The Prophetess: Deborah's Story (Daughters of the Promises Land, Book #2)
by Jill Eileen Smith
Revell, January 2016
About the Story:
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.
The Prophetess: Deborah's Story by Jill Eileen Smith, delivers the same depth of characterization I have come to expect from Ms. Smith’s previous novels. With this story of Deborah, she took the bare bones account in Judges, and built it into a realistic story.
Deborah’s life, as well as the rest of Israel, has been affected by the evil oppression of the Canaanites. God gives her no easy task in a time when women were expected only to marry and bear children.
The reader is given insight into the sufferings of Israel as they wandered from their God, as well a rich fictional account of the family lives of both Deborah and Jael, the possible tensions they may have faced, and the sacrifices they make in a challenging time.
While the Israelite military leader is intent on defeating Sisera, he also fears him. God has a different plan, using an unlikely woman, and Deborah is the one who predicts the means of the evil Canaanite leader's fall.
Deftly weaving fiction and biblical truth, Ms. Smith has again crafted a riveting story with wonderful historical detail.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.