Monday, June 04, 2007

The Warrior

The Warrior by Francine Rivers, 2005.

The Warrior is part of Francine Rivers' Sons of Encouragement series. It is the story of Caleb (whom we first meet as Kelubai). The novel covers a great span of time. It begins in the middle of the plagues in Egypt. Moses has had several meetings with pharoah. Enough has been done to prove to this young man and his immediate family, that the 'god' of the Hebrews is the one, true God. Caleb places his trust in God and never looks back. He brings his family over to the Hebrews' land of Goshen. Better to be counted among the lowest of the slaves of Egypt, than to remain among God's enemies and face his wrath in the coming weeks. The story follows Caleb from Egypt through the desert. From the crossing of the Red Sea and the destruction of the Egyptian army, to God's provisions of water and manna. It tells of the giving of the law and the rebellious creation of the golden calf. It tells of his journeys as a spy in the Promised Land. It tells of his frustration and anger when the Hebrew people rebel against God and refuse to enter the Promised Land. It tells of the forty years wandering in the desert. But the story doesn't end there. Here the reader glimpses not only that important journey, but also the equally difficult years where the Hebrews were fighting their Canaanite neighbors for possession of the land. Caleb saw many good men in his days, the death of Moses and Aaron, the death of Joshua, before he finally took a role of leadership. The book follows Caleb's life journey until he passes on his legacy to Othniel.

The story was exciting. I really enjoyed it. And best of all, the long chapters didn't annoy me at all. I read this book in one sitting!