The author has creatively put this popular, familiar story into a more complete commentary of how she views the two lives were before they met, then their lives up until their return to Egypt. None of us, of course, knows what truly transpired, yet, the author, creatively puts together a feasible concept based on the traditions and laws of that time from. The tit;e and Book Cover depicts a key part of this tale and is well-done. The flow is smooth and steady. The characters are very real and the background scenes described well.
This is the last installment of the Moses Chronicles. Finishing this series is bitter sweet. I know the story from the Bible, as do most people, but Heather has taken another historical event and expanded it making those past events come to life. Moses is now reunited, not just with his biological family, but the mother who raised him.
He has brought his own little family out of the wilderness to do the Lords work. Trials and tribulations run rampant effecting not just the Egyptians, but the Hebrews. Moses needs to find his strength and courage to lead his people out of the grip of Ramses. Thank goodness for his brother Aaron and those close to him. Family is a powerful influence. Read all the Moses Chronicles, follow the Prophet who led the children of Israel out of bondage and on the path to freedom.
Once again, I was captivated by the way Heather B. Moore entwines the personal emotions of Moses and his family members with the intense, epic nature of the well-known Biblical account. Exodus definitely reads as a sequel to me- the majority of the character development is in the first two books, and this third book is the ultimate climax of all that has been building up.
While the author subtly catches us up with where things stand with the main characters, I think the overall reading experience is richer for knowing the details of Moses' relationship with Ramses and his adoptive mother, Miriam and Aaron's struggles as slaves, the exile of Moses, and his romance with Zipporah. Exodus is a successful example of a story told from multiple perspectives; the author avoided repetition and the various points of view deepened my understanding of how both Egyptians and Hebrews were affected by the politics, plagues, and the Hebrews' exodus from Egypt, the only home they have ever known, into a dangerous wilderness.
It was interesting to see Moses portrayed as an outsider and not initially perceived by the people of Israel as their leader, but as time progresses they accept his stewardship over them. Aaron's role as his brother and spokesperson is significant, and I didn't realize the hand he had in executing some of the miracles time for a visit to my Old Testament I appreciated the continuing story of Moses' Egyptian mother Bithiah and Mered, one of the Hebrew scribes in the palace and the one who told her about the Lord, the God of Israel.
The action doesn't stop after they leave Egypt, and it was a nice wrap-up to include some of the early experiences in the desert. It is definitely one I will be reading again and keeping in my personal library. I admire Heather's willingness to attempt to tell that story in novelized form. A fictionalized version of Moses' story makes sense because the scriptures leave some rather significant gaps. I also appreciated the author's taking the time to explain some of the changes she made to the timeline in order to move the story along.
When I read historical fiction, it's always nice to know what's been changed for the sake of the story. Still, Moore has created a compelling, powerful story of a man who was called to do what the world would say was impossible. Challenging one of the most powerful men of the time, Moses calls on Pharoah to let the Hebrew slaves go free. Unsurprisingly, Pharoah refuses, but the Lord isn't taking no for an answer. But Moses refuses to go away or give up and under the Lord's direction continues to obey.
I felt like H. Moore did a fabulous job of creating a picture of what Moses' life may have been like and just what it took for him to follow the Lord. A great conclusion to the trilogy, but definitely not an end to Moses story, as the trilogy focuses on the exit of the Hebrews from Egypt, thus, the years in the wilderness are not covered.
These books need to be read in order, as they are chronological. The Bible isn't an easy book to understand sometimes and I often look at those prophets and think of them as almost legends. That combination makes it an intimidating book to tackle. This installment of the series follows the multiple requests of Moses to the pharaoh of Egypt, and his former best friend, Ramses, to release this people from bondage. Each time, the answer is "no," and plagues come over the land.
What I absolutely love about this book and series is the incredible way H. Moore has of bringing these characters to life and on my level. I'm learning more about how human they actually were--they had real thoughts, feelings, relationships, and struggles. I love that these great people are brought down to my level and these events are told in a way that I could visualize so well. I feel like I grasp things so much better now. I can't imagine trying to approach a childhood friend with such a scary request, yet Moses does it over and over again.
He's an inspiring man. I loved getting to know Bithiah the woman who raised him better, as she became a favorite of mine. These people had great trials and I loved understanding them and their reactions more intimately. Moore is a master at awakening these scriptural stories for a reader. This is a great read for those who enjoy clean, historical fiction, especially relating to the Bible.
Dedeker: I don't know. A couple of moments turned out to me, the earliest one is a little bit fuzzy but I think the earliest one was even just the first time that I think that I used the P word in describing myself to someone that I was dating. Jase: I'm sorry. That was a little slow. I'm thinking I don't know. Jase: I thought you were going to say partner or something. I said what, where are we going with this? Dedeker: I was going to say with the altitude or something.
The first time that I used the term polyamory to describe myself and then also went on to kind of describe what that meant to me to someone that I'd gone on a couple dates with, I think at this point.
