The Prophetess

The Prophetess

Deborah's Story

eBook - 2016
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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.
Publisher: [United States]: Baker Publishing Group , 2016.
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bibliosara Jun 07, 2018

The second in Smith's Daughters of the Promised Land series, The Prophetess tells the intriguing and intense story of Deborah, the judge of Israel during the time of the war-monger Sisera. Israel's plight as a nation was desperate during Deborah's lifetime. As men, women, and children are slaughtered at random by their enemy, Deborah finds herself becoming a prophetess, judge, and leader of a disbanded and hopeless people. Her own struggles with her faith and marriage, despite the intimacy she had with the Lord, bring this story to life with memorable depth.
I have noticed that finishing Smith's books leaves you longing to reread the Biblical stories they are inspired by, and to understand them more fully. She has a wonderful skill of weaving realistic romance into a story that otherwise seems wholly focused on war and politics. This romance does not detract from the religious atmosphere of the book, but rather brings the characters to life in a way that we can more fully relate to their circumstances, their actions, and their faith. This book was one of my favorites of Smith's, and I look forward to finishing her series (that, as of now, consists of 4 books).

Aug 16, 2016

8 of 133 reviews from
- Average 4.6 out of 5 stars
Review 2 was by a man & found his point of view, very interesting!

1) February 2016 Female - Makes biblical characters seem so real. Liked how it shows Deborah as a young woman who was unsure of herself, yet grew to become one of the greatest women of the Old Testament. Though she didn't always believe in herself, her husband knew her strength. History buffs will appreciate the wisdom described in biblical events of Deborah's time. Characters that might seem flat in your Bible just leap off the page!

2) April 26, 2016 Male - A 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 & didn’t like the portrayal of Deborah. All through this book, there were “strong females” who were shown as better than the men – they were all headstrong, disobedient. It was portrayed as if that was a good thing. It disappointed me greatly.
My personal thoughts are that if God chose Deborah for a judge, it was because He saw Himself in her – yes, she would’ve been human like the rest of us, but she would’ve had a heart after God & would have been obedient to her husband as that is one of the traits God has desired in us.
Several parts had me rather appalled…“She fought the urge to awaken Lappidoth & complain profusely to him. Complaining did no good…but she could complain in her prayers,” – she complained to her husband constantly & was very discontent in all things.
God instructs us not to complain – He doesn’t encourage it. Yes, we can bring all things to Him in prayer, but He does desire us to make an effort, to “give thanks in all things”. Not saying I’ve never complained ( I sadly do too), but the way it was shown was more like nagging. Biblical book characters should be encouraging & uplifting, not frustrating.
This saddened me. Overall theme of book screamed of headstrong women & their disregard for their heads. We should not encourage this in books. Therefore I cannot recommend this book. :(

3) July 30, 2016 - Excellent read. The characters are so real. The story line seems very possible.

4) July 25, 2016 - Find it breathes new life & perspective into text that can at times seem boring. Helps me remember that these people in the pages of Scripture were real human beings with emotions & fears & struggles much like my own.
Story of Deborah truly comes to life & sparked a fresh perspective for me in thinking of an intriguing, powerful woman used mightily by God in a time when people of God were far from Him, entangled in idolatry. Especially liked the way she imagined & depicted Deborah’s visions & gift of prophecy &Deborah as a woman–both strong & outspoken, yet battling her own fears & humanity, growing in faith & dependence on God. Struggling to love & respect her husband, yet ultimately finding her way. A story to get lost in & one I highly recommend!

5) July 16, 2016 - Thought book was very slow moving. I struggled to get through it. Did have a good ending & also really liked what author did with character of Barak.

6) Beth July 8, 2016 - The author had to add some extra, but plausible characters. Well researched, & intense at times. The character of Deborah was brought to life through her interactions with her family & the people of Israel's . Really liked what the author did with the character of Barak, creating a back story for him as well. If you like Biblical fiction, and stories of women in the Bible, you will enjoy The Prophetess.

7) June 22, 2016 - Shows the Lord is no respecter of persons & uses both man & woman for his divine will.
Breathes life into the people of the Bible. Educational and entertaining. More important, a good read.

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