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- Average 4.6 out of 5 stars
Review 2 was by a man & found his point of view, very interesting!
1) February 2016 Female - Makes biblical characters seem so real. Liked how it shows Deborah as a young woman who was unsure of herself, yet grew to become one of the greatest women of the Old Testament. Though she didn't always believe in herself, her husband knew her strength. History buffs will appreciate the wisdom described in biblical events of Deborah's time. Characters that might seem flat in your Bible just leap off the page!
2) April 26, 2016 Male - A story about Deborah, the judge, in the Bible sounded intriguing – I’ve never read a fiction adaption of that account before, so I was interested.
Unfortunately, I couldn’t really ‘click’ with the book & didn’t like the portrayal of Deborah. All through this book, there were “strong females” who were shown as better than the men – they were all headstrong, disobedient. It was portrayed as if that was a good thing. It disappointed me greatly.
My personal thoughts are that if God chose Deborah for a judge, it was because He saw Himself in her – yes, she would’ve been human like the rest of us, but she would’ve had a heart after God & would have been obedient to her husband as that is one of the traits God has desired in us.
Several parts had me rather appalled…“She fought the urge to awaken Lappidoth & complain profusely to him. Complaining did no good…but she could complain in her prayers,” – she complained to her husband constantly & was very discontent in all things.
God instructs us not to complain – He doesn’t encourage it. Yes, we can bring all things to Him in prayer, but He does desire us to make an effort, to “give thanks in all things”. Not saying I’ve never complained ( I sadly do too), but the way it was shown was more like nagging. Biblical book characters should be encouraging & uplifting, not frustrating.
This saddened me. Overall theme of book screamed of headstrong women & their disregard for their heads. We should not encourage this in books. Therefore I cannot recommend this book. :(
3) July 30, 2016 - Excellent read. The characters are so real. The story line seems very possible.
4) July 25, 2016 - Find it breathes new life & perspective into text that can at times seem boring. Helps me remember that these people in the pages of Scripture were real human beings with emotions & fears & struggles much like my own.
Story of Deborah truly comes to life & sparked a fresh perspective for me in thinking of an intriguing, powerful woman used mightily by God in a time when people of God were far from Him, entangled in idolatry. Especially liked the way she imagined & depicted Deborah’s visions & gift of prophecy &Deborah as a woman–both strong & outspoken, yet battling her own fears & humanity, growing in faith & dependence on God. Struggling to love & respect her husband, yet ultimately finding her way. A story to get lost in & one I highly recommend!
5) July 16, 2016 - Thought book was very slow moving. I struggled to get through it. Did have a good ending & also really liked what author did with character of Barak.
6) Beth July 8, 2016 - The author had to add some extra, but plausible characters. Well researched, & intense at times. The character of Deborah was brought to life through her interactions with her family & the people of Israel's . Really liked what the author did with the character of Barak, creating a back story for him as well. If you like Biblical fiction, and stories of women in the Bible, you will enjoy The Prophetess.
7) June 22, 2016 - Shows the Lord is no respecter of persons & uses both man & woman for his divine will.
Breathes life into the people of the Bible. Educational and entertaining. More important, a good read.
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