Johanna’s Journey: Call to Freedom

by Cindy Murray Hamblen

Genres: Children & Young Adult, Fiction, Middle Grade

ISBN: 9781620202609

144 pages

Price: $12.99

Johanna’s Israelite people are slaves in Egypt. She dreams of two things—freedom from slavery and having a best friend. Her wish for a friend comes in the form of a servant girl,Kenyeh, who lives in the household of an Egyptian nobleman. Their friendship grows over the years as the girls enjoy the ruins of a great house, a secret hideout all their own, the wonders of a great Egyptian estate, and as they deal with bullying, prejudice, and other life trials.

Suddenly, their world is turned upside down when Moses returns to Egypt to lead the Israelites to freedom. Pharaoh’s stubborn refusal to allow this results in many plagues afflicting the Egyptian people. Kenyeh gives colorful reports of what happens at the estate.

Johanna’s people prepare to leave the land and journey into the unknown. With a hasty goodbye, the two friends part with determination to send word to each other. The Israelites set out on a journey of unexpected trials and also magnificent miracles from the LORD. Johanna’s faith in the LORD grows. Readers will never look at the Exodus story quite the same and will be encouraged to trust the LORD as Johanna did.


Cindy Murray Hamblen remembers what it is like to be a young girl with dreams, fears and hopes. Her history of searching for God as a child has given her a burden for children and teaching them that God loves them. Cindy has served children of all ages for over thirty years in a variety of ministries and holds a degree in Family and Consumer Science. She is married to her high school sweetheart of 37 years. They have two grown sons and live in Greenville, SC.