Book Description: 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 more 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?
With her trademark impeccable research and her imaginative storytelling, Jill Eileen Smith brings to life the story of Israel’s most powerful woman in a novel that is both intriguing and inspiring.
THE PROPHETESS is Biblical fiction inspired by Judges 4 and 5. Not much is known about Deborah, but you wouldn’t know that by reading THE PROPHETESS. Deborah’s era comes to life with comprehensive research Jill Eileen Smith is known for. The book is vivid and emotional, I always thought one-dimensional with Deborah. I just assumed she was always a leader and it came naturally. THE PROPHETESS displays her as a slow growth in confidence and leadership, one where she had to balance needs from her family. Where women today are raising awareness about fair treatment for our gender, Deborah’s story made me admire her all the more. She’s a pioneer in a man’s world, and she used her giftings with boldness and confidence with glory to God in a way that we still talk about her.
If you love history, especially Biblical fiction, THE PROPHETESS is for you.
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I received a copy of THE PROPHETESS in exchange for an honest review.