Bathsheba (The Wives of King David Book #3): A Novel [NOOK Book]

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Bathsheba is a woman who longs for love. With her devout husband away fighting the king's wars for many months at a time, discontent and loneliness dog her steps--and make it frighteningly easy to succumb to King David's charm and attention. Though she immediately regrets her involvement with the powerful king, the pieces are set in motion that will destroy everything she holds dear. Can she find forgiveness at the feet of the Almighty? Or has ...
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Overview

Bathsheba is a woman who longs for love. With her devout husband away fighting the king's wars for many months at a time, discontent and loneliness dog her steps--and make it frighteningly easy to succumb to King David's charm and attention. Though she immediately regrets her involvement with the powerful king, the pieces are set in motion that will destroy everything she holds dear. Can she find forgiveness at the feet of the Almighty? Or has her sin separated her from God--and David--forever?

With a historian's sharp eye for detail and a novelist's creative spirit, Jill Eileen Smith brings to life the passionate and emotional story of David's most famous--and infamous--wife. Smith uses her gentle hand to draw out the humanity in her characters, allowing readers to see themselves in the three-dimensional lives and minds of people who are often viewed in starkly moralistic terms. You will never read the story of David and Bathsheba in the same way again.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781441214263
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/1/2011
  • Series: Wives of King David , #3
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 45,037
  • File size: 748 KB

Meet the Author

Jill Eileen Smith has more than twenty years of writing experience, and her writing has garnered acclaim in several contests. Her research into the lives of David's wives has taken her from the Bible to Israel, and she particularly enjoys learning how women lived in Old Testament times. Jill is the author of the bestselling Michal and Abigail and lives with her family in southeast Michigan.
Jill Eileen Smith is the bestselling author of the Wives of King David series, the Wives of the Patriarchs series, and the ebook novella The Desert Princess, book 1 in 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. When she isn't writing, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She can often be found reading, testing new recipes, grabbing lunch with friends, or snuggling Tiger, her little writing buddy who chews her fingers as she works. She lives with her family in southeast Michigan. She loves hearing from her readers. Learn more at www.jilleileensmith.com.
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  • Posted June 23, 2012

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    Bathsheba is the 3rd book to the Trilogy, Wives of King David th

    Bathsheba is the 3rd book to the Trilogy, Wives of King David that starts with the Princess Michal, daughter of Saul. David is portrayed here as a jaded king, lost in grief over the death of his beloved Abigail. He had long since turned against Michal, the subject of the first book and she is now a calm presence in his turbulent household.

    Bathsheba is the bored, lonely wife of Uriah, a warrior who was gone from home a lot. David is bored of all his many wives and had been going on a marrying frenzy, bedding one every two weeks. Smith's portrayal of David and Bathsheba is of two lonely hearts who fall in a night of temptation. David dismisses thoughts of reconciliation with his loyal wife Michal with a shake of a wrist, "I don't want to go there." and falls into grievous sin instead.

    The story is sad because Bathsheba paid so dearly. She was pilloried as an adulteress and had no other friends but Michal. I cannot imagine what went on through Bathsheba's soul to sleep night after night with the murderer of her husband. I suppose she had no choice but to swallow it and make the best of it. I wish Smith delved deeper into Bathsheba's emotional state and gave us that insight, but the story glosses over it in favor of finishing out the historical events.

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 13, 2011

    Another Time - Another Era of King David's Life - Don't Miss This!!

    Once again, Jill Eileen Smith takes you back into history and brings it to life in this drama of King David's wives. Bathsheba takes on new meaning when you come face to face with the laws and traditions of Bible times. Heartbreaking, heartrending and heartwarming all fit into the pages of this book. A new perspective or an old perspective, however you find yourself - you will know that it was written with truth from the Word. This is a book that will bring new meaning to the words love, remorse, forgiveness and mercy.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 17, 2011

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    Bathsheba

    This is the third book is the King David series, but readers won't really be missing out if they haven't read the first two. While many Christians are familiar with the basic story of David and Bathsheba, even those that don't will know what is going on. Smith uses some Bible verses at the beginning of each of her three parts of the book. However, I think she should have included all of what the Bible says about the story and then less of her own story-crafting. Granted, what Smith writes about is fairly accurate, she obviously puts in her own style and fabricates details about characters to make the story come to life. Regarding the romance, it is not graphic in the least, but at times can get a tad racy. Overall, this book is a good read, but readers will get a richer--and quicker--tale if they just go straight to the Bible.

    Available March 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 13, 2011

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    The Woman That Shook A King And A Nation

    Jill Eileen Smith in her new book, "Bathsheba" Book Three in her Wives of King David series published by Revell gives us a fictional account of what might have happened with her life and that of King David.

