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Dreamers

by Angela Elwell Hunt
Series: Legacies of the Ancient River #1
405 pages, Romance
Reviewed by Nienna

Highly fictionalized story of Joseph, full of sexual content.

Plot

When Yosef (Joseph) arrived in Potiphar's household, he was burning from fever and infested wounds. When beautiful Tuya is given to Potiphar lest her beauty should harm her former mistress' chance at marriage, she quickly finds her hands full nursing a sick, but handsome and strong, young Hebrew. With their shared dreams of freedom and love, the two pull together, only to be ripped apart. Will Yosef's pride and Tuya's lack of faith destroy them both, or will El Shaddai work through them anyway?

Morality

Tuya is mostly good with no real standards, until Yosef starts teaching her some; she offers herself to be a concubine. Yosef is proud, arrogant, self-reliant, and stubborn, though he does improve several times throughout the book, as God humbles him various ways; though represented as being strict in obeying God, Yosef falls in love with and pledges to marry a girl who does not follow God. Yosef is honest, toward God and others. Most of the other characters (whether good or bad) are self-focused, proud, and deceitful.

Spiritual Content

An Egyptian priestess goes into spasms and prophesies, accurately. Egyptian and other gods are mentioned and discussed. Yosef follows El Shaddai, as do other characters throughout the book. In the end, God is revered above all and given glory for all. The characters speak about trusting and following Him.

Violence

Yosef's brothers throw him in a pit, giving him severe wounds, and then talk about killing him. He nearly dies after the trip to Egypt, but gets nursed back to health. Beatings are discussed as having happened. A primary character is murdered. In a dream, Tuya sacrifices her son to God. All the main characters' lives are in danger at various points. An Egyptian play is described, in which a slave is tortured by having organs pulled from his body.

Drug and Alcohol Content

Wine and other drinks are drunk. Minor characters drink too much.

Sexual Content

The book is filled with slightly veiled discussions about the physical side of love. Women's figures are mentioned a few times. One character is desperate to get pregnant, and the book describes her trying to seduce two different men, being successful with one; she finds out (too late) that her husband is a eunuch and discusses that with her friend, as well as how he'd lost his manhood; it is later said that she continued trying to conceive with every man she could. The main characters fall in love and are physically affectionate (massaging, etc.); the girl wants them to live together, but he refuses. Yosef allows himself to become friends with his master's wife, even letting her kiss him many times as she slowly pulls down his guard. Tuya becomes a concubine to a boy less than half her age and their relationship is discussed; her husband has another wife; that wife is in an adulterous relationship. The main characters are accused of adultery. A boy, upon seeing a beautiful woman, cries out that he wants her.

Crude or Profane Language or Content

Menstruation is referred to many times. A man has to run through a house naked.

See Sexual Content.

Conclusion

While technically not contradicting the Biblical account of Joseph's life, and while it does paint a vivid picture of Egyptian culture, Dreamers is not in line with Biblical doctrine.

Some people say Dreamers has helped them in their relationship with God and I freely admit that it has some truth about God, and a few good scenes in which the characters surrender and trust in the Lord. But this is overwhelmed by the subjecting of the reader's thoughts and emotions to that which is meant to be pure and private.

Fun Score: 4.5
Values Score: 1.5
Written for Age: adult

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