The Prophetess: Deborah's Story (Daughters of the Promised Land Series #2)

The Prophetess: Deborah's Story (Daughters of the Promised Land Series #2)

by Jill Eileen Smith


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Outspoken and fearless, Deborah has faith in God but struggles to see the potential her own life holds. As an Israelite woman, she'll marry, have a family, and seek to teach her children about Adonai--and those tasks seem to be more than enough to occupy her time. But God has another plan for her. Israel has been under the near constant terror of Canaan's armies for twenty years, and now God has called Deborah to deliver her people from this oppression. Will her family understand? Will her people even believe God's calling on her life? And can the menace of Canaan be stopped?

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

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ISBN-13: 9780800720353
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/02/2016
Series: Daughters of the Promised Land Series , #2
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 355,912
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Jill Eileen Smith is the bestselling author of The Crimson Cord, The Wives of King David series, the Wives of the Patriarchs series, and the ebook novellas The Desert Princess and The Shepherdess. Her research into the lives of biblical women has taken her from the Bible to Israel, and she particularly enjoys learning how women lived in Old Testament times. Jill lives with her family in southeast Michigan. Learn more at

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The Prophetess (Daughters of the Promised Land Book #2): Deborah's Story 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Rich story line. Couldn't put the book down.
2boyzmommy More than 1 year ago
Have you ever read the Bible and wished you could step back in time for a better look? Jill Eileen Smith's books provide that window. I have just finished reading The Prophetess: Deborah's Story. It is Book 2 in the Daughters of the Promised Land series. Full of historical detail, the reader is transported back to a time of judgement and oppression in Israel. Will God deliver the Israelites from the hand of their enemies? What price will be paid in the process? I loved this book and give it 5 stars. I received a copy from the author in exchange for my honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed! Love this author and wating for her next book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Prophetess is book 2 in the Daughters of the Promised Land written by Jill Eileen Smith. This is a Biblical fiction book of Deborah based on Judges 4:1-5. Deborah is Lappidoth’s wife, and mother of Lavi, Elior and Tayla. Lappidoth is a Levite who is also a scribe, writing copies of the law and writing letters for the elders. He teaches Deborah how to read and write so she can also do this. Deborah learns the law and spend her time sitting at the city gate as a Judge answering people’s questions regarding the law. Deborah also receives visions from God. As the country is being terrorized by Sisera who travels around killing people and taking the girls, God reveals to her that this will not end until everyone stops worshiping idols. The story also introduces us to Deborah’s extended family as well as Barak, a man whose wife was murdered by Sisera. Deborah’s daughter, Tayla, is interested in Barak and would like to be his wife, but he rejects her. I enjoy reading stories of women in the Bible and this story is really good. I like how the author brings the customs of the time into the story . I appreciate the research the author has done to bring this story to life. I also appreciate that even though this is a series, the book is a stand alone story. I was gifted this book from conniewithay and Baker Publishing Group for an honest review.
Samantha23 More than 1 year ago
First off, I must say that Jill Eileen Smith did a great job with this book. With so little information about Deborah, I can only imagine the huge challenge writing this book must have been. Of course, she took lots of liberties with the characters and their background, but who could blame her! I think this book actually was my first biblical fiction ever. I loved how this book threw me back in time and depicted the lives of the people living in the Promised Land at the time of king Jabin's reign. The characters are very believable and realistic. As the author says in a note at the end of the book, Deborah can appear a little too perfect in Judges, but her novel really shows her as a human being with her flaws as well as her strengths. I think that even if we don't necessarily imagine Deborah the same way Jill Eileen Smith does, the book can be highly enjoyable for everyone. Of course, none of us knows for sure how her life was, but this version is a great inspiration and gives us a glimpse of what her life might have been. Thanks to the author for providing me a copy of the book. It did not affect my review.
