Saturday, March 19, 2011


By: Jill Eileen Smith

This is the final installment in the Wives of King David series and in the story we are introduced to Bathsheba and her husband Uriah who is one of King David's soldiers. In this story we see Bathsheba as a lonely woman who is longing to feel loved and looking for a way to fill the loneliness that she feels from being married to a man that is constantly away at war. Little does she expect to feel a connection to David when she first meets him and talks to him. The connection also takes King David by surprise as well and he finds it hard to keep her off his mind. One night of passion turns into turmoil when Bathsheba finds herself pregnant with the King's child. David makes one fatal decision which will forever change all of their lives and which leads to consequences that well follow them throughout the rest of their lives.

As many times as I have read this story in the Bible it has never really struck me as it did reading this book. I found myself feeling more for the characters in this story and truly being able to feel what led them to do what they did even knowing that it was wrong. What really came through for me was the love that David felt for his wives and how much he loved his children and most of all how much he truly loved God. I found myself unable to put this book down until the last page was read. This story really shows how one decision can affect your whole life and not just yours but those around you as well. I also brought home that no matter how powerful you may think you are you are still responsible for your actions that the consequences that those actions bring. No man is above God's law and no man is immune to his punishments but in the end God's love will always shine through. In the case of David and Bathsheba even though they were punished for their sins in the beginning by the ens of the story they were once again feeling God's love and mercy in their lives.

Available March 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.