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Vendor: WestBow Press
Publication Date: 2013
YOU’VE HEARD THEIR STORIES ALL YOUR LIFE BUT DO YOU REALLY KNOW THE BIBLE’S “REBEL” WOMEN?
Adultery, lies, deception, scandal, murder, cover-up, heartache, pain, and loss—stories with these sordid elements are relevant today. And women with shady pasts—labeled, shamed, and linked with tragedies—are part of our heritage. Bathsheba, a victim or temptress, Eve outside of Eden, Tamar posed as a prostitute, Leah stole her sister Rachel’s fiancé…Sarah gave Hagar to her husband and Rebekah masterminds a grave deception.
Captivating! I found myself in each of these scandalous women and I shut the book feeling so grateful. If you think you know these stories, I’m guessing you haven’t heard them quite like this!
Anna Laurel, FOX News Broadcaster
Far from a dry historical account of stories we’ve heard before… this book masterfully immerses women into the rich past of our biblical sisters… weaving their stories into our lives like an
elaborate tapestry. As these tales gracefully unfold, we are lost in a world centuries gone…to heart-wrenching journeys of passion, betrayal,
Lin Sue Cooney, NBC Newscaster
EmilyAnne285 Stars Out Of 58 Short Story Biblical RetellingsJune 27, 2016EmilyAnne28Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Bathsheba Bathed in Grace: How 8 Scandalous Women Changed the World by Carol Cook is a compilation of eight retellings of the lives of women in the Bible. In order, they are Bathsheba, Sarah, Hagar, Rebekah, Leah, Rachel, Tamar, and Eve. Each of those women has a tale that is less than perfect, making readers wonder about them. These tales portray the women as flawed and misunderstood but redeemed by Gods grace.
Personally, when I read those stories from the Bible, I tend to want to think of the ladies, especially women like Bathsheba, as flawed or taken advantage of, not evil. That is the way these stories are told. Carol Cook looks at these womens lives and writes how they were redeemed by Gods grace and shows how relatable they are to the contemporary world, even though they lived in a different time and culture.
Each of the womens stories took up a separate chapter in the book. They were told mostly by narration with a little bit of dialogue. There were some points in the stories that I wish the author had expanded on a little bit, but overall, Carol Cook wrote their tales very well as short stories.
I recommend this book to those who enjoy Biblical fiction and short stories.
I received a free copy of this book from Book Look Bloggers in exchange for an honest review.
angcavi5 Stars Out Of 5Bathsheba: Bathed in Grace by Carol CookFebruary 23, 2016angcaviQuality: 4Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4This book reflects on women in the Bible who have somewhat shady backgrounds or experiences. The author takes you into that experience writing in first person as the character. The chapters are each a different woman and story. Creative liberties were taken as the author expresses the emotions, thoughts, and ideas of each woman that make it fictional, but, also relatable. It opened my eyes to a different perspective on each situation of what might have gone on in each woman's mind. There are scriptures supporting each situation bringing truth to how a person would typically respond to these different trials and sufferings. It was a pleasure to read, thought provoking, prayer provoking, and lead me, as a reader, to turn to Jesus and receive His love for me personally.
It was a good glowing read, though at the end of each chapter I had that longing for the story to continue. I also wondered about the order of chapters, as I would have thought it should be Eve's story first, and then chronological to the end. Although, hers was my favorite, so it was a good note to end on.
Overall, this was a great read and I would recommend to others. The publisher provided me with a complimentary copy of this book through BookLook Bloggers in exchange for an honest review.
The NerdHerd Reads3 Stars Out Of 5May 13, 2014The NerdHerd ReadsStories about Biblical characters have always fascinated me. Not only do I love anything from this time period, but I also love trying to imagine their lives and what went on in the heads of people that don't even seem real. So I was definitely excited to give this book a shot.
As a whole, this book was just alright. Nothing really stood out to me. Although there were 8 different stories, the voices all sounded the same. I realize that life was very different for women back then compared to how it is now. But even with that in mind, they all sounded very...simple. I do understand that, since they were all short stories, the stories were condensed and not fully drawn-out. However, they just were not really that fulfilling.
And now for each short story's review (and I would hope that since I'm sure most everyone has a basic enough idea of the Bible stories that anything I say won't be a spoiler...can you even spoil a story that's thousands of years old?):
First off, I'm not sure why this one was first. Then again, the order of these stories didn't really make sense at all. Second, I did not feel I gained more insight into Bathsheba at all. This was probably the story I was most anticipating, because I've always wondered how she felt, what she was thinking. But apparently the answer is..nothing. Seriously. The beginning of the book she is so in love with her amazing husband. And I'm not going to say anything about what happened with David, because she was a woman with no rights and he was the king, and I don't believe she could have helped it or acted any differently. But when she finds out Uriah dies, sure she's sad, but not as much as I feel someone who was that in love should have been. When David wants to marry her, she is so grateful that she won't be shamed and her baby will be legitimate. And actually, I can get that, really. She is a woman, who in her time period, would have been stoned as an adulteress. But even when she finds out that David murdered Uriah, she does not act in the way that a woman in love should. She doesn't react at all. She is just still so grateful that David took her in. I just didn't understand.
Sarah's main story was going to Egypt and lying about being Abraham's sister, but also, of course, Hagar and Ishmael and Isaac. This one was a bit more interesting. Sarah is a dutiful, loving wife, although she's tired of packing up and moving all the time. Then, Abraham not only tells her that they're moving again, but that she has to lie and tell everyone that she's his sister. At the same time, Abraham has been promised that he is going to be the father of many nations, but all Sarah can feel is the intense amount of pressure that puts on her, especially seeing as how she is barren. I felt more emotion from Sarah, about her unbelief, her doubts, her anger at God and Abraham. This was probably one of my favorites out of all of them.
