I’ve previously shied away from biblical fiction, thinking it might be boring; and anyway, I already knew the ending. But boy, was I wrong! Not only was this book enjoyable, but it was helpful too.
I can often get confused when I read stories from the Old Testament of the bible. There are some great stories, but they have so many characters! And a lot of the characters have the same names; making it even more confusing!
That’s why reading biblically inspired fiction can be great. Of course it’s no replacement for actually picking up a real bible. But for me, it can really help me get deeply involved in the stories, and begin to imagine how the characters might have been feeling, and pick up on loads of details I had previously missed.
Reading the story of Bathsheba was a great experience. Particularly as the part of the bible this story is taken from is one of the most confusing to me. Bathsheba is the woman King David cruelly took as his own, before killing her own husband. He then took her as one of his many wives. The wife who went on to provide him with his heir, Solomon. Reading this book helped me to feel more sympathetic towards David. I had previously struggled with how someone so righteous could do something so cruel/ But I suppose we are all just as capable.
The way this book was written had me gripped from beginning to end. The author writes beautifully and makes you want to keep turning the pages. If you don’t already know the story from the bible, it’s a gripping and exciting one, with probably more drama than an episode of Eastenders. (Not that I ever watch that show!)