Wings of the Wind by Connilyn Cossette

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Wings of the Wind, book three in the Out of Egypt series by Connilyn Cossette is another amazing story by this author!  I have enjoyed everyone her books and each leaves me in a state of awe.

I am a true believer that if you read a story in which the author has you putting yourself in the place of the characters and thinking of their circumstances to gain a true sense of the author’s storyline, then you have found an author above the norm.  Each of the books in this series has accomplished that.

The writing style that Ms. Cossette uses is beautiful in how she develops her story’s and her characters.   For instance, the main female character in Wings of the Wind is Alanah, a Canaanite.  Alanah has lost everything…..her father, brothers, and her home to the war with the Hebrews.  When she makes the decision to fight as a man, she does so believing she will not see the next sunrise.  But Yahweh has plans for Alanah that she could not have expected.  Tobiah, a Hebrew warrior, finds Alanah on the battlefield and rescues her.  The Hebrew law is clear in the expectation that Tobiah will have to marry Alanah to protect her.  As Alanah learns the Hebrew ways she is confused by her own beliefs and those of Tobiah.  Ms. Cossette gives a wonderful look in to Alanah’s thoughts with this passage:

“If I submitted to this marriage, I was turning my back on everything I knew.”

Isn’t that what God asks us to do when we are reborn? To leave behind our lives of sin to live the life He has planned for us.  The character Alanah is shown to be under a great deal of stress and confusion as she begins the path Yehweh has set for her.  I think we can all relate to those feelings.

Beyond the use of characters and their circumstances, Ms. Cosstte had me really thinking on the issue of Manna.  The Bible tells the story in Exodus, of God providing Manna for his children who wandered the desert for 40 years.  I have read that story so many times, yet I don’t believe I gave it as much deliberation as I did when reading this story.  Ms. Cossette describes the character’s daily gathering of Manna, making meals, and strictly following Yehweh’s law regarding how much to gather.  For some of the characters eating the Manna became a hardship, a mundane habit that they couldn’t wait to be done with.  They had lost the heavenly quality of the Manna and looked upon it as if it was a chore or an expectation and not the awesome gift it was.  Alanah, with a fresh outlook and newly opened eyes looks upon the offering of Yehweh as it was meant to be… a gift that had no equal.  While reading of Alanah’s experiences, I couldn’t help but wonder what did Manna truly look and taste like.  I posted on Facebook and found my friend’s remarks interesting.  Some felt it was a substance similar to pita bread, others mentioned an earthy quality such as mushrooms and my Pastor’s wife being the funny woman she is said Chicken….after all everything taste like chicken! I have finally decided for me, I want to have Manna as one of my treasures stored away in Heaven waiting for me.  I want to try it so that I can answer my own question of what did Manna look and taste like.

Connilyn Cossette has given us a story that is full of interesting characters, some fictional from her own thoughts and then as with Rahab she weaves a larger picture to bring this Biblical woman into her storyline.  The story itself is spellbinding, encouraging, and thoughtful.  I have to admit that I am saddened to read that this will be the last in this series, but knowing Ms. Cossette has plans to bring a new story to life is heartening.  I cannot stress the how much I enjoy this writer’s evoking style.  As a reader, you can truly read how much Ms. Cossette has put into her story and the scope of dynamics brings so much to characters.  I hope you enjoy this as much as I did.  This is one series I believe is worth having on my shelf!

 

Amazon:   https://www.amazon.com/Wings-Wind-Out-Egypt-Book-ebook/dp/B01MUHIJOR/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1498347274&sr=8-1&keywords=wings+of+the+wind

Barnes & Nobel:   https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/wings-of-the-wind-connilyn-cossette/1124824750?ean=9780764218224

Christianbook.com:   https://www.christianbook.com/wings-of-the-wind-3/connilyn-cossette/9780764218224/pd/218224?event=ESRCG

 

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Live Fearless An Adult Coloring Book by Margaret Feinberg

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Amazon Link:  http://amzn.to/1XSJaS6

One of the latest items on the market is the adult coloring book.   I admit I was skeptical. I am not an artist nor am I a child whom I assumed fit the model coloring book enthusiast. But when given the chance to review Live Fearless an adult coloring book by Margaret Feinbeg I decided to try it.  Something new to try, right?

My mail arrived and with it my package from Bethany House containing the coloring book.  I accepted my package from the postmaster but with a blasé attitude.  I wasn’t really giving it a chance was I?  My daughter asked if she could open it and I said of course, after all she is a kid and loves art so she would probably be ecstatic.  From the back seat I hear gushes of oohs and ahhs.

