Deborah never asked to be a prophetess or judge over God’s people, but she can’t deny His voice or the visions He gives her. In the short story of Deborah found in Judges 4-5, we learn that she is the wife of Lappidoth and that she told Balak he would defeat Sisera in battle. Because Balak said he would only go into battle if Deborah went with him, she told him that victory would come through a woman.
Jill Eileen Smith tells a colorful tale of romance, danger and adventure. She draws our imagination into what could have been Deborah’s story–a reluctant prophetess who married a man she didn’t love or respect and had children, one of whom was a daughter as stubborn as she was.
Until I read Jill Eileen Smith’s “The Crimson Cord” about Rahab, I would never have purposefully chosen an historical fiction novel based on a biblical character. With her flare for the dramatic and suspense, Smith has brings short Bible stories to life.
Although we can’t be sure what Deborah’s life story is, through Smith’s characterization, we learn about the history and culture of that particular time in biblical history. Smith does an excellent job of capturing our imagination and pulling us into the lives of Deborah, her family and the history of Israel.
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