The Fire in the Rock

  • by Charles Henderson Norman
  • Narrated by Charles Henderson Norman
  • 14 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The Fire in the Rock is a first-person retelling of the Exodus story from the viewpoint of Tzipporah, the wife of Moses; but it is not a conventional Bible story. First, God is offstage; he is present only in the characters' hearts and thoughts. Second, there are no overt miracles - all the events of the Plagues and the Exodus are attributed to natural, if unique, events that are now known to have taken place at around that time.
I've seen some confusion on the part of some potential listeners on this issue, so let me make this point clear: in the book, the issue of whether these events were miracles (as Tzipporah herself insists,) or just coincidences, rather depends upon what one brings to them, just as in our own lives. There is no way to know with certainty, and it remains a matter of faith. There is one unambiguously inexplicable occurrence near the end of the book, just to drive home that point. I am not out to sabotage anyone's faith; on the contrary, my intent is to show that there are transcendent things worth believing in, even if one rejects simplistic supernaturalism.
In any case, this is not a book of signs and wonders; I write of Moses and Tzipporah as real people with a real, human relationship. Indeed, the book has been described (by Kirkus) as "a powerful, focused love story that may perhaps be more appealing to seekers than believers"; As for the religious aspect - Moses himself is filled with uncertainty and doubt till the end of his life. The central inspiration of the book was, in fact, this simple question, "What if Moses were just an ordinary man?"
The Fire in the Rock received a Starred Review from Kirkus Reviews, and was named to its list of 'The Best Books of 2106.'

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Very Interesting Book

Where does The Fire in the Rock rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is one of the most interesting books I've listened to in a while. I enjoyed it very much


What was one of the most memorable moments of The Fire in the Rock?

The whole book was memorable. More than a moment or two that caught my attention.


Which character – as performed by Charles Henderson Norman – was your favorite?

At first I found it strange that Charles was narrating a female character but as I continued to listen it got better. I would have preferred a female for a female character but he has such a strong, powerful voice he did make it easy for me to follow the story.


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

This book was a nice change from what I had been listening to. There was a lot to this book that grabbed my attention and made me listen closer. I found it well worth listening to, all at once or not.


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- Rhonda

The story of Moses brought to life.

Since I'm not Christian I wasn't really sure what I would think of this book... it held me spellbound!

The story comes from Tzipporah's (Moses wife's) perspective told at the end of her life. And it's a story that is so realistic that the events could have taken place as they are told here and spawned a legend that grew with the retelling to create the story told in the bible.

It is very cleverly crafted and I could barely stand to stop listening to work and sleep.

There is a lot of background information because who Moses is as a person and his life experiences play a large role in shaping the Exodus and ensuring it can happen at all.

The book is narrated by the author, this makes it a little different to what I'm used to. There aren't the distinct character voices that a skilled voice actor creates but this soon stopped mattering. Charles has a great voice and the pacing and delivery are very well done. He also did an excellent job of expressing emotion, in fact I feel like his love and passion for the story come through in his voice.

Regardless of your religious beliefs or even if you have then this is a very interesting book and it is beautifully told.

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- Claire

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-28-2017
  • Publisher: Charles Henderson Norman