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?
Once again, author Connilyn Cossette brings the events of the Exodus to life through an amazing story. The first person narrative really worked to get inside the characters' heads, and her fine-tuned word choice made the story come alive.
I really loved how the main character Shira was at a point in her life where she could identify her strengths, weaknesses, and interests, although she was real in that she didn't always recognize the unique strengths she had. When she arrived at that place, it was a beautiful and fulfilling thing.
The most amazing thing about this story was that Yahweh was right there, and Shira could see Him working in her life.
Fans of biblical fiction should read this book. Second in the Out From Egypt series, it does stand alone.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Bethany House, for review purposes. The thoughts expressed here are my own.
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