Whew… it’s been awhile, hasn’t it? If you’ve been following this blog for any length of time, you probably know that the silent periods on here are usually when God is doing a great work in my heart. This time is no different. I’ll try to find the words to share more soon, but for today, I’m back sharing about a book I recently had the chance to review and just finished over spring break.
Have you ever read a passage in the Bible that makes you wonder more about what the situation would have been like for the characters involved? There is so much unsaid within Scripture’s pages, and especially living in such a different time period and cultural place in history, I often wonder so much about what people thought, felt, experienced, or sometimes even just looked like.
When I had the chance to review The Prophetess: Deborah’s Story, by Jill Eileen Smith, it opened my eyes to really learn and think about this story in the Bible. We know from Judges that Deborah was a great woman that led Israel and helped them defeat the Canaanite enemies that had been plaguing their nation for so long. But was she really like as a person? What were her hopes and dreams? Where did she personally struggle as a female leader – a concept that was almost unheard of back then?
Smith takes you into a journey of the life of Deborah, as well as her family and those living around them. Though many of the details in the story are not known from Scripture, they could have been true, and do help you consider what the lives and emotions of the people found within Scripture’s pages may have been like. Characteristics and struggles that are the same in women living today help to connect our own stories and see this great woman Deborah as not all that different in some ways from women living today. Furthermore, her story of obedience can challenge our own posture of obedience or disobedience to our own callings.
This book was a great read, and introduced me to this author, who has many other books written on biblical characters. I will definitely check some of them out of the library this summer, as they do help the stories of the Old Testament become more alive to me. I did have a little difficulty following all of the characters in the story, probably because of all their unfamiliar Hebrew names and my reading time being a bit chopped up. But all in all, it was an encouragement to me to keep living and believing in a God that will come act in amazing ways in His perfect way and timing.