If you favor historical fiction of any kind, and ESPECIALLY if you enjoy Biblical fiction, you are certain to adore Jill Eileen Smith’s newest release from Revell, entitled “The Prophetess: Deborah’s Story”. As second in the “Daughter’s of the Promised Land” series, this book is also a standalone novel that will capture your attention and imagination from the first page.
The story of Deborah, the prophetess in the Biblical book of Judges, is not mentioned with much detail in Scripture. In Jill Eileen Smith’s fictitious account, however, each historical fact is vividly brought to life. Naturally, she also includes fictional details giving faces to the characters and plot lines to the interwoven stories. As Deborah becomes an actual person with real emotions and tendencies, the novel branches out, allowing us to watch the story unfold from several different perspectives. These perspectives include: Jael (the woman who killed the evil Canaanite commander Sisera), Barak (the military commander who defeated the Canaanite army), and Talya (Deborah’s [fictitious] headstrong daughter who blossoms into a young adult before our eyes).
To mature Christian fiction readers, I highly recommend reading this unforgettable story. Why do I say “mature” readers? Vague references to the horrendous, unthinkable treatment of Israelite women captured by the Canaanite soldiers are very troubling, to say the least. For those who can step past this hindrance, however, a potentially life-changing story awaits. Unexpectedly filled with action and adventure, romance and tenderness, you simply won’t be able to put it down. In addition to these compelling features, a depth of truth and wisdom permeates the pages and gives incredible insight into what would come many years later in the form of a tiny Child born in a stable. At the same time, God’s plan for his people throughout history is beautiful to witness. In essence, although Deborah’s story took place several thousand years ago, it is still startlingly relevant to us today.
I am grateful to have received a copy of this book from Revell Reads, free of charge, in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.