Saturday, February 16, 2013

Rebekah by Jill Eileen Smith - REVIEWED

About the Book: (from Revell Publishing)

Can love heal the rift between two souls?
When her beloved father dies and she is left in the care of her conniving brother Laban, Rebekah knows her life has changed forever. Though she should be married by now, it’s clear that Laban is dragging his feet, waiting for a higher bride-price to line his pockets. But then Rebekah is given a chance to leave her home to marry Isaac, a cousin she has never even seen, and her hope for the future is restored. Little does she know what a wondrous and heart-wrenching journey she is beginning.
As Rebekah experiences the joy of young love and the bitterness of misunderstanding and betrayal, her resolve is tested. When the rift between Isaac and her grows so wide it is surely too great to be mended, can she trust the God of Isaac’s father Abraham to bridge the gap?
Join bestselling author Jill Eileen Smith as she fills in the blanks around the life of the enigmatic Rebekah.
My Thoughts:
"Let us learn from our forefathers' mistakes and not continue to repeat them."  (p.312)

Oh how many struggle with repeating the mistakes of our forefathers!  Smith has once again recreated a time and place so realistically that you feel that you are indeed living life side by side with Rebekah.  You sense her distress within her own family as she grows into adulthood.  You sense her trepidation about moving away from her family and marrying a man she doesn't know.  The love relationship that grows between them is fragile, because both of them have wounds from their past that they have allowed to grow and change their hearts.

By the time Rebekah has raised her sons to adulthood, she has made choices similar to those her parents made in her lifetime.  Isaac has also made unwise choices.  Their relationship suffers to the point of heartbreaking disintegration.  They both face an excruciating truth once Jacob and Esau have gone their separate ways.

This story truly brings every nuance of Rebekah and Isaac's relationship and family to life so vividly that your heart aches with the reading of the tale.  You will examine your own heart before God to truthfully face the  generational mistakes that have been repeated in your own family. It displays grace in all of its splendor.  This is a very thought provoking tale.  Bravo!!
About the Author:
Jill Eileen Smith is the author of the bestsellingMichalAbigail, and Bathsheba, all part of The Wives of King David series, and of Sarai, book 1 in the Wives of the Patriarchs series. Her writing has garnered acclaim in several contests. 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.

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