The Prophetess

Outspoken and fearless, Deborah has faith in God but struggles to see the potential her own life holds. As an Israelite woman, she’ll marry, have a family, and seek to teach her children about Adonai–and those tasks seem to be more than enough to occupy her time. But God has another plan for her. Israel has been under the near constant terror of Canaan’s armies for twenty years, and now God has called Deborah to deliver her people from this oppression. Will her family understand? Will her people even believe God’s calling on her life? And can the menace of Canaan be stopped?

With her trademark impeccable research and her imaginative storytelling, Jill Eileen Smith brings to life the story of Israel’s most powerful woman in a novel that is both intriguing and inspiring.


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"swept away by the danger and suspense"

This thrilling retelling of how Deborah’s faith and vision lead to victory is skillfully intertwined with the edge-of-your-seat story…. Readers, even those deeply familiar with the biblical tales of Deborah and Jael, will be swept away by the danger and suspense. Smith excels at writing fiction that brings women in from the margins of biblical history and allows their achievements to shine.

— Booklist, ~ Shelley Mosley starred review


"a well-drawn love story"

Deborah, Old Testament judge and prophet, is the focus of the second book in prolific author Smith’s (The Crimson Cord) Daughters of the Promised Land series….This is both a well-drawn love story as well as the wistful imaginings of early Israel.

— Publisher's Weekly


"a powerful woman with human flaws"

Deborah is portrayed as a strong leader and a sensitive, protective, mother, making this powerful biblical figure accessible to readers. Her struggle to overcome her guilt over her failure to appreciate her husband, as well as her inability to control the actions of others, mirrors problems readers may face. She embodies a powerful woman with human flaws.

— RT Book Reviews, four star review


"A tale of strength and faith"

At last, the mystical figure of Deborah comes to life! With obvious research and attention to detail, Jill Eileen Smith gives vivid voice to the women at the center of Israel’s victory over Canaan. A tale of strength and faith that bears relevance even today. Not to be missed!

— Tosca Lee, author of The Legend of Sheba and multiple New York Times bestsellers


"the tale of a people with unshaken faith"

I loved how the author blended truth and fiction with this story deriving from biblical times while still respecting the original text. Despite their living in tents in ancient times, it is as if the characters are indistinguishable from modern-day people: they love, they fear, they have familial conflicts. Smith’s portrayal of Deborah as a fair and strong woman will likely resonate with many readers, as will the tale of a people with unshaken faith.

— Historical Novel Society