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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group (July 1 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0800733223
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800733223
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.2 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 526 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #267,150 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Can love triumph over treachery?

Bathsheba is a woman who longs for love. With her husband away fighting the king's wars, she battles encroaching loneliness--which makes it all too easy to succumb to the advances of King David. Will one night of unbridled passion destroy everything she holds dear? Can she find forgiveness at the feet of the Almighty? Or has her sin separated her from God forever?

With a historian's sharp eye for detail and a novelist's creative spirit, Jill Eileen Smith brings to life the passionate and emotional story of David's most famous--and infamous--wife. You will never read the story of David and Bathsheba the same way again.

"Thoroughly engrossing. Jill Eileen Smith receives my highest recommendation as an author of biblical fiction."--Kim Vogel Sawyer, award-winning author of My Heart Remembers

"Bathsheba is Jill Eileen Smith's finest work to date. It vividly portrays the devastation caused by selfish passion and betrayal, and the incredible blessing of repentance and restoration through God's grace."--Jill Stengl, award-winning author of Wisconsin Brides

"This well-researched and beautifully crafted story will resonate in your heart and mind long after you've read the final page. An excellent read with a message that transcends time."--Judith Miller, author of the Daughters of Amana series

Jill Eileen Smith's research into the lives of David's wives has taken her from the Bible to Israel, and she particularly enjoys learning how women lived in Old Testament times. Jill is the author of the bestselling Michal and Abigail and lives with her family in southeast Michigan.

About the Author

Jill Eileen Smith has more than twenty years of writing experience, and her writing has garnered acclaim in several contests. Her research into the lives of David's wives has taken her from the Bible to Israel, and she particularly enjoys learning how women lived in Old Testament times. Jill is the author of the bestselling Michal and Abigail and lives with her family in southeast Michigan.


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One would not necessarily think that the story of David and Bathsheba would be an inspiring one, filled as it is with temptation and sin and murder. However, Jill Eileen Smith has breathed new life into a story recounted through the ages.

Bathsheba is a story rich in contrasts, from loneliness to love, from passion to grief, from the depths of despair to the healing hand of God. Smith has opened my eyes to a deeper understanding of David and Bathsheba's story. These Bible characters have been cloaked in all-too-human frailty, and it was difficult indeed to watch their downfall as displayed through the power of the author's pen. Yet what I truly admire about this book is that it is not one that wallows in the depths of our human condition, but instead rises through the power of God's grace as He forgives sin that should have been punishable by death. Adultery is a sin that, at the time, was to be punished by stoning. Yet although God does punish them through the loss of their son, he also restores what was lost and offers his tender mercy. In the past when contemplataing this Bible story, I had only ever considered how the loss of their first son was such a horrible punishment for their sin; however, I'd never considered that on the other hand there was an element of mercy, for a King's son born out of adultery would have been subject to the vilest of bullying and torment and would have never had a chance to fulfill God's purpose for his life. This book doesn't provide easy answers, but instead allows you to wrestle with the issues of their sin and the consequences. Although the story may be familiar to you, the book is entirely engaging and will keep you turning the pages.
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I have heard so much Bathsheba-bashing and savage judgement of David and Bathsheba's lives, that I was a little wary of what I would read. To my pleasant surprise, this book was compassionate, whilst still recognising sin as sin. However, I am sorry Jill, but that is the only good thing I can say about it.

Jill has obviously carried out extensive research and put her whole heart into this series. I did find David's portayal biased to the negative, mainly egocentric, sex based and one dimensional, though, King David can be very hard to understand unless you have read the Torah, which explains his motivation. I also had issues with all three books as the consistent potrayal of the wives always acting with seething hatred towards each other, I found implausible, biased and also, too harsh. Polygamy in the past was acceptable and good for women, if you study it properly. In the modern day is a very hard path which can so substantial emotional damage to women. You cannot take a three thousand year old story and place in modern motivations and contexts.

The prayer at the end of the book was a beautiful touch; the use of the Psalms is intriguing, though inaccurate.

I am sorry this is so negative, but as a David fan and someone with a Jewish background, I found Jill's work to be unfair, poorly written and I really could have done without the kiss and tell approach to his private love life, which bordered too close on inappropriate and was of a calibre I am pleased to say, I have never read in another Christian book.

I sincerely wish these books were off the shelves as anyone who does not study their Bible can be badly influenced by them. Not everyone understands that fiction should only be taken as such, and negative portrayals can worm their way into our brain and poison God's word.
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By Louise Jolly TOP 100 REVIEWER on April 24 2012
Format: Paperback
Baker Publishing Group| March 1, 2011| Trade Paperback| ISBN # 978-0-8007-3322-3

Story Description:

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? With a historian's sharp eye for detail and a novelist's creative spirit, Jill Eileen Smith brings to life the passionate and emotional story of David's most famous--and infamous--wife. Smith uses her gentle hand to draw out the humanity in her characters, allowing readers to see themselves in the three-dimensional lives and minds of people who are often viewed in starkly moralistic terms. You will never read the story of David and Bathsheba in the same way again.

My Review:

Jerusalem, 994 BC

Bathsheba and her husband, Uriah have been married for three years are trying to have a baby. They only had two more days together before, Uriah left again for many months. On the third night he would sleep in another room, refusing any intimate touch in preparation for war. This was something about him Bathsheba just couldn't understand. The days spent marching to the place of battle should give him plenty of time to become pure in thought. Why did he have to start before he even left her side?

Bathsheba couldn't sleep anymore so she went to the cooking room. Her servant, Tirzah heard her and came to join her.
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