Book Review: The Real Housewives of the Bible by Theresa V. Wilson
Author: Theresa V. Wilson
Genre: Biblical Fiction
Publisher: Writers in the Marketplace Press
With a title like The Real Housewives of the Bible, this book could have gone real wrong, real quick. But, thankfully, it didn’t. And it was a 5-star read. I literally saw it on FB and immediately went to Kindle and downloaded it thanks to Kindle Unlimited. Less than 3 1/2 hours later, I was finished and felt like I just finished watching a movie. It was filled with twists and turns and turned these Bible characters into real-life people (I mean, I know they are real, but we tend to not think of them that way because they lived so long ago). Reading these Bible stories, you tend to miss the humanity of the people we read about. But Theresa found a way to tell their stories as if they were living today while still keeping them in the biblical context and times. It was amazing, and a couple of days later, I am still awestruck by how well the writing was and how she was able to transport me into the actual stories.
The book is broken up into 4 Housewives stories. You get the story of Bathsheba with Uriah and King David. And man on man, does this story keep you on your toes. It is scandalous! Even more so than what we assume from what we get from the actual Bible. Then you have Rebekah and Isaac, which probably was my least favorite storyline. When you compare it to the other three, at least. Then you have Rachel, Leah, and Jacob. Again another pretty scandalous story just from what we get from the Bible, but then Theresa adds this layer onto it where we get to see inside the head of these three while they are put into this situation by the girl’s father. The final story is Gomer and Hosea. This story had the opportunity to be trashy because…you know…Gomer was a prostitute. But again, the way Theresa spins the narrative without compromising the biblical truth is mindblowing. This was probably the story I was least familiar with, but I walked away, fully understanding how their relationship represents God and the people of Israel.
After each story, she gives a bit of commentary that helps you dive deeper into the background that she used to create the stories, which I appreciated. Again, this book was…it left me speechless. Lol. How many times can I say good, mindblowing, awesome? Hands down, this has been my favorite book this year over 125 books so far! It is well-deserving of the 5-stars I gave it.
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