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!