In Shadow of the Storm, Connilyn Cossette takes history and makes it “herstory.” A bold endeavor, Cossette captures a tumultuous period in Israel’s history through the eyes of several women. Penned within these pages is an account of their first year in the wilderness when manna began to rain from heaven, Ten Commandments were given, idols destroyed, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle.
Under God’s care the fledgling nation is not only surviving, they are multiplying. Midwives like Reva urgently need new women to apprentice in their trade to keep up with the ever increasing number of births. Despite Reva’s encouragement and tutelage, Shira allows her fear and self-doubt to steer her away from her calling to midwifery. The way the author uses Shira’s story to draw attention to these stumbling blocks of faith was clever. Many women will empathize with Shira which should make for lively book club banter.
It was a comfort to have Kiya, Eben, and Jumo return in book 2. Although the men didn’t play as large of roles as they did in Counted With the Stars, the sisterly bond between Kiya and Shira forged even deeper roots. Futhermore, new characters like Ayal (Shira’s romantic interest) and Dvorah added depth while ushering in all sorts of dramatic twists!
Since finishing the book I’ve thought back on how, while camped at the base of Mt. Sinai, the multitude who’d fled Egypt were just beginning to learn what it meant to be a people set apart to God. They brought more than just personal items out of Egypt — their selfish habits, idols, and old grudges also made the trip. This book reminded me of how God uses storms (trials) to refine us, build our character, and keep us anchored to the Rock. Shadow of the Storm is a powerful story that I highly recommend!
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