A man might in war; mighty in deed, mighty in worship…We have nothing promised to us but our inheritance. We must go and fight for it.
What kind of man was Caleb? What kind of man does God use to lead his people when they are fearful of what they see instead of trusting in the God they know?
Cliff Graham with his background in the military and his gift of storytelling, paints a magnificent picture of another side of the Exodus that we may never consider. The biblical story of Caleb is one of bravery and loyalty. When others choose to flee, Caleb trusted in the Lord and his promises. Graham takes those attributes of Caleb and in great manly, grisly detail, takes his reader on the journey of Caleb. The bible itself does not touch on the background of Caleb and who he was before; however, this version gives meat to the fearless spirit that Caleb had. Caleb fighting in the Pharaoh’s army gave insight to the type of men and culture of the Egyptians. Pharaoh was considered a god and his men were trained ruthlessly. This was the background of Caleb and then walked in the picture Moses. When Caleb witnessed the power of God and the compassion of God, he along with many others chooses to be part of the great Exodus.
The fear and the total destruction of God’s wrath is vividly represented with integrity of the scripture. However, as a reader you experience that fear yourself. While the wrath was laid out on the Egyptians, God protected his people. Each plague that was brought forth was descriptive from the Egyptian’s point of view which was very sobering.
The narration is done with Caleb sharing with his nephew God’s faithfulness to his promises and how he came to know the God of Israel.
What really impressed me with prose is what a faithful Godly man looks like. It does not make Caleb a Nicholas Sparks character but one that is committed to the glory of God.
A Special Thank You to Bethany House Publishers and Netgalley for ARC and the opportunity to post an honest review.