Michal: A Novel

Michal: A Novel

by Jill Eileen Smith


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As the daughter of King Saul, Michal lives a life of privilege--but one that is haunted by her father's unpredictable moods and by competition from her beautiful older sister. When Michal falls for young David, the harpist who plays to calm her father, she has no idea what romance, adventures, and heartache await her.

As readers enter the colorful and unpredictable worlds of King Saul and King David, they will be swept up in this exciting and romantic story. Against the backdrop of opulent palace life, raging war, and desert escapes, Jill Eileen Smith takes her readers on an emotional roller-coaster ride as Michal deals with love, loss, and personal transformation as one of the wives of David. A sweeping tale of passion and drama, readers will love this amazing story.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780800733209
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/01/2009
Series: Wives of King David Series , #1
Edition description: Original
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 476,672
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Jill Eileen Smith has more than twenty years of writing experience, ranging from articles and short stories to reviews and blogs. Her writing has won prizes in several writing contests. In addition to homeschooling her three sons, Smith has taught piano and enjoyed scrapbooking. She lives with her family in Southeastern Michigan.

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Michal 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 143 reviews.
PattiLacy More than 1 year ago
"David, wearing a linen ephod, danced before the Lord with all his might, while he and the entire house of Israel brought up the ark with shouts and the sound of trumpets. As the ark of the Lord was entering the City of David, Michal daughter of Saul watched from a window. And when she saw King David leaping and dancing before the Lord, she despised him in her heart. 2 Samuel 6:14-16." Certain scriptures-and Biblical characters-have tugged at my mind for years. Why would Michal despise David, her handsome husband, whom she risked her life to save? Was David harsh on his wife, the daughter of a maddened king? And whatever happened to this surely beautiful, surely tortured soul? In the first book of her "Wives of King David" series, Jill Eileen Smith adds rich details to a heartrending saga of the fall of the House of Saul and the building of the lineage of Christ as seen through the eyes of those usually hidden behind thick palace walls-the women. Smith dares to step into the multi-chambered rooms of the wives' quarters to pull the veil off jealousy and struggles for power. Fiction becomes a powerful tool to fill in the gaps between the recounting of David's life in 1 and 2 Samuel and the scant historical data available for research of this ancient Biblical era. Thank you, Jill, for a wonderful book! Revell, kudos for a fabulous cover! Can't wait for Bathsheba!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the story about David and his wife Michal very much. The characters and story line kept me interested throughout the novel. I had a difficult time putting the book down. When I finished the novel, I wanted to read more of what happened to their (David and Michal's) relationship after Michal lost her family and finally found God in her life. I would definitely read more books by this author. Also, I would recommend it for book club discussions.
blue-bird More than 1 year ago
I first chose this book because I like Christian fiction. I will admit I was rather ambivalent about the way this story was told. Some of it was true (Michal loved David) and some of it total fiction. I went back and read the Bible story of Michal. She is not mentioned overmuch in the Bible so reading a bit of fiction about her was interesting. I didn’t have to pay for the book, but it wouldn’t have been a total loss if I had to pay something for it…it got me to look for the real love story of Michal and David. It was a sad little story in the end. I will be looking for the remainder of these books
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is good. Very intriguing and interesting. It gives anotger side to thr famous Bible story. It amazes me how an author can make a whole fiction story about a short Biblical story, yet keep it in line with the facts and tell her own story. If you dont like to read your Bible, start with a book like this. It makes you want to read the real story! This is a good read, i have resd it twice.
bookstore_lady More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book so much I wanted to read more. The author really took the time to research the history of the culture at this time in history. I believe what drew me to this book was a desire to know more about the time, culture, traditions and more about King David himself. While he takes a back seat to our main character (Michal) his story comes through loud and clear; as well as, issues facing not just his wife but all of the people.
MIJul More than 1 year ago
Told from a different view, it is O.K. Not as good as "The Kingmaker", another story of Michel which is much better written and easier to read. This book drags quite often and I skipped several pages here and there until the pace picked up again.
LeAnneH More than 1 year ago
Michal starts as frothy-sounding romance, but this is history and the ending cannot be happily-ever-after. Although we identify strongly with Princess Michal's desire for David's love, we also see her bitterness and the price she pays to cling to it. Smith uses David's psalms and dialog straight from Scripture to bring the Bible to life. The language turns a little more formal at those points, but works for me. A lot of King David's life is left out to be filled in from the perspective of others in this Wives of King David Series, but the ending, centered as it is around the family of King Saul, is satisfying in its own realistic way. I look forward to other books in the series.
