David and Bathsheba  -     By: Roberta Dorr
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David and Bathsheba is a spellbinding story of a gifted king and the woman he loved but could not have. Told from Bathsheba's perspective, Dorr brings to life the passion that almost cost David his kingdom and tested a peoples' courage and faith in God.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 304
Vendor: River North
Publication Date: 2013
Dimensions: 8.5 X 5.5 X .75 (inches)
ISBN: 0802409563
ISBN-13: 9780802409560
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David and Bathsheba is a spellbinding story of a gifted king and the woman he loved but could not have.  Told from Bathsheba's perspective, author Roberta Kells Dorr brings to life the passion that almost cost David his kingdom and tested a people's courage and faith in God.

David and Bathsheba is colored richly with details of Bible-era Israel-from the details of the everyday way of life to details of the Jewish religion.  Dorr brilliantly merges reality with folklore as she tells the story of two great characters of the biblical era. The book starts out with Bathsheba as a young girl and David as a strong willed rebellious military leader.  It details the way they met and follows them all the way through their difficulties. 

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ROBERTA KELLS DORR is the author of seven books: six novels, one biography. She majored in creative writing at the University of Maryland and received her master's in Religious Education from the Southern Baptist Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. For seventeen years Dorr lived in the Middle East as the wife of a busy missionary surgeon and the mother of five children. On her return to the United States she carried with her the manuscript of the first novel she had written and researched extensively over the years. She claimed that the years in the Middle East, the exposure to their culture, and the experiences she had while there profoundly influenced what she wrote.

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  1. Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A timeless story of two of God's people, one a king and one a commoner!
    December 9, 2014
    jeris real reviews
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Roberta Kells Dorr wrote this timeless story of two of God's people, one a king and one a commoner, as the passionate emotional ride that it surely was. She takes us on the intense life voyage of King David and Bathsheba, who shared a love born out of mutual attraction but fulfilled in sin. I love to read fiction taken from the Bible and fleshed out with what may have been the circumstances surrounding a story. I like to read about the culture of the time when the story was taking place. What I love most is that these stories are history, written down in God's word. I appreciate that she wrote this book in several distinct parts, detailing the events from each of the main characters perspective. She begins the book with Bathsheba's grandfather Ahithophel, who raised her. Knowing the history of the characters coming together and how they arrived at the same place at the same time is engaging. Add to that the knowledge that this is God's story and His will is always accomplished makes the book come alive as you see Him work in both their lives. Most moving for me was the point when David realized his wrongdoing to others were sins were against God and he needed His forgiveness. In joy with the realization that God did not intend for him to carry his guilt forever and had made a way for David to be forgiven and his sins atoned, he prayed what we know as Psalm 51,

    Purge me with hyssop, Lord, that I may be clean;

    Wash me that I may be whiter than snow.

    Rescue me from blood-guiltiness, O God.

    Create in me a clean heart

    And renew a right spirit within me.

    This book is a well written retelling of a powerful time in our history as Christians. It is engaging and easy to read, yet has the depth that holds the readers attention. I give David and Bathsheba five stars!

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher, River North, a division of Moody Publishers in exchange for my honest review. These words are my opinion.
  2. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    Rich in Detail
    February 16, 2014
    Melissa
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 3
    This book is rich in historical detail. It wasn't quit what I expected but was still a good read. I will say, if you are looking for a quick, light read, this isn't that kind of book.

    It isn't until about half way through the book does King David and Bathsheba even meet. Up until that point you are getting a lot of the ground work to set up that part of the story.

    The author paints the picture for Bathsheba and how she came to marry Uriah and live in King David's kingdom. There is great detail of battles and how David overcame so much.

    This book really made me take a different look at Bathsheba and Uriah. Of course this is fiction and only the author's opinion but there are some new things to think about. Wondering if Bathsheba wasn't happy with Uriah? Wonder if he was a great warrior but a horrible husband? Wonder if Bathsheba was a willing party to the affair?

    I had never looked at any of it like that, so it was something new for me.

    If you enjoy Biblical fiction full of detail you will enjoy this book.

    A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
  3. Summerfield, FL
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    December 20, 2013
    debwilson
    Summerfield, FL
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for David and Bathsheba - eBook.
    David and Bathsheba is a spellbinding story of a gifted king and the woman he loved but could not have. Told from Bathsheba's perspective, author Roberta Kells Dorr brings to life the passion that almost cost David his kingdom and tested a people's courage and faith in God.

    David and Bathsheba is colored richly with details of Bible-era Israel-from the details of the everyday way of life to details of the Jewish religion. Dorr brilliantly merges reality with folklore as she tells the story of two great characters of the biblical era. The book starts out with Bathsheba as a young girl and David as a strong willed rebellious military leader. It details the way they met and follows them all the way through their difficulties.

    My Review:

    I enjoyed the historical aspect of this novel, and it is full of details of Israel during the Biblical era. The descriptions about everyday life were fresh and interesting, and I enjoyed the psalms included in the book. This is my favorite story from the Old Testament, and I was pleased with the different perspective and viewpoint that Dorr brings to the table.

