Wednesday, March 18, 2009
In Review: The story of Michael begins in I Samuel 14 and ends with this sad verse in 2 Samuel 6:23, "And Michal daughter of Saul had no children to the day of her death." I have always been fascinated with Jonathon's sister, Michal, in this story.
She has been the sheltered but privileged daughter of King Saul. All of a sudden she is offered to David as his wife if he can defeat Goliath. This isn't someone she hasn't met before. She has seen him many times when he has been summoned to play his harp for her father. A shepherd who is used to daily physical work out in the sun, David is known for being very attractive. He definitely turns heads and he turned Michals.
While literally felt sucked in as I was reading this book, hiding and listening behind the columns of the palace, standing inside dusty tent flaps on the battle field or crying quietly beside David as he mourned the loss of his friend, Jonathon.
Seeing this Biblical event open up on the pages of this book was a wonderful experience and I will be anxiously awaiting the next book in the series!
Book Description: The daughter of King Saul, Michal lives a life of privilege--but one that is haunted by her father's unpredictable moods and competition from her beautiful older sister.
As a girl, Michal quickly falls for the handsome young harpist David. But soon after their romance begins, David must flee for his life, leaving Michal at her father's mercy in the prison that is King Saul's palace.
Will Michal ever be reunited with David? Or is she doomed to remain separated from him forever?
Against the backdrop of opulent palace life, raging war, and daring desert escapes, Jill Eileen Smith takes you on an emotional journey as Michal deals with love, loss, and personal transformation as the first wife of King David. Jill Eileen Smith's research into the lives of David's wives has taken her from the Bible to Israel, and she particularly enjoys learning how women lived in Old Testament times.
If you would like to read the first chapter of Michal, go HERE