The fact that they for the first time, instead of this person being like, "That's weird. I don't know if I could do that. Asking a lot of questions with that tone of not curiosity, but, "You better defend yourself to me. He hadn't had an experience but for him, he was like, "Oh my goodness. I've totally felt that way and that makes so much sense. I think the first time that I had this really positive reaction to my self-description, my identity, that was kind of the first step I was like, "This isn't just an instant turnoff to everyone else on the planet.
For me, it's like a number of different tiny little milestones.
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The first time that I could come home from a date and then go visit another partner and talk about the date to my partner and it was all fine and good and felt very normal. My first time ever feeling compersion was a huge moment of validation. I'm not like a huge compersion junkie or anything, and sometimes I worried that compersion is too much like polyamory PR.
Sometimes sets such unrealistic ideals for people but that aside, the first time I ever actually felt that way was actually in our quad experience. Was back when I saw my partner Brad give Emily a kiss, up until that point even though identified as polyamorous, I still struggled from my first experience when someone else was also in love with someone else at the same time and really struggled with what that meant and how I felt about that. It hadn't been easy up to that point but then I saw that and it was like these fireworks went off inside of me and I didn't understand.
I was like my body shouldn't be feeling this way to seeing this. It's never felt this way before. I think for me that experience was also this incredible like, this does actually feel really good to me. It's not just in the moments that are more selfish where I feel like I have all the partners and no one else has any partners or anything like that.
It is actually also feeling good to me even when I'm not directly benefiting from this arrangement. You got one. Jase: It's hard because I feel like it's this constant process but I will say that one experience that I had that I really appreciated. This was even earlier than Emily's. Jase: I had phone calls with my dad and my mom and my brother. Specifically, my brother and my mom were the ones that really surprised me. My brother, his response was sort of like, "That's interesting. Your girlfriend learned about that in one of her courses in college, you should check out Sex at Dawn. Just that his response didn't need to be like, "Gosh, that's not something I want to do.
You better not be trying to convince me to do it. How does that work? I kind of explained it and she's like, "I know. I kind of wish I could do that. That sounds nice. Jase: That's not something that she's decided to do. Jase: For me actually, I feel very lucky that I got to have those positive experiences. I've had other negative ones but that those two were specifically that positive was just like, "Oh, okay. I haven't come up with something that's so outlandish and terrible and immoral that no one could ever love me for wanting this.
After that had lots of experiences with people saying it's terrible and immoral and you're an awful person and you're a cult leader and all that sort of stuff. Female voice: Please don't fight it.
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Emily: That's why we should be timing out. Dedeker: It is where the money is at. Jase: That's what they tell me. Jase: We get to have cool uniforms and stuff. Now that sounds good. Female voice: Everybody call the police. Jase: I guess there have been many things along the way, though, because then there's also been periods of that being really hard and then having those little unique situations of being at karaoke with another karaoke member. Jase: Being at karaoke with Dedeker and another guy that both of us were dating and being able to sing songs at both of them while they're being sweet with each other and then I get up and hug them and doing that and just that we were all that comfortable with it was like that was another one of those experiences or even in other ways even after the three of us were not all dating each other.
Being able to have the experience of talking to people about us and they're like, "You guys are trying out in your podcast. Emily: T hrouple. Jase: We're not a throuple or a triad. We're actually this other thing and for them to go, "Whoa. Jase: Maybe on the other side of them saying, "Yes, that. I can't even believe it. That's amazing. Not that that can't happen with former partners and friends and stuff in monogamous relationships, but for me, it could not have happened.
I think that was another one of those really cool, validating moments. Dedeker: Seems like the key is karaoke really. I think you're on wrong track. Emily: All of you, you sang beautifully today. Jase: The karaoke really that was great. Jase: We do have one question, that's not a question. Dedeker: Yes, that was anonymously submitted. Jase: Do we want to have someone read it? Dedeker: Yes. This was anonymously submitted and they said, "I want somebody else to read on the show.
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Jase: Do we have a volunteer to read? Speaker 2: I'll read it if I can read it in a funny voice. Dedeker: Trevor can you whine up the funny voice bit. It's short. It's very short. Dedeker: Whatever you do, you got to commit to it though. Emily: It's the one that says, "Anonymous. You are an amazing goddess. You are. Trevor: Can we do a couple of takes?
Jase: Does someone want to try with the voice? Dedeker: I will allow one more take. Jase: Don't mind that first step. That was beautiful, both of you. I know. I've had enough affirmation for one. Thank you all. That was my limit. I was wondering if you guys had advice and thoughts on how you transition a relationship into that long-distance style relationship.
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Like FF in there and it sucked. That wasn't a fun experience. One is that especially since sometimes it can be hard to coordinate when you're going to talk to each other, when you're going to video chat with each other especially with time zones. Even if it's not that, that can be challenging to figure out how to schedule and so that time gets limited. The time can get limited so I find like that there's two sides. On the one hand, you like never want to talk about anything hard or heavy because we get such precious little time, let's just try to enjoy it. Having something like radar gives you that like well, I know we're going to talk about this once a month or once every two weeks or however often we decide that's going to work for us.