Becky5 More than 1 year ago
The Prophetess, by Jill Eileen Smith, takes Judges 4 and 5 and brings the story of Deborah and Barack to life in living color. Well-researched, true to Jewish culture and history, we are fearfully caught up in the lives of Deborah and her family, starting with her marriage and proceeding all the way through Israel's victory over Canaan. This is more than a story of Deborah, though. It also is a novel of backslidden,desperate Israel, looking for a rescuer from cruel oppressors. It is a tale of Barack and his background and growth as an Israelite leader. We even are treated to an inside view of Jael and Heber's family. While we don't know exactly how history occurred, Smith stays true to Scripture while weaving a dazzling novel of fear, faith, love, uncertainty, and forgiveness. I loved that while the "big" sins were addressed and dealt with, several characters realize that pleasing God is keeping ALL the commandments, something we humans cannot do. These people urged their compatriots to forgive the major, obvious sins, pointing out that we all displease God and need His amazing grace! Jill Eileen Smith has created a book sure to be a bestseller! I gratefully received a copy of this book from Revell Reads and Connywithay.
StaceyZink More than 1 year ago
This author always surprises me with the complexity of her characters, the richness of her research, and her ability to draw the reader into the Bible in a whole new way. I will be completely transparent and say I love all of Jill's books. She hasn't written one yet, that left me feeling disappointed at the end. The character of Deborah appeals to my independent and adventurous spirit. God made women like Deborah for a purpose and my heart sings with joy. I love women who aren't afraid to lead, who speak their minds, yet always manage to put their families first, and show grace lots of GRACE. That is the kind of woman I strive to be every day.
booklovingmomof5 More than 1 year ago
The Prophetess is the second in the “Daughters of the Promised Land” series by one of my favorite authors, Jill Eileen Smith. It follows the outstanding book The Crimson Cord, which brought the Biblical harlot-turned-heroine Rahab to life. In The Prophetess, Smith once again has vividly painted a plausible back story for a Biblical woman we know little about, except – in this case – what we can glean from Judges 4 and 5. She weaves a tale that takes us back in time to gain a sense for what life may have been like for the wife of Lappidoth and respected judge over Israel. The story begins in 1126 B.C., when Deborah, at the age of just 15, receives a message from God. We then fast-forward a decade to find Deborah married with two sons and another baby on the way. She begins to receive more messages from God and discerns that the reason He is allowing her people to suffer at the hand of the Canaanites is that people are worshipping other gods. Though clearly a woman who is called by the Almighty, the strong-willed Deborah deals with human struggles that make her very relatable. These include, among others, tension both in her marriage and in her relationship with her daughter. The story is set in an extremely challenging time in Israeli history, but Smith was clearly up to the challenge of writing about it. This is a wonderful addition to her newest book series, and I can’t wait to meet the next Promised Land daughter! I received this book from the author for my honest review. 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.”
Fitzysmom More than 1 year ago
I remember way back in my early Sunday School days learning about Deborah. I was so fascinated by her story. Up until this point most of the women in the Bible were ordinary but suddenly there was Deborah, chosen by God to be a judge for her people Israel. That's exciting type stuff for a young bossy flossy type girl like me. When I received Jill Eileen Smith's new book The Prophetess: Deborah's Story I couldn't wait to dive in. I knew it would be good but I wondered how she was going to expound on the little we know about Deborah from Scripture. Deborah's story is riveting but it is told in two chapters, Judges 4:1-5:31. Jill begins Deborah's story by introducing us to Deborah and her eventual husband Lappidoth when they are young teenagers. I appreciated how she set the stage by letting us imagine with her how their personalities were. Eventually we meet Barak and others that are also mentioned in Scripture. As I said earlier I am familiar with Deborah's story but it has been a while since I have read through the book of Judges so some of the details were a bit foggy. After I finished the book I grabbed my Bible and reread the story of Deborah. Jill nailed it. Every detail mentioned is told in her story exactly. Yes she added new characters and dialogue but the basics of the story are the same. She masterfully took the skeleton of Deborah's story in Judges and added muscle and flesh and in essence breathed life into the characters. I have a high standard for Biblical fiction. I have no use for a book that deviates from the original story just for the sake of heightening the story line. In my opinion it must be accurate above all else. As with all of her other stories The Prophetess meets and exceeds my expectations. If you are looking for an accurate account of Deborah's story this is it. Through the telling of this period of Israel's history we're reminded of the cost of turning away from God. But the best part is that we also see the joy of repentance and restoration. There is much to be learned from the life of Deborah. If you happen to be in a book club I would highly recommend this book to your group. You can find a Reading Group Guide on the Baker Publishing Group's website. I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.
