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Woman of Flames by Kim Stokely has captured my heart and filed me with peace. It was written in such a way that the reader can sympathize with the plight of Deborah and the suffering of her people by the hands of the Canaanites. Each character is unique and flawlessly developed enabling a rich understanding of what the author is trying to portray. It is a long novel separated into three parts but each section is just as wonderful as the other. Although I am not Jewish or Hebrew I am a Christian and I am warmed by this fantastic novel which fills my soul which much peace. I was lost in the story eager to learn more and I was not disappointed. I recommend this book to all and I am sure that it will fill your heart with peace and inspire you as it has me.
This is a story of love, war, famine and fear. It's a story of the hopes, dreams and aspirations of a young woman but also the story of a nation seeking to survive among the feudal world of power and territory hungry local kings.
There is a supernatural element to this story where prophets, priests and oracles advise kings and formulate national policy - as well as feathering their own nests. There are also gritty scenes or war, violence, rape and abuse. Both these elements could put readers off but shouldn't because the way the narrative is constructed makes every one of these scenes realistic within the historical context.
Parts of this story will make you cringe; parts will bring tears to your eyes but you will reach the end of this book with an intimate knowledge of a young woman who grew, through her own steadfast adherance to principle, to be the leader of a nation.
A strong novel, vividly illustrating in words the life of a female prophet. I loved it and so did my daughter. There is a voice of calm speaking through the lead character, who trusts in God even when life is at its most challenging, and this sense of calm remains with the reader after the novel is finished. I've not come across this author before; but will be looking out for future novels.
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We watch as Deborah learns about her godly ancestors at her father’s knee and yearns to know more about God. But, being a girl…just not possible. She grows up, falls in love and…okay you truly need to read this book.
My favorite parts;
* I loved the progression of Deborah’s heart toward God and I cried at her first prophecy.
* In Woman of Flames I experienced a wedding ceremony in ancient Israel. I’d read about the elements involved before, but this time I was there!
* Jael – the woman with the tent peg. Why? How? Kim Stokely builds a relationship between Deborah and Jael, provides a trauma bond, and weaves us a story that makes sense.
Woman of Flames is a masterful melding of Scripture, history, tradition and imagination, putting you in the gritty world of Israel’s judges. Kim did an unusually good job with both dialogue and culture, giving you a sense of how people lived without stilted ‘ancient’ language or thinly veiled modern dialogue and thinking.
In the end, I felt that I knew not only Deborah, but the God who stops at nothing to bring His people back into fellowship with Him.
The book takes us from meeting the girl Deborah as a young child, and tells a story of her growing up as she fights against her society's rules about education. I found myself cheering for Deborah as she grew and began to fulfill the plans that the God of Israel had for her.
When I finally put the book down after I'd finished it my reaction was easily summed up in one word. Satisfied. I found this to be a wonderful read. I will easily recommend it to my friends who read. For a book about a biblical character it was pleasantly not preachy, but did a fantastic job of telling a compelling story.
I can't wait to read the next book by Kim Stokely. For a first book, this one was truly enjoyable.