Tuesday, April 12, 2016

From Slavery to Freedom: Counted with the Stars



Title:  Counted with the Stars
Series: Out from Egypt, Book 1
Author: Connilyn Cossette
Publisher:  Bethany House
Release Date:  April 5, 2016
Genre: Biblical Fiction


ABOUT THE BOOK


Sold into slavery by her father and forsaken by the man she was supposed to marry, young Egyptian Kiya must serve a mistress who takes pleasure in her humiliation. When terrifying plagues strike Egypt, Kiya is in the middle of it all.

Choosing to flee with the Hebrews, Kiya finds herself reliant on a strange God and drawn to a man who despises her people. With everything she's ever known swept away and now facing the trials of the desert, will she turn back toward Egypt or surrender her life and her future to Yahweh?

                                                                                                                                                                      

MY THOUGHTS

As my debut novel into the world of Biblical fiction, Connilyn Cossette's Counted with the Stars gave me a taste of what to expect, and it sure was yummy! A series of novels based on the book of Exodus had me intrigued. How will Conni write in the plagues, the parting of the sea, Moses & Aaron, and God's voice on Mt. Sinai? How?!  With grace and imagination.

My blog schedule is pretty packed this month, and I thought I might not be able to fit in this one, but I couldn't wait to read it. So when I had the chance, I read it and can't get it out of my mind. With that said, I know I just had to write my review, and schedule the post. So when you read this and have read the book, please feel free to openly discuss it with me. Even if you haven't, lets chat!

Back to Counted with the Stars. From the very first page, I was wrapped into the life of Kiya, her thoughts, and experience (on a literary sense) her plight from a master to a slave. Her life drastically changed in a matter of seconds as her father signed away her freedom. Kiya's resiliency in face of her "shame" and withstanding the abuse of her new master, speaks volumes to the strength of her character.  True, her uncertainty and disbelief in Yahweh, as well as her spoiled upbringing led way to mistakes, but it makes for a heroine that we can relate to. Each character was well developed to the extent of providing readers with a profound sense of life as a Hebrew and as an Egyptian in Egypt during this historical moment in time. The romance aspect of this novel also deserves a mentioned, because it reminds me of what God wants for us in terms of our perfect partner in life.

Conni writes with thoughtful analysis from the perspective of Kiya and how as someone just part of the flight from Egypt, what may be seen as miracles can come off as confusion. I like this perspective because it gives a glimpse of how what happened with Pharoah and Moses were passed on through word of mouth and how the many signs of Yahweh were perceived.  What were the outcome to the initial plagues? How did the Egyptians treat the Hebrews since? What danger lies ahead?  I highly recommend going back to the book of Exodus after reading Counted with the Stars. I think it will give you new insight.

God's deliverance of the Hebrews through Moses is a a Bible story many of us are familiar with. How Conni chose to combine research and her creativity as a writer is refreshing to say the least. Her use of "common folks" have relayed God's message in Exodus.




"Yahweh is the creator of all that there is. He is the most real thing, the only eternal thing. Our hearts will stop beating, our eyes will close, the mountains may someday crumble, the trees will wither away, but Yahweh will always be." (333)


NOTE:  I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher, Bethany House for an honest review.   All opinions expressed are my own. For my review policy, please see my Disclosure page.


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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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When she is not homeschooling her two sweet kids (with a full pot of coffee at hand), Connilyn Cossette is scribbling notes on spare paper, mumbling about her imaginary friends, and reading obscure, out-of-print history books. There is nothing she likes better than digging into the rich, ancient world of the Bible and uncovering buried gems of grace that point toward Jesus. Her novel iCounted with the Stars won the 2013 Frasier Contest and was a semifinalist in the 2013 ACFW Genesis Contest. Although a Pacific Northwest native, she now lives near Dallas, Texas. 

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2 comments :

  1. This cover is beautiful! I'm not much of a Biblical fiction reader - though I cannot say why, however with all of the rave reviews this one is receiving, I am curious.

    Also... how is it I've not visited your blog!? Glad to finally remedy this. :)

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  2. Hi Rissi! I know. The cover is what got me at first! It's just beautiful! I think you'll enjoy this one. give it a try for sure!

    And Rissi, I'm honored to have you stopping by my blog. I love YOUR blog and your reviews!

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