Sunday, February 09, 2014

Rachel by Jill Eileen Smith

First of all, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Jill Eileen Smith and her publisher for sending me a copy of "Rachel" to review for them. I am truly grateful for this generosity. I really appreciate the time, effort and expense it takes to make a reviewer copy available to me.

“Rachel” by Jill Eileen Smith is the third offering in the Wives of the Patriarchs series.  Following the account found in the book of Genesis, the story of Laban’s younger daughter is told with a sympathetic bent.  The culture at the time mandated that the elder daughter should be married before the younger is wed.  Laban pulls the most diabolical switch on his nephew, Jacob, by promising Rachel and secretly delivering Leah in her place!  What good can come of four women sharing the same husband, especially when two of those women are sisters?

This dramatic story is richly crafted to bring the Bible vividly to life.  The characters and places and circumstances are presented in an entertaining and enlightening way.  This is much more than Rachel’s story.  It is also Leah’s story and Jacob’s and Zilpah’s and Bilhah’s and their childrens’.  Ultimately, I think the best thing about the book is that it made me want to go back and re-read the account in Scripture to recall what really happened.  It gave me a hunger for the Word of God.

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