Jun 2, 2023
I love talking the Word with people who love The Word, and Mesu Andrews is definitely one of those folks. With her new book In Feast or Famine already raking in rave reviews, I knew I'd want to read this book as part of my quest to bring more Biblical fiction into my life, and after talking with her, I want to read it now. Like today.
But I can't. I haven't read Potiphar's Wife, and while it stands alone, I definitely want to read that one first. Listen in to see why I think two books that could read as stand alones should still be read in order.
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In Feast or Famine takes a look at Joseph after he's released from prison and gives us a look at what that might have looked like.
Mesu chats about how she kind of wrote herself into a corner when she gave Joseph a romantic interest in Potiphar's Wife (and why she did it) that she has to remove from God's factual account. Because In Feast or Famine talks about the wife Pharaoh gives him isn't the Hebrew slave Mesu invented for him.
The book talks about the difficulties on all sides and gives us a look at where she'll take her next series as well!
Thrust into an arranged marriage, the daughter of ancient Egypt’s high priest plays a pivotal role in Joseph’s biblical narrative in this powerful novel from the award-winning author of Potiphar’s Wife.
After four-year-old Asenath’s mother is murdered by Egypt’s foreign rulers, the child is raised to be a priestess by her overprotective father—high priest of Egypt’s sun god. For fifteen years, Asenath is sequestered in the upper levels of Ra’s temple, convinced it is her destiny to heal the land by becoming queen to the next Egyptian pharaoh. But when Egypt’s foreign king instead gives her as a bride to the newly appointed vizier—a Hebrew named Joseph—her entire world is shaken.
Beyond the walls of her tower, Asenath discovers treachery, deceit, and conspiracy that force her to redefine her destiny and weigh where her true loyalties lie. Can she still trust the gods of Egypt? Or is Elohim, the foreign God of her husband, the one who will heal her nation during the feast and famine to come?