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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.'
©2016 Charles Henderson Norman (P)2017 Charles Henderson Norman
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4 out of 5 stars
By Rhonda on 05-10-17

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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I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the
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5 out of 5 stars
By Just My Opinion on 02-02-18

Well Written & Narrated!

The story of Moses and Tzipporah is brought to life from the pen of Charles H. Norman and the passion of his voice. He has written a powerful and compelling story from the perspective of Moses’s wife, Tzipporah. This audiobook was near impossible to put down it was so gripping. A word of warning, remember this is a work of fiction, written for entertainment purposes, and is not a true account of Moses’s life, however it is a story well worth listening to. It is as much a story of love as it is an account of the Exodus. Though it was supposed to be told from the voice of Tzipporah, I found that the strength of the author’s voice and the emotion he put into it brought so much to the telling that I didn’t mind that it wasn’t a woman’s voice speaking. It is a book I will likely listen to again at some point in the future. I received a free copy of this book, however voluntarily submit this unbiased review.

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