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Bathsheba (The Wives Of King David #3)

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Bathsheba is a woman who longs for love. With her devout husband away fighting the king's wars for many months at a time, discontent and loneliness dog her steps--and make it frighteningly easy to succumb to King David's charm and attention. Though she immediately regrets her involvement with the powerful king, the pieces are set in motion that will destroy everything she ...more
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Published March 1st 2011 by Fleming H. Revell Company (first published January 2011)
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In my opinion Biblical Fiction has to be one of the hardest genres to write in because you are taking something that is fact but there is not a lot of info on and fictionalizing it to bring it to life. So not only are you researching the ways and habits of the time period but you are researching the people as well. Jill Eileen Smith is a master of this. Her Wives of King David series is fantastic and this last book, Bathsheba, is a catch-22 for me. I wanted to see what she did with this difficul ...more
Jill has skillfully crafted together a compelling and heart-wrenching book on the well-known story of David and Bathsheba. Never erring from the truth of the Scriptures, this book explores the thoughts and feelings of what David and Bathsheba might have been experiencing before, during, and after they fell into sin. The last in the Wives of King David series, this is a powerful and thought-provoking book!

The characters in Bathsheba were well developed and extremely well written. I really connect
Author: Jill Eileen Smith
Publisher: Revell
March 2011
ISBN: 978-0-8007-3322-3
Genre: Inspirational/biblical fiction

Bathsheba is lonely. Her husband, Uriah, is away most of the year fighting the king’s wars, and Bathsheba has no child to keep her busy. With her loneliness increasing, it makes it all too easy to succumb to King David’s advances. But one night of passion will destroy everything she holds dear…

BATHSHEBA is the third book in Ms. Smith’s series The Wives of King David. I—
For the concluding volume in The Wives of King David trilogy, author Jill Eileen Smith breathes life into the story of David’s most infamous wife, Bathsheba – a woman who came into his life through adultery, who in spite of her scandal-ridden past would come to have the honor of being named in the genealogy of Jesus Christ. Like the previous two wives Smith brought to life (Michal and Abigail), Bathsheba’s past is again strikingly different from theirs, and her life intersects with a David who i ...more
Rachelle Ayala
As author of Michal's Window, I read this book with great trepidation. Here is the woman who made King David stray into adultery. What would her story be like?

The book starts out innocently enough with Bathsheba a teenybopper and her friend Chava giddy with excitement at being invited to dine with the handsome king. While Chava provided all the hysterics, Bathsheba admired David from a distance.

Soon enough, she is married to Uriah, the loyal warrior. She grows restless with her husband's frequen
Amber Stokes
With sensitivity and tact, author Jill Eileen Smith tells King David and Bathsheba's story in a stirring and engaging way. The historical/biblical context is expertly incorporated into the fictional rendering, and the reader is drawn into the story with all senses on the alert and an open heart.

Bathsheba is wonderfully well-written, and even for those somewhat familiar with the story this historical fiction book offers a lot of insight. The subject of the story is not a happy one, and thus the b
Christian Fiction Addiction
One would not necessarily think that the story of David and Bathsheba would be an inspiring one, filled as it is with temptation and sin and murder. However, Jill Eileen Smith has breathed new life into a story recounted through the ages.

Bathsheba is a story rich in contrasts, from loneliness to love, from passion to grief, from the depths of despair to the healing hand of God. Smith has opened my eyes to a deeper understanding of David and Bathsheba's story. These Bible characters have been clo
Bathesheba, the third book in the Wives of King David series, is a compelling end to a great trilogy. It's not an easy task to take something that happened in the Bible that is complex but true in all of its shameful detail, like the story of David and Bathsheba, and then make it believable so that the reader can see how it may have happened.

I have to admire the author for writing this book and making it compelling. I couldn't stop reading and I already knew what happened from reading the Bible
A Quickie Review

The story of David and Bathsheba is familiar to most Christians, but Jill Eileen Smith breathes new life into it with extra details and plenty of drama. Fans of Biblical fiction should definitely check both this and the other entries in the series out.
Excellent Story!

I have read several books by author Jill Eileen Smith. Her Historical Biblical fiction is awesome. What I like about her books is that the Biblical and Historical facts match what the scriptures say. I am so looking forward to reading more books by this author.

