Sunday, February 28, 2016

The Prophetess by Jill Eileen Smith

From the publisher:
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?

This is the second book in the Daughter's of the Promised Land series.

I had a hard time getting into this book.  I felt that it was slow at first, however, I can see that perhaps the author did it that way to help the reader feel what the Israelites felt about waiting 20 years for deliverance from the Canaanites.  

I had a hard time liking Deborah and her daughter.  They were disrespectful of the men in their lives and while they had talents and gifts to offer, they continued to belittle and hurt others.  At the end the author wrapped this up, but after years of this behavior it is hard to believe that such a change could happen so quickly.  Deborah's daughter is also rude and immature to her mother and others as well--I find it hard to believe that suddenly at the end she matures.  

I really liked reading Jael and her family's story however.  That was my favorite part.  

I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. 

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