Title: Unspoken: Bathsheba
Author: Francine Rivers
Series: A Lineage of Grace
Genre: Biblical fiction
Number of Pages: 224
My Rating: ★★★★☆
Unspoken is a fictionalized retelling of the biblical story of Bathsheba and David. It provides an expanded understanding of the story and is told from Bathsheba’s perspective.
Unspoken might be my favorite novella in the Lineage of Grace series. This heartrending account of Bathsheba is a story of tragedy and triumph, of sin and redemption.
Rivers depicts Bathsheba in a sympathetic and understandable way. We tend to look down on her and misunderstand her. But the truth is, we’re sinners just like she was. She sinned, paid dearly for it, repented, and received forgiveness.
Unspoken made Bathsheba’s story much more inspiring. It both warns against sin and at the same time presents a beautiful picture of repentance and grace. I loved seeing how God uses flawed and sinful people to accomplish great things.
The book explains a lot about the culture of Bible times. The background information helped me understand the story better, especially parts that don’t make sense on the surface.
Francine Rivers excels in retelling this story. She adds a lot of context and emotion to the story while still staying true to the biblical version.
I recommend this to:
- Mid-teens and up.
- Anyone wanting a deeper understanding of the Bible.
- Those who enjoy biblical retellings.
• Yet, crouched at the door was a greater enemy than those who camped around Israel. And a greater battle was coming—one that could tear a nation to pieces. The battle would not take place in the mountains, valleys, or plains of Israel. It would take place in the wilderness of the human heart.
• Things done in the dark always come out into the light.
• He was an ordinary man who’d been made extraordinary through the tender mercies of God. David was a man capable of great victories, but also of horrendous defeat.
• “Of all the men in Israel, why did God choose me to be king?”
“Because you’re the only man who would ask that question.”
• Let them see the hope born from despair.
Have you read Unspoken or any other books from Francine Rivers? If so, what did you think?