Sparrowhawk24 More than 1 year ago
I’m rather disheartened to say that while book two in the Daughters of the Promised Land series, The Prophetess was a competent book, it simply did not live up to my expectations. I found the plot to be somewhat monotonous and it took a lot of effort to get through the story; thus, it was just okay for me. ___________________________________ WHAT I LIKED + Featuring one of the most renowned female prophets in biblical history, I truly admired the original perspective and take on depicting Deborah’s story, and despite my quibbles below, this is a story that gives hopes and dreams to all women alike. That is to say, no victory is too big or too small for any woman and I am certain that many female readers will glean inspiration from the book. + A few of my favorite scenes in the book were when Deborah drifted into a vision or encounter with God. They were breathtaking, to say the least, and her wrestling with the Lord was just as affecting too. + At the conclusion of the story, Jill Eileen Smith personally address the reader, giving an account of her bittersweet experience in penning Deborah’s story. This is where she won my respect and appreciation, because, despite my resultant reaction, I laud her achievement in fulfilling such a daunting task. WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE - With a large preface concerning the overall plotline, I’d like to clarify that as a longtime lover of both Christian Fiction and Biblical Fiction I do understand that there is a lot of speculation on what is factual and what is fictional when it comes to these narratives. To boot, while I do not know firsthand the amount of time, effort and dedication it takes for authors such as Jill Eileen Smith, Lynn Austin and Francine Rivers (to name a few) to pen stories such as The Crimson Cord, Keepers of the Covenant, and Voice in the Wind, I do know that their good intentions and ambitions are always to stay true to the original stories. Having said that, taking on Deborah’s story is no easy feat; namely because she is mentioned only briefly in Scripture. Thus, what muddled my overall experience with The Prophetess were the surrounding sub-plots that didn’t allow me to truly appreciate Deborah’s character arc. There was Jael, the Kenite woman who played a more significant role in the prose than that of Deborah; Talya, Deborah’s audacious daughter whose reckless haste habitually challenged Deborah’s parenting style ; Barak, the Israeli warrior chosen by God for such a time as this; and Sisera, the antagonist who was underdeveloped and simply overlooked. - The storytelling was sluggish and there wasn’t enough driving force to keep things interesting for me. It stands to reason that, the battle scenes and antagonistic elements in the plotline were vague and resolved all too quickly. - There’s no denying Smith’s extensive research and study. There were plenty of Jewish traditions and customs, and Hebraic expressions that were peppered throughout the story which in turn gave the book a taste of authenticity; however the one aspect of the book that was jarring, at least for me, were the Jewish names that were given to a few characters; particularly, Deborah’s son Shet and Barak’s right man Keshet. It could just be my ignorance, (and I’m betting it all on that), but am I the only who found these names rather peculiar? Full Review @
ARS8 More than 1 year ago
The Prophetess is Deborah’s story and the second in the series, Daughters of the Promised Land by Jill Eileen Smith. I read and enjoyed the The Crimson Cord, which was Rahab’s story, and I think this one topped that one. Deborah of the Bible has always been a mysterious person to me and I was very interested in how Ms. Smith’s imagination would take on her character. I personally always wondered how Deborah, a woman in Israel, became a well-respected prophetess in a culture where it was more of a man’s world. Not only are we told Deborah’s story through her point of view, but also Barak’s, the captain, and Jael’s, the woman who ultimately kills the very evil Sisera the terrorist leader in their time. With great attention to detail of the times and culture we are treated to “what-if’s” surrounding the very real Bible story. We also are showed the brutality which held Israel in fear and in bondage for twenty years to the Canaanite King Jabin and to his commander Sisera. The very real struggle was not unlike the struggles today with acts of terror and the current slave trade. When the Israelites finally repented of their worship of other gods, the one true God fought for them and ultimately rescued them. I also enjoyed the romance storylines that blossomed and became stronger, and the ending was very beautiful, heartwarming, and bittersweet. I received a copy for an honest review from Revell Publishing and the opinions expressed are my own.
