The Heart of a King Book Review

In The Heart of a King, Jill Eileen Smith’s latest biblical historical novel, she takes a fictionalized look at four of the women in King Solomon’s life: Naamah the Ammonitess and mother of Solomon’s son, Rehoboam. Abishag the Shunamite who was one of David’s wives before she became Solomon’s wife after David died. Siti a daughter of Pharoah. Nicaula, Smith’s name for the Queen of Sheba.

Basing her book on part biblical account and part author’s imagination, Ms. Smith weaves in familiar words from the Song of Solomon, Proverbs and Ecclesiastes to her story of Solomon and these four women. She adds bits of Solomon’s story found in the pages of the Old Testament alongside those of her imagination. She shows through the lives of these women and Solomon how a man God honored with wisdom, through his actions and disobedience to God’s laws, proved anything but wise.

The author gives readers a sense of time and place in this book with the details of everyday life she includes. Always a plus in my opinion when I read historical fiction of any kind.

If you enjoy biblical historical fiction, perhaps The Heart of the King is a book to put on your To Be Read list.

Have you read this book? If so, what was your impression of it?

I wish you well.

Sandy

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When Life Doesn’t Match Our Dreams Book Review

In When Life Doesn’t Match Your Dreams author Jill Eileen Smith joins her skill as a novelist with biblical research to explore the stories of twelve women from the Old Testament whose life didn’t match their dreams. In these pages Jill takes these women’s stories and points out areas where their lives relate in some way to the lives of women today.

Each chapter begins with a section which narrates the biblical event from the women’s point of view, then moves to how Jill feels these events relate to her own, and possibly the reader’s, experiences.

The chapters end with thoughts to ponder and questions to spur further self-evaluation and application of lessons learned from these twelve women’s lives.

The lives of Eve, Noah’s wife, Sarah, Hagar, Lot’s wife, Rebekah, Rachel, Leah, Dinah, Potiphar’s wife, Tamar, and Zipporah are explored in When Life Doesn’t Match Your Dreams.

While I didn’t always see how the dots and points the author used between the women of the Bible and women today connected in every story, there were several I did.

Have you read this book? If so, what was your impression of it?

I wish you well.

Sandy

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