The author of the bestselling Deborah Rising continues the fascinating story of the Biblical prophetess Deborah in this entrancing work of visionary fiction—a tale of danger, mysticism, intrigue, and daring for fans of The Red Tent, The Mists of Avalon, and The Alchemist.
Deborah’s father dreamed that, one day, she would become a prophet—a seemingly impossible dream for a woman in a patriarchal society. To see her father’s dream come true, Deborah made the cunning decision to become a man and sought out a mysterious elixirist who can turn women into men.
Under the elixirist Kassite’s tutelage and training, Deborah learns the essential traits of masculinity and steadily grows stronger, building muscle and willpower. But Kassite requests something in return: he needs Deborah's help to escape the tannery and return to his homeland. It is the beginning of another thrilling adventure through the desert—a cat and mouse chase between Deborah and her violent fiancé who still hunts her, a chance meeting with an ancient healer with a prophetic message, and a revelatory spiritual experience in an abandoned cave.
As she continues on the path God has laid before her, Deborah witnesses the darkness that can take hold in the hearts and souls of men—evil that causes her to reflect on the wisdom, insight, and inspiration she has gained from the women in her life. Will becoming a man truly help her become a prophetess, or might there be another path? Visionary dreams, a mysterious eagle, and an extraordinary band of ex-slaves will help Deborah find the answer . . . and ultimately her calling.
A riveting adventure tale derived from traditional biblical fiction, Deborah Calling imagines the life of one of the most famous figures from the Old Testament as she continues on her path to becoming a prophet.
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About the Author
Avraham Azrieli is the author of nine fiction and nonfiction works. He is a member of the Mystery Writers of America, the International Thrillers Writers Association, the Historical Writers of America, the Historical Novel Society, the Authors Guild, and other professional societies, and his work has been reviewed by numerous outlets, including Examiner, US Review of Books, New York Daily News, The Jewish Journal, San Francisco Book Review, and more. He lives in Maryland. Visit him online at azrielibooks.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This was a very quick read, most of it is accurate with a bit of imagination. The only inaccuracy I found was Deborah had a problem with 'Do not kill' instead of 'Do not murder.' I think it looks like she will come to resolve or correct herself with her visions or dreams. I just do not really likeo starting a series book without having all books in the series so I finish the story.
Avraham Azrieli is a wonderful writer. I read all of his books and enjoyed each one. He tells stories in a splendid way. Each of his books, with no exception, captures our attention and our interest from page one and holds it firmly until the novel ends. "Deborah Calling" is another great success. It was published first in hardback and is now because of its success in out in paperback. The story of Deborah is told in the Bible very briefly in Judges 4 and 5. There are at least two problems with the presentations. First, the story is told so briefly that we really know very little about the famed prophet. This is a shame since the Bible rarely speaks about women. Second, the account in chapter 4 and in chapter 5 are not precisely the same; there are differences in the accounts. We get the sense that a great drama is occurring, but we are told little about what is happening. Azrieli fills in what is missing. He does so dramatically and in a very interesting and unforgettable fashion.
A remarkable story... It was the author’s family trip to the ruins of the ancient city of Shiloh in Israel, which vividly reawakened the stories he had been told, and brought back to life the Holy Tabernacle. Inspired by what he had seen, and motivated by his imagination, the author felt compelled to write this outstanding story about Deborah, one of the most remarkable women in biblical lore. In this fascinating novel, the author asks the reader to join him on a journey, a voyage of the imagination, to ponder on the past of Deborah, an amazing woman whom the Book of Judges describes as “a prophet, a judge, and a military leader who liberated her people form Canaanite oppression.” She was the first woman in the history of mankind to lead any nation to freedom. What would it take to make a woman so strong, empower her to follow the strength of her convictions, against all the odds? Well in this book, the author offers a fictional hypothesis. Set in ancient Israel, an amazing scene plays itself out in front of the reader from the very beginning, as it opens with young girls collecting stones and putting them in a pile near the Pit of Shame. The story unfolds of the plight of Tamar, Deborah’s sister, and how, at the tender age of 14, Deborah is forced to observe her fate. Brutally misjudged, solely because of a claim made by her new husband, Seesya. Tamar has no opportunity to defend herself, and no one to speak in her defence, and in accordance with the law, Deborah looks on as Judge Zifron pronounce her fate. With the realization of what the future may hold for her, Deborah, decides she must take her destiny into her own hands, before it is too late… However, what can she do? This intriguing question is the subject of this captivating novel, as, with the arrival of her womanhood, we follow her desperate flight from what appears to be her only fate. Bravely travelling strange lands, a woman alone, her adventures unravel before the reader’s eyes as she urgently seeks a slave, who it is told, has magical powers, and may be her only hope, whist being relentlessly pursued by Seesya. Her strength and fortitude, fueled by conviction and the knowledge that her father dreamt that she was destined to be a prophet of God, leads her down a very hard path, but one which is to be her destiny… In the modern world we are used to women being equals, however this has only happened in very recent history. This enthralling story gives the reader an amazing insight into what life was really like for women at this fascinating time in history. I found this book absolutely absorbing and highly recommend it.
I love this book! I recommend it.The author will take you with every page of the story and you will feel part of it. Interesting and so easy to read. I couldn't stop reading it until the end, and after that I didn't want to end. Thanks for another great book!
I have been waiting with baited breath for the continuation of Deborah's story and Avraham Azrieli did not disappoint. I was transported within the first page and had difficulty putting the book down. I now have to wait again for the 3rd installment in this wonderful series. Please hurry Mr. Azrieli as I am not a patient person. This is a marvelous book about an amazing, strong woman and her journey through life and the struggle to find her place and follow her calling. Well done Avraham Azrieli, another magnificent book. One warning - don't start this book unless you have time to complete it in one sitting because it is difficult to drag yourself away once you start. I recommend this book to all those who like adventure and great character studies. I would recommend any of Avraham Azrieli's books as he is a master storyteller.
Mr. Azrieli continues the story of Deborah's path to prophet. He once again transports you back in time and where you can imagine yourself riding along with Deborah on her journey. Do not read these books out of order or you will be lost. This is Book 2 in the series. Deborah comes face to face with a dilemma not too much different than most of us today: " Can I get what I want and still be true to myself. " Deborah continues to wrestle with her identity as she tries to figure out how best to fulfill her destiny. I highly recommend starting with Deborah Rising and moving to Deborah Calling for your end of summer riveting read.