The Priest

Aaron
Narrated by: Adam Verner
Series: Sons of Encouragement, Book 1
Length: 7 hrs and 9 mins
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His courage covered his brother's fear. His sacrifices atoned for the peoples sin. His voice carried the words of God. Moses parted the red sea. But in his shadow stood a man who symbolizes forever our great High Priest: Aaron.

©2004 Francine Rivers (P)2016 Recorded Books

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Pointing to the perfect High Priest

The story of a man. A man who is called by God, and set aside. He is molded into a more humble person as he is faced with challenges that he cannot fulfill to perfection. He fails, repents, regrets and obeys as good as he can. He is ordained as high priest, and set apart, sanctified. Yet, he is constantly reminded of his shortcomings, and at the end of his long life he pleads for God to send a perfect High Priest, a Saviour who can bring the perfect sacrifice. Again, Francine Rivers has written, from a wonderfully personal angle, of the spiritual struggle that a person is faced with in his life on this earth. Pointing to the Saviour who sees our struggle and forgives our trespasses, making us His children as we trust in Him.

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This book opened up such a greater understanding.

This is a book I would recommend to anyone wanting greater understanding of the old testament. The Father's love and why we need Jesus sacrifice. we to are just like Moses Aaron and the Israelite slaves coming out of Egypt.

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I love Francine Rivers but...

This story feels a little flat, and the character development a little too modern and predictable. I've always loved the way Rivers brings historical details and context into her stories, but I didn't see it much here. It felt more like a modern take on an ancient story. The worst part however is the narration. The narrator has this constant dramatic tone that is just too much. At times, it's a whispery drama where it does not need to be. His style is just over the top drama as if every scene is an edge-of-your-seat, pay attention, something-awesome-is-happening play. It's tiresome and it skews the story. I may return this book and get the print version to see if I like it better reading it myself.

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Horrible narration

We stopped listening. The narration in its sing song reading was driving us crazy. The story was good but the reading drove us crazy

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Brought the story of Aaron to life

This book helped me to really experience the Old Testament in a new way. And to realize how hard Aaron's life and the Israelites lives were. the narrator did a wonderful job. I will look for more books that he is the narrator for.

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  • 12-06-16

Thought provoking

This was a very intriguing book and very thought-provoking. it seems as though things have not changed much but thankfully we have Jesus Christ!

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Amazing!

The story of Moses from Aaron’s perspective. So wonderful. Every human will get something from this. I couldn’t put it down. I couldn’t miss a second. I learned so much! I thought I understood things about that story and found out I didn’t know half of it!
Thank you
Please don’t stop these writings because yours are the closest to the Bible too.
Please do Deborah, and Judah with him denying Joseph they moving away cuz of guilt then how He treated Tamar so wrong , then give us her story of it too, then how in the world did he get picked to be the chosen tribe for Jesus to come from? There’s so many characters in the Bible I want to learn more about. Like Joash and how his 3 son and brother did evil after he spent his entire life as a king cleaning up house. Was if a typical PK thing that lead to bitterness the revenge? I don’t get it.

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Love this Author

It seems that every single book I listen to by this author is superbly done. Highly recommend!

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The perspective brought new insight.

This was a great way to get insight as to to possible attitudes and thoughts that gave rise to the actions we see in scripture. The reading gave a variety of voices for clarity. I was a bit challenged by the “old man” voice representing Aaron but that is personal preference. I enjoyed the experience though I did take exception to a few of the theological aspects. Again, not a huge issue when taking the story line for what was intended.

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From Aaron's viewpoint

After having heard of the deliverance of the children of Israel from Moses' perspective this was a welcome angle giving me new eyes full focused on the older brother. A good read looking forward to the other 4 books in the series.

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  • Suzduz
  • 06-26-17

Brilliant! Enlightening! Clear and easy to follow

Loved this book and the reader was excellent too. Gave me new OT insight. Can't wait to read the next one

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  • Charitti
  • 03-17-17

I'm glad I persisted

I found this book a little slow but I persisted and am glad I did. It follows the Bible events closely bringing alive the realities of the exodus from Egypt, and the wilderness wanderings. The lessons to be learnt from these events stood out to me as the storyline progressed. I will be listening to this book again.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-16-20

Sons of Encouragement

I thoroughly enjoyed Part 1 of Sons of Encouragement only to realise that I have to buy all the other parts separately. The hard copy is one book. Kindly consider merging the audio into one book

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  • Helen Rutherford
  • 10-31-19

Absolutely Brilliant

I loved this from start to finish. I can't wait to listen to the rest.

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  • Nandi
  • 12-06-19

Touching story

While this is a very moving story, I really struggled with Aaron"s voice. I know he's an old man, but he sounded whiny and wheezy.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-27-19

captivating

love hearing bible stories in a way that I can relate to. Francine Rivers is a great story teller and one I would highly recommend

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  • Jack
  • 07-30-17

Bible based, enjoyable and thought provoking.

The author does a great job of setting the scene and providing additional background information to justify and perhaps explain the choices of the character. The listener is left to feel they know the character so well they can almost understand and predict the characters decisions. Although fictional to a fashion it's obvious the writer has explored the culture and history of the era.
The objective of the book is not to teach doctrine but nonetheless its insightful and thought provoking nature leaves the reader with glimpses containing some great lessons and truths pertaining to the Old Testament.

The narrator does well conveying many different voices and is constant in the tone and pitch presented. Perhaps not as skilled as some of the great narrators but takes little away from the book. The narration was easy to listen too and held my attention but may be subject to individual taste.

Thoroughly enjoyed. A worthwhile book.