The Prophetess, written by Jill Eileen Smith, is the second book in the Daughters of the Promised Land series. It is the story of Deborah from the book of Judges in the Old Testament. Having taking an entire class on Judges/Ruth when I was an undergraduate, it was interesting to read the author's take on the story, especially when there is very little to go on. The story begins when young Deborah, who is unmarried and unsure of herself, is married off to a man named Lappidoth. During the time frame of this book, a Canaanite named Sisera is capturing and killing the Israelites, and everyone is filled with fear and hiding from Sisera. Ten years after her marriage to Lappidoth, the Lord calls on Deborah to be a judge and to lead His people away from the evil idols of other nations back to Him.
Overall, I thought this was a fantastic book. I absolutely love biblical fiction, and I greatly enjoyed reading it. I also think that Jill did an awesome job at retelling the story in a way that was fiction, yet still stuck to the biblical version of the story. Everything that is in the book comes from the Bible, except for the occasional new characters and of dialogue, but that is to be expected of a fiction novel. I also enjoyed following along the growing relationship between Deborah and Lappidoth, and the relationship between the other main female characters and their prospects. All in all, this is a terrific book that absolutely must be read by all lovers of Christian fiction!
Note: I received this book for free from Revell in exchange for my honest review.