Monday, February 29, 2016

The Prophetess by Jill Eileen Smith - REVIEWED

About The Book:

Canaan has ravaged Israel. The people are in hiding. All that stands between surrender and hope is one untested woman.

Deborah will never forget the day her father and brothers left to worship at the Lord's tabernacle--or the wails of her mother after finding their bodies at the city gates. The memories of Canaan's cruelty haunt her and all of Israel. Now in this dark time, the Lord calls on Deborah to lead His people away from the idols of other nations and back to Him.

Deborah never asked to be a prophetess or a judge over God's people. Still, she cannot deny His voice or the visions that accompany it. Can her family ever understand? Will her people believe God's calling on her life? And can the Canaanite menace be stopped?

With her trademark impeccable research and imaginative storytelling, Jill Eileen Smith brings to life the story of Israel's most powerful woman in this intriguing and inspiring novel.

My Thoughts:
How do you think God feels when we betray Him?”  (p. 306)

Jill Eileen Smith brings the life of Deborah the Prophetess to life in vivid detail in her latest novel.  I had to spend a little time in God’s Word to refresh myself on this particular character in the Bible, and, truly, this is a powerful reminder of how our faithfulness to God impacts our world!

Deborah was the fourth prophet/judge in Israel in the time of the judges.  Her call to the Israelite people to turn away from idols so they would be protected from the enemies that persecuted and enslaved them for many years was a process that took years.  There is a relationship in the story that mirrors the unfaithfulness of the Israelite people, and the male character struggles with the length of time it took God to answer their cries. 

Isn’t it just like us, as believers, to grow impatient with God and move ahead of God’s best for us?  This one of many powerful scenes in this novel that spoke deeply to me.  I can’t begin to tell you how grateful I am for God’s mercy and grace – for His longsuffering toward us when we choose to walk away from His plan for our lives, thinking our way is a better way. 

Believers everywhere, at every step of their Christian journey need to read and consider the truth of this story!  Jill Eileen Smith writes biblical fiction like no one else, and she recreates the life of Deborah that is both realistic and powerful!  I’m so thankful for the cross! I’m so thankful that God loves us and draws us to Himself over and over again.

Go. Buy the book! Read the book! Be changed!

About the Author:
Jill Eileen Smith is the bestselling author ofThe Crimson Cord, The Wives of King David series, the Wives of the Patriarchs series, and the ebook novellas The Desert Princess andThe Shepherdess. 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. Learn more at

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