Once home I sat down with my newest acquisition.  I was impressed.  The coloring book wasn’t anything like I was expecting and it was extremely interesting.  I found the book to be devotional in nature but meant to relax and allow one to meditate more on the verse and spending time with God.  The left page is set up and titled, Pray & Reflect with a verse to spend your time contemplating and with an area for you to write your thoughts down.  The right page is the picture that you can spend your quiet time coloring and losing yourself in your thoughts.  The pictures are not simple but actually very detailed most likely to provide you with quality time to become immersed.  Once you are done coloring, and if you stayed within the lines, you may even want to hang some of your pictures as they are that nice in detail.

My first opinion of adult coloring books was wrong and judgmental.  Had I not been given this copy from the publisher then I most likely would have continued on it that thinking.  Now that I have tried it, I did learn of relaxing benefits but more importantly I learned not to judge a book by its cover!  I believe I would find myself purchasing another of these journaling coloring books.

Let’s Learn About Psalm 23 by Catherine DeVries

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A wonderful rendition of Psalm 23 for kids!  I loved the colorful pictures for catching the  children’s attention.  Catherine DeVries uses the idea of a farmer taking care of his “flocks”  to show how God takes care of us.  The author has taken the message of Psalm 23 and broken it down to the very basics for children to begin learning about the love and protection that God provides us as his children.

The format of this story, is in my opinion, geared toward that of children ages 2-5 specifically.  The illustrations are bold and eye catching with many animals for the child to see and learn about.  The style of writing makes it simple, easy to follow to grab their attention.  I can see many enjoyable moments reading this story to a little one.  This book would make a wonderful addition to a child’s library.

 

Amazon Link    http://amzn.to/1TsTkHt

Christian Living Inspiration

I like to read most every type of genre out there….Ok I don’t like blood and gore except in action movies so I don’t read that.  I do like to sleep at night and reading those just doesn’t work for me! As long as I can find something of interest in the summary you can pretty much bet that I will try reading it.  One of the genres I do love to read is Christian mail order brides, so it happens that I also read inspirational for Christian living.  Through Netgalley I received two such books and decided to blog about them together since both have to do with reading the Bible.  One offers insight into the book of Proverbs and the other the chronological reading order of the New Testament. Yes, I do read my Bible as well as all these other books and having some helpful instruction in these areas is always welcomed…it saves my Pastor from hearing question after question… sometimes!

The first of these books is titled: “2 Minutes in the Bible Through Proverbs” by Boyd Bailey.

Publication Date: August 1, 2015 Publisher: Harvest House Publishers 192 pages

Publication Date:
August 1, 2015
Publisher:
Harvest House Publishers
192 pages

Boyd Baily certainly has created a great reference for Christian living. I like that he used six different Bibles for his quotations instead of remaining with only one Bible and its wording.  A Bible translation is what makes understanding the message easier for people.  I personally drift away from the King James Version because I just can’t understand it as well, but I do know others that thrive with it.  Having the various translations opens the doors of understanding God’s word much easier for the reader.  I was also encouraged by the related readings each section offered.  Not only were there discussions on each topic but a list of four or more related passages within the Bible were provided to further explore.  The topic ranges were vast showing that the Proverb passages were not just taken for their immediate meaning but torn apart and shown how it can apply to daily living today.  For instance, Mr. Baily wrote on Marriage and used his related passages and the Proverb verse to assist diving into this subject.  Then we read about midlife crisis and more passages are brought to our attention.  I like that we were given material that makes us really think about what we’re reading and then we think of our own lives and how it fits.   I really enjoyed this source of meditating on the book of Proverbs and how it relates to our daily lives.

Amazon Link: http://amzn.to/1TQx7z0

The second book I received was titled,”90 Days Through the New Testament in Chronological Order” by author Ron Rhodes.

Publication Date: September 1, 2015 Publisher: Harvest House Publisher 402 Pages

Publication Date:
September 1, 2015
Publisher:
Harvest House Publisher
402 Pages

Mr. Rhodes begins by giving some background to the New Testament.  He teaches of the number of books held within, the authors, the four books of the gospel and the books that follow them.  He closes his introduction with a look at the book of Revelations. There is a wealth of information contained in these introductions.  After reading Mr. Rhodes’ book I do have a better sense of how difficult it is for an author or scholar to place the events of the Bible in chronological order.  Mr. Rhodes provides and discusses what those difficulties are and how he sees the approach to combat them. What you will find in each chapter is an extensive devotion that will make you think,read and learn.  The chapters have introduction material, overviews, insightful thoughts, chapter themes, application lessons and more.  I felt this was more of Bible study lesson than a daily devotion. There was a lot covered with each day, and very in depth, but given the amount that needed to be discussed regarding the whole New Testament I can understand.  If you really want to learn more about the New Testament than what your basic knowledge may be, I highly suggest this book.  Very informative and well worth the time.

Amazon Link:     http://amzn.to/1VfbRrH

If you are looking for inspirational thoughts either of these or both would be fantastic reads.    One has more depth than the other but each will provide you with a source of meditation and application for daily living. My guess is that there will be a lot of information that you may not have heard before.

I hope you will enjoy these books as much as I did.