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Tirzah's people, the Israelites, have been in slavery to the Egyptians for many years. Tirzah and her lame brother, Oren, help gather straw to make bricks. She observes the suffering of her people and the injustices that are done to them by the Egyptian police. Moses begs Pharaoh to let them go, but Pharaoh makes them work harder.One night, when the plague of death strikesTirzah's people, the Israelites, have been in slavery to the Egyptians for many years. Tirzah and her lame brother, Oren, help gather straw to make bricks. She observes the suffering of her people and the injustices that are done to them by the Egyptian police. Moses begs Pharaoh to let them go, but Pharaoh makes them work harder.One night, when the plague of death strikes down Pharaoh's own son, he allows the Israelites to flee on foot, only to pursue them with horses and chariots. He believes he will have them trapped between the mountains and the sea, but God miraculously delivers them. The Israelites celebrate with a song of hope and victory. Tirzah befriends a young Egyptian girl who has fled with them, even though others treat her badly. In spite of hardship and disappointment, Tirzah and her family keep trusting Yahweh to carry them through....

Title : Tirzah
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ISBN : 9780836135466
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 160 Pages
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Tirzah Reviews

  • Victoria Lynn
    2019-04-02 17:28

    I remember really enjoying this book, though I don't usually like bible stories through fictional eyes. But this one was enough removed from actual biblical things that could be skewed and it followed the historical facts. I think it is a good read.

  • Ebookwormy1
    2019-03-22 13:41

    This insightful historical fiction about the exodus was helpful to me in illuminating the Biblical text. The author respectfully tries to flesh out what the obedient and disobedient among the tribes of Israel may have been thinking/ feeling during these tumultuous events. The narrative was challenging to me personally, as I kept feeling a strong identification with the unfaithful and not as strong an identification with the faithful. It is not amazing writing, and some of the character development is a little rough, particularly at the beginning. Also, I found the ending extremely unsatisfying, as the author doesn't resolve much of the tension created in earlier chapters. I suppose she ends where she does because that is where the Biblical book of Exodus ends, but at least use an epilogue to sketch where our characters end up!Nonetheless, a valuable read. Highly recommended. An excellent home school library selection.

  • Selina Bloomfield
    2019-03-28 18:54

    Simple story about the children of Israel leaving Egypt. Read it with my boys as part of our homeschool curriculum. They enjoyed it.

  • Tirzah
    2019-04-09 11:53

    This was an interesting book based on the Hebrew's Exodus from Egypt and their journey towards the Promised Land. Tirzah and her family learn about trusting God and having hope even during dark times. I recommend it to those who enjoy Biblical historical fiction, specifically late elementary-middle school children.

  • Cristine Braddy
    2019-04-06 16:54

    My son loved this as a read aloud. It brought the Exodus to life.

  • Annette Vellenga
    2019-03-20 18:48

    a fictional book based on the Israelites and their Exodus into the desert.Brought to life the trials they faced, the difficulty it would be with the complainers vs the "let's follow God" crowd and how lessons needed to be learned on both sides. Good book, the lad thoroughly enjoyed it, as did I.

  • Shannon
    2019-04-19 14:58

    Ages 9-12Back Cover: Knives flashed in the sunlight, and bundles of cut grasses lay along the Nile marsh. Twelve-year-old Tirzah and her younger brother, Oren, headed for a thicket of grass out of sight of the others at work. Oren reached for a clump of reeds and froze. From the thicket above his head, two dark eyes stared at him. He swung around to grab his crutch and gasped as a man stood up, parting the reeds in front of him. Tirzah whirled to face them, a handful of grass in her hand. "What do you want?" Tirzah asked, her heart beating fast. "Nothing. Nothing more than to get out of here in one piece," he said. From the ground where he still knelt, Oren held his wooden crutch like a shepherd's staff, ready to swing. "You're the one the Medjay were after, aren't you?"***Tirzah and her family are slaves in Egypt. Pharaoh forces them to make mud bricks without straw, so Tirzah cuts grass for her father and older brother to use. The police crack their cruel whips to make them work harder. If only Tirzah's people could escape. If only Moses could persuade Pharaoah to let them go. Surely Yahwek, the Lord God, will hear their prayers to leave Egypt for a better life somewhere else, they hope.Shannon: This story begins in Egypt just before the last few plagues. The Israelites are eagerly awaiting their liberation and ends in the desert just after God has proclaimed that they will wander yet another 40 years. All the highlights we know and love are here: the plagues, getting caught between the Red Sea and Pharaoh's army, crossing the Red Sea, the Shekinah, grumbling, more grumbling, Moses and the Ten Commandments... Though the author is a devout Southern Baptist, and I am a "Yeah Pope!" Catholic, I so enjoyed this one. To me she was spot on in portraying the frailty and fickleness of humanity, the pervasive lack of faith from which we all suffer. Time and time again, I hear Jeff Cavin's words echoing from The Great Adventure Bible Study, his portraying of God's one question, "Do you trust Me?" Obedience, obedience, obedience. This book portrays what a lovely virtue is obedience. Why in the world do we think we could ever know better than God?

