Posted by: Jill Potts Jones | April 30, 2019

“The Heart of a King”: Solomon’s loves

solomon  Jill Eileen Smith brings biblical characters and culture to life unmatched by other writers.  Her research into history and culture is proven in the stories she tells that bring the famous stories from the Bible alive.

Her newest work, “The Heart of a King”, tells the story of King Solomon, the king who asked for wisdom from God and received it and so much more.  King Solomon was the son of King David and Bathsheba who was the wife of Uriah.  The Bible tells of Solomon’s birth in 2 Samuel 12:24. Even though Solomon was the result of a relationship that was not ordained by God, 2 Samuel tells us that the Lord loved Solomon.  Even as an infant, Solomon’s heart was full. God knew the man he would become and prepared him.

Smith’s story of how Solomon followed God, loved his wives and continued to fulfill his duties as God’s chosen king gives us a look inside a man whose heart was filled with abundance struggled with his love of God and his love of women and his throne.  The Bible doesn’t tell us much about Solomon’s wives. In fact, I couldn’t find any Scriptures that named Solomon’s wives. But Smith has captured the essence of what several of his wives might have thought and felt as Solomon continued to add wives to his harem.

While the story is purely fictional, Smith allows us to imagine, just for a moment, what it was like to live in the time of Solomon. She gives us fodder to chew on as we look at Solomon as a human being who struggled with being human while trying to please God especially before Christ became our mediator.   Solomon may have tried harder than we realize not to allow foreign women to influence his relationship with God. Maybe he thought they would come to know God and love Him as much as He did. For whatever reason, he allowed his foreign wives to worship their own gods which, in turn, led the Israelites astray.

Every book Jill Eileen Smith writes is better than the last. Not only do they tell a story, each book shares an important biblical truth. I can’t wait to see who decorates the cover of her next book.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free as part of Jill Eileen Smith’s “Heart of a King” Launch Team.  The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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