Saturday, November 12, 2016

Shadow of the Storm

From the back cover:

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?

This book was an amazing read,  I could not put it down.   We are taken back to the time and culture when the Hebrews found their freedom from Egyptian slavery.  Now free to worship their one true God.  

In this story we see the struggle of one young woman release the pain of her past, and move forward to living the life and using the gifts that God has given her.

The story also gives us insight into what it may have been like to live in the time when Moses freed his people.

I enjoyed seeing how the main character had so much grace and forgiveness and love in her.  It is something we can all model in ourselves.

I highly recommend this book and look forward to more books by this author.

Note from the Author

The Bible gives few details about the first year at Mt. Sinai, other than the Golden Calf incident, receiving the Law, and building the Tabernacle. My imagination was stirred by considering what it must have been like for Shira’s people; newly freed from slavery, wounded and demoralized from their time in Egypt, and unsure of who they were and who this God was that had freed them in such a miraculous, terrifying way. And throwing in old grudges among the tribes of Israel, the refusal of many to let go of the gods of Egypt, and the stirring of rebellion among the foreign contingent, I have little doubt it was a chaotic, confusing time for the people God was building into the new nation of Israel. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did writing it!

I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

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