Hello, reader friends! We’re continuing our look at The Out of Egypt series which takes a closer look at the culture and diversity of a miraculous time in our history. Plan to join us for a Saturday discussion post dedicated to these and other covers later this month.
About the Book
In the Depth of the Storm’s Shadow, Only Truth Can Light Her Way.
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?
Yes! This book, y’all must read it!!! The desert sun must be getting to me because I just can’t find words that adequately express the wonderfulness of this series.
Shira’s character is so easy to love. She’s kind, compassionate, and self-sacrificing. I loved seeing her friendship with Kiya continue to grow despite the turmoil surrounding them. Even as Shira deals with the shadow of her past experiences, she is driven by a deep need to care for others.
Shira’s interest in midwifery gives readers a peek at child birthing practices and family expectations for choosing a trade during that time. Throughout the book, I was fascinated by the way the events recorded in the Bible are brought to life. I especially enjoyed reading about the scope and scale of the Tabernacle’s construction.
I highly recommend this series and check out Connilyn Cossette’s Pinterest boards for pictures of artifacts and story inspiration.
I requested the opportunity to read and review this title through NetGalley and the publisher. The opinions expressed are my own.
This review was originally posted on Faithfully Bookish.
About the Author
Connilyn Cossette is a homeschooling mother of two with a passion for writing stories of timeless grace.
She hopes to draw readers into a personal encounter with the rich ancient world of the Bible and spark curiosity that will lead to digging deeper into the truth of the Word.
Her novel Counted With the Stars won the 2013 Frasier Contest and was a semi-finalist in the 2013 ACFW Genesis Contest. She lives near Dallas, Texas.
Out of Egypt series
Shira and Kiya’s friendship is strengthened by their shared faith. Do you have friendships that are built solely on shared faith, defying all other differences?