Friday, March 18, 2011

Bathsheba by Jill Eileen Smith Blog Tour

I was able to be in the blog tour for Bathsheba by Jill Eileen Smith. I will tell you my thoughts about it after I tell you about the book.

Can She Ever Find Redemption After One Night of Passion with the King?

“As the last word dried on the page, Bathsheba read the message through blurred vision. ‘I am with child’. She would not sign her name or address the message. He would know by the press of her husband’s seal on the wax...”

Bestselling author Jill Eileen Smith brings to life the Bible’s most famous story of passion, betrayal and redemption in the conclusion of The Wives of King David series, Bathsheba (ISBN: 978-0-8007-3322-3 $14.99, March 2011). Smith draws from Scripture, in-depth historical research and her vivid imagination to unveil the story of David’s most famous wife - Bathsheba. Bathsheba is told in rich detail and drama, creating a riveting page-turner that will keep readers engaged to the conclusion of the book.

Bathsheba is a woman longing for love. With her devout husband, Uriah, away fighting the king's wars for many months at a time, discontent and loneliness dog her steps--and make it frighteningly easy to succumb to King David's charms. Though she immediately regrets her involvement with the powerful king, the pieces are set in motion that will destroy everything she holds dear. Can she find forgiveness at the feet of the Almighty? Or has her sin separated her from God--and David--forever?

Bathsheba reveals the depth of God’s grace and forgiveness. You will never read the story of David and Bathsheba in the same way again.

Jill Eileen Smith has more than twenty years of writing experience, and her writing has garnered acclaim in several competitions. 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. Smith is the author of the bestselling Michal and Abigail and lives with her family in southeast Michigan.

MY REVIEW-I have to tell you, I am very torn on this review. I like reading books about Bible times but I think authors have to be very careful in their writing and make sure they don't take too much liberty. That is why I am kind of undecided about what rating I would give this book. I have read one by Jill before and I really liked it so I knew I would enjoy this one as well. And I was not disappointed. I love her style of writing and her thoughts are well written. But I still think she took some liberty in her story. And like I said, I have read books before about Bible times and I realize they are novels so not everything is going to be fact so I have to remember that as well.

This book did open my eyes to the pain that both David and Bathsheba went through. And this is where I enjoy reading novels about Bible times. I will never read the story of David and Bathsheba again without taking the time to think about how they felt. I think this helps as well with reading the Bible period. I almost felt how Bathsheba had a war within herself over to obey the King or not. A very difficult decision and in a time where women were taught to obey the men in authority no matter what.

Overall I would probably give this a 4 out of 5. The only thing I did not like was the liberty taken with some of the writing. I don't how if Bathsheba really was bitter at her husband, Uriah, etc. But this book lived up to my expectations of another book from Jill!!

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

1 comment:

Josiah said...

Sounds like an interesting read, I to like a book about Biblical times and people.

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