Saturday, September 5, 2009

The Real Story of Exodus

Dr. Paul L. Maier is a professor of ancient history and has written many books, including a best seller for adults. But it's his books for children I most admire. In The Real Story of Exodus, the conclusion of his trilogy about Old Testament times, he delivers what I've come to expect from him: An accurate and interesting story for kids that's solidly biblical.

The book begins with a brief summary of what happened after the great flood, and why God's people were looking forward to the Promised Land. Then Maier retells the story of Moses, beginning with his dangerous beginning in the Nile River, to his awe-inspiring encounter with God and a burning bush, to his hesitant obedience to God when he approached the Pharaoh, to the first Passover, to the parting of the Red Sea, to his relieving of the Ten Commandments, to the building of the portable tabernacle, to his death on the edge of the Promised Land.

"So ended the life of one of the greatest men in history. Although only one man, Moses had filled the roles of eight! Not only was he the leader of the Israelites, he was also their liberator, lawgiver, high priest, military general, strategist, judge, and representative before God. No one else could have accomplished all this, because, of course, it was God who made the entire exodus possible."

The book's epilogue reminds us that only Jesus Christ can truly save those who are wandering the earth in their sin.

What I Like: I appreciate that the book is broken down into one-page chapters, so even kids with shorter attention spans can enjoy this story, bit by bit. As always, Maier adds interesting historical details and often uses a writing style that sounds like a grandparent spinning a yarn for his children. The illustrations by Gerad Taylor add immensely to this book. They are rich in color and light, and offer plenty of details to interest children.

What I Dislike: Maier's writing style isn't the most modern; sometimes it's a bit wordy. Still, this doesn't make my four year old less interested in his books.

Overall Rating: Very Good.

Age Appeal: According to the publisher, 9 - 12, but my 4 year old enjoys it.

Publishing Info: Concordia, 2009; ISBN: 978-0758612687; hard back, $16.99.

Buy at for $12.74

Special Info: Read our other reviews of books by Paul L. Maier.

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