“The Prophetess” by Jill Eileen Smith takes us to 1101 BC Israel and into the world of the prophetess Deborah. The story starts with Deborah as a young lady going about her daily life until her life is forever changed in a big way when the Lord speaks to her. Her life is changed again when her father and brothers are killed and she has to marry a man she does not love. The book then takes us forward several years to an adult Deborah who not only has to deal with being a mother and grandmother but also as the one God has chosen to lead His people back to Him. The Canaanites are an evil people who are out to destroy the Israelites. No one is safe as the Canaanites make their way across the lands killing, raping, and kidnapping. Deborah has the help of a young Israelite man named Barak to finally put an end of the Canaanite terror. What Barak did not count on is dealing with the attentions of Deborah’s young daughter Talya. Will Barak’s past keep him and Talya apart? Will the Canaanites finally be stopped from destroying God’s people?
Jill Eileen Smith does an amazing job of pulling us into a world many of us only know from the Bible. This book is well written and has many different story lines that all tie in together to make for a wonderful read. This book shows us that no one is perfect and we all have doubts but when we listen to God and follow His word He will take care of His children. I received a complimentary copy to review from Revell.