Monday, February 8, 2016

The Prophetess: Deborah's Story (Daughters of the Promised Land #2) by Jill Eileen Smith

Title: The Prophetess: Deborah’s Story (Daughters of the Promised Land #2)
Author: Jill Eileen Smith
Pages: 368
Release Date: February 2, 2016
Genre: Biblical Fiction
Publisher: Revell
Format: Paperback (also available in eBook)
Note: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.

About the book:

     Outspoken and fearless, Deborah has faith in God but struggles to see the potential her own life holds. As an Israelite woman, she’ll marry, have a family, and seek to teach her children about Adonai – and those tasks seem to be more than enough to occupy her time. But God has another plan for her. Israel has been under the near constant terror of Canaan’s armies for twenty years, and now God has called Deborah to deliver her people from this oppression. Will her family understand? Will her people even believe God’s calling on her life? And can the menace of Canaan be stopped?

My review:

     This is a remarkable biblical fiction story!

     I have always liked Deborah. I have to admit that part of the fascination for me has been the fact that I have the same name. I was excited to find that one of the authors I love had taken on the challenge of writing her story. I was not disappointed in how Jill handled it.

     I know that most of this story is a fictional account since there is very little information about her in the bible. This story is so well crafted and presented though that I could see it as a very believable scenario.

     The development of the danger from Sisera made the fear that the Israelites and Heber’s family felt, palpable for me. I was also able to understand their frustration with having to wait for God’s timing to take action.

     There were two things that were address that I’ve always wondered about. The first one of them was, how did a woman become judge over Israel? The second was where did the Israelites get the weapons they needed to wage a war against Sisera?

     I know that the answers to these questions that are given in this book are only the author’s ideas. But to my way of thinking they make sense.

     I thoroughly enjoyed this wonderful book and am highly recommending it. It gets a rating of 5 stars from me.

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