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The Prophetess: Deborah's Story

The Prophetess Deborah s 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 a

  • Title: The Prophetess: Deborah's Story
  • Author: Jill Eileen Smith
  • ISBN: 9780800720353
  • Page: 456
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 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 twentyOutspoken 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 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

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    1. Shantelle on said:

      Sometimes I wonder why I read Biblical retellings; every time it seems all my sensors are on, looking for something to criticize. I just have an issue with authors taking so much liberties with Bible stories! The Prophetess: Deborah's Story by Jill Eileen Smith wasn't so bad, actually. I didn't like it as much as the first book in the series, but by the end, I wanted to give it a 3 star rating.This book retells the story of Deborah, a prophetess from the Old Testament in the Bible. (You can read [...]

    2. Mesu on said:

      To write a great novel about a story from the biblical book of Judges requires a strong stomach, grounded theology, and intense research. Jill Eileen Smith has proven all three with her new release, The Prophetess: Deborah’s Story.The stories in Judges depict some of the most graphic violence in Scripture and prompt some disturbing theological questions. With grace and skill, Jill allows her characters to struggle through this horrendous time in Israel’s history, asking hard questions and ex [...]

    3. Hilary on said:

      After twenty years of terrorism - generally translated as "cruel oppression", but that doesn't really have the same impact - the Israelites are calling out to God to save them from Sisera and Jabin. Deborah has been their judge and leader, and it is she who must rally them to action at the right time.But this isn't really a book about Deborah. She's certainly one of the main characters, but the central theme is how Israel caused her own testing by failing to drive out the Caananites and then fel [...]

    4. Amanda Geaney (Christian Shelf-Esteem) on said:

      The biblical portrayal of Deborah paints the picture of a courageous and wise woman, renowned prophetess, and honored judge over Israel. In her latest novel The Prophetess: Deborah's Story, Jill Eileen Smith captured every bit of Deborah's scriptural essence while penning a character to whom modern woman will relate. The Prophetess is the story of an ordinary woman called and equipped by God to lead a nation.This novel found it's strength in three artfully braided storylines. Much like the accou [...]

    5. Jeanie on said:

      He feels the need to either reprove me or command me. He does not speak to me as an equal. When a man exasperates you, perhaps it is because he brings out both the best and worst in you. That can be a good thing. It makes you weed out the things that need to change and keep the things that don't. Bibical historical fiction can frustrate me at times but this account was encouraging as well as insightful to the history of God's people. The story of Deborah is very small but with great impact in th [...]

    6. Amanda on said:

      This book gave me great insight into what life was like, particularly for women in the times of the Old Testament. I’ve read the stories in the Bible but didn’t reflect on how difficult and scary life was for the Israelites who spent their lives being terrorized. This book focuses on Deborah, who is in the book of Judges. She judged people by explaining the law to them and solving disputes according to the law, as well as received visions of prophecy from God.I liked Deborah’s character, s [...]

    7. Sam B on said:

      First off, I must say that Jill Eileen Smith did a great job with this book. With so little information about Deborah, I can only imagine the huge challenge writing this book must have been. Of course, she took lots of liberties with the characters and their background, but who could blame her!I think this book actually was my first biblical fiction ever. I loved how this book threw me back in time and depicted the lives of the people living in the Promised Land at the time of king Jabin's reign [...]

    8. Amy on said:

      The Prophetess: Deborah's Story is the second installment to the Daughters of the Promised Land series. I cannot tell a reader how much I love Jill Eileen Smith's Biblical Fiction and this book is no exception. I enjoy her vision of how it was during Deborah's time and what she was like. Deborah comes to life. This is my favorite book by this author to date.Highly recommended!5 plus stars.

    9. Alyssa on said:

      OohhDeborah this time around!! Jill is writing about my favourite women of the Bible in this series!

    10. Claudia SparrowHawk on said:

      I’m rather disheartened to say that while book two in the Daughters of the Promised Land series, The Prophetess was a competent book, it simply did not live up to my expectations. I found the plot to be somewhat monotonous and it took a lot of effort to get through the story; thus, it was just okay for me.___________________________________WHAT I LIKED+ Featuring one of the most renowned female prophets in biblical history, I truly admired the original perspective and take on depicting Deborah [...]