Blooming-with-Books More than 1 year ago
Judges 4 and 5 brought to life in The Prophetess: Deborah's Story Daughters of the Promised Land #2 By Jill Eileen Smith In a time where woman were viewed as little more than possessions, Deborah is given a vision from God. Her vision is a warning to the nation of Israel to forsake the idols that they have taken into their homes, into their hearts. But who would listen to the warnings of a mere woman? The land is ravaged by the might of Canaan. The people not killed or enslaved have been broken and have taken to hiding within their own lands. A champion is needed who will unite and lead the people to victory, but without the favor of God they have little chance of succeeding. But God has spoken and the idolatry must be driven from the land. Based upon the verses that can be found in Judges 4 and 5 we are introduced to Deborah a young woman who becomes known as a judge of Israel. This is the story of a nation who turns against her God, becoming yet again unfaithful. We also get to know the man chosen by God to lead His people to victory against the Canaanites. But Barak's own doubts and fears resulted in the true victory against Sisera coming from the hand of a lowly woman. This is an interesting fictionalized accounting of the life and times of Deborah. In a culture in which women were seldom acknowledged God yet again brings one to prominence so that millennia later her name is still one known and spoken of. Combining literary skill with known historical and Biblical accounts Jill Eileen Smith weaves together a story that both seems plausible and reads well. There are three main focuses of this book that move towards the climax - the village that Deborah calls home, Barak and his troops, and the Kenite family that has found itself caught in the middle. This is historical fiction that offers some interesting insights into a world that finds itself caught up in the trials and anguishes of war. I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher Revell in exchange for my honest review.
MelissaF More than 1 year ago
The Prophetess brings us Deborah, honestly someone I have never given a lot of thought of in the Bible. But her story is amazing when you think about it. A woman stepping into a leadership role in her day was unheard of, yet men found themselves going to her seeking her wisdom. The way Jill portrays Deborah’s encounters with the Lord are astounding, But here’s the thing, we can have those encounters today, they aren’t just for those long ago. God wants us to desire to have those moments in His presence. Why don’t we seek them out? I think we would be surprised the way He would meet us if we took the time to seek Him more. Another great book, I highly recommend. A copy of this book was given to me in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sometimes I wonder why I read Biblical retelling; every time, it seems all my sensors are on, looking for something to criticize. I just have an issue with authors taking so much liberties with Bible stories! The Prophetess: Deborah's Story by Jill Eileen Smith wasn't so bad, actually. I didn't like it as much as the first book in the series, but by the end, I wanted to give it a 3 star rating. This book retells the story of Deborah, a prophetess from the Old Testament in the Bible. (You can read the real account of some of her life in Judges chapters 4 and 5.) She lives in a time when an enemy of Israel is terrorizing the land; secret idol worship lurks; and Deborah herself must lead due to her visions from the Lord. In a time of strife, Deborah also battles her headstrong daughter, and wishes she had something different than her relationship with her husband is right now. So, I couldn't really get into this book at first. I didn't particularly like how the characters were acting, and was wondering where some of the themes were going to go. As I mentioned above, I was all alert for misinterpretations of the Bible! Ah. So that made a good part of The Prophetess: Deborah's Story unlikable for me. Deborah and her daughter could seem to have little respect for men. A man is filled with hatred toward his wife and hits her, because she was found to be worshiping an idol. As terrible as the act she committed was, he was trying to justify his hatred toward her as righteous almost. So yes. I was just like, Where is this all going? However, by the end of the book, all that was well resolved, I feel. And some poignant lessons learned! Though the majority of the novel is quite loosely based on Deborah's life, I'm pretty sure the really big parts did not differ from what the Bible says happened. So it wasn't a hugely enjoyable read for me, but I did love the ending. There was so much healing, beauty, and restoration. Overall, it's a nice Biblical retelling from Jill Eileen Smith. I received a copy of The Prophetess from Revell Publishers in exchange for my honest review.