First off, I've not seen that many stories about Hagar. Second, I think it was really neat to get to see both sides of the story, since we only ever get to see Sarah's. Hagar is a young servant girl in Egypt, who becomes part of Abraham's caravan. She is overjoyed when she gets picked to be the personal servant of Sarah, who she admires. I'm not exactly sure how old she is supposed to be, because I imagined her as pretty young. I admire her for putting up with Sarah, and then for her repentance, although the rest of it was just what I already knew from the Bible. I didn't feel like I got that much from her, which saddened me because I was really interested in Hagar.
I don't really have much to say about Rebekah, probably because I'm already so familiarized with her story. There, again, wasn't a lot of depth to this one. I did enjoy the first part of it, the well and finding out about marrying Isaac. It was interesting to see what she thought about something like that, moving so far away from her family and marrying a man she hadn't even seen yet. As for the betrayal of Isaac and Esau, I felt I learned nothing new because it's a story we're so familiar with. However, I did like her perspective on the boys growing up, and why they were favored by each parent, and her dilemma in knowing she shouldn't love one boy more than other, but doing so anyway. It was interesting.
Another one where we'll get to see dual perspective. I have always like Leah more than Rachel (even though she's my namesake). I'm not sure why, I've just always felt that she got the short end of the stick. Since the Bible does not really give us that much background on the sisters before Jacob, I thought it interesting that the author interpreted the sisters being very close before Jacob arrived. Other than that, it was nice to see things from Leah's perspective. The whole making up at the end seemed a bit forced and unreal, because I'm not really convinced that was something that would actually happen.
I mean, I know I already said I didn't like her as much, but that's not really the reason I didn't like this story. Yeah, Rachel's a bit bratty and childish, but the story was pretty much the same as Leah's. Even the voice sounded mostly the same, with the exception that Rachel was a lot more bitter and seemed more immature. The making-up at the end seemed even more realistic coming from Rachel's perspective. But other than that, it seemed a lot like Leah's story.
This was probably the best story of the bunch. Tamar's story is one that is pretty scandalous, so it doesn't get talked about much. Since we don't really get to hear about her that much, this story was very interesting and insightful. Tamar's voice was also able to stand out from the rest. The story was done well enough that it's not going to be scandalous or make the reader uncomfortable, which could have happened when dealing with subject matter such as this. This was probably the most insightful and interesting story out of all of them.
This was probably the worst. I think it was too much of a task for the author to imagine what the first woman would have been like. Eve was very simple, childlike person. I suppose this may have been true, but the whole story was very simplistic. Trying to imagine what Eve thought when she first woke up, how the creation of woman even went, the first childbirth....it was probably too much for someone to attempt. It did lend an interesting perspective to the serpent and the apple, the fall of man, and how they had to learn to fare after leaving the garden.
All in all, this was an interesting read, although not completely captivating, probably due to how short each chapter was. But if you don't want to read a full book on each of the characters, then this would be a good way to gain some insight into some of the Biblical women (although not too sure on the scandalous part in the title).
Leahhhh12Age: 18-24Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5A great biblical fiction book!May 27, 2013Leahhhh12Age: 18-24Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Bathsheba Bathed in Grace follows the story of 8 "scandalous" women of the Bible and shows how those women changed the world. Each of these women's stories came to life for me and I could feel some of the emotions that these women felt. The women that this book talks about are Bathsheba, Sarah, Hagar, Rebekah, Leah, Rachel, Tamar, and Eve. I thought the author did a great job of sticking to the true stories. A lot of the stories made me feel like I was reading it straight from the Bible. However, since this is a fiction book, each story had a lot of fiction to it as well. It was interesting to read the different perspectives for both the Sarah-Hagar story and the Leah-Rachel story. I liked how we got an inside look from both sides.
Each of these women went through different circumstances and I enjoyed reading from their point of view and seeing the author's take on how each woman may have reacted to their situations.
I really liked that the author included the references to where each woman's story could be found in the Bible. I strongly recommend reading the Bible passages about each woman as well in order to see what parts of the stories come from the Bible and what parts were written in as fiction.
I really enjoyed the book and recommend it to anyone who enjoys biblical fiction. I especially recommend it to people who want to learn about some of the women who are not often written about (Hagar, Leah, Tamar, etc).
I received a free review ecopy of this book from the publisher through the BookSneeze Bloggers program in exchange for my honest opinion. All opinions stated are my own.
loreallepaAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Bathsheba Bathed In GraceMay 19, 2013loreallepaAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5i love this book! again, i absolutely LOVED this book! i loved how this book was written from the perspective of the women. it seriously kept my attention from beginning to end. and i was kinda sad when each story ended, i wanted to keep reading.
i think the thing i loved most about this book was seeing how God can take a woman the rest of the world might view as scandalous and use her for His glory! God thought so much of each of these 8 women that He put their stories in the Bible. think about that for a minute. sarah had her husband sleep with hagar to produce a son, yet God went on to honor His blessing to her AND put her story is the most amazing book ever! i loved reading of the faith these women had and about their own personal relationship with God.
i would highly highly recommended this book to every single one of ya'all. it will definitely hold your attention and entertain you. it has strengthened my faith to delve into these deep parts of their lives. and it amazed me to see that the women of the Bible that i've always looked at as strong pillars also had doubts, jealousy and fears and that they dealt with the same day to day issues and you and i do.
this book was provided to me free of charge by booksneeze.com in return for my honest review. the opinions i have expressed are my own.