At first I was a little upset with how the author was portraying Bathsheba. I always wanted to put the blame totally on King David. After all, she had to do what the King wanted didn’t she? Well, perhaps not. I realize thi
Good book

I really enjoyed reading this book and even though it is fiction it kept to the truth as the bible puts it. Through this book I was able to look more closely at the lives of Bathsheba and David, their thoughts emotions and feelings. They were real human beings with flaws like all of us but still God used them to bring about good, dispute their flaws. I would very much recommend this book to all.
I truly didn't know what to expect from this book, but what a refreshing perspective into the story of David and Bathsheba. Smith tells the biblical account so well and adds some imagination between the lines.

I enjoyed looking at David in a new light despite his mistakes. In the end, he did want to see peace when his consequences of his sin with Bathsheba involved death. God is gracious to all his children and it is evident in the story of David. After reading this book, I read the entire accou
Martha Groeber
King David has many wives, but one day, while on his roof, he spies the beautiful Bathsheba, wife of Uriah, one of his mighty men. Carried away by his passion, he summons her and seduces her. From this union, Bathsheba becomes pregnant, and David is put in a difficult spot. Making the worst decision of his life, he sends Uriah into battle to be killed by the enemy. Then he claims Bathsheba as his wife. David and Bathsheba hope to conceal their sin, but God sends Nathan the prophet to bring it in ...more
Marshan Alma
Yes this took me months to read, but it was on my Kindle, and I didn't get on it that often. While on vacation, I finished it. It was okay. I like the Michal book better.
Take a lonely woman and a wealthy man with too much time on his hands and you have the makings of one of today’s television dramas. When the woman’s name is Bathsheba, today’s story goes back a couple of thousand years.
Smith has written an engrossing tale of King David and his most famous—or infamous—wife, Bathsheba. To students of the Bible, the tale is a familiar one—at least on the surface. But Smith brings the characters to life in such a way that you can relate to their humanity rather th
I'm a bit sad that the story has finally come to an end, but I must say that this story was the definitely the one to end with. We've all heard part or even the whole story(and probably seen the movie) of David and Bathsheba, but these historical novels which fleshed out his relationship dith Michal and Abigail really brought to life this old story.

I personally love old testament stories as they were always interesting, if not always fair! David, wasn't portrayed as this "higher and mighty" pio
This story caught my attention, because I have always loved the stories of King David, and having read several of the other books in this series I definitely wanted to read this book.

Bathsheba was a lovely young woman, who had once been offered to King David as a bride, but after he had promised his wife Abigail, not to take anymore wives, he didn't accept her. Which was fine, because the man offering her, her grandfather, really didn't have the authority to do so, her own father had given her
If anyone still believes scripture is dead and dusty after reading this book, that person would do better in front of a television set.

Smith faithfully follows scripture in her rendering of King David and Bathsheba in this third story of the Wives of King David. In a different world, a different era, survival often depended on a whim. David had such power and sometimes used it to his and others ruin. Smith's take on David was that he truly loved and felt complemented, first by Michal who had lit
What does a woman do when her husband is away at war for months at a time and she is lonely for love and intimacy? What does she do when the king summons her to his palace? Can she refuse his advances without personal repercussions to herself and her husband? Is she truly aware of her own culpability in the situation?

Jill Eileen Smith, in her book, Bathsheba, gives us an insider’s view of the inner conflicts and feelings of both Bathsheba and King David, both before and after their adulterous re
Victor Gentile
Jill Eileen Smith in her new book, "Bathsheba" Book Three in her Wives of King David series published by Revell gives us a fictional account of what might have happened with her life and that of King David.

Last year when I had the privilege of interviewing Ms. Smith on our radio show and we talked about what she was planning to do in "Bathsheba" Ms. Smith promised me that there would be some surprises in this book. Now that this book is out I assure you Ms. Smith was not kidding. Bathsheba is th
Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres and of that I particularly like Biblical historical fiction. The books by Jill Eileen Smith are among some of the best of read in that category.

It is far too easy when reading your Bible, particularly the biographical accounts, to simply read them without really thinking about the fact that these were real people with real emotions and real issues...not altogether different than what you and I face today. A skillful author can write a Biblical hist
Jocelyn Green
Here’s the deal on this book. I already knew the story of Bathsheba and the aftermath of what David’s sin meant for the rest of his life. I think that really took away a lot of suspense and the “page-turner” quality I look for in a book. If you are not familiar with the biblical account, I’m sure this would hold your interest much better.

