Shadow of the Storm: A Book Review
"In the darkness of the storm's shadow, only truth can light her way."
The Exodus of the Jews from Egypt, and their subsequent time in the wilderness, has long been one of my favorite parts of the Bible. The plagues and miracles, pursuit of the Egyptians after the Hebrew thought they were free, the parting of the Red Sea, God leading his people as a pillar of fire, Moses and the Ten Commandments...this part of Biblical history fascinates me. So when I came across Shadow of the Storm, I was intrigued. Throw in ancient midwifery and you can't go wrong!
Here's what you can expect:
"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?"- from the back cover.
One of the reasons I love Biblical fiction is because it makes it all come alive for me! I found myself reaching for my Bible to compare events while reading Shadow of the Storm. I love when fiction makes me delve deeper into the Word!
With that being said, for some reason I had a hard time really getting into this book. The characters were well-developed, the writing good, the content new and interesting, but, for me, it was missing that "spark". If anything about this book piques your interest I'd encourage you to read other reviews and check it out for yourself.
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*I received this book for free from Bethany House. All opinions are my own.