    My only disappointment in this book was when Dorr choose to deviate from the Biblical account with her reason on why Uriah didn't go visit Bathsheba. I understand each author has the right to change as much as they feel necessary to make their book work, but I felt it was too inconsistent and irreconcilable to portray Uriah's family relationships the way she did.

    That said, I really enjoyed reading this account, and I think it is a very profitable novel for any enthusiast of the Biblical fiction or Christian to read. I would caution, however, that it is very far from the Biblical account in some areas, and I definitely recommend knowing your Scriptures before reading this portrayal. It is fiction in every sense of the word - and while based on the Biblical story - as readers we need to remember this when we feel inclined to nitpick at the inaccuracies.

    This book was provided by the publishers for free in exchange for an honest review.
  4. San Antonio, TX
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Easy to read
    November 21, 2013
    jdeffend
    San Antonio, TX
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    David and Bathsheba by Roberta Kellis Dorr

    11/21/13 by Jennifer Deffendall

    Officially the book is about David and Bathsheba. But it's more than that, it's about how a young woman and young man met. How they got over a lot of problems. The characters in the book are Bathsheba, David, Uriah, Solomon, Adonijah, Nathan, and Abishag. You could say that the book is totally love story of David and Bathsheba.

    Here are the main characters in the book:

     Bathsheba, beautiful, intelligent, very much a political animal. Good at manipulating people.

     David, powerful, charismatic. Politically clever, but often governed by his emotions, especially in family matters.

     Uriah, noble but hapless husband of Bathsheba, who almost certainly knows about her infidelity with David.

     Solomon, son of Bathsheba and David.

     Adonijah, popular son of David, expected to be king after David.

     Nathan, astute adviser to David after he makes Jerusalem his capital. Holds a special position described nowadays as 'prophet', where he was able to advise the king in a frank manner that was not allowed to other courtiers and advisers.

    Love the book, cover, and the story line. I read the book in two days. One of the things I love was that it gave a history of Bathsheba and her family. Bathsheba was a daughter of Eliam, one of David's "thirty" (2 Sam. 23:34; cf 1 Chr. 3:5); Eliam was the son of Ahitophel, one of David's chief advisors. Ahitophel was from Giloh (Josh. 15:51;cf 2 Sam. 15:12), a city of Judah, and thus Bathsheba was from David's own tribe and the granddaughter of one of David's closest advisors (2 Sam.15:12)." In addition, she was married twice, first to Uriah and to King David. She was the mother of Solomon, who succeeded David as king, making her the Queen Mother.

    History of how they meet. King David was relaxing on a palace balcony above the city when he spied a beautiful woman taking a bath. Through his messengers, David learned that she was Bathsheba, wife of Uriah the Hittite, who had gone to battle for David. How they got together was that he invited her up to his place, she was not able to refuse. They had an affair, and she got pregnant. Unfortunately, there was a problem, Bathsheba was still married to Uriah, even though it was not working out between them anymore. Uriah did come home and did not see her, went back to battle and was killed in battle. King David waited the appreciate time and started courting her and married her. But David's actions displeased God, and the baby born to Bathsheba died. Bathsheba bore David other sons, most notably Solomon. God so loved Solomon that Nathan the prophet called him Jedidiah, which means "beloved of Jehovah."

    Would I recommend this book to family and friends? Yes I would recommend this book to all to read. What did you learn? No matter what we do God stills cares for us.

    I received a complimentary copy of the book for review purposes from the MPNewsroom. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
  5. Summerfield, FL
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    October 3, 2013
    debwilson
    Summerfield, FL
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    David and Bathsheba is a spellbinding story of a gifted king and the woman he loved but could not have. Told from Bathsheba's perspective, author Roberta Kells Dorr brings to life the passion that almost cost David his kingdom and tested a people's courage and faith in God.

    David and Bathsheba is colored richly with details of Bible-era Israel-from the details of the everyday way of life to details of the Jewish religion. Dorr brilliantly merges reality with folklore as she tells the story of two great characters of the biblical era. The book starts out with Bathsheba as a young girl and David as a strong willed rebellious military leader. It details the way they met and follows them all the way through their difficulties.

    My Review:

    I enjoyed the historical aspect of this novel, and it is full of details of Israel during the Biblical era. The descriptions about everyday life were fresh and interesting, and I enjoyed the psalms included in the book. This is my favorite story from the Old Testament, and I was pleased with the different perspective and viewpoint that Dorr brings to the table.

    My only disappointment in this book was when Dorr choose to deviate from the Biblical account with her reason on why Uriah didn't go visit Bathsheba. I understand each author has the right to change as much as they feel necessary to make their book work, but I felt it was too inconsistent and irreconcilable to portray Uriah's family relationships the way she did.

    That said, I really enjoyed reading this account, and I think it is a very profitable novel for any enthusiast of the Biblical fiction or Christian to read. I would caution, however, that it is very far from the Biblical account in some areas, and I definitely recommend knowing your Scriptures before reading this portrayal. It is fiction in every sense of the word - and while based on the Biblical story - as readers we need to remember this when we feel inclined to nitpick at the inaccuracies.

    This book was provided by the publishers for free in exchange for an honest review.
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