Saturday, March 19, 2011

Book Review - "Bathsheba"

I have read and love the first two books in Jill Eileen Smith's The Wives of King David series; however I must say that the third book in this series, "Bathsheba," is my favorite! Smith brings this Bible character to life as well as the other characters involved in her story. This is a great piece of Biblical Fiction!

Bathsheba is a lonely and scared wife of Uriah, a man who obeys King David's every command and is away from home at war much of the time. Bathsheba and Uriah have been married for three years and yet she does not have any child to fill that void in her life that is achingly present when Uriah is away. King David sees Bathsheba on the rooftop one evening and cannot get her out of his mind and Bathsheba feels attraction toward the King as well. King David and Bathsheba spend one night of passion together and it forever changes both of their lives as Uriah is called home and then must be put into danger in order for their sin to be hidden and Bathsheba to be protected. Both David and Bathsheba must seek forgiveness and pay for their moment of passion.

This familiar Biblical account comes to life in this book! The characters' emotions are so real and readers can relate to the characters as they struggle with the very same thing that humans struggle with today. Personal struggles and temptations are still very real and this allows for the reader to really connect and empathize with the various characters. Smith's descriptions paint such vivid pictures pulling the reader in and you will not want to put this book down once you read it cover to cover! I highly recommend this book!

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

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