Rebekah



Title:  Rebekah
Author:  Jill Eileen Smith
Pages:  320
Year:  2013
Publisher:  Revell
Jill Smith will be the featured guest on a Live interactive Video Chat Session sponsored by “Shindig” on Tuesday February 19th at 7:00 pm EST!!  It’s free to attend, and you can meet Jill and ask any questions you have for her!  Go here to RSVP and find out more details about this event.   http://shindig.com/event/jilleileensmith
Join best-selling author Jill Eileen Smith as she presents ten facts and/or possibilities you might not know about the Patriarch Isaac's wife Rebekah. Do you have a question about the people in the Bible you've always wanted to ask? Jill will take questions about biblical characters, biblical fiction, and about any of her books in the Wives of the Patriarchs or Wives of King David series. So please, plan to join us!

                As of May 2013, I will have been writing one blog for two years; the last 1-1/2 years have been far more fruitful than the first six months.  One lesson I have learned is the discipline it takes to read a book, write a review and post the link or review on other sites.  Another lesson is the administrating of reviews via email correspondence and signing up to review books.  Above all else, the need to listen to what God may speak as words are put upon “paper” for others to read.  Reviewers, bloggers, and others write to share their personal thoughts and opinions of published works.  I pray that the blogs encourage readers to read the Bible, the novels, and other works for their enjoyment as well as edification.
                Rebekah is the second in a series entitled Wives of the Patriarchs; the first novel is titled Sarai.  One benefit of fiction is being able to imagine what biblical times were like and how life was most certainly different than today.  The patriarch series continues with this novel centered on Isaac’s wife, Rebekah, who was sent for by Abraham from his home country where his extended family still lived.  Isaac’s life can be read about in Genesis.  Please take time to read the biblical account of the real people on which Jill bases her fictional account.
                Can you imagine leaving your home, country, friends, family, and customs to marry a man related to you, but one you have never laid eyes on before?  We can only imagine what Rebekah must have felt.  What about Isaac?  I’m sure he was wondering what kind of woman he was receiving.  Jill does a magnificent job of putting flesh to people who had experiences that the Bible reveals little of.  Being raised in wealth and surrounded by servants, Rebekah worked alongside the women who depended on that work to live day to day.  Her servants Deborah and Selima travel with her to her new life, one filled with hope as well as adventure.
                The novel follows the lives of Isaac, Rebekah, their sons, and the years from youth to old age.  We see Abraham after Sarah’s passing, remarried and with more children, yet much older.  We follow Isaac from a young man to becoming the leader of his clan.  We see what Ishmael might have been like as an adult as well.  There is a flavor of love, trust, faith, learning, and choosing to believe in the God of Abraham or not.  All this adds authenticity to the story as people today all over go through life’s stages from birth to death.
                Some of the characters speech may seem unusual to readers, like when Rebekah answers Isaac by calling him lord or when the caravan travels back to Abraham on camels and the author describes so vividly the sights and sounds occurring in the scene.  While we can only know some details as fact, remember some of the novel is purely fictionalized.  The main hope is that you read about the real people and times in the Bible for yourself to catch a glimpse of the God who sees.  The God that the patriarchs could know to a certain extent and the One we can know more about today.  Enjoy the story told in this published work.  It was fun to imagine life back then and the people who lived it.
                My rating is 4 stars.
Note:  I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book.  The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility.  Other reviews can be read at http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspot.com/.  Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988, FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/lisa.johnson.75457
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