Friday, October 28, 2016
Shadow Of The Storm by Connilyn Cossette
Shira and Dvorah are two very different women on different paths, both trying to bury their pasts while living at the foot of Mount Sinai after leaving Egypt during the Exodus. Their paths cross when they are both given opportunities to train as midwives, and they each face an inner struggle between following others' expectations for their lives and seeking out their own purpose. Shira chooses to lean on Yahweh for help, strength, and guidance; while Dvorah clings to her Egyptian gods and idols.
What starts as a temporary alliance for the sake of all quickly melts and fades into the distance as the Hebrews find themselves battling with each other and the outsiders who are also camped around the base of the mountain. Will these two women be able to set aside their differences in order to work together in times of peril? Will they find and follow their true callings before the fighting starts to unravel the camps?
Connilyn has wound together this beautiful novel of heartache, betrayal, forgiveness, and redemption during tribulation. Her vivid imagery paints a rich landscape of God's enduring love and faithfulness to His people, reminding all of us that we have His strength, courage, and forgiveness - if only we ask for it. It serves as a potent message about the power of sharing your story and facing the past rather than burying it, and realizing that forgiving yourself of any wrongs is as important as forgiving others.
Personally, the most important take-away from this book is that God is always there to pick up our broken pieces and paste them back together knowing that, even in our brokenness, we will always be "enough".
Excerpt: "I had been led from slavery and brought through the waters - born into a brand-new life. And yet I refused to let go of my shackles. I had measured my worth only by the broken pieces of my past, instead of Yahweh's beautiful design... I was wrong, Yahweh. I do have something to offer you. Myself. This broken vessel... I will go wherever you lead me, and it will be enough." (page 287)
We are all broken. And yet, we are all perfect. We are all lacking. And yet, we all have enough. This book serves as a testimony to these truths. 5/5 stars.
*Disclaimer: I received a free print copy of this book from Bethany House for the purpose of a review. All opinions - positive and negative - are my own.*