    Last year when I had the privilege of interviewing Ms. Smith on our radio show and we talked about what she was planning to do in "Bathsheba" Ms. Smith promised me that there would be some surprises in this book. Now that this book is out I assure you Ms. Smith was not kidding. Bathsheba is the wife of Uriah the Hittite who is one of the thirty of David's might men and his friend. Everything that is in The Bible is in Ms. Smith's story but with much more detail, emotion and back story that The Bible leaves out.

    I am not giving away a plot surprise when I tell you that the reason why David in on top of the palace when he sees Bathsheba bathing is because he is grieving the death of his beloved wife , Abigail. I read the story of David and never realized that Abigail had died so this was a bit of a revelation for me though it does make sense. Once they have their affair events are in motion that will drive David to one of the greatest scandals in the kingdom.

    I am of the opinion that Bathsheba had no choice in the affair as David was King and how do you deny the King however Ms. Smith does make her point that Bathsheba had complicity. When we get to Heaven we will find out the true details in the meantime we have Ms. Smith's take on "Bathsheba" to entertain us. Ms. Smith makes Bathsheba and David come alive and we get a chance to walk with them and share their adventures intimately. We see what they see, we feel what they feel simply because Ms. Smith is such a great storyteller.

    If you missed the interview for "Abigail" book two in the series and would like to listen to it please go to Kingdom Highlights where it is available On Demand.

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    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

    Available March 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 22, 2012

    This book stays very close to the bible, an excellent read.

    This book stays very close to the bible, an excellent read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2012

    Awesome

    I love this book. It showed the many sides to King David. It showed David the lover, David the King, David the man after God's own heart, David the husband, David the father, and David the man. Eileen made David relatable. It showed his struggles, his failures, his strengths etc. as well as Bathsheba's. The book demonstrates God as being a just God, that no sin goes unpunished. It alsonshows how God can use someone unassuming and a horrible situation and turn it into God.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2012

    Interesting read

    I enjoyed this book. It had Bible verses to show the true story while adding details by the author. The characters were believable, likeable & good detail.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 2, 2011

    Interesting account of Bathsheba

    I enjoyed this fictional book about Bathsheba and King David. It was a different view than I had imagined. I also enjoyed Michal, which was the first book in this series

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 18, 2011

    Excellent!

    This novel gives great insight to the complexity of the matter.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 1, 2011

    Another Great Book from Jill Smith

    This book rounds out the series The Wives of King David. It gave me a better insight on Bathsheba, herself. The book is written in such a way, that the characters become a live again and you can feel what was in their hearts at the time.
    MUST READ SERIES!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 11, 2011

    AN EMOTIONAL STORY OF LOVE AND TRIUMPH!! BATHSHEBA BY JILL EILEEN SMITH

    BATHSHEBA by Jill Eileen Smith is an amazing Biblical fiction set 994 BC Jerusalem.It is the third in her "The Wives of King David",but can be read as a stand alone. Book one, "Michal",Book two, "Abigail".It is written in narrative style with great attention to details and Biblical facts. It is heartwarming story of sin,redemption,love,treachery,triumph and forgiveness. This is an emotional and piognant story of Bathsheba and King David. It shows Bathsheba's anger,and her emotional conflict for what they done. In those days adultery was punished by stoning.Bathsheba would have been in grace danger,also her childrend.David's guilt and grief lead him to write the wonderful Psalms,we all know today.This story is a good example of God's beauty,love,grace and his forgiveness. If you enjoy learning more on Biblical characters than this is definite the series to read, of King David and his wives.The struggles and truimphs Bathsheba goes through are amazing and shows her heart. It re-enforces the fact that God can do all.He can make joy from mourning,beauty from ashes and give uncondiitional love,joy,peace and foregiveness. King David is one of my favorite stories of the Bible.I would recommend this story.This book was received for the purpose of review from the publisher and details can be found at Revell,a division of Baker Publishing Group and My Book Addiction and More.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 10, 2011

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    Another wonderful story of the wives of King David

    This story caught my attention, because I have always loved the stories of King David, and having read several of the other books in this series I definitely wanted to read this book.

    Bathsheba was a lovely young woman, who had once been offered to King David as a bride, but after he had promised his wife Abigail, not to take anymore wives, he didn't accept her. Which was fine, because the man offering her, her grandfather, really didn't have the authority to do so, her own father had given her to marry Uriah, the Hittite, after Uriah saved his life.

    Uriah loves Bathsheba, and she loves him, but her heart grieves that she has not born him a child in their three years of marriage, but more than that, she is lonely. She hates that he has to go off to war, and fight, and misses him greatly.