Having said that, I did appreciate that it fleshed out some parts of the story which are left unwritten in the Bible. For instance, why did Uriah refuse to go h
I don’t recall if I have ever read Biblical fiction before reading Bathsheba, so I really wasn’t sure if I would enjoy it or not. But, the story of Bathsheba and King David is a well known one and I was interested to see how Jill Eileen Smith would write a novelization of the story.

Let me just say, this book is fantastic. I was very surprised by how quickly I became engaged in this story and really had a hard time putting it down. It always amazed me when I read a story in the Bible that so comp
Clockstein Lockstein
Bathsheba by Jill Eileen Smith is the third book in the Wives of King David Series. Bathsheba is the beautiful young wife of Uriah, one of King David's Thirty, his leading warriors. War often keeps Uriah away from home, and Bathsheba is lonely and a bit angry that his absence has kept her from becoming pregnant. She knows a child would fill her heart and keep her from missing her husband quite so much, but Uriah is devoted to all of the various rules and rituals of the church, as well as his kin ...more
If you enjoy biblical fiction and haven’t had the chance to read The Wives of King David series by Jill Eileen Smith, I would encourage you to look up her books.

Bathsheba, the third and final title in this series was my favorite. While many will recognize the story of David and Bathsheba as the infamous adultery / murder scandal that it was, Jill also writes a beautiful story of repentance, forgiveness and grace.

I enjoyed the liberties that Jill took with the story while staying true to the bi
Smith puts a lot of time and energy into researching her stories and it truly shows in her stories.

She crafts her Biblical fiction in such away, that I found myself grabbing my Bible and re-reading familiar passages to see where she drew her inspiration.

I will admit, it took me a while to "dig into" the story, for two reasons:

1) I thought I knew enough of the story - that I questioned why I should read a novel about it. I mean, David and Bathsheba are probably one of the "this is how you make ba
Trinity Rose
Bathsheba is the first book I’ve read of Jill Eileen Smith, and it’s the third in The Wives of King David series. It was a great book as a stand alone or the third in the series.
Knowing the Bible I wondered if Jill Eileen Smith would follow the story in the correct way and I found out they did. The main events all went along with the Bible beautifully. The story was well thought out and the pictures she put in my head were just fantastic.
Many scenes were touching especially when David and Bathsh
Bathsheba and her husband Uriah, are followers of Adonai. Though Uriah is a Hittite, he not only follows the law to the letter, he believes that the God of King David is the only One that deserves man's praise. Uriah is a member of the Mighty Thirty that protect the king and are part of David's inner circle. It is a life that takes him to the battlefield often, and leaves Bathsheba alone. She misses him when he is away, and resents that even when he is home, his mind is often on military matters ...more
Baker Publishing Group| March 1, 2011| Trade Paperback| ISBN # 978-0-8007-3322-3

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Bathsheba is a woman who longs for love. With her devout husband away fighting the King's wars for many months at a time, discontent and loneliness dog her steps--and make it frighteningly easy to succumb to King David's charm and attention. Though she immediately regrets her involvement with the powerful King, the pieces are set in motion that will destroy everything she holds dear. Can she find fo
A story of redemption and grace. We all know the story of David and his seduction of Bathsheba. Jill Eileen Smith fleshes out the biblical account so that we feel we know Bathsheba better--a woman loved deeply by King David who is faithful to him after both receive forgiveness from God for their sins.

Bathsheba is a woman who longs for love. With her devout husband away fighting the king's wars for many months at a time, discontent and loneliness dog her steps--and make it frighteningly easy to
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Jill Eileen Smith is the author of the Wives of the Patriarchs series featuring Sarai, Rebekah, and upcoming Rachel, (Releases 2-1-14) as well as, the bestselling author of Michal, Abigail, and Bathsheba, all part of The Wives of King David series published by Revell (Baker Publishing Group.)

Her writing has taken her from the Bible to Israel and she loves learning how women lived in Old Testament
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Other Books in the Series

The Wives Of King David (3 books)
  • Michal (The Wives of King David #1)
  • Abigail (The Wives of King David, #2)

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