Pooke More than 1 year ago
"And God Chose What the World Thinks Weak..." Can a woman tell a man what to do? How about an entire country, would they listen to her? What if this woman lived thousands of years ago, when men treated women like property; what would the chances be of a woman being in charge then? This is the story of Deborah, a beautiful woman living in an arranged marriage, who had just such a thing happen to her. This woman heard from God, and the entire nation followed what she said. Deborah was an ordinary woman with a headstrong teenage daughter, and a husband whom she appreciated, but had never learned to love. But she was also an extraordinary woman who sat beneath a palm tree to listen to people who had come from all over the nation to seek her advice and judgment. The times Deborah lived in were scary. A brutal enemy of Israel, Sisera, had been mounting terrorist attacks against them for years. Barak, the leader of Israel's army, wanted to go to war, but waited for Deborah to tell him when God said to go. The longer he waited, the more Barak questioned following Deborah. In the meantime, the people of Israel tried to live invisibly. No festivals or wedding celebrations had been held in years for fear of signaling Sisera of their location. When he did discover any of them, he usually swept down killing some, and captured many to be tortured. Despite Deborah warning the Israelites to stop worshiping foreign idols, many still did not turn to God with their whole hearts. While attempting to lead the nation, even into war, Deborah also tries to protect her headstrong, attractive daughter from capture. This is an amazing story based on Deborah's Biblical story in The Book of Judges. It has romance, love, action, war and miracles from God. Although the author used poetic license when recounting this tale, the underlying anchor of the danger of turning away from God, along with the unusual circumstance of having a woman leading Israel remain. This tale is fast paced, and will draw you in, and keep you turning the pages to the end. The author brings this portion of the Bible vividly to life, and you will never look at this story the same again. I highly recommend this 5-star book to anyone who likes well-written stories based on historical events. The publisher has provided bookreadingtic with a complimentary copy of The Prophetess, through Revell Publishing for the purpose of review. I have not been compensated in any other manner. All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required, or influenced, to give anything but an honest appraisal. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. But God chose what the world thinks foolish to shame the wise, and God chose what the world thinks weak to shame the strong. 1 Corinthians 1:27
LanguageTCH More than 1 year ago
The Prophetess, Deborah’s Story, by Jill Eileen Smith is the second in the series, Daughters of the Promised Land. As with the other series, The Wives of King David, Wives of the Patriarchs, and The Loves of King Solomon, the author has written another great series with The Crimson Cord and The Prophetess in Daughters of the Promised Land. The author is a masterful storyteller who has created a believable, engaging account of the woman, Deborah. The only basis for the Biblical woman, Deborah, is found in Judges 4 and 5. With that limited scripture and other research sources, the author has related a very vivid portrayal of that significant time and the people that inhabited the land. She does justice to the character who was perhaps the most powerful woman of Israel. Deborah’s visions, sent from God, place upon her a responsibility for His people and the leadership of Israel. At a crucial time with heathen Canaanites, rampaging and terrorizing the land, Deborah accepts the call of God on her life. The people and Israelite warriors hold her in regard as their wise and chosen leader. Her husband, Lappidoth, recognizes God’s hand on her and fully approves of her position. Jill Eileen Smith creates a realistic woman with fears and feelings like any woman. She had set her affection on one man, but her father betrothed her to another—Lappidoth. When her father, her three brothers, and other men from the village on their way to Shiloh to worship were cruelly slain by the Canaanite Sisera, her arranged marriage was hastened. Disappointed, she could not return the deep love and respect that Lappidoth showed to her. The story of Deborah’s strength and leadership, even in facing the dreaded Canaanites in battle, is a captivating tale. Yet, the author adds a further dimension--the character of Talya, daughter of Deborah and Lappidoth. The mother-daughter struggles and conflicts are as real as any today. This shows the maternal Deborah, as opposed to the judge of Israel. Moreover, Talya is particularly strong-willed and likes to show her prowess with weapons. Her independence and stubborn nature present family conflict amid the great war with the evil Canaanites. She, too, has a mind of her own when it comes to her betrothal and that lends an interesting subplot. The Israelite men in the story are depicted as strong and of good character. They are admirable because they respect a woman as judge and leader, even as a commander in battle. The author portrays them as God-fearing men who respect the fact that God has chosen to bestow visions upon a woman. I highly recommend this fascinating story. The author brings to life Deborah and the seemingly overwhelming challenges that she and the Israelites faced at this time in history. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
amybooksy More than 1 year ago
The Prophetess: Deborah's Story is the second installment to the Daughters of the Promised Land series. I cannot tell a reader how much I love Jill Eileen Smith's Biblical Fiction and this book is no exception. I enjoy her vision of how it was during Deborah's time and what she was like. Deborah comes to life. This is my favorite book by this author to date. Highly recommended! 5 plus stars.