Then on the other side, a very armchair psychologist theory that I came up with years ago was that when we're long-distance with someone there's a certain like just emotional intensity that we don't get to have with them because we don't have like physical touch or we don't have those sorts of physical intimacy that have those kind of hormonal reactions and like cause feelings of any kind in us. I think that that sometimes we can actually on the other hand have more serious conversations while we're long-distance because then we get to feel something.
Then like even if it's because I'm crying and I'm upset or I'm whatever it is that you're feeling at least and that's the thing that it's hard to feel like you're not getting. Again very armchair psychologists, I have no backing for this whatsoever. I think also having something like radar, having a regular check-in also gives you the opportunity to then try different stuff. With Dedeker and myself, it was okay during the radar, I talked about like let's try a different video chat service or I have an idea about how we could play this particular video game together remotely that's not a two-player game but I think I figured out a way we can do a screen sharing thing so that'll work.
Or we've spent a lot of our time getting really stressed out over these video games we've been playing like what if instead this month, we tried watching movies together and talking about those or what-. Not just for negotiating things or trying things but also because the fact that like when you are long distance, you lose a little bit of that being in each other's day-to-day lives and it gives you a chance to just like catch up.
Like the part of the radar where you're sitting and looking at your Google Calendar where you can't be like oh, I didn't tell you about this like silly dinner party I went to two weeks ago but let me tell you about that now. It's not like it's necessarily relevant to you but it's me filling you in on my life and bringing you into that space intimately that you would have gotten when we're living together but now it's a little bit interrupted.
Just the other thing I was going to say I guess this is kind of like post-transition when you actually are long-distance. Where it often comes up in therapy is like if you have a bunch of unresolved stuff with your father for instance but your father's dead then you can like put a picture up and like talk out your stuff and it feels silly but it actually kind of unlocks some stuff in your brain and in your emotions that wouldn't otherwise just thinking about it. The same thing with relationships that like do a lot more FaceTime or Skyping than you think is appropriate even if it's short calls even it's just like I'm on my lunch break let's just talk for 20 minutes but let's do it FaceTime and same thing with just like send way more selfies than you think are appropriate.
Because of triggering that like kind of packing that part of your brain to get those kind of pheromones released at least in part that would be if you actually were together because that part of your brain doesn't know the difference. I'm sure you're amazing at it already but just to put it out there. You can send us a message on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram. You can also leave us a voicemail at, everyone together;.
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Subscribe on Stitcher. Subscribe on Android. Search all of our episodes here:. Transcript This document may contain small transcription errors. Kenzie: We invited you out here. Although the title Now You Know Almost Everything is a smiling reference to all three books, I assure you that there is always more to learn, and besides, I have to keep something to myself. Wedd is an Anglo-Saxon word meaning to gamble, and there is no greater gamble than marriage. In the days when brides were bartered by their fathers, and a deal was reached with a prospective groom through an exchange of either property or cash, a young woman would have been bought and sold for breeding purposes to be finalized in a wedlock ritual called a wedding.
This marriage led to matrimony , which in Latin means the state of motherhood. Why is it bad luck for the groom to see his bride before the ceremony on their wedding day? The twenty-four-hour ban descends from that ritual. During the reign of Charles II, the three-tier cake with white icing we use today was introduced. The couple cuts the first piece together as a gesture of their shared future, whatever it might bring. Men might cry at weddings, but they have been socially conditioned that as protectors and warriors signs of weakness such as tears invite an attack.
There is no such thing as happy crying. Psychologists suggest that when people cry at happy endings, they are reacting to the moment when the critical outcome was in doubt. A woman crying at a wedding is most likely expressing subconscious disappointment in the outcome of her own romantic dreams. Near the end of a Jewish wedding ceremony, after the vows have been made, wine is poured into a new glass and a blessing is recited over it by the rabbi.
This symbolizes the destruction of the Holy Temple in Israel and reminds guests that love is fragile. Those gathered shout mazel tov, and the couple kisses. This ancient Jewish custom dates back to Biblical times, when stones adorned graves as markers. Today the stones reflect the importance of each soul and are a permanent record of all the people who come to pay their respects.
If you are invited to a stately home for dinner, you are first directed into the parlour, where, through introductions and conversation, you mingle and become acquainted with your host and other guests. After the meal, you retire to the drawing room for liqueurs and cigars. The name drawing room is an abbreviation of withdrawing room and was originally for men only. There are four bows, each with a different meaning. The simplest, at an angle of five degrees, means good day.
A bow of fifteen degrees is more formal and means good morning. As an appreciation of a kind gesture the angle is thirty degrees, while the most extreme, a bow of forty-five degrees, conveys deep respect or an apology. During a recent five-year period, twenty-four residents of Tokyo died while bowing to each other. We gather at the cenotaph on Remembrance Day because a cenotaph is a monument inscribed to honour the dead but which does not contain any remains.
An epitaph is inscribed on the tombstone above a grave. Both words and concepts are Greek in origin. Today, the simplest epitaphs are for Catholic clergy: seven crosses for a bishop, five for a priest, and one for parishioners.