Sunday, March 13, 2011
BATHSHEBA by JILL EILEEN SMITH
I was blessed to read, "ABIGAIL", book two in, "THE WIVES OF KING DAVID SERIES", by Jill Eileen Smith. What research and detail she put into this book. Once I began reading I couldn't put this book down. I read it in one afternoon. It left me breathless in my thoughts.
What a mighty God we have. A God that reaches grace to us even in our darkest times of betrayal to Him. We see the heart of David. We see the love Bathsheba has for her husband, Uriah, and the passion they hold. But Uriah is at battle more than he is at home, and that makes Bathsheba yearn even more so for comfort and touch. What she doesn't realize is that, Uriah, feels the same way. He loves his wife with all his heart. Uriah was a man of honor. He held himself as a servant of God. God came first in Uriah's life. Bathsheba was faithful to the Lord. But one temptation led to another and before she knows it, she is called to King David's and finds herself in his bed chambers. What now? Where does she go from here?
David was a man after God's own heart. After the death of, Abigail, his heart was never the same. He allowed his own selfish desires to overcome His faithfulness to God. He began to make one bad choice after the other. Did God punish? Yes, He did. But He also gave mercy and grace.
Through it all, Bathsheba, is blessed to have, Tizrah, at her side. Her faithful servant. Tizrah, is more than her servant. She is a true friend. I loved watching this friendship. This kindred spirit between these two women. No judgement. Only love.
If you love history this book is for you. Love, passion, friendship, redemption and forgiveness. This book is filled with page after page of life lessons we can learn from. This book is beautifully written and will touch your heart giving you a passion to seek God and dive into His Word for more.
This book was a gift from Revell for it's review.
Jill Eileen Smith has more than twenty years of writing experience, and her writing has garnered acclaim in several contests. 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. Jill is the author of the bestselling Michal and Abigail and lives with her family in southeast Michigan.