Monday, March 14, 2011

Book Review: Bathsheba


Bathsheba: book 3 in the wives of King David series, by Jill Eileen Smith is based on the Biblical story of King David and Bathsheba

About the Author:
Jill Eileen Smith has more than twenty years of writing experience, and her writing has garnered acclaim in several contests. Her research into the lives of David's wives has taken her from the Bible to Israel, and she particularly enjoys learning how women lived in Old Testament times. Jill is the author of the bestselling Michal and Abigail and lives with her family in southeast Michigan.

About the Book:   (from the back cover)

Can love triumph over treachery?
Bathsheba is a woman who longs for love. With her husband away fighting the king's wars, she battles encroaching loneliness--which makes it all too easy to succumb to the advances of King David. Will one night of unbridled passion destroy everything she holds dear? Can she find forgiveness at the feet of the Almighty? Or has her sin separated her from God forever?

With a historian's sharp eye for detail and a novelist's creative spirit, Jill Eileen Smith brings to life the passionate and emotional story of David's most famous--and infamous--wife. You will never read the story of David and Bathsheba the same way again.

To read an excerpt go HERE

My Thoughts:
I can't find the words to describe this book, I loved it.  I read my Bible, but believe me, when you read the story of Bathsheba as written by Jill Eileen Smith you will most likely see the story come to life.  King David is a man who loves women, he fights many wars but when he lays his eyes upon Bathsheba he is setting himself up for the battle of his life.

People can be loved yet feel so lonely, and this is exactly how King David and Bathsheba feel, and I think that the author does an excellent job of making the reader feel the character's hurts, pains and wants.  There are situations in the story that we, today cannot imagine living through, yet while reading, you feel as though you are sitting on the street, or in the very room of Bathsheba and King David, watching the story unfold.  This story, the 3rd of the King David series is hauntingly beautiful, and while I read I felt as though it were so easy to connect these events from the Bible to current day events.  This is a book that I will treasure and after reading it I will be searching for the first two stories in the series, Michal and Abigail.

“Available March 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”

*I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for review from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing


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