by Karen Helms

The Midwife's Song is an intriguing, provocative "story behind the story" as told in Exodus, chapters one and two.

       It is the tale of the young Hebrew midwife, Puah, who defies Pharaoh's decree to murder all newborn Hebrew males, thereby unknowingly saving her people. Under the shadow of Pharaoh's ungodly edict, Puah finds love and sees her own vacillating faith tempered in the trial of fire.

       Puah is a headstrong Hebrew girl whose parents have almost abandoned hope of finding a husband that pleases her. None of the young men "make her heart sing." Then she meets Hattush, of the house of Jacob and chief goldsmith of Pharaoh. The shy but willful midwife captures his heart and thrusts him toward his own unexpected destiny.

       Khaneferre Sobekhotep IV, Pharaoh of Upper and Lower Egypt, grows more insane with each passing day. His obsession to complete his tomb and hatred for the Hebrews color every royal decree. When Pharaoh's hatred and paranoia of the Hebrews peak, he demands the midwives slay all Hebrew male infants. In the midst of this spiritual trial, Hattush and Puah must discover if they are truly worthy to be called "children of Abraham."

       With thoroughly researched detail, author Brenda Ray brings to life the Biblical account of the Hebrew midwives and the birth of Moses. She brings sensitivity to the story to make it more realistic and poignant. Using vivid imagery that appeals to all the senses, she places the reader in this timeless story of love, heroism and personal sacrifice.

The Midwife's Song: A Story of Moses' Birth, by Brenda Ray (Karmichael Press, $14.95), is available at, or can be ordered from your favorite bookstore.