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Publisher's Note:

When Joseph, the eleventh son of Jacob, is sold into bondage by his brothers, Egypt is a land in turmoil its fortune determined by the unpredictable rains that either bring prosperity or leave the people in famine and starvation. But Joseph is no common slave. Imprisoned and forgotten by all but God, he interprets a dream that reveals the future and alters his destiny. Now with his privileged Egyptian-born wife, Asenath, at his side, Josephs transformation from the boy in the pit to the ruler of Egypt is nearly complete. But position and power cannot erase the bitterness he holds deep inside. When he suddenly comes face to face with the family that betrayed him, Joseph devises a plot to test his brothers' true character. Yet even revenge may not fill the aching hole in Josephs heart, and the influence of a beautiful woman may be his only hope for redemption.…

The Eleventh Brother

by Rachel K. Wilcox

Overall Book Review:

The Eleventh Brother is compelling religious fiction. First time novelist Rachel K. Wilcox takes the well-known biblical story of Joseph in Egypt and retells it with authenticity and stirring emotion. Well-researched, the tale focuses on Joseph meeting his brothers in Egypt years after they sold him into slavery. Several flashbacks of Joseph’s early life are included, as well as beliefs, customs and culture from Egypt during the time period. Wilcox does a remarkable job of humanizing the story, giving voice to Joseph’s wife and other members of his family who traditionally aren’t part of the story. A few fictional characters are also added to the tale. Each chapter in the book is thoughtfully marked with scripture references and the informative “Note to the Reader” will help separate fact from fiction. The Eleventh Brother is a fantastic read and a good book recommendation for friends and family.

This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by Deseret Book

Content Analysis:


Violence/Gore:  Secondhand reports of violence involving the myth of Isis and Osiris; a few brief scenes with violence where characters are physically beaten and a character is thrown down a well and left to die.

Sex/Nudity:  A few incidents of kissing; a few sexual references and a reported incident of rape. 

Mature Subject Matter:

Death of family member, infidelity, jealousy.

Alcohol / Drug Use:

A character mentions that servants had “too much beer”. 

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About the Reviewer

My mother was the one who sparked my love of books. Long before school instruction, she sat me down and taught me to read. My childhood was filled with trips to the library and bookmobile to find great books. My first loves were The Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder and the Pippi Longstocking series by Astrid Lingren. Now as a mom and speech pathologist, I am constantly looking for good, clean books to use at home and in therapy. I enjoy reading many different genres, but my favorites are usually historical fiction. I married my best friend, the “boy next door”, and we have a beautiful little girl who we often find sprawled out on the floor, flipping through picture books. Together our family likes to swim, run and play tennis. Besides reading, I also love to bake, garden and travel.