Friday, April 15, 2016

The Prophetess by Jill Eileen Smith

Canaan has ravaged Israel. 

The people are in hiding. 

All that stands between 

surrender and hope 

is one untested woman. 

"Deborah will never forget the day her father and brothers left to worship at the Lord's tabernacle--or the wails of her mother after finding their bodies at the city gates. The memories of Canaan's cruelty haunt her and all of Israel. Now in this dark time, the Lord calls on Deborah to lead His people away from the idols of other nations and back to Him. 

Deborah never asked to be a prophetess or a judge over God's people. Still, she cannot deny His voice or the visions that accompany it. Can her family ever understand? Will her people believe God's calling on her life? And can the Canaanite menace be stopped?

With her trademark impeccable research and imaginative storytelling, Jill Eileen Smith brings to life the story of Israel's most powerful woman in this intriguing and inspiring novel."

My Thoughts:
A year ago I wrote a review about Jill Eileen Smith's very intense book about Rahab the Harlot. It was not an easy book to read, but it was an excellent book to read. Jill Eileen Smith has written another excellent book. Although The Prophetess is a work of fiction, Jill expressed what I believe is a very plausible atmosphere of the time of Sisera's tyranny over Israel and a compelling storyline as well.

The mark of an excellent fiction writer is to make you forget you are reading. Jill Eileen Smith accomplished this with The Prophetess. Her characterizations of Deborah, her husband, her family, and of Barak were engaging. I wanted to keep reading as she described their their feelings of terror and defeat and their longing for freedom from oppression. Her descriptions of Deborah's encounters with God were wonderful. I was especially taken with her description of Jael and her life. The storyline Smith wrote would fit well into the biblical storyline. Learning more of the customs of the time makes Jael's story even more amazing.

The descriptions of the way prisoners were treated evoked horrific images in my mind. I don't think that I want my teenage daughters to read it, but perhaps someday. The descriptions were not explicit, but it would not be a PG movie.

I think Smith has a real gift for historical fiction. If you don't mind the fact that it is fiction, I think it's great for opening up what the times were like. It's very well researched, thought out, and written. 
Very well done!

Jill Eileen Smith is the author of the bestselling Wives of King David series and The Crimson Cord, as well as the Wives of the Patriarchs and the Loves of King Solomon series. Her research has taken her from the Bible to Israel, and she particularly enjoys learning how women lived in Old Testament times. She lives with her family in southeast Michigan.

I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

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  1. I've not heard of Jill Eileen Smith, sounds worth checking.


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