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Shadow of the Storm #2, from the Out From Egypt series, by Connilyn Cossette
Shira escaped Egypt during the Exodus aong with the other Hebrews to live in freedom. She defies her mother and takes an opportunity to learn the arts of midwifery. She enjoys assisting with delivering babies. Her life starts to go down hill when a delivery goes terribly wrong and she becomes the focus of a woman out for revenge. Shira has kept the heartbreak of her past hidden. How can she let go of her past?
Number of Pages: 352
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2016
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)|
Series: Out From Egypt
Having escaped Egypt with the other Hebrews during the Exodus, Shira is now living in freedom at the foot of Mt. Sinai, upon which rests the fiery glowing Cloud containing the shekinah glory of God. When the people disobey Yahweh and build a golden idol, the ensuing chaos gives Shira an unexpected opportunity to learn the arts of midwifery. Although her mother wishes for her to continue in the family weaving trade, Shira's gifts shine brightest when she assists with deliveries. In defiance of her mother, Shira pursues her heart's calling to become an apprentice midwife.
When a delivery goes horribly wrong, Shira finds herself bound to a man who betrayed her, the caretaker of three young children, and the target of a vengeful woman whose husband was killed by Shira's people, the Levites. As contention between the Hebrew tribes and the foreigners fans the flames of another dangerous rebellion, Shira will come face-to-face with the heartbreak of her past that she has kept hidden for so long. How can she let go of all that has defined her to accept the love she's denied herself and embrace who she truly is?
Mrs ARS5 Stars Out Of 5Excellent Bible FictionNovember 16, 2016Mrs ARSQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Shadow of the Storm is a remarkable Bible period story. I really liked how the author showed a realistic viewpoint on what moving a nation of people might look like and people being human, how they might not have gotten along. I know from the scriptures that Moses has a hard time of it and spent plenty of time on his face before God for this nation. The author also showed what it must have been like, prejudices and all, for those who were not Hebrew to move out with them and follow the one true God. Not all left for that reason, some left as an opportunity, but the picture I was really seeing was a very diverse nation who was happy not to be enslaved but did miss some of the aspects of Egypt: the culture, the food, the land itself. That was very thought provoking.
We see this story mainly through the eyes of Shira who in her younger years had experienced a very traumatic event which has left her scarred on the inside. She is still learning to cope with that heavy burden and wanting to also step out of the family business (being a weaver) to seek out her hearts calling, to become a midwife. I also enjoyed the midwife information the author weaved into her story.
The romance is complicated. It was real and at times shocking and uncomfortable. It was a beautiful love story as well and I enjoyed seeing some of the Jewish wedding customs played out in the book. With the knowledge I have garnered from reading this novel, I actually understand some scripture passages in both the Old and New Testament more. If you are looking for Biblical fiction that will not only entertain but educate, I highly recommend this one.
I received a copy of the book for free. I was not required to leave a favorable review and all views expressed are my own.
Kellie5 Stars Out Of 5She's done it again!!!November 16, 2016KellieQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Conni has done it again!!! This is her second book in her Out of Egypt series and once again she does a very good job of transporting you to Thor wilderness with all who escaped from Egypt. It is a MUST READ!! I can't wait until the next book!!!
Just Commonly5 Stars Out Of 5Powerful & compellingNovember 13, 2016Just CommonlyQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0"It is not the perfection that matters...it is the love of the one who created it." (259)
Within six months, Connilyn Cossette & Bethany House gave us not only Book 1 of the Out of Egypt series, Counted With the Stars (I absolutely adored), but also Book 2, Shadow of the Storm. And let me tell you how they opened my eyes and heart to what life for the Hebrews were. We read Exodus and learn of the 40 year journey, the manna and the pleading at Mt. Sinai, but the author gave us the story from the eyes of several women, not leaders, nor prophets. In Shadow of the Storm, during the first year into the wilderness, the multitudes not only flourished, but multiplied, and with more people, discourse and uncertainty erupts, leading to paganism and distrust.
