Ever since I was a little girl, and my parents took me to Church each and every Saturday morning, I have loved a good Bible story. I love hearing about people who lived so long ago that it almost seems unreal. And so, when I began to read The Triumph of Deborah by Eva Etzioni-Halevy, I had high hopes. I was not disappointed.
First off, it contains elements of some of my favourite things – A Bible story, history and a strong woman. Or shall I say strong women. The main female characters, Deborah, Nogah, Asherah/Oshrah and Reumah (and even Jael who wasn’t around a lot, but had a HUGE role) are all powerful ladies, even in times of trial. They know what they need to do and they get it done – no matter what – with God’s help and their own ‘hutzpah’.
The characters in the book are written in such a way that while I was reading, I could see them in my mind’s eye and therefore lost myself within the story several times. I came to love so many of them, found I was worried about their well-being, wanted them to triumph and they became people I wanted to meet and know. (if only) The land also became a character to me. I love how Eva described the scenery so beautifully that I could imagine I was there and picture it perfectly even though I have never been to that part of the world before.
Now I come to Barak. Like all the women in the story, I found myself falling in love with this powerful man! He’s handsome and frightening and sweet all rolled into one. He’s a good man, despite his faults.
The Triumph of Deborah is rich in detail – both the people and the land. It’s evident that the author left no stone unturned in her research and effort of being true to history and Biblical times. The sexual content is beautifully penned and not at all vulgar. I didn’t want the book to end and was sad to see it do so. I already miss the people and wonder about how their children might have turned out had the story kept going. And now, without a doubt, when asked the question of which people in history I would ‘have supper with if I could’, Deborah is going to the top of my list. She is absolutely facinating to me.
Eva, I can’t thank you enough for sending me this book for my giveaway and allowing me the pleasure of reading and reviewing it. I absolutely cannot wait to read the other two books in your The Women of the Bible series.
PS. You have until the end of the month to enter the giveaway HERE.