Israelites. We think Star of David, Bethlehem, and Jesus.
Wilderness. We think tan desert lands where one hill isn’t distinguishable from the other, we think famine and pestilence.
Maybe that’s just me, but I’m fairly certain we each have our own stiff, unrealistic stereotypes. We’ve confined and under-empathized many parts of the Bible, and I’m saddened that we so often take a story as vibrant as the 40-year escapade with Moses and God’s people and dim it down to colorless drab, emotionless pity, and a boxed message.
Connilyn brought life abundant to the years of wandering. She showed that there is adventure to be found in deserts, that we are prone to confine what desert means, that there is landscape to be traversed, rivers to be played in, and trees to climb.
Shadow of the Storm produced a vivacious setting, one that you wanted to be a part of. It drew you in. It changed the way you saw Egypt. I consider myself fortunate for having read this. It was fiction, yes. But it was Biblical fiction. It was historical fiction. It was factual fiction. You could distinguish easily what was true-to-history (The nomadic traveling of the desert, the Levites massacring other tribes that refused to comply with the laws of God, and the Ten Commandments) and what was a part of the storyline. Even then, the characters and situations combined flawlessly with the reality of the times, and what is depicted in Exodus.
The building of the tabernacle was also exceptionally thought-provoking. Maybe I just didn’t pay attention in Sunday school, but I had no idea that when it was built, the sacrificial “buildings” were fixed structures. (Don’t judge! Maybe I just didn’t take time to consider it.) Meaning, the Israelites dug holes in the ground and set up the entire edifice with pillars, and then when they started journeying again, they had to take down and relocate the whole shebang. What a job.
To top it off, I even learned some Hebrew. The author has a knack for sticking in the Hebrew equivalent to words that were repetitive, such as ima for mother.
Overall, I would definitely recommend this book. But I would only recommend it to women, probably. Not because it’s chick-fic, that’s hardly the case, but because of the material. Shira is training to be a midwife, and I felt that at times it might touch on some information that could be inappropriate for men or young men.
Christian Fiction, Historical Fiction, Biblical Fiction, Romance, Inspirational, Adult
(As I stated earlier, I only recommend reading this if you're a woman. Because it deals with childbirth, I don't feel it's appropriate for young men, or even grown men, necessarily, to read)
(There are a few sexual references. It's a romance novel, so there is some of that. There're are two sexual assault scenes, but it doesn't go into much detail. There's a wedding night scene, as well, but it cuts off before anything happens.)
*disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest opinion. The thoughts expressed are entirely my own.*