Biblical Fiction

Counted Among the Stars (Out of Egypt 1) by Connilyn Cossette. A Review

A Story of Love, Desperation, and Hope During a Great Biblical Epoch

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. To save her older brother and escape the bonds of slavery, Kiya flees with the Hebrews during the Great Exodus. She finds herself utterly dependent on a fearsome God she’s only just beginning to learn about, and in love with a man who despises her people. With everything she’s ever known swept away, will Kiya turn back toward Egypt or surrender her life and her future to Yahweh?

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My Thoughts

I never expected this story to be told from the arc that it was written in but I enjoyed every bit of it.

It was fascinating to read about Kiya an Egyptian sold into slavery by her father and living with a mistress who despised her mother.

Her only comfort was her Hebrew friend Shira and the few stolen moments with her mother when she snuck out to see her. She believes the Egyptian gods and worships them because it’s all she knows and she’s there when the plagues start. She doesn’t understand and doesn’t want to believe that there’s any other God who is stronger than her gods choosing instead to believe Moses a sorcerer.

Even when she sees the evidence, not until she has a personal encounter with Yahweh does she get to understand who he truly is.Her journey from fear to faith is one to read. I love her curiosity and search for the truth along this story most of her actions were guided by fear and the need to survive, while the plagues lasted in Egypt, she realised staying away from the gods and temples have her a better chance of survival and when she left Egypt with her family, it was out of fear and desperation for her brother to survive.

Through this journey of fear and desperation, she saw Yahweh at work. From watching Him save them from Pharaoh’s army to providing manna and quail and water even when they needed it.

From surviving the loss of her mother and kidnapping by a scorned individual, she felt His protection and finally understood who He really was.

It was great reading this from another point of view and not from one of the Israelites. Made the story of the Exodus come alive.

I’d definitely received this for lovers of Biblical fiction.

About the Author

Connilyn Cossette is the ECPA Bestselling author of the Out from Egypt Series and the Cities of Refuge Series and a finalist for both the Christy and Carol awards. When she’s not engulfed in the happy chaos of homeschooling two teenagers, devouring books whole, or avoiding housework, she can be found digging into the rich ancient world of the Bible. She delights in discovering new gems of grace that point to Jesus and weaving them into an immersive fiction experience. Although she and her husband have lived all over the country in the last twenty-plus years, they currently call North Carolina home.

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