    11. Raechel on said:

      1.5A story about Deborah, the judge, in the Bible sounded intriguing – I’ve never read a fiction adaption of that account before, so I was interested.Unfortunately, I couldn’t really ‘click’ with the book, and didn’t like the portrayal of Deborah. All throughout this book, there were the “strong females” who were shown as better than the men – they were all headstrong, and disobedient, and it was portrayed as if it was a good thing. It disappointed me greatly.I know everyone’ [...]

    12. Victor Gentile on said:

      Jill Eileen Smith in her new book, “The Prophetess” Book Two in her Daughters of the Promised Land series published by Revell gives us Deborah’s Story.From the Back Cover: 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 c [...]

    13. Sally on said:

      What do we actually know about Deborah the prophetess? She is featured in Judges 4 and 5, but little is known of her backstory. We know she was the wife of Lappidoth and that she mediated disputes. Primarily, she is known for leading Israel to victory over a Canaanite enemy. Jill Eileen Smith now continues her Daughters of the Promised Land series with an imagining of this amazing woman.The story begins on an ordinary day in 1126 B.C. Fifteen year old Deborah is fetching water from the local wel [...]

    14. Lisa Johnson on said:

      Title: The ProphetessAuthor: Jill Eileen SmithPages: 368Year: 2016Publisher: RevellMy rating is 5 stars.If you have ever read the book of Judges in the Old Testament, you would notice that the name of one of the judges was Deborah. Readers can learn what Scripture says about her in Judges Chapters four and five. Much is left to the imagination of the author and readers when it comes to Deborah. In that period of Israel’s history, we learn how the Lord would raise a judge to lead His people, an [...]

    15. Brandi (Rambles of a SAHM) on said:

      I remember way back in my early Sunday School days learning about Deborah. I was so fascinated by her story. Up until this point most of the women in the Bible were ordinary but suddenly there was Deborah, chosen by God to be a judge for her people Israel. That's exciting type stuff for a young bossy flossy type girl like me.When I received Jill Eileen Smith's new book The Prophetess: Deborah's Story I couldn't wait to dive in. I knew it would be good but I wondered how she was going to expound [...]

    16. Christian Fiction Addiction on said:

      "The Prophetess" brings to life a character of the Bible that I am sad to admit I have never spent much time thinking about. Deborah's role as judge in a thoroughly patriarchal society is a fascinating one to consider. Why did God choose her to be his mouth piece? Why did he choose her to lead a group of men who must have wondered at times why God made the choice he did? I really enjoyed how the author explores the impact it would have had on Deborah's husband to be married to such a strong lead [...]

    17. Debbie on said:

      "The Prophetess: Deborah's Story" (Daughters of the Promised Land Book 2 ) by Jill Eileen Smith is a perfect example of why I read Biblical Christian. This book and every one of them ( I have all of her books but 2 and they are the Ebook Shorts "The Loves of King Solomon" and they are on my to be read list") have made the people of the Bible more real to me. "The Prophetess: Deborah's Story" (Daughters of the Promised Land Book 2 ) by Jill Eileen Smith is about Deborah ( the prophetess and judge [...]

    18. Stacey on said:

      This author always surprises me with the complexity of her characters, the richness of her research, and her ability to draw the reader into the Bible in a whole new way. I will be completely transparent and say I love all of Jill's books. She hasn't written one yet, that left me feeling disappointed at the end. The character of Deborah appeals to my independent and adventurous spirit. God made women like Deborah for a purpose and my heart sings with joy. I love women who aren't afraid to lead, [...]

    19. writer... on said:

      A favourite woman from scriptures, the judge and prophetess, Deborah, has always intrigued me. Her position of honour amidst her Hebrew people, being sought out to accompany the army to battle, and the victory won over their twenty years of hiding from Canaan's horrors. Such a story of faith and strength as Adonai directed and empowered the woman of Adonai's own choosing to lead Israel back from foreign gods to the One true El ELyon.History dramatised in village and family life, character confli [...]

    20. Kristine Morgan on said:

      Although very little information was given about Deborah in the Bible, I believe Jill Smith has done an excellent job of filling in the details of what might have been. She portrays Deborah as a very human woman, with human failings. But through good times and bad Deborah remains faithful to Adonai. This book is well written and fast paced. The characters are strong and the details put you right in the story. The Prophetess stays true to the little we know of Deborah.I was given this book by net [...]

