BY WAY OF THE WILDERNESS
Morris continues his Lions of Judah series with a novelized version of the story of Moses. Closely following the biblical account, he fleshes out the people of Scripture with emotions, goals and motivations that may only be implied in the original Hebrew text.
The strong secondary plot of Bezalel, the man honored in Scripture as the craftsman of the tabernacle, provides a romantic interest as well as a better opportunity for Morris to flex his fictional muscles. Bezalel's struggles of faith in the midst of a world of idol worship ring true and clear as the Hebrew people spring free of slavery and meet both failures and victories in the wilderness of testing.
Morris retells this timeless epic with competence and moments of insight, but his trademark tendency toward telling rather than showing mutes the drama. (Aug., 320 pp., $12.99)