Reviewed by Martha Artyomenko
About the Book:
After sending his army to besiege another king’s capital, King David forces himself on Bathsheba, a loyal soldier’s wife. When her resulting pregnancy forces the king to murder her husband and add her to his harem, Bathsheba struggles to protect her son while dealing with the effects of a dark prophecy and deadly curse on the king’s household.
Combining historical facts with detailed fiction, Angela Hunt paints a realistic portrait of the beautiful woman who struggled to survive the dire results of divine judgment on a king with a divided heart.
Many people like to avoid biblical fiction because they don’t want to add to the bible. For myself, I read a biblical fiction book like Angela Hunt’s and it drives me to the bible. I especially loved all the footnotes in the end, references, and notes on the research behind this book.
Bathsheba was a beautiful woman. Her beauty to her, seemed as if a curse. This story is told in first person from two points of view, Bathsheba and Nathan, the prophet. It fully will make you dig into the bible and see, perhaps for the first time, how this lovely woman has been maligned and harshly judged throughout history. You will see that, perhaps for the first time, God’s heart in this sad state of affairs.
I loved the quote that was found near the end… David says he loved Bathsheba the most because she forgave the most.
As we see in our lives today, when men in roles of leadership sin, it affects not just him and his family, it affects the others in the church around him. David repented for his sin, but it still followed him the rest of his days. He had to live with the consequences even though he repented sincerely. I feel like we often want to say “He repented, it means what he did was not that bad. Let’s push it under the chair now.” We forget about the maligned, the hurting, in our effort to protect the reputation of the church. In this, we have even taken the story of Bathsheba and done victim blaming, because we don’t want to think the worst of David.
This book was written very well, with excellent research and is one that will stick with me for quite some time.