Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Rebekah by Jill Eileen Smith

Cover ArtGo behind the scenes of the Biblical Rebekah and walk a mile in her sandals!  We're introduced to Rebekah months before her marriage to Isaac and see the strained relationships she has with her mother and brother Laban.  She journeys far to become the wife of a man she's never met and and we see what she's thinking and feeling.  We gain insight into Isaac also as the event of his childhood where his father Abraham almost sacrificed him deeply affected his relationships with his mother and father and ultimately with Rebekah and their sons Jacob and Esau.  Ultimately, we come to understand how Rebekah could have deceived her husband in order for Jacob to get the blessing instead of Esau.

I really enjoyed the insight into Rebekah's life.  I came to understand her and Isaac's choices and how a person can get so focused on being right that it consumes them at the expense of others.  The message of the harmful effects of pride and the importance of forgiveness is timeless.  This is book two of the Wives of the Patriarchs, but can be read as a stand-alone.  While this is a fictional account based on what might have been happening behind the scenes, I felt like I gained a greater understanding of these people who were all too human, just like the rest of us.

I received a free copy of this book from Revell in exchange for an honest review.

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. 
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!

Available February 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

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