Friday, October 21, 2016

Connilyn Cossette's "Shadow of the Storm" - at the base of Mount Sinai

#2: Shadow of the Storm  -     By: Connilyn Cossette
Hebrew weaver Shira has struggled with fear since her days of slavery in Egypt. Now wandering in the wilderness with the rest of the Israelites on the way to the Promised Land, Shira discovers her calling: midwifery. But when a birth goes tragically wrong, Shira finds herself bound to a man who betrayed her. But could this also be a chance to see her dreams come true?

I really enjoyed this different perspective of the exodus; not from the point of view of the main characters, like Moses and Aaron, but from the unimportant people who are following blindly through the wilderness. How terrifying would it have been when all of sudden the Levites started killing the idol worshipers? Or when God struck down Aaron's sons without most of the people knowing why? The division amongst the different tribes of Israel, the fear of the mixed multitude who came with them--Cossette brings up a lot of points to think about.

Shira is a sweet heroine that I could connect to--we struggle with some similar things, and I can understand her not wanting to ruffle feathers. I'm the same the same way. Dvorah was quite the contrast to her. I can understand why she does what she does--I don't like it, but I can understand it.

There was a lot of wisdom sprinkled throughout the book, coming from the mouths of many characters. My favorite quote, though, is from the midwife Reva:
"We have to endure the storms, dear one, so we know how deep our roots go. So we can appreciate the depths of our strength and the freshness of the gentle breezes afterward." (164) 
Trials are when we see what our faith truly looks like--when we put faith into practice.

Thank you Bethany House for providing a free book to review; I was not required to make the review positive, and all opinions are my own.

Out from Egypt
1. Counted with the Stars
2. Shadow of the Storm
3. Wings of the Wind

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