Bathsheba is a woman who longs for love. With her devout husband away fighting the king’s wars for many months at a time, discontent and loneliness dog her steps–and make it frighteningly easy to succumb to King David’s charm and attention. Though she immediately regrets her involvement with the powerful king, the pieces are set in motion that will destroy everything she holds dear.
Can she find forgiveness at the feet of the Almighty? Or has her sin separated her from God–and David–forever?
I have been anticipating reading Bathsheba ever since I finished Abigail and once again Jill Eileen Smith has delivered a vivid portrait of one of Kind David’s wives, with historical detail and intelligent conjecture. Bathsheba, her husband Uriah and King David are all fleshed out and their thoughts and motivations examined with sensitivity and insight, based on the Biblical storyline. David and Bathsheba’s story reveals how pervasive sin can be and lead us to do unthinkable things. God’s redemptive love is also displayed in all its power, even as the consequences of David and Bathsheba’s choices play out for the rest of their lives. David’s reign overflowed with drama and intrigue and no doubt it was impossible for Jill to include it all, resulting in the ending feeling a little rushed. That said, I highly recommend this challenging and thought-provoking story which left me pondering the lessons to be learned. Jill’s books always have me turning back to the scriptures to reread the Biblical story and Bathsheba was no exception ~ I encourage you to do the same.
Available March 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
With thanks to Revell for my review copy
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