JEP More than 1 year ago
This is not just a story about Michal, King David's first wife -- it is a journey back in time to be experienced. You will feel the arid breeze of the desert and smell the freshly baked bread from the stone ovens. You will hear the children's laughter as they play in the streets and know the passion of hearts torn between God's will and mans' desires. Truly this is a tale that is destined for the wide screen....Enjoy!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read about he live of King David and his first wife.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed this book but not at the top of my list
1stsonof7 More than 1 year ago
As a Christian, I believe this book to be a great read for the biblical enthusiast or one who likes fiction. Very enjoyable.
palmtreegirl24 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Jill Eileen Smith's first book, and first in the series, "Wives of King David," is an absolute treasure! From the very first page I was taken with the characters and plotline of this wonderful story based on the story of David from the Bible. This book not only lets you see the story of Michal from her perspective, but also from David's. Even though David went on to marry many more wives, Michal was his first true love, and I love how this story shows that. Jill Eileen Smith weaves fiction with faith and even adds verses from Psalms that David wrote through the story where appropriate. The characters felt so real and I found myself feeling their hurt, joy, and pain. I saw a lot of Michal in myself and learned a few lessons from her as well. This was an excellent and most enjoyable story that I will reccommend over and over! Storyline: As Michal grows up in the palace, she sees the disobedience of her father and also the results that come with that. She also sees David, a shepherd boy who plays the harp for her father. His faith in God calms her and also draws her to him. Although David is meant to marry her sister, Michal schemes a plan so she can marry him and ultimately become queen. Although David and Michal love each other Michal's father comes between their happy marriage. After Michal's father issues a death threat, David must escape and their marriage is never the same. Although many years pass by, Michal does get David back, but she will learn many hard lesson and eventually find true faith in God. (This story reminded me of another author. If you like Biblical Fiction like this, you will also enjoy Francine Rivers' "Lineage of Grace" Series.)
georgiapeach47 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I think bibical fiction can be good when the author keeps close to the bible account of what happened. Here the authot gave us a look at both. She miced both the bible and fication to make it an interesting story. We follow Michal from the time she first see David through their marrage and her second marrage. We got to see what David and her both went through. The good and the bad. I found it interesting.
SarahJo4110 More than 1 year ago
RandyTramp More than 1 year ago
One of the most colorful Biblical figures, David surrounds himself with interesting people, Michal being one. Her passion shines like the sun trying to break through dark clouds and fails. This book affected me, took me deeper, and gave me a greater love for King David and the people who surrounded him. One couldn't contemplate the life Michal lived without feeling sadness for her. She gained so much, had so much more to obtain, but because of her jealousy forfeited it all. I wonder, now that's she in eternity, all that comes into play. Seeing the Bible through other's eyes is one reason I've enjoyed this book. The characters are the second. Jill did a great job in keeping Biblical accuracy while let us live in the shoes of David and those close to him, specifically Michal.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kept my interest and blessed me. I am grateful for people who can breathe life into the already living bible.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put it down. How being reminded of being faithful and humbled as David was for not himself but for the Most High. Losing our selfish ways has given me a reminder of what it means to truly love Yahweh.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a well crafted but poorly written book that tells the Biblical story of King David through the eyes of his first wife Michal and that is were the book fails. The chracter of Michal is both underwritten and not a key player in any of the events that unfold. She is passive and a victim to the actions of those around her - more a supporting player than a narrative force and that is not a good thing in a book that takes her name as the title. At the end of this book I didn't feel that I knew her any better than when I began and her story was not compelling or rewarding. Another failure of this book was in capturing life in the time it was set. The everyday life of ancient Israel is not related in any detail either in the palace or the fields and it left me feeling underserved as a reader.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing Christian book that is actually interesting
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very well written, riviting story about one of my favorite people in the Bible, King David. This story, as told from Michal's perspective, is lively, very interesting, full of love, tragedy, peace and war, bitterness and hatred, and finally culminates in learning to accept the blessedpeace and love that can only come from our own God, the great I AM!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago