As they fight for the soul of Israel, will they find healing for their own?
Eight years ago, after the Philistines surrendered the stolen Ark of the Covenant back to the Israelites, Eliora and her brother left their Philistine homeland to follow it to the community of Kiryat-Yearim. Though they both were lovingly enfolded into a Levite family that guards the Ark, Eliora can’t stop feeling like she doesn’t belong.
Meanwhile, a faction of discontent Hebrews finds Kiryat-Yearim to be an unfit resting place and believes that the sacred vessel should be in the hands of the priests who mean to restore the Holy of Holies in a new location. Under the guise of gathering Hebrews to worship together for the festivals, Levite musician Ronen has been sent by his uncle to find where the Ark has been hidden and steal it back. But Ronen never expected that the Philistine girl he rescued years ago would now be part of the very family he’s tasked to deceive.
Ronen’s attempts to charm Eliora into revealing the location of the Ark lead them in unexpected directions, as they must battle betrayal and fear to help establish Israel’s leadership for a better future.
Connilyn Cossette has a way of writing that takes you right into the story as if you are a part of it. It’s not just the characters that grip your heart but the setting, lifestyle and activities she depicts. To Dwell Among Cedars is set during the time of the judges and the Ark of Covenant being taken and returned – but it is not a retelling of a Bible story. It’s a story following Philistine siblings who are adopted by a Hebrew family. One sibling is grateful and loyal and the other is unsure and bitter. As you read through the pages, adventure unfolds along with moments of joy and pain. You will find yourself holding your breath, laughing and even crying. I highly recommend this book to anyone! Anything by Connilyn Cossette is on my shelf! Buy Now: Bookshop.org