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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: lulu.com (July 27, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 055708654X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0557086542
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,739,595 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Chris Phillips on April 28, 2010
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Rightfully Mine(God's Equal Rights amendment) by Aggie Villanueva ISBN 978-0-557-08654-2
Review by Chris Phillips
Villaneuva has written some interesting Bible-based historical fiction. At the time of the crossing into the Promised Land, the Jews were dealing with several issues confronting a wandering, nomadic people settling down to become more agrarian. The Bible account deals with the general activities of the people as a whole, while this book deals with some specific people and events not detailed in the Old Testament. The main character is Rizpah. The second daughter of a Hebrew leader of the tribe of Manasseh she is the responsible one in her family directly under her father.
Villaneuva fills in the details for daily living of the Israelites before they crossed Jordan. There is romance, love, duty, honor and, yes, justice in light of a patriarchal society. The key issue is what happens when only daughters are left to inherit from a father's passing. The plot follows consistently and maintains the historical context very well. Only a couple anachronisms sneak in but they are easily forgotten with this tale of a struggle against immense odds for justice and a place to be.
There is a romantic triangle between Rizpah, Caleb (Joshua's second in command) and Hanniel, a warrior from the tribe of Manasseh. The tensions are fed by the difference in age between Rizpah and Caleb, the infatuation of Hanniel with Rizpah and the struggle in Rizpah's own heart for love of a man that does not love her.
There is thoughtful integration of Old Testament passages without interfering with the narrative flow and without professing any particular doctrinal interpretations. It is a refreshing account of those events in Bible history. Villaneuva is a good writer.
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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.
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There is an era in Israeli history where anticipation is a palpable hum, where the bedouin lifestyle gives way to the birth of a nation, where men gear up for war: The era between their forty-year wandering and their victory over Canaan. This is the era, the setting, the people into which Aggie masterfully breathes life.

The novel opens with the impending death of Zelophehad, father of five daughters and no sons. The personality of Rizpah, his second born, is displayed fully within the first few pages-her loyalty, strength and impetuosity which everyone admires in her, and she herself despises for the weight of the punishment so often meted for her actions.

But when Moses divides the new land among the men of Israel, it is Rizpah who has the courage to fight for her family of sisters. Rizpah appeals to Moses, the God-chosen leader of all the descendants of Jacob, for a place her family can call their own.

Seamlessly woven into the plot is a love story of Rhett-Scarlett-Ashley proportions. Hanniel, Rizpah's cousin, spends his life in love with her, but she loves the famed Caleb-or is it hero worship, or the desires of a young, foolish heart carried into adulthood?

Her dream of becoming Caleb's wife is at one point granted, then ripped from her grasp in an example of sacrificial obedience to God. Hanniel's dream of becoming her husband is rebuked as she holds tight to her adolescent love for a man she could never have.

Along with the rich plot and subplot of the novel, Aggie exhibits a talent for placing the reader in the heart of the bedouin camps, in the very tents and activities of the characters she brings to life, with the economy of words that is the hallmark of a masterful writer. Her characters are full-bodied; her action scenes are tense and exciting; her love scenes are both pure and seductive.

I would recommend this book for anyone who wants to step away from the ordinary.
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