    21. Andi on said:

      I am a huge fan of biblical fiction and this one is Jill at her best. Her imagination along with superb research has created a story that takes you back to Israel when the Israelites where worshiping the gods of Canaan. I felt as if I was right there among them as Deborah judged and they went to war to defeat Sisera. One of the reasons I love biblical fiction so much is that it draws me to the story in the Bible. I highly recommend this book!

    22. LauraLane on said:

      My Thoughts:A year ago I wrote a review about Jill Eileen Smith's very intense book about Rahab the Harlot. It was not an easy book to read, but it was an excellent book to read. Jill Eileen Smith has written another excellent book. Although The Prophetess is a work of fiction, Jill expressed what I believe is a very plausible atmosphere of the time of Sisera's tyranny over Israel and a compelling storyline as well.The mark of an excellent fiction writer is to make you forget you are reading. Ji [...]

    23. Christie Lovvorn on said:

      Like many reviewers, I wish included half stars. I did like many aspects of Smith's novel: her exceptional writing and research, her vivid descriptions and characterization. Clearly, she is a skillful and accomplished author. Her version of Deborah and Jael were different than how I perceived them from previously reading the Bible's account of them. For instance, the character flaws and obstalces Smith developed for Deborah were not on my radar. Smith's Deborah shows a distinct lack of respect [...]

    24. LadyS on said:

      This was my first novel by this author and I enjoyed this story. It was an intriguing take on issues facing Israel during the time Deborah served as judge. I found the story of Israel's triumph because of Siseria's death in the bible to be fascinating (albeit morbid), and I liked how the author provided a clever context while still remaining true to the actual story.I liked most of the characters. For example, I loved reading about Barak, the mighty warrior who pursued after Isreal's enemies. In [...]

    25. Kristina on said:

      How much researched Smith had to do in order to make a book out of two chapters in the Bible. Amazing. I really enjoyed this book. I would have loved to meet Deborah and understood her heart being a prophetess. Yet, she still had lessons to learn in love with her own husband and daughter. I loved the story of Barak. He was such a wounded warrior that found love again. And the fact it was with Deborah's daughter, Tayla, makes it sweeter. Their romance story is all about God and his timing and to [...]

    26. Regina Gadad on said:

      I came upon this book in my local library when I accidentally locked myself out of the house and was stuck till my husband returned home from work. I was drawn to the story as it was an embellished account of Deborah, the only female judge/prophetess in the Bible. It helped to be locked out because it took a while to get into the story. However, once I was past the center of the book I couldn't put it down. It became so fast-paced and full of action that I felt near to the battle of Israel and C [...]

    27. Christine Jones on said:

      It took me a while to get into this story. It felt as though the author wrote the beginning and the rest of the book separately. Once I got further into the novel, I truly enjoyed it. There was plenty of solid research and interest to keep me hooked. It was only the beginning that I struggled with, as though the author didn't yet have the voice of the character. That said, I did really enjoy the book and felt it was well done. By the end, I was fully immersed and found the character of Deborah a [...]

    28. Janet Merrell on said:

      I enjoyed this interpretation of Deborah's story. I found the book very confusing for about the first 30%, as the author was giving back stories and the POV of several different characters. Eventually, it all came together and I could see the big picture, but it was a frustrating start. I honestly did not feel that Deborah was any more of the main character than several others in the story. The book is very well researched and reads nicely, but I just don't seem to get the enjoyment from this au [...]

    29. Olivia on said:

      Goshis is so hard to review. On one hand, I really liked the story but on the other, I didn't enjoy it. I had a really hard time connecting with Deborah and other female characters. I felt the beginning started out slowly and really the pace didn't pick up until the last five chapters or so. Everything wrapped up cleanly in the end and I still look forward to reading the next book in the series, which I've already started and am enjoying SO much more.

    30. Allan67 on said:

      Another book that I read to Diana. We can't do much anymore after her stroke, so I read to her to spend time together. Diana has always loved to have someone to read to her - and I like to do just that.This book pretty much followed Judges, chapters 4 and 5 with some elaboration. Neither Diana nor I liked Talya. If she had been our daughter I would have tan Well she would have grown up differently in our house. In all, it was a pretty good story. Diana said four stars, I thought three, but we re [...]

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