  • Rebecca
    2019-04-06 18:58

    Tirzah is a fictional young girl, an Israelite in Egyptian bondage. We follow her out of the hated Egypt, and see what the trek through the wilderness might have been to a young girl. She witnessed the plagues of Egypt and the crossing of the Red Sea, feared during the creation and rebellion of the golden calf and the giving of the law, and wondered what would happen when there was nothing to drink. She gathered manna, worried over the sickness from the many quail, and speculated – like a typical teen – about who the matchmakers would think to put together. Tirzah’s relations are involved in the common rebellions, and she hears their reasonings and justifications for their positions. The theme of racial prejudice is brought up concerning another young girl, an Egyptian maiden who turned to Yahweh and journeyed with the children of Israel. The final scenes of the book occur when the twelve spies have returned from Canaan. Because of the Israelites’ unbelief in Yahweh, they are cursed to wander 40 years in the wilderness until those who did not believe were dead. Tirzah struggles with fear and rebellion throughout the book, but by the end she comes to understand a little of the ways of Yahweh, and learns to hope in Him.Obviously written to appeal to teens, I thought the characters could have displayed a little more maturity. Other than that, Travis has an easy reading style. This won’t be anyone’s favorite book of the year, but you might check it out for a perspective on what it might have been like for the Israelite children. It's interesting to read about the places and events in Exodus in a work of fiction, and many details from the Scriptures are woven throughout it.

  • Elena
    2019-03-20 11:48

    This was a pretty insightful look at the Passover and the Exodus. The author did a good job of making me think about how everyday people might have perceived the events as well as how easy it would have been not to trust Moses and the Lord, even though the pillar and cloud went before them. I did think there were a few too many characters to keep track of but that didn't detract too much from the story. I wondered throughout how the author would handle the 40 years in the wilderness since she has her main characters looking forward to the Promised Land. However, she handled it pretty well, without too much of an emphasis on the sadness of it which might have been more appropriate for an older audience.

  • Jamie Cody
    2019-04-09 18:34

    This was a fictional book about a little girls life during the Exodus in the Bible. You follow her life and her families life during the times of the plagues, the final plague of the death of the firstborn in each household, the parting of the red sea, the trials through the wilderness. It's just a really neat book to kind of put faces to the Bible stories. Although it is fictional people, it is still really neat.

  • Teresa
    2019-03-21 18:38

    I would actually like to give this book 3.5 stars. As far as a great work of literature, this book is not written to be of such great work. It is a very simply told story of the children of Israel as they left Egypt and wandered in the desert. This story was told in such an inspiring way that when we completed the book I found myself really digging in to the Bible and other resources for more information on the exodus of The children of Israel into the promised land.

  • Sara Burt
    2019-04-08 14:38

    The girls and I just finished this book. At the end Abigail (8) told me she hadn't seen me cry that much while reading to them since Anne of Green Gables. This book produced discussions on a military draft, good things happening to bad people, and race-driven cultural issues. Absolutely wonderful book and one we will treasure as a family.

  • Andrea
    2019-04-17 14:41

    We just finished reading this in conjunction with a study of early Egypt. Obviously there has to be creative license for it to succeed as a novel, but it really focused on facts and gave my kids, and myself, food-for-thought when it came to viewing all that was happening from the perspective of a child who lived through it.

  • Peter Mead
    2019-04-17 13:38

    I just read this to my children, but I also loved it. Historical fiction following a family from enslavement in Egypt to the 12 spies fallout – the value here is to imagine what we know as biblical fact all dressed up in real lives. This is immensely helpful for preachers to be able to describe biblical realities and narratives better. Easy read, but very touching.

  • Angela
    2019-03-23 12:38

    I'm so great evil to still have little ones to read to. I think I will have to read with the grandkids when they visit in the future too. This was a great historical fiction novel of what it may have been like for the Israelites as they followed Moses and left Egypt. I'm grateful Parker and I could ponder their experiences

  • Hannah
    2019-04-09 18:52

    This book gives such a strong feel for what the Israelites had to go through when they were freed from Egypt and started into the desert from a young girl's perspective. :) I wish that there was a sequel!

  • Jacque
    2019-03-25 18:52

    3.5 stars. I read this to my kids as part of our school curriculum. We enjoyed the story and how it brought the bible to life for us. My kids were good at recognizing what was accurate from the story of Moses and what was fiction to make the story more relatable to them. This was a fun read.

  • Nicole
    2019-04-09 14:58

    read aloud for school with the 7 year old. This book is amazing! We loved it.

  • Kayla
    2019-04-16 14:55

    Maybe it was just me, but I yawned through the whole thing. It was an easy read, but not captivating to me.

  • Ginny
    2019-03-23 14:47

    My boys enjoyed the story and it held their interest. They wanted to read more when the story ended.

  • Kendra Fletcher
    2019-03-19 10:43

    History Year One (Ancients). Also a favorite, Tirzah covers the Exodus and gives an excellent view of life in the Hebrew camp.

  • Tif
    2019-04-08 15:29

    excellent historical fiction about the Exodus from Egypt in the perspective of a 13 yr old girl.

  • Darren
    2019-04-14 14:56

    It was a really good book. I liked a lot about it.

  • Claire
    2019-04-09 16:30

    i liked it a lot, i thought it should have been longer though.

  • Laetitia
    2019-04-19 11:46

    It is the story of the Exodus through the eyes of a young Jewish girl. Really great to imagine what people went through during that time.

  • Katrina
    2019-04-13 18:37

    Boring, preachy, and badly written. (And it's pretty impressive to make the Exodus boring!)

  • Kori
    2019-04-17 14:51

    I really liked the characters in this book and how the facts in the story, even when seen through Tirzah's eyes, were historically accurate. Excellent book.

  • Abigail Rasmussen
    2019-04-11 16:44

    I read this book when I was 11 years old. It is historical fiction taking place during the Hebrew children's exit of Egypt.

  • Stephanie
    2019-03-25 16:37

    This is a wonderful book! My kids love it, and so did I! We will read this again and again. Highly recommend!

  • Ashley Bowen
    2019-04-17 16:43

    Great book it's kind of like the story of Moses and the Israelites but in through the eyes of an Israelite.