time, but she also enjoys writing, editing, photography, and traveling. Ruth reviews biographies, historical, contemporary fiction and non-fiction books for Maranatha News. Contact Ruth at email@example.com