Michal (The Wives of King David Book #1): A Novel

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I enjoyed her theories of why certain things happened, filling in the lives of these characters with plausible explanations and reasonings, and I loved that whenever possible she used direct quotes from Scripture. An excellent job! Jul 25, Simone rated it it was amazing. Abigail was forced to marry a man she did not love. Though her husband was easy on the eye, rich and prosperous he was a swine, crude mean and physically abusive. Being the submissive and devoted wife she was raised to be Abigail hides the shame, hurt and embarrassment she often felt by the wrath of her husband Nabal and prays daily for God to rescue her from his cruel hands.

After the hand of God strikes Nabal dead because of his vicious ways Abigail begins to believe in true love again when sh Abigail was forced to marry a man she did not love.

After the hand of God strikes Nabal dead because of his vicious ways Abigail begins to believe in true love again when she meets and quickly marries King David. She starts to regret marrying David and doubts his love for her and often thinks of returning home with her children to live with her father and sister-in-law, a much happier and uncomplicated life. Mar 28, Abigail rated it really liked it.

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I enjoyed this dramatic version of the Abigail and David story. I was really disgusted by Nabal and that is the point of the drama, but his abuse broke my heart. It was hard to overlook that and keep reading. Of course I relate to the story more as I am named after the main character. I have read one other Abigail book, which was totally different. This version is good about putting the reader in Abigail's shoes, letting one see, hear and feel her difficult world.

The author weaves many backgroun I enjoyed this dramatic version of the Abigail and David story.

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The author weaves many background stories into this book, to explain why Abigail married Nabal and how she felt about David's other wives and nomadic lifestyle. I kind of wished it had a David loves Abigail forever ending Feb 13, Jocelyn Green rated it it was amazing Shelves: christian-fiction. Jun 11, Alicia Willis rated it really liked it. Best for married adults for marital content. I enjoyed this book even better than Sarai.

I felt it was a very accurate portrayal of what life might have been like for one of David's wives. I was very sad most of them, reading about what it was like to share a husband with six other women. The daily struggles, the heartache, the sadness were all very real. I loved the historical aspects very much. I do recommend this book for married women. Note: there are mentions of sexuality, although no scenes in detail.

Sep 15, Mary Findley rated it it was ok. Too much inappropriate modern perspective. Too much self-pity. Too little real wisdom. Not enough understanding of the true situation and culture. Point of view very inconsistent.

Talks about how she influenced the other women but that's telling, not showing. And childbirth "Sapping a woman's strength"?

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Has this author ever had a child? Some people are sick while pregnant but it's relatively uncommon beyond a short duration morning sickness and it's very rarely the child sapping the mother's str Too much inappropriate modern perspective. Some people are sick while pregnant but it's relatively uncommon beyond a short duration morning sickness and it's very rarely the child sapping the mother's strength. View 2 comments. May 06, Michelle Griep rated it really liked it.

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Not such an enormous time span was covered. I connected with heroine Abigail way better than I did with Michal. And Smith's writing style is much more polished this go around. Smith did a great job with making me think about and sympathize with what it must have been like to share your husband with other wives. No wonder God's not pro-bigamy. What a horrible way to live! Mar 02, Mary rated it it was ok. Was not impressed by the way the author portrayed Abigail or David.

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I guess I've been spoiled by Tosca Lee, who researches her Biblical characters so thoroughly and has such a beautiful writing style. If you want to read some amazing Biblical fiction, read Lee's "Havah" or "Iscariot. Mar 02, Jerry rated it really liked it. An enjoyable account of one of the Bible's most interesting women.

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Apr 22, Louise rated it really liked it Shelves: christian-fiction. But when circumstances offer her a second chance at happiness with the handsome David, she takes a leap of faith to join his wandering tribe.


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Still, her struggles are far from over. How can she share his love with the other women he insists on marrying? Nabal was known to have an impulsive, explosive temper, but he was attractive and Abigail hoped she could help him see the error of his ways and teach him how people lose respect for men who are rude or unkind. She prayed for God to help her.

The day of the wedding arrived and Nabal came with alcohol on his breath which was sure to make him even more unpredictable. Daniel knew his father felt some misplaced loyalty to Simon and his worthless son, Nabal, but he did not. Meanwhile, David the harpist, who had brought down Goliath was on the run and in hiding because King Saul wanted to kill him.

He had his wife with him along with cousins, nephews, other family members and other followers in his tribe. He said he would like to bring his sister, Abigail but she had married a fool. David asked Daniel why his father would allow his sister to marry such a man and Daniel responded that his father had little choice as his father was forced into service years ago to a wicked man.

Rather than decreasing his debts, Simon of Carmel found ways to defraud his father again and again until finally Simon manipulated his father into giving his sister to his son as his wife. So now his sister was trapped in a marriage to a fool who abused her. Abigail was being treated terribly by Nabal. One evening he took her outside and wrestled an olive branch from a tree and beat her within an inch of her life, then stripped all her clothing off, pushed her down into the dirt and left her laying there naked, beaten, and crying.

Daniel returned to David and his tribe with his pregnant wife and his parents. They were all relieved to be away from the clutches of Simon. That same week Nabal had his spies out looking for David and when he was located they threatened him and disrespected him. The same night they arrived to do their deed, Nabal took fatally ill. Daniel was worried about his sister, Abigail and what she would do when Nabal died.

Michal (The Wives of King David Book #1): A Novel

David thought Abigail was beautiful and knew that she was as faithful to God as much as he was so he sent three messengers to her house with a proposal of marriage and a promise to protect her all of her life when Nabal died. Abigail was awestruck for she knew one day David would be King. Ten days later, Nabal died and after his burial, Abigail and David were married. Had Abigail made a mistake in marrying, David? Or, had she married him too quickly after the death of Nabal and not going through the proper mourning period?

And, how was she going to cope when David eventually ended up with seven wives? Abigail was about to enter a life that most of us would never have been able to tolerate. Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group". Jun 15, Kristina rated it really liked it Shelves: roman-history , history , historical-fiction , memoirs , christian , young-adult-romance , biblical-fiction , biblical , series.

It was interesting to hear the story of Abigail. Her heartbreaking story of being married to abusive, drunk, mean Nabal to settle a debt between her family with his. The pain at being raped and abused within her marriage would have broken anyone, but she had such faith. Then to come in contact with David and have her heart soar again in hope. Yet, to be one of his many wives can only be heartbreaking.

I don't understand how God can see this as a good thing and it obviously over time destroyed Da It was interesting to hear the story of Abigail. I don't understand how God can see this as a good thing and it obviously over time destroyed David's household. When one son raped a sister, another killed another brother, and one son tried to destroy his father David. Yet this man David was one after God's chosen heart. He was still humble to ask for repentance even with his sinful desires everywhere in his house. Abigail was a wonderful wife that constantly pointed him toward God and his faith.