Rightfully Mine – Reviewed by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat Zelophehad’s eyes fluttered. “Bring my daughters and my half brothers. I want all my family here – to bless them.” His eyes succeeded in opening and as Rizpah looked into them, she admitted at last he was truly near death. Moses, Joshua and Caleb, Israel’s ennobled leaders, rose tactfully to leave but Zelophehad reached a trembling arm toward them. “Please stay. I said I want all my family present.” Moses’ eyes softened and the three men turned back to face the old man’s bed. “Moses – you are like a brother to me,” Zelophehad wheezed. Moses came closer. “We are the last, aren’t we, my friend?” “NO,” Zelophehad inhaled sharply. “Do not pity me. We both know the mercy of Elohim Hayyim, the living God, do we not? So we must accept also His judgments. He is the object of all our human striving and the end of all seeking. I look gladly to the end.” He coughed weakly, but his voice gained volume. “What will you do when this plague is over?” Noah, who was nicknamed Rizpah by her father, is the second born daughter to Zelophehad. She’s strong willed and minded, and often speaks her mind before thinking. With the death of her father Zelophehad, Rizpah and her sisters are left with no man in their household. As the rulings were, no land would be inherited by a woman, leaving Rizpah and her sisters at a loss when Israel is finally allowed to cross the Jordan. But Rizpah will not let the injustice go without a fight. She will speak her mind to Moses asking that her father’s land be inherited by she and her sisters. This book came at a good time for me. I had just bought a new Bible and had decided to start reading from page one through. When I picked up this book to start reading I found that I had just finished reading the story of Moses and sure enough, when I went back to check I found Noah as being a real person. The story that Aggie Villanueva has scripted made the story I had just finished in the Bible so real. Sometimes when reading a Bible story we unconsciously see it as just that… a story. Aggie Villanueva gave the characters of Rightfully Mine passion which made them more human and believable. It also helped pass along the lessons to be learned from their mistakes. I feel that Rightfully Mine would make a great book for Bible study classes and discussions, especially among young adults.
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