As Shira steps into a role of midwifery, we learn more about her past, and how she came to meet Kiya, our main character in Book 1. And during her trips to different camps, what she sees and learns about those of different tribes and their thoughts on Yahweh, the God that brought them out of Egypt. In Book 1, Shira strikes me as someone who's not afraid of many things, who is brave like Eben, her brother. In Shadow of the Storm, we are introduced to the softer side, the timid and self-doubt side of Shira. We see the side that she normally hides from others, but struggles internally, as a woman. How she lets those storms in her life cloud over her reminds me of how we let trials be stumbling blocks in our journey with Christ. It's interesting how the author focused in on Shira, yet it also communicated a broad spectrum of obedience during difficult times. Not only obedience but trust, for Shira, for the Hebrews and for us readers.
Insightful and resourceful, Shadow of the Storm, is as powerful as Counted With the Stars were, as a story, and as one to reread and gain understanding. I look forward to the third book in the series, Wings of the Wind.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. This is my honest opinion.
ConnieKentuckyAge: Under 18Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Great Biblical FictionNovember 12, 2016ConnieKentuckyAge: Under 18Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5As I read this story I had a hard time remembering that this is a work of fiction. It is apparent that the author has done a lot of research to write this story about Shira and the other Hebrews who spent a year living at the base of Mt. Sinai after fleeing Egypt. Through the eyes of Shira, a former Egyptian slave, we witness everyday life as it might have been during this time. We see these people trying to believe in their leader Moses and in the God (Yahweh) who delivered them. We watch them as they live day to day and receive God's blessings.
Shira's past hurts alter her perception of her own self worth and she doubts that she will ever be able to have a happy life. We are the ones who see her kindness and her ability to appreciate what this journey has given her and we want to see her achieve the happiness that she deserves!
Shadow of the Storm is excellent biblical fiction and I am eager to continue the journey of the Hebrew people through the author's perception. This book has prompted me to once again read the Biblical account of this time period.
Thanks to the author and Bethany House for a complimentary copy of the novel. These are my honest opinions of this book.
Melissa LGender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Shadow of the StormNovember 10, 2016Melissa LGender: FemaleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0Last year I read a new author of Christian Fiction and she totally amazed me. Her story came alive from word to word on every page and more importantly her story made me stop and look inward to answer some hard questions about my personal relationship with God. I cant tell you how often pieces of that story came to me even months after I read it. I couldnt wait for the next book in her series to come out. I knew what I expected from this author by this point and she didnt disappoint.
Connilyn Cossette has published book two in the Out of Egypt Series, Shadow of the Storm. This series is based upon the Exodus that Gods people experienced when they left Egypt and the slavery they were forced to endure at the hands of their Egyptian masters. The characters that soon became loved and cherished in book one, Counted Among the Stars, are seen again as their lives continue to unravel from the old and become new with Gods help. Counted Among the Stars was focused on the life of a young Egyptian girl, Kiya, who went from a pampered life to one of slavery alongside the Hebrews. She was befriended by another slave, a Hebrew girl and through their friendship God was introduced to her. The story for book one, was central to her but we were introduced to Shira whose story is told in Shadow of the Storm.
Shiras character is a young woman with a beautiful soul and heart for God. She is kind, compassionate and giving to those she loves. Connilyn Cossette brings us a young woman who is shown a life she wants as a midwife but Shira must consider her family and the livelihood that she is expected to follow. Can she go against her Mothers wishes? But her heart has been captured and with it a way to embrace even a part of the life she never thought she would have after an act of cruelty left her with little choice
Being a midwife isnt the only dream Shira comes to hope for. Shira comes to know her brothers friend, Ayal. A man, she believes to be honorable and caring. She begins to trust him and hope for a future for the two of them only to have that come crashing down. When events cause Shira to face some truths about Ayal it also forces her to face some decisions on what she wants.
Through the storms that invade her life, Shira must learn to trust in the Lord and understand that whatever may come, God will remain with her. One of my favorite passages in the story that reflects the title and what life brings us:
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
If you enjoy reading fictional stories that bring the Bible to life, this is an author you want to read. Her characters are so real and their lives so completely dimensional that you are transfixed from beginning to end. This is truly a wonderful and captivating story!