Title: Counted with the Stars (Out from Egypt Book 1) by Connilyn Cossette
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
Category: Adult Fiction, 352 pages
Published: April 5, 2016
Content Rating: PG
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?
I usually don't read novels based on Biblical people or accounts because in the past I've been disappointed with their portrayal or inaccuracy. But for some reason I was intrigued by the book description of Counted with the Stars which tells the story of Kiya, an Egyptian woman sold into slavery who experiences first-hand the plaques of Egypt, and later chooses to flee with the Hebrews in the wilderness.
I was so impressed with this story! First and foremost, the author brings Egypt to life, from the people and their culture to their way of living and thinking. Through Kiya's story, she also makes us live the traumatic and devastating plagues that Jehovah God brings on the Egyptians, one for each of their ten gods, proving them to be useless and inferior to Him. Secondly, the author accurately depicts the Hebrews using God's name Yahweh (Jehovah is the English derivative of this name as Jesus is for Yeshua).
I liked that the account was told through the eyes of a Gentile rather than a Hebrew. Kiya is a fully-fleshed out character, and this is her story. She experiences hardship having gone from a life of luxury to one of slavery and hard work. Her change in faith is realistically portrayed and does not happen suddenly, which is one of my pet peeves in Christian fiction.
For a debut novel and the first in a Biblical fiction series, this was amazing in its portrayal of the Exodus account with all the exotic rich details of Egypt. There are two other books in this Out from Egypt series that have been published, with the third book just released earlier this month. I look forward to reading both. Counted With the Stars will be counted as one of my favorite books this year! If you love Biblical fiction, don't miss this one.