Saturday, March 19, 2011
Bathsheba - by Jill Eileen Smith
There are SO MANY reasons I loved this book (a few mentioned previously: http://passionatechildrensservant.blogspot.com/2011/03/bathsheeba-upcoming-book-review.html!
Attending a REAL Christian Church, our leaders role-model what it means to live a Christian life. They actually ask themselves the question: "What would Jesus do?" And then, they DO IT! I have learned NUMEROUS lessons from them; one of the greatest to not be judgemental of others. My mom was also an inspiration to me - always reminding me that you never know what someone has been through, which plays heavily on their actions. Her teaching taught me a love for others, leading to compassion for their life-hurts; rather than a "holier than thou" attitude.
For those familiar with the Biblical account of King David's relationship with Bathsheba, it is my opinion the author created a true-to-life scenario of how innocent encounters with the opposite sex can ease into the life of a married Christian; reaping havoc on the most stable Christian marriages. We are also reminded of the free flowing grace and forgiveness God provides all of His children-especially during the times we are most unworthy to receive it.
If you enjoy the history of the Old Testament and like to day-dream of the unwritten details, I PROMISE you will love this book! I already purchased the first book of this trilogy (Michal) and can't wait to start reading!
Jill Eileen Smith has more than twenty years of writing experience, and her writing has garnered acclaim in several competitions. Her research into the lives of David's wives has taken her from the Bible to Israel, and she particularly enjoys learning how women lived in Old Testament times. Smith is the author of the bestselling Michal and Abigail and lives with her family in southeast Michigan.
Available March 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.