Virginiaw More than 1 year ago
This was a wonderful example of biblical fiction. Jill Eileen Smith took a small story in the bible and made a person real. She took the story of Deborah and gave her a family and a life. At times I wasn't sure I really liked Deborah but then she would do something that every wife and mother would do. This flows very well and I did not want to put the book down. I received a copy of this book from the author for a fair and honest opinion.
annelr More than 1 year ago
Wow! The Prophetess, second in the Daughters of the Promised Land series, is a wonderfully written historical novel. Deborah, little-known and the only female judge noted in the Scripture, comes to life at the hand of author Jill Eileen Smith. God's people, beaten down by the enemy, have cried out for help from Adonai and He calls on Deborah to bring them hope and deliverance. Smith draws her fictional account from the book of Judges and fleshes out the characters of this Biblical account, crafting them into characters that are believable and have issues that readers can connect with. Deborah, a trusted leader and judge yet not without flaws herself. Barak, commander of Israel's army yet continually troubled by sorrow at the death of his wife. Sisera, captain of the enemy army, an evil terrorist who has wreaked havoc throughout the land. Jael, a simple metalworker's wife living in fear yet the woman God uses to carry out his justice. Smith tastefully covers the savagery of murder, war, rape, and death while keeping the reader's attention with dynamic dialogue and a story that flows well. The Prophetess is a story of repentance and forgiveness, a story of brokenness and restoration, a story you do not want to miss. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell Books in exchange for my honest review.
GrandmaJean8109 More than 1 year ago
The Prophetess by Jill Eileen Smith Israel again have done evil in the sight of the Lord after Ehud died. The Lord sold them into the hand of Jabin, king of Canaan, who reigned in Hazor. His Commander of his army was Sisera. He oppressed the people of Israel cruelly for twenty years. Deborah, a prophetess judged Israel during that time. Deborah was betrothed to Lippidoth and was to be married in s ix months, before her wedding, her father, three brothers, Lappidoth's uncle and several men from the village were dead. Deborah had the gift of prophecy and she was judge to Israel. The commander of King Jabin's army, Sisera, was very cruel and he oppressed Israel hard. The people are hiding. Deborah's village was hidden so well that Sisera couldn't find them. He was killing whole villages, men, women, children. They prayed for a deliverer. A husband, Barak, whose wife was killed by Sisera was out to avenge her. Israel has turned from God and Deborah has to turn them back to God. In the midst of war and worship of idols a romance blooms. Follow Deborah as she judges Israel and prepare to defeat Sisera. This book will hold your attention, page after page. It is well written with strong characters. I received a complimentary copy from Revell Books for this review.
Bookworm_Debbie More than 1 year ago
This is a remarkable biblical fiction story! I have always liked Deborah. I know that most of this story is a fictional account since there is very little information about her in the bible. This story is so well crafted and presented though that I could see it as a very believable scenario. The development of the danger from Sisera made the fear that the Israelites and Heber’s family felt, palpable for me. I was also able to understand their frustration with having to wait for God’s timing to take action. There were two things that were address that I’ve always wondered about. The first one of them was, how did a woman become judge over Israel? The second was where did the Israelites get the weapons they needed to wage a war against Sisera? I know that the answers to these questions that are given in this book are only the author’s ideas. But to my way of thinking they make sense. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.
Sbargo More than 1 year ago
Deborah's story is not one of the more well known of the Bible. I always enjoy how Jill takes a biblical character and brings them to life in the pages of her story. This book did not disappoint and encourages the reader to look it up in their Bible once they finish the book. Deborah was a well-respected judge in her day from whom many sought wisdom. As you read her story and as it develops with her family, you will find one woman's journey from tragedy to victory and lastly, to love.
