Friday, May 1, 2009

Michal by Jill Eileen Smith

Before reading on, take a quick peek at the bestseller list below (posted yesterday). There you'll find Jill Eileen Smith's name and her book Michal at number 17. I am so excited to feature Michal and Jill today on Net's Book Notes.

I've seen Jill at plenty of writer's conferences. Like me, she was there digging in, learning, fellowshipping, networking, writing (in our spare time *grin*). All of her hard work and dreaming have paid off. Her first book released March 1st and is now on the bestseller list for Christian Fiction! Congratulations to Jill!!

Here's the back cover blurb:

As the daughter of King Saul, Michal lives a life of privilege--but one that is haunted by her father's unpredictable moods and by competition from her beautiful older sister. When Michal falls for young David, the harpist who plays to calm her father, she has no idea what romance, adventures, and heartache await her. As readers enter the colorful and unpredictable worlds of King Saul and King David, they will be swept up in this exciting and romantic story. Against the backdrop of opulent palace life, raging war, and desert escapes, Jill Eileen Smith takes her readers on an emotional roller-coaster ride as Michal deals with love, loss, and personal transformation as one of the wives of David. A sweeping tale of passion and drama, readers will love this amazing story.

Here's her bio:

Jill Eileen Smith is the author of several articles, poems, and stories, and her unpublished novels have placed in five writing contests in the past five years. A children’s story, which she wrote for her church led her youngest son to faith in Christ several years ago; much like a gospel tract led her to the Lord at a similar age. That story, “Seeking Treasureland,” is now available here. Jill is a member of several online writing groups and helps promote fellow authors’ works through monthly interviews on the "Spotlight" page of her website. She, along with her husband and children, are active members in their local church. A stay-at-home mom, she homeschooled the couple’s three sons for twelve years through high school, seeing them go on to higher education. In her spare time, Jill teaches piano, reads, does picture scrap-booking, and enjoys trying out new recipes, especially those that include dark chocolate. Jill and her family make their home in Southeastern Lower Michigan.

And now, my review:

First of all, congratulations to Jill on achieving bestselling status on this debut novel! I am thrilled for her!

Sometimes Bible readers can forget King David was human. His legacy of intimacy with God, even God’s own description (a man after God’s own heart) are so daunting, our vision is shaded in ethereal hues. But author Jill Eileen Smith portrays his humanity in believable ways as she insightfully reads between the lines of Scripture for her fictional account.

And Jill’s focus on Michal brings readers into the life of a complex, somewhat overlooked, oftentimes judged woman.

Readers experience David’s victories, trials and journey to kingship. We get to watch him cry out to God, and we witness his compassion (as when he calls in Miphebosheth, his beloved friend, Jonathan’s, son).

Jill’s ability to bring all the characters from Scripture onto the stage and explore the accounts with insight, description, real-to-life motives and emotion is unique and helpful. Of course, her work is fiction, but I found myself thinking more than once “that motive does explain this scene” or “it could have happened like this.”

In a letter to readers, the author explains the providential process of how these books came to publication. More books chronicling David’s life (and the lives of his wives) will follow. (Watch for Abigail and Bathsheba.)

is very well researched and will give readers a fresh understanding of how things may have occurred. Jill brings in the politics, romance, hope and failures so clearly and with such fresh prose, I was left wanting more. I’m so thankful there are more books to come in her “Wives of King David” series. Bravo, Jill!

Read more at where Jill keeps a blog. She shares her response to being on the ECPA's bestseller list this week.

1 comment:

  1. As a writer myself, I can testify to what an amazing accomplishment it is to be anywhere on the best seller list, much less as high as Jill's book is. Congrats to a very deserving lady. I'm looking forward to reading this book. Miralee Ferrell