A light on the Hill, is another beautifully written story by author Connilyn Cossette. This woman is a fantastic, gifted writer that I can’t say enough about. Her stories bring alive the Bible times and bestow upon you the sense that you walk with her characters, that they are truly within your reach as you envision their story, feelings and ultimately their individual relationships with God.
One of the main reasons I enjoy reading this authors stories, besides her gift of storytelling, is how she chooses to use names for her Characters. For instance, she uses “Yahweh” for God as is used in the Jewish faith. For Joshua we read, “Yehoshua” and Moses becomes, “Mosheh”. The research that has been done is so evident and adds to the compelling style of the author. At the back of the book, the author shares how she developed her storyline. She mentions reading in Joshua 20 and being caught up in the idea of the cities of refuge and how they beckoned to her. The author also mentions her research taken from Book V of The Antiquities of the Jews. It is very clear that the author delves into ancient times and Biblical teaching to provide as many true facts as possible to base her fictional characters and story.
In A Light on the Hill, our main character is one that we met earlier during the series, Out of Egypt: Wings of the Wind. She wasn’t a main character but still an important one that left an impression not only on the reader but the author as she mentions in her notes that she knew Moriyah would be the heroine in the next book. Moriyah’s past has filled her with fear which has also allowed misplaced shame to trap her in a prison of her own making. Through this fear and shame, she has done what so many of us have…. shut God out. Moriyah wears a veil on the outside, but on the inside, she also has a veil blocking her from hearing God’s whispers. She believes God has forsaken her, but she is the one who has forsaken him and kept him behind that inner veil. I think that is a message many of us can relate to.
In A Light on the Hill, Moriyah must leave her life and learn to break the shackles of her “prison” when accused of a heinous crime. Along the way she finds she is to travel with someone she can’t fully trust, one she feels betrayed her, and even hates her…. but one who holds her heart. As she travels to find sanctuary at one of the cities of refuge, Moriyah learns who she is and what she is capable of. She also learns that the shame she has placed upon herself isn’t truly there and that others may not view her as she has thought. As events begin to heat up she realizes God has never forsaken her and all she must do is simply remove the veil and trust God with her life and those she loves.
Moriyah’s life isn’t pain free…. whose life is? The beauty of this story shows that life can be hard, but we are never alone and all we have to do is trust God and his plans for us. Have faith and allow God to lead you and listen for those whispers. How beautiful is that?
Connilyn Cossette is one of my favorite authors and I am so thrilled have read each of her books. They are beautiful, compelling, and vivid. The imagery is so surreal that I feel as if the characters are acting out a scene right in front of me and when that last page is turned, I feel like shouting because I am not ready for an end.
Connilyn Cossette is the Christy Award Nominated and CBA-Bestselling author of the Out from Egypt Series from Bethany House Publishers. There’s not much she enjoys more than digging into the rich, ancient world of the Bible, discovering new gems of grace that point to Jesus, and weaving them into an immersive fiction experience. Connect with her at http://www.ConnilynCossette.com