TrixiO More than 1 year ago
For 20 years the oppression of the Israelites by Canaan’s vast army under the rule of Jabin and the fear that ensues because of it, makes the people wonder where God’s promise of deliverance was. The terror of Sisera, the commander, strikes fear into their hearts. Enter Deborah, whom God had called to be both prophetess & judge, who also has seen visons of war & God’s deliverance of Sisera’s armies into the Israelites hands. What ensues is a battle of good & evil in both the hearts of men and between opposing armies! The author brings visual life to an Old Testament story in the book of Judges. Though not much information is given on Deborah, the text stays true to what scripture says about both her and the times they lived in. It gives flesh to each person mentioned: Barak Isreal’s army commander; Lappidoth, Deborah’s husband and Talya their daughter; Jael wife of Heber the Kenite, and many others. I easily slipped into the story, envisioning each scene as it played out and feeling what the characters did. The terror, fear, struggles, fierce love and devotion, tears, grief and joy were all present in my heart just as it was in theirs. This made me want to read the story over again in the Bible with fresh eyes! For me, the ending was the best! It talks about the joyous song of the bridegroom coming for his bride being heard in the street, the laying of presents at her feet, the love look in his eyes; it made me think of Jesus as the Bridegroom bringing His Bride (the church) His presents and singing joyfully over her and the pure look of love in His eyes…Oh what a day that will be!! This was a story that will catch you up in it riding out all the ups and downs and will have you turning pages faster as the story progresses! I highly recommend this to fans of Biblical fiction and who love to see the old stories brought to life. **This book was provided complimentary to me by both the author and Revell publishing company for my honest review to which I have provided here. Thank you Jill for a wonder-filled story of God’s redemption and deliverance of His people! I look forward to many more from you. **
AngelN1 More than 1 year ago
My latest book takes us back to the old testament and the story of Deborah, the prophetess and judge in ancient Israel. I really loved this book. It was hard to put down. Deborah is an intriguing character in the Bible, but little detail about her life is given. The author, Jill Eileen Smith, does a wonderful job of fleshing out a woman with an unusual position in the ancient world. Smith gives Deborah and her husband Lappidoth three children: two sons and one headstrong daughter, Talya. The family dynamics are believable and interesting, as Deborah struggles over her relationships with both her daughter and her husband. Her role as prophetess and judge doesn't make her home life easier, which is a very realistic portrait, I think. This story also heavily involves the Israelites' lead commander, Barak, and the Kenite family of weapons-maker Heber and his wife, Jael. I enjoyed seeing the different viewpoints in this stressful, tumultuous period. I also liked how the customs of the time period were worked into the story. Although I knew, of course, that eventually God delivered the victory as Deborah had foretold, there was still plenty of suspense in the story because the reader didn't know how all of the characters' personal stories would play out. I highly recommend this book. Smith takes the reader deep into Biblical history, but the characters she creates are ones that the reader can connect with today. I received this book from the publisher, Revell, for the purpose of writing a review, but all opinions are my own.
EllieFaye More than 1 year ago
Jill Eileen Smith expertly brings the intriguing Old Testament character of Deborah to life in The Prophetess. As a young woman in 1126 BC Israel, Deborah expects to live a typical life taking care of her home, a husband, and children. When the male members of her family are killed by the ruthless Caananite Sisera, she finds herself married to a man she never would have chosen, and with the special, God-given gift of prophecy. Will Deborah find the courage to let go of her expectations and become the wife, mother, prophetess, judge, and leader of Israel that God has called her to be? While relying on what little narrative is available about Deborah in Judges, Smith masterfully paints her protagonist— who can easily be perceived as perfect and untouchable— as a woman who struggles with the doubts and insecurities that plague most women. Can she learn to love and respect her husband as the man he is, rather than what she wishes he would be? How should she deal with a daughter who displays the same stubbornness and fearlessness she herself has been accused of? Why would God choose her to judge His people? In addition to Deborah herself, Smith tells the compelling stories of many other Israelites. The leader of Israel’s army, Barak, fights for justice and healing after his young wife’s brutal death at the hands of the Caananites. Deborah’s daughter, Talya, gradually learns to trust the wisdom of her parents, rather than her own impetuous desires. Fellow Israelite Shet struggles with bitterness and pride after his wife’s betrayal. And Deborah’s own husband waits with excruciating patience and kindness to finally win his wife’s whole heart. Along with a beautifully realistic cast of characters and entertaining story-telling, Smith also prods her readers to delve into the very nature of God’s character, His promises, and His unfailing love for His people. I received a copy of this novel for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.