Genesis 5020

Stories for His Glory

Bathsheba by Angela Hunt September 7, 2015

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A Vivid and Moving Portrait of a Reluctant Queen

After sending his army to besiege another king’s capital, King David forces himself on Bathsheba, a loyal soldier’s wife. When her resulting pregnancy forces the king to murder her husband and add her to his harem, Bathsheba struggles to protect her son while dealing with the effects of a dark prophecy and deadly curse on the king’s household.

Combining historical facts with detailed fiction, Angela Hunt paints a realistic portrait of the beautiful woman who struggled to survive the dire results of divine judgment on a king with a divided heart.

My thoughts:

The story of Bathsheba and David has always fascinated me. Maybe due to my own past and the knowledge that David did these horrible things yet God says he is a man after His own heart.

I’ve never given a lot of thought to how Bathsheba might have felt. I didn’t want to think of King David as raping her. I have to admit I didn’t like reading how selfish David was in taking Bathsheba, giving no thought to her or her husband but taking what he wanted. Of course, this is one authors interpretation of the events but in reality, it’s very likely Bathsheba was forced and wouldn’t dare say no to the King.

I never thought about how Bathsheba might have really loved her husband and the heartbreak that would follow his death.

The author made me think of all of these things and much more.

The book covers much more than the encounter between David and Bathsheba. It also weaves in the curse on David’s family after this sin and how it impacted his kingdom. I loved being reminded of these other events, it made me want to crack open my Bible and refresh my memory.

I really enjoyed the take on this story and how the author handled the situation and the overall love that can come from even horrible things. I also loved how Bathsheba was reminded of her past many times throughout her life but believed God can redeem all things. So true 🙂

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A e-copy of this book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. 

 

Review and Giveway: David and Bathsheba by Roberta Kells Dorr February 18, 2014

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David and Bathsheba

by

Roberta Kells Dorr

About:

David and Bathsheba is a spellbinding story of a gifted king and the woman he loved but could not have.  Told from Bathsheba’s perspective, author Roberta Kells Dorr brings to life the passion that almost cost David his kingdom and tested a people’s courage and faith in God.
David and Bathsheba is colored richly with details of Bible-era Israel-from the details of the everyday way of life to details of the Jewish religion.  Dorr brilliantly merges reality with folklore as she tells the story of two great characters of the biblical era. The book starts out with Bathsheba as a young girl and David as a strong willed rebellious military leader.  It details the way they met and follows them all the way through their difficulties.

My thoughts and giveaway:

This book is rich in historical detail. It wasn’t quit what I expected but was still a good read. I will say, if you are looking for a quick, light read, this isn’t that kind of book.

It isn’t until about half way through the book does King David and Bathsheba even meet. Up until that point you are getting a lot of the ground work to set up that part of the story.

The author paints the picture for Bathsheba and how she came to marry Uriah and live in King David’s kingdom. There is great detail of battles and how David overcame so much.

This book really made me take a different look at Bathsheba and Uriah. Of course this is fiction and only the author’s opinion but there are some new things to think about. Wondering if Bathsheba wasn’t happy with Uriah? Wonder if he was a great warrior but a horrible husband? Wonder if Bathsheba was a willing party to the affair?

I had never looked at any of it like that, so it was something new for me.

My one complaint is that the print is very small and it almost made me feel overwhelmed when I first opened the book.

If you enjoy Biblical fiction full of detail you will enjoy this book.

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