    After the death of Abigail, King David finds himself very lonely too. In fact he too, should be off to war, but he is not, he is at home grieving when he catches his first glimpse of Bathsheba. After finding out she is married to one of his soldiers, he stays away from the roof, even though she fascinated him. It is after several years and in a moment of weakness that he sees her once again and this time, he has to have her. What happens then is a sin, in the eyes of Adonai, their Lord and in the eyes of the people, if they were to know. Trying to deceive Uriah into lying with his wife, to protect himself, King David does not take into account that Uriah is an upright man and will not lay with his wife, during a battle. With that plan gone awry, there is nothing to do, but to send him into the thick of battle, hoping he dies and freeing him to then take Bathsheba as his own wife.

    I loved this story, it however does not end with the death of Uriah and the marriage of David and Bathsheba, it continues on into the adulthood of their son Solomon. A very compelling story, and book lovers of Biblical fiction will not want to miss. 342 pages US $14.99 4 stars.

    This book was provided for review purposes only, no payment was received for this review.

    Available March 2011 from your favorite seller of Revell Books, a division of Baker Publishing.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2014

    Loved it!

    If you are interested in learning more about the way people in ancient Jerusalem lived, you must read this book! As someone who is both christian and a history lover,I found myself taken in by the love story of Bathsheba and David. Both tried their best to be good people, but they made mistakes. They're mistakes did not go unpunished by God and brought them sadness. But they knew enough to ask Gods for forgiveness and learn from the past. Because they loved God and they were able to find peace and happiness in each other.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2014

    Very good read

    I appreciate these books of the women in the Bible from this author because it makes me think more about them and how God had a plan for them. I always want to spend more time seeking God after reading these type of books. This is Christian novel abd is part of a series but you do not have to read the previous books to enjoy this one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2014

    Bathsheba Book Three Wives of King David

    And this displeased the Lord. This was what King David did that displeased God. He took Bathsheba , a married woman to his bed. And this is her story. Straight out of the Bible. Five star book that gives us hope that we too may be given mercy for our sins . Through God's lovingkindness and Christ Jesus. Thanks for another great Bible story !

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  • Posted March 23, 2011

    AMAZING BOOK!!!! As a matter of fact, I am reading the first two next!

    There are SO MANY reasons I loved this book!

    Attending a REAL Christian Church, our leaders role-model what it means to live a Christian life. They actually ask themselves the question: "What would Jesus do?" And then, they DO IT! I have learned NUMEROUS lessons from them; one of the greatest to not be judgemental of others. My mom was also an inspiration to me - always reminding me that you never know what someone has been through, which plays heavily on their actions. Her teaching taught me a love for others, leading to compassion for their life-hurts; rather than a "holier than thou" attitude.

    For those familiar with the Biblical account of King David's relationship with Bathsheba, it is my opinion the author created a true-to-life scenario of how innocent encounters with the opposite sex can ease into the life of a married Christian; reaping havoc on the most stable Christian marriages. We are also reminded of the free flowing grace and forgiveness God provides all of His children-especially during the times we are most unworthy to receive it.

    If you enjoy the history of the Old Testament and like to day-dream of the unwritten details, I PROMISE you will love this book! I already purchased the first book of this trilogy (Michal) and can't wait to start reading!

    Jill Eileen Smith has more than twenty years of writing experience, and her writing has garnered acclaim in several competitions. Her research into the lives of David's wives has taken her from the Bible to Israel, and she particularly enjoys learning how women lived in Old Testament times. Smith is the author of the bestselling Michal and Abigail and lives with her family in southeast Michigan.

    Available March 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

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  • Posted March 19, 2011

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    Beautiful Biblical Fiction

    In my opinion Biblical Fiction has to be one of the hardest genres to write in because you are taking something that is fact but there is not a lot of info on and fictionalizing it to bring it to life. So not only are you researching the ways and habits of the time period but you are researching the people as well. Jill Eileen Smith is a master of this. Her Wives of King David series is fantastic and this last book, Bathsheba, is a catch-22 for me. I wanted to see what she did with this difficult story, but I also didn't want to see the series end. I have just turned the last pages and ended it and now sadly put it down. Jill did not disappoint me at all, she handled a hard story of sin, forgiveness, grace and consequences with incredible insight and diplomacy. She continues to bring David to life as a man with flaws and sin, but with a heart that truly desires to follow God. And though this book focuses on Bathsheba, the journey of his wives is a truly fascinating thing. I plan on making this series required reading for my children as they hit high school because there is value in bringing Biblical characters to life... flaws and forgiveness.

