Genesis 5020

My Story for His Glory

Redeeming Grace by Jill Eileen Smith May 15, 2017

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One devoted woman is about to discover the power of love

When famine visits Bethlehem, some hold out hope for rain, while Naomi and her family make a long journey to Moab in search of greener pastures. The harvest there is plentiful, and for a time it appears the Lord is blessing them. But when calamities strike, one after another, Naomi is left alone in a foreign land with only her widowed daughters-in-law for comfort.

Downhearted and destitute, Naomi is determined to return to Bethlehem alone. But her daughter-in-law Ruth refuses to leave her side. Despite the fact that she and Naomi will almost certainly live out their days in widowhood and poverty, Ruth holds out hope for a better future . . . and maybe even a second chance at love.

My thoughts:

I have read other fiction books based on Ruth and Naomi’s story and really enjoyed them. So it always makes we wonder when I am getting ready to read a new book based on the same story if I will be bored if I could like it as much.

I should have known because it was Jill writing the book I would be reading something brand new. She put twists in this story I never saw coming. She looked at things in a way I had never imagined them happening to our cast of characters before.

The relationships each character has with the others is something new and fresh.

If you enjoy the story of Ruth and Naomi I think you will find this retelling quite interesting and moving as well.

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A copy of this book was given to me. All opinions are my own. 

 

The Prophetess by Jill Eileen Smith February 26, 2016

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Canaan has ravaged Israel. The people are in hiding. All that stands between surrender and hope is one untested woman.

Deborah will never forget the day her father and brothers left to worship at the Lord’s tabernacle–or the wails of her mother after finding their bodies at the city gates. The memories of Canaan’s cruelty haunt her and all of Israel. Now in this dark time, the Lord calls on Deborah to lead His people away from the idols of other nations and back to Him.

Deborah never asked to be a prophetess or a judge over God’s people. Still, she cannot deny His voice or the visions that accompany it. Can her family ever understand? Will her people believe God’s calling on her life? And can the Canaanite menace be stopped?

With her trademark impeccable research and imaginative storytelling, Jill Eileen Smith brings to life the story of Israel’s most powerful woman in this intriguing and inspiring novel.

My thoughts: 

I love Jill’s books. I don’t know how she does it but she always manages to bring her stories to life in a very powerful way.

This book is no exception.

The Prophetess brings us Deborah, honestly someone I have never given a lot of thought of in the Bible. But her story is amazing when you think about it. A woman stepping into a leadership role in her day was unheard of, yet men found themselves going to her seeking her wisdom.

The way Jill portrays Deborah’s encounters with the Lord are astounding, But here’s the thing, we can have those encounters today, they aren’t just for those long ago. God wants us to desire to have those moments in His presence. Why don’t we seek them out? I think we would be surprised the way He would meet us if we took the time to seek Him more.

Another great book, I highly recommend.

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A copy of this book was given to me in exchange for an honest review. 

 

Review and Giveaway: The Crimson Cord by Jill Eileen Smith February 16, 2015

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“Rahab’s story is one of the most moving redemption accounts in Scripture. The Crimson Cord perfectly captures all the drama of the original, fleshing out the characters with care and thought. Jill’s storytelling skills kept me reading late into the night. A beautiful tale, beautifully told!”–Liz Curtis Higgs, New York Times bestselling author of Mine Is the Night

Wife to a gambler who took one too many risks, Rahab finds herself sold as a slave to cover her husband’s debt. Forced into prostitution, she despairs of ever regaining her freedom and her self-respect. But when Israelite spies enter Jericho and come to lodge at her house, Rahab sees a glimmer of hope and the opportunity of a lifetime.

In one risky moment, she takes a leap of faith, puts her trust in a God she does not know, and vows to protect the spies from the authorities. When the armies of Israel arrive weeks later, Rahab hopes they will keep their promise, but she has no idea what kind of challenges await her outside Jericho’s walls–or if she will ever know the meaning of love.

Under Jill Eileen Smith’s talented hand, the familiar story of Rahab bursts forth in high definition. Immerse yourself in a world of dark and dusty streets, clandestine meetings, and daring escapes as a mysterious biblical figure claims her full humanity–and a permanent place in your heart.

Jill Eileen Smith is the bestselling author of the Wives of King David series, the Wives of the Patriarchs series, and The Desert Princess, first in the Loves of King Solomon series. Her research into the lives of biblical women has taken her from the Bible to Israel, and she particularly enjoys learning how women lived in Old Testament times. Jill lives with her family in southeast Michigan. Learn more at www.jilleileensmith.com.

My thoughts and giveaway:

Wow. Wow. Wow. Jill is a brilliant author. This is only the second book I have read by her but I have to say she my favorite Biblical fiction author I have read yet.

She takes people who are familiar to us and gives them a voice. One I never saw coming. I have to keep reminding myself that is Jill’s take on Rahab and her story might not have actually happened this way.

I never thought about the fact that maybe Rahab didn’t want to be a prostitute, that maybe she was forced into it. Maybe she was like many of us, hungry for love and gave herself away to the wrong man.

I loved how we see Rahab’s heart begin to change and wonder if many she is worshipping the “god”. Maybe the God of Israel is the real deal.

One thing the really struck me was the great fear the people in Jericho had of our God. I thought as I read this that people today don’t really fear Him. If they did I don’t think we would have all the sin we see today. I think we have forgotten that Jesus said that we will do even greater things than He did. But are we? I know I don’t feel I am and because I don’t live in that truth I don’t think people see God and therefore don’t fear Him like people once did. Just something to think about.

We also get inside the Israelite camp and meet Joshua and then Salmon who is Boaz’s father (Rahab is Boaz’s mother). Boaz is the great-grandfather to King David. So cool to read about how all of this could have happened.

I could say so much more. I truly enjoyed this book and highly recommend this one.

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