Diane Virginia Cunio is the author of The Kiss of Peace: The Bride’s Exploration into Song of Solomon.
Genre: Christian Living
Status: Complete (Seeking a Royalty Publisher)
Word Count: 80,000 words
Study Guide: Questions at the end of each chapter makes this book perfect for home group or Sunday school Bible studies. The suggested run time is eight weeks.
The purpose of this book is to restore the biblical view of Song of Solomon as an allegory of the Groom Jesus Christ’s divine love for His bride, the church, and to counter the view that Song of Solomon is about sex.
Four interactive sections in each chapter engage the reader; these are 1) Modern-day Example, 2) Vignette Sections, 3) Exposition, and 4) Prayer Starter.
In the vignette sections, which is unique to The Kiss of Peace, the reader is an actor in the play, Song of Solomon. She steps into the vignette, and her Groom addresses her as “Love,” the Bride/Wife to whom He delights. She calls her Groom, “Beloved Solomon,” in Hebrew, “Dowd Shelomah,” which translates as “Beloved Peacemaker.”
As Love participates in vignette dialogue, she not only receives Beloved’s divine love, she realizes His allegorical identity is none other than the Lord Jesus Christ. The reader notices prophetic metaphors, such as her Groom’s pierced, beryl-set hands; His banqueting table where she delights on Communion bread/ wine; His anointing oils of myrrh and frankincense which reveal Him as Suffering Servant and Priest, and so much more.
Why Study Song of Solomon?
Song of Solomon is holy and should be treated as such. When we study this book, we are immersed in this holiness, and we discover how our Groom completes us as His Bride.
Rabbi Akiba recognized Song of Solomon is about the holiness of Messiah. He fought for its inclusion in the Tanka (Jewish Old Testament). This book goes one step further, acknowledging Beloved Solomon as a typology of Jesus Christ, and Love as a typology of the Bride of Christ.
The Sequel to The Kiss of Peace is Behind the Veil…
The Kiss of Peace journals the bride’s preparation for marriage and what it means to be a bride. The reader enters a personal journey with her Beloved, and she makes the most important discovery—the power of divine love and peace that is hers as she finds her identity as the Bride of Beloved Solomon, who is allegorically Jesus Christ. Her Groom’s love for her is described as a boiling-pot in its intensity which is life-giving, vibrant, and it indescribable in human terms. As she is wooed into the arms of the Savior through this allegorical romance, He completes her.
Behind the Veil continues this quest, detailing the Bride’s ascent. As she travels through the mountains of Lebanon, with her Groom, she matures. Each mountain she visits has spiritual significance, and this moves her progressively through more intimate stages of holiness. These places represent aspects of her Beloved; for example, The Hill of Frankincense represents Beloved’s willingness to die on Calvary and raise to life. The Bride also must die to self-will, and raise to life through her Savior. Another example is Mount Amana, best translated as “Mount Amen.” This represents the unity that happens when the Bride learns to pray Beloved’s Word.
Topics include: marital unity, maturing in Beloved’s image, holiness, intercession, witnessing, and much more.
Why Read Both Books?
Because Behind the Veil focuses on a single chapter of Song of Solomon, much detail about growing in Christ can be covered. The reader can read this book independent of its prequel, but the best understanding is gained by reading both.
Once the reader discovers her true identity and the depth of her Groom’s divine love for her, as described in The Kiss of Peace and as she matures in her relationship with her Groom, as described in Behind the Veil, she will feel compelled to give Beloved Jesus her full attention. She will know that her Groom’s love is real, and that no matter where she is on her journey of completeness, Jesus Christ loves her, brings peace to her, and abides with her fully. Jesus becomes Emmanuel—God With Us—to the reader.
MOTION-ACTIVATED MUSICAL PRAYER GARDEN STATIONS
Diane and her husband Phil have founded the concept of motion-activated musical prayer garden stations for the home or church estate.
Theme your prayer garden music around the hill and the six mountains described in Song of Solomon. You and your guests can visit Calvary as “The Hill of Frankincense,” where Beloved woos His Bride into a relationship. Continue your journey from there, to “Mount Amen,” and other places.
Diane and her husband Phil can give you the knowledge to make your prayer garden retreat successful. Diane has prepared messages. Her husband Phil has written installation recommendations, for both wired and solar options, and where you can purchase the items online.
Prayer garden stations can be installed as a single arbor/bench combo or as seven separate arbor/bench stations, each equipped with a motion-activated speaker system.
Please contact Diane and Phil at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Find Diane’s stories/devotions/articles at:
- Christian Broadcasting Network
- Faith Beyond Fear
- Pentecostal Publishing House
- Christian Devotions Ministries
- The Secret Place
- And other ministries…
- Miami Dade College, Miami, FL; Associate in Art/Art Education: 1979
- The University of the South, Sewanee, TN: Bachelor of Science: Gownsman Graduate: 1982
- Harvest Bible Institute of First Assembly of God, Winston-Salem, NC: Two-Year Ministerial Certification: 3.97 GPA: 1999
- The United Community Bible Churches: Ordained Minister: 2005 to present
- Member of Piedmont-Triad Word Weaver’s: 2019 to present.
- Member of Word Weaver’s International: 2019 to present.
- Member of Serious Writer Club: 2019 to present.
Writers are taught the principle, “Show; don’t tell.” Diane applies this concept by writing parables. The aim of each story is to highlight a scriptural truth in a way that will create a remembrance. Although some of these stories are fictional, nearly all have been inspired by real individuals. Diane hopes these stories will linger in your spirit and deepen your relationship with Jesus Christ and His Word.
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A devotional entitled, Love-Knots: Stories of Faith, Family, and Friendships, is in the works. Subscribers will get a sneak peak at this devotional as it develops. This devotional is being written by three friends, and will include some of the VineWords stories found here.
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OTHER BOOK PROJECTS
Cowdoggie Adventures Series for Kids Coming Soon!
Coming soon will be a children’s series of read-to-me books for 5 to 9+ year olds (but even adults will enjoy these). A child helper will be featured in each of these stories.
To follow the dog’s real-life antics, follow Diane’s Facebook page under Diane Virginia Cunio. Sometimes, Cowboy and Cowgirl talk to the children (Diane “helps” there), so if your child has a question, feel free to comment. If the cowdoggies aren’t chasing squirrels, fetching balls, or napping, they might comment.
If your child has a story idea, feel free to email Cowboy and Cowgirl. Please help the cowdoggies find a solution to an issue kids want answers to by including a Scripture. Cowboy and Cowgirl will do their best to answer your child’s inquiry when they aren’t playing fetch or chasing squirrels and butterflies….
Email the cowdoggies at: email@example.com (Please Note: No compensation is given for your child’s story idea.)
The Christmas Cardigan is a children’s book that will be available soon. In the story, Stephanie gives her favorite cardigan to Marcie. The focus of the story is to teach children the importance of having a generous spirit, as Jesus does. It addresses the issue of respecting others, and sharing resources. (You can read the adult version on this blog.)
Age Category: 5 to 9+ yrs Children’s Read-to-Me Book
Word Count: 1,200 words
Status: Coming soon!
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