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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?
Shadow of the Storm is an example of wonderful biblical fiction. The author’s work and research is evident throughout. As I read this book, I was transported back to the time of post-Exodus Israel and the experience of the newly freed Israelites. The uncertainty. The discovery of the new identity now that they were no longer slaves.The sights. The smells. The tension among the people. The way of life. In the opinion of a three time home birth mama, the midwifery scenes were accurate and believable.
I was so impressed by how she artfully wove in the details without it feeling bogged down, and overly described. I was there, learning while being engrossed in a fictional story.
The author instantly pulled me into Shira’s story. Her growth and development as a character is so beautifully crafted. Though Shira’s life is set in ancient history, I could relate to her human experience.
Themes of redemption, discovery of worth and calling, and inner-strength are present throughout. Have you ever felt like God gave you a calling beyond what you were capable of? That you were inadequate? Have you ever been faced with a moment in which you knew the right thing to do, but were too afraid to make a stand? If so, you will relate to Shira’s story.
This is the second book in her Out From Egypt series. It can function as a stand alone book. After reading this one, I am definitely going back to read the first book, Counted With The Stars.
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I was provided a copy by the publisher. All opinions are my own.