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  • Posted March 18, 2011

    3rd in Wives of King David series is moving biblical fiction

    Bathsheba by Jill Eileen Smith is the third book in the Wives of King David Series. Bathsheba is the beautiful young wife of Uriah, one of King David's Thirty, his leading warriors. War often keeps Uriah away from home, and Bathsheba is lonely and a bit angry that his absence has kept her from becoming pregnant. She knows a child would fill her heart and keep her from missing her husband quite so much, but Uriah is devoted to all of the various rules and rituals of the church, as well as his king. King David has just faced the death of his beloved Abigail, the only wife he has truly loved and the one that kept him from marrying other wives. Her faith in Adonai fueled his, but now that she's gone, David feels lost and refuses to lead his troops into battle in his depression. Smith has a wonderful talent for bringing to life the well-known stories of the Bible, breathing fresh air into them and giving readers new perspective and insight. The story is rich with historical detail until readers can practically see the bustling markets. King David's court is thick is manipulation and jostling for power from Ahithopel, Bathsheba's grandfather, to David's son's who fear any threat to their control. Smith makes Bathsheba and David both incredibly sympathetic and real. Even readers who are familiar with the story and know how it ends will find themselves holding their breath at each turn of the page. Smith is one of the best writers of biblical fiction today.

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  • Posted March 13, 2011

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    The Wives of King David--Bathsheba

    What does a woman do when her husband is away at war for months at a time and she is lonely for love and intimacy? What does she do when the king summons her to his palace? Can she refuse his advances without personal repercussions to herself and her husband? Is she truly aware of her own culpability in the situation?

    Jill Eileen Smith, in her book, Bathsheba, gives us an insider's view of the inner conflicts and feelings of both Bathsheba and King David, both before and after their adulterous relationship. Her rendition is in-depth, personal and real. Although this book is fictional in relation to the actual conversations and specific circumstances, Jill does a superb job of keeping true to the Scriptural account.

    When Bathsheba finds herself 'with child' and sends a message to King David, Jill's creative storytelling allowed me to personally feel David's palpable shock to the message, as well as the silence Bathsheba had to endure until she heard back from him.

    The story shows the depths of sin's consequences emotionally, relationally, and spiritually. The depth of the deceit and depravity are astoundingly told, and brings the Biblical account to a deeper level. Jill brings out God's solution and consequences to their deceit and depravity, along with His gracious forgiveness when repentance is real.

    It was difficult to be 'included' in the deceitful plans of murder and the following consequences. Also difficult was dealing with the animosity and jealousy that comes with multiple wives in one home; thus the reminder of being the husband of one wife.

    This is a story of what can happen to anyone whose relationship with the Lord is aloof, a story of sowing and reaping, and an example for our admonition; lest we think we are incapable of doing such a thing. God's forgiveness always comes to a repentant heart, but the consequences remain to be lived out.

    Jill's exemplary version of Bathsheba and David's story brings a new, personal perspective that won't be easily forgotten.

    This book was provided by Donna Hausler, Publicity Assistant, of Baker Publishing Group in exchange for my honest review. No monetary value was exchanged.

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  • Posted March 13, 2011

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    Scripture is alive and well

    If anyone still believes scripture is dead and dusty after reading this book, that person would do better in front of a television set.

    Smith faithfully follows scripture in her rendering of King David and Bathsheba in this third story of the Wives of King David. In a different world, a different era, survival often depended on a whim. David had such power and sometimes used it to his and others ruin. Smith's take on David was that he truly loved and felt complemented, first by Michal who had little control of her life and ultimate betrayal; Abigail, the subject of the second novel in the series; and Bathsheba, the wife of Uriah the Hittite, whom he loved in his middle years.

    I appreciate that Smith gave a cause to David's reason for not going out to battle - the first time he'd just lost Abigail in childbirth; a reasonable theory, and later for having just added to his harem, a Biblical reason. Thus he was home at a time when Bathsheba's husband was away at war. He saw her in a ritual bath, desired her, and sent for her. Smith fills the story with a daunting catalog of the rituals and legalism which rules this Jewish society, a nice, though sometimes slow, contrast to the struggle over breaking these rules and the agony and punishment that occurs when temptation gives birth to desire, desire leads to sin, and full grown sin to death. Uriah is drawn so lovingly that I hoped perhaps David would change his mind this time and not send the man to his death.

    While occasional repetition fills out a couple of chapters of scripture into a whole adult novel, Smith's story is resplendent with the richness and depth of the grace of God to everyone who knows better but continues to struggle with temptation.

    Available March 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

    A copy of the book was provided by the publishing company for review.

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