Diane Virginia Cunio is the author of The Kiss of Peace: An Exploration into Song of Solomon and Behind the Veil: Becoming the Ascended Bride of Song of Solomon (both books awaiting publication). She is passionate about sharing Beloved Jesus’ divine love for you, His Bride, as allegorically portrayed in Song of Solomon.
Diane has developed the model for motion-activated musical prayer stations for use in the garden retreat, themed to the places the Bride travels to in Song of Solomon.
She is partnering with two friends to compile a devotional entitled, Love-Knots: Stories of Faith, Family, and Friendships. The goal of this book is to impart biblical truths that will bring the reader into the knowledge of how much God loves him/her and that the great I AM is the source of peace. This in turn will strengthen the reader’s faith.
Diane is creating a series of books, called Cowdoggie Adventures, that will minister to children, themed around her Mini-Aussies, whom she calls “cowdoggies.” She is working on other children’s books as well.
Shop Diane’s handcrafted jewelry line, VineWords Scripture-Inspired Jewelry, at this blog site, when pieces are available. Each creation centers around a Scripture verse. The aim is to help believers celebrate and share their faith by wearing jewelry that has a biblical message. Quality materials are used in these creations, such as precious and/or semi-precious gemstone beads, Swarovski crystals, Swarovski pearls, and sterling silver.
Diane writes for other ministries. Search for her devotions and articles under her pen name, Diane Virginia.
FIND DIANE’S DEVOTIONS/ARTICLES AT:
- Christian Broadcasting Network
- Christian Devotions Ministries
- Faith Beyond Fear
- Pentecostal Publishing House
- The Secret Place
- Other Ministries and Blogs
DIANE’S BOOK PROJECTS
THE KISS OF PEACE: AN EXPLORATION INTO SONG OF SOLOMON
Genre: Christian Living
Status: Complete (seeking a royalty publisher)
Word Count: 80,000 words
Study Guide: A companion Study Guide/Leader’s Guide makes this book perfect for home group or Sunday school Bible studies. The suggested run time is two-six week courses. The book and guides are sufficient to cover each course so they only need to be purchased once.
Sequel: Behind the Veil: Becoming the Ascended Bride of Song of Solomon
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.
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. This book adds an additional course to the church groups available on the subject, and the lessons are application-driven. The reader applies the methods of Bible study, journaling, praying, and tarrying to her understanding by what she learns and practices.
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 Phil can give you the knowledge to make your prayer garden retreat successful. Diane has prepared messages and her husband has compiled installation recommendations for both wired and solar options, with suggestions as to where you can purchase the necessary items. 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.
LOVE-KNOTS: STORIES OF FAITH, FAMILY, AND FRIENDSHIPS
A devotional entitled, Love-Knots: Stories of Faith, Family, and Friendships, is in the works. This devotional is being written by three friends, and will include some of the VineWords stories found here.
Its purpose is to uplift the reader in the areas of faith, family, and friendships and to demonstrate how God’s love and peace is available to every person. Believers and seekers will both benefit from this devotional.
Word Count: 40,000
Status: In progress.
COWDOGGIE ADVENTURE SERIES
Age Category: 5 to 9+ yrs Children’s Read-to-Me Book
Word Count: 1,200 words
Status: In progress. Coming soon!
This is 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.
If your child has a story idea, feel free to email their idea to Cowboy and Cowgirl in the comments section of this website. Please include one Scripture and denote the version your child has chosen. Make sure this is a kid-sized issue. If your child’s story idea is chosen, we will contact you. Cowboy and Cowgirl will do their best to answer your child’s inquiry when they aren’t playing fetch. But, it might take a while. There are lots of butterflies to dance with, roly poley bugs to hunt for, squirrels to tag, and lizards to befriend.
To follow the cowdoggie’s real-life antics, follow Diane’s Facebook page under Diane Virginia Cunio.
THE CHRISTMAS CARDIGAN
The focus of this story is to teach children the importance of having a grateful and generous spirit, as Jesus does. The Bible verse illustrated by Marcie’s transformation is: So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver. 2 Corinthians 9:7
The story begins with Stephanie and her brother fighting over Christmas gifts. Stephanie’s parents are exasperated. Grandma “Grace” takes Stephanie to the mission to give socks and gloves, with the hopes Stephanie will learn the value of sharing from a generous heart filled with grace. Grandma is not disappointed; the story concludes with Stephanie giving her brand new cardigan to Marcie, a classmate, whom she discovers has a financial need.
The take-away line is: Gratitude begins when God’s grace from within compels us to give with a cheerful heart.
Age Category: 5 to 9+ yrs Children’s Read-to-Me Book
Word Count: 1,200 words
Status: Coming soon!
- 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.