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Though the woman's gender may be central to the story it is not atypical because other aspects of the story are just as central: God's role, two principal male roles representing good and evil, and a secondary woman's role that brings the reader face to face with the cruelty inflicted on women in that area of the world today.
Readers will celebrate the unexpected victories resulting from mystical dreams and miracles realizing that faith based issues are just as central today. I twist my fictional account to arouse interest with what is happening in the world today with so many women being unjustly victimized.
Many have rewritten stories from the Bible, but not to my knowledge, setting the story in modern time. I have taken many liberties in my rewrite to make it believable. This is not an exact account of the Biblical Deborah, and it is not a religious book, but a spiritual one.
I made it an adventure and added romance unlike the brief relationship between Deborah and Barak in Judges. I feel my story is current for the market today because it takes place in that part of the world where conflicts are ongoing, and continue to make front page news. My hope is that readers will recognize that this is a book of faith based on issues that are prevalent today still holding to its prevalent history.
Carla C. Ohse
Posted May 2, 2013
Reviewed by Dianna Skowera for Readers' Favorite
Carla Ohse’s “Into the Hand of a Woman” is a captivating read for anyone keen on adaptations of historic fairytales, myths, and epic battles. Deborah Miller, a successful New York judge, tries a case that compels her to further investigate the tale of the plaintiff. When Deborah discovers that the atrocities against a group of women in Northern Isreal are true, she finds the courage to right the injustice she sees by enlisting the help of her government assigned guide, Lieutenant Barak Cohen. Deborah and Barak become ensnared in dangerous circumstances when they realize the crimes they uncover lead straight to the top of the Israeli Army. Yet what is right is right and our two heroes’ journey of finding the fortitude to overcome these odds is a page-turning tale that would amaze even the most uninspired. Ohse brilliantly spins a modern version of the biblical story of Deborah without inundating the reader with religious opinions. Akin to Joseph Campbell’s journey of a hero, this modern Deborah is the epitome of what anyone would want to achieve in their lifetime.
Ohse masterfully unites history, modern conflicts, and the resiliency of the human spirit in “Into the Hand of a Woman”. Never has a modern tale so poignantly proven the struggles and joys of self-conviction. “Into the Hand of a Woman” may borrow attributes of historical characters, yet be prepared to laugh, love, and go to modern day battle. If humanity read this book and took notes, the world would be a better place. “Into the Hand of a Woman” fights human trafficking the way the Spartans did for Sparta. Ohse’s characters inspire with their dedication to morality in spite of the overwhelming odds in our world today. I haven’t felt so much inspired by a book in years!