Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Book Review: Miriam: Repentance and Redemption in Rome

Miriam: Repentance and Redemption in Rome
by Cheryl Dickow
Waterford, MI: Bezalel Books, 2013

“Miriam: Repentance and Redemption in Rome” by Cheryl Dickow is a sequel to “Elizabeth: A Holy Land Pilgrimage,” but don’t worry if you haven’t read the first book. “Miriam” is an engaging novel all on its own. 

Miriam Goldfarb is the Jewish daughter of a woman who was killed in a bombing in Israel. As this novel opens, we meet her as she is serving as a Mossad Agent, a member of Israel’s Institute for Intelligence and Special Operations. She is in love with Joseph, a fellow agent, who has a Christian mother and Jewish father. Because of his background, he is open to learning more about the Christian faith and Catholic saints. It also makes him extremely valuable as a Mossad agent. 

The two are chosen for a secret operation in which they will offer protection for an end-times meeting of “The Four Horsemen” in Rome – four highly respected religious leaders who are making a last-ditch effort to turn the world from its evil ways. The four include the pope, the highest Muslim cleric in Lebanon, and two chief rabbis in Israel. 

Elizabeth from the first novel returns in a supporting role as she and her husband take a trip to Rome and end up providing support to Miriam when she needs it most.

This is an apocalyptic novel, although the timing of the final coming is not known. It simply maintains that the signs are here and it is time to become ready. One quickly turns pages, eager to discover how it will all turn out. With “Miriam,” Dickow has once again made a wonderful contribution to the genre of Catholic fiction. 


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