Monday, March 27, 2017

Slender Reeds: Jochebed's Hope

By Michelle Ule

I first read Texie Susan Gregory's Slender Reeds years ago in manuscript form and it has stayed with me. I was delighted to get a copy of the book recently and see if I remembered well.

Gregory's story and meticulous research into Egypt during Pharoah's time was interesting and thorough. Slender Reeds is about Moses' mother, Jochebed, as Pharaoh's rule clamps down on the Israelites.

Jochebed begins the book as an uncertain girl dependent on her mother and puzzled by her fractured friendships with two friends. Her story arc shows maturity and a greater sense that fear does not need to control her life because Elohim can be trusted.

The trauma of crocodiles in the river is what I remembered best--the fear of encountering such a beast while drawing water or washing clothes.

Egypt was more knowable from Gregory's book, and I could better understand--even though this is a novel--what it might have been like to live during that time.

Jochebed is a weaver, which is where Slender Reeds gets its title. Her skill enables her to construct the basket which saved her youngest son's life and, of course, gave us Moses.

The story is woven through with the relationship struggles teenager girls often have. Jochebed doesn't always behave in as mature a manner as I would like--but she was a teenager.

Told from several points of view--including that of the arrogant Pharaoh--the story ties itself as neatly as Jochebed's knots.

We see Jochebed's faith grow with maturity until the very end where her friendships finally complete a full picture of Israelite women on the brink of Moses' life.

I enjoyed it.


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Michelle Ule is the best selling author of six novels and the upcoming biography, Mrs. Oswald Chambers. Learn more about her at her website,

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