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A Modern Day Moses (Book Review)


By Benjamin H. Liles

          The angel of the LORD appeared to him in a blazing fire from the midst of a bush; and he looked, and behold, the bush was burning with fire, yet the bush was not consumed. So Moses said, "I must turn aside now and see this marvelous sight, why the bush is not burned up." The LORD said, "I have surely seen the affliction of My people who are in Egypt, and have given heed to their cry because of their taskmasters, for I am aware of their sufferings. So I have come down to deliver them from the power of the Egyptians, and to bring them up from that land to a good and spacious land, to a land flowing with milk and honey, to the place of the Canaanite and the Hittite and the Amorite and the Perizzite and the Hivite and the Jebusite." ~ Exodus 3:2-3, 7-8

          I know I don't include scripture at the beginning when talking about a book I have reviewed. Yet, in this case where it concerns Michele Rigby Assad for her book Breaking Cover, I felt it necessary. Why? A few years ago, in 2015, Michele and Joseph Assad (former intelligence officers) helped coordinate movement of persecuted Christians from the path of ISIS who had been slowly marching up to Erbil. Now I realize this is where a lot of head scratching takes place.

          While I'm not comparing Michele and her husband Joseph completely to Moses, there are some similarities. Moses was sent primarily to rescue the people of Israel from slavery and bondage from Egypt. God had heard their cries and was sending someone to bring His people of Israel out from being whipped, being starved, from suffering harshness under tyrannical rule. Okay, so it's completely similar to Moses and Israel, except this is Michele Rigby Assad and her husband Joseph helping Christians flee the oncoming wrath of ISIS.

          I find that Michele Rigby Assad's book is indeed captivating. The story she tells of how she got involved with the CIA all the way up to helping persecuted Christians find sanctuary in Slovakia (as they were willing and ready to help Christians in true need) is interesting to say the least. She gives a lot of background information on herself, primarily, and how everything she has been able to accomplish, by God's hand, to continue on in humanitarian endeavors. She is a true protector of those who are of the Christian faith. In a way she reminds me of others, not simply of Moses; I'd say she's in the hall of fame alongside Deborah, Ruth, and even so far as to say Esther who married Ahasuerus.

          The simplest thing I can say about the book is that once you pick it up and start reading you won't want to put it down. Michele, as I said, chronicles her rise before the CIA, how she got into working with them, giving real-life scenarios she went through, and ultimately how she left the CIA. I admire her and her husband for the work God enabled them to do in rescuing others from harm and helping them get to a safe place. Truly God is our safe place, but these two people were willing to risk their lives to live out their faith as God called them to do.

          I received a complimentary copy of this book from Tyndale to give my opinion and review this book in all fairness and accuracy.