Bathsheba, the final book in The Wives of King David series written by Jill Eileen Smith, is the ultimate example of God’s forgiveness. Most people know the story of David and Goliath, but how many actually delve into his life as King? I can honestly say I didn’t think much about David’s life after the defining moment in battle against Goliath, although I did hear Bible stories about his adultery and following misdeeds to relieve the guilt he felt about his sins.
Throughout the book, we first come to learn of the relationship between Bathsheba and her husband, Uriah, who was one of the 30 counselors to King David. It seemed like their relationship was ideal, although they had difficulties as does any relationship. Uriah was often gone at battle and he forced strict adherence to the laws. As Uriah was away at battle for a long length of time, King David decided he wanted to have a relationship with Bathsheba. She did not deny him, and she soon learned she was pregnant with his child. Upon hearing the news, David attempted to have Uriah come back home and incorrectly believe he was the father of the child. When Uriah would not return to his home, David instead sent him to the front lines where his death was inevitable. Upon Uriah’s funeral, David took Bathsheba as one of his numerous wives.
The remainder of the book focuses on David and Bathsheba attempting to find forgiveness from God, as well as learning to forgive themselves. Many battles ensue, where David’s own sons attempt to usurp his throne, but, in the end, God’s will is carried out and the heir God deemed to be King is placed upon the throne.
I really enjoyed this book, and it was the first one I have read by Jill Eileen Smith. I cannot wait to read more of her books in the future, especially the first two books in The Wives of King David series which look at his earlier wives, Michal and Abigail. The format of the book was easy to understand; although I often find stories that are based on Biblical occurrences to be confusing, that was not the case with this book. The characters were well-developed, as I felt for Bathsheba even though I did not agree with her actions.
“Available March 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”