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A lifelong slave, Deborah dreams of a stranger destined to bring her joy. Then she meets Lappidoth, and risks her own life to save his. Later, as she recovers in Lappidoth's house, Deborah's dreams all come to pass, so she puts her gift to use. Original. A lifelong slave, Deborah dreams of a stranger destined to bring her joy. Then she meets Lappidoth, and risks her own life to save his. Later, as she recovers in Lappidoth's house, Deborah's dreams all come to pass, so she puts her gift to use. Original.


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A lifelong slave, Deborah dreams of a stranger destined to bring her joy. Then she meets Lappidoth, and risks her own life to save his. Later, as she recovers in Lappidoth's house, Deborah's dreams all come to pass, so she puts her gift to use. Original. A lifelong slave, Deborah dreams of a stranger destined to bring her joy. Then she meets Lappidoth, and risks her own life to save his. Later, as she recovers in Lappidoth's house, Deborah's dreams all come to pass, so she puts her gift to use. Original.

30 review for Deborah's Story

  1. 5 out of 5

    Gary

    Ann Burton does a great job of writing the story of the early years of the Israeli Prophetess and Judge Deborah. A slave girl beaten and tortured by her Hebrew- hating Canaanite master, Ybyon. she saw Ybyon brutally murder her mother when Deborah was two years old. Visited by prophetic dreams she warns the Hebrew-trader Lappidoth of the plot by Ybyon to murder him, and is severely beaten on Ybyon's orders before being rescued by Lappidoth, and Ybbyon arrested and himself taken into slavery. She mar Ann Burton does a great job of writing the story of the early years of the Israeli Prophetess and Judge Deborah. A slave girl beaten and tortured by her Hebrew- hating Canaanite master, Ybyon. she saw Ybyon brutally murder her mother when Deborah was two years old. Visited by prophetic dreams she warns the Hebrew-trader Lappidoth of the plot by Ybyon to murder him, and is severely beaten on Ybyon's orders before being rescued by Lappidoth, and Ybbyon arrested and himself taken into slavery. She marries Lappidoth and is visited by visions and angles, realizing that it will be her mission to be a great judge of Israel and together with a great general called Barak, to save her people from the armies f the Canaanite commander Sisera who have laid waste Israeli villages and slaughtered the men. women and children. The book is a pleasurable read which I finished in a night. It deals with subjects such as slavery and prophecy, overcoming doubt and fear, and the great struggle of the Israelites to hold on their homeland. It is a story of a great Jewish women of Israel and fiction of both Jewish and Christian interest. Burton does a god job of recreating the atmosphere of Biblical Israel.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Debbie

    Deborah - feminine Hebrew name meaning "bee". From 1950 to 1970 (I was born in 1963), it was one of the 20 most popular names for girls. Although I knew this from when I was young, I always wanted to know more about the Old Testament judge and prophetess of whom I share the same name. In the Book of Judges, Deborah, who only appears in a few verses, inspired the Israelites to a mighty victory over the Canaanites. Since this is all we know of Deborah (and that she was the wife of Lapidoth), author Deborah - feminine Hebrew name meaning "bee". From 1950 to 1970 (I was born in 1963), it was one of the 20 most popular names for girls. Although I knew this from when I was young, I always wanted to know more about the Old Testament judge and prophetess of whom I share the same name. In the Book of Judges, Deborah, who only appears in a few verses, inspired the Israelites to a mighty victory over the Canaanites. Since this is all we know of Deborah (and that she was the wife of Lapidoth), author Ann Burton brings to life a detailed fictional account of ancient Israel during Deborah's time and possibly how Deborah might have lived. She incorporates various Hebrew customs that were followed at that time into this story. She also writes about the horrors of slavery imposed upon the Hebrews by the Canaanites. However, it isn't until the last part of this book/audiobook where Deborah's biblical legacy is revealed. Although Deborah followed the Word of Jehovah/God, Burton's writing does not come off as sanctimonious. if you enjoy historical fiction, even about followers of God (think Joan of Arc), then I recommend this book!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Margaret Hardie

    Hmmmm . . . As Historical accuracy, not so much. I mean, there is so much for speculation from such antiquity, but the author uses today's thoughts and political correctness in all (or as least two, I'm working on the others) of her books, which does NOT work for me. This book rather surprised me as it has some homosexual political correctness that seems quite inappropriate for a Hebrew biblical people. Seriously? O.k. that is what I did not like. What I did like was that this book made me go to Hmmmm . . . As Historical accuracy, not so much. I mean, there is so much for speculation from such antiquity, but the author uses today's thoughts and political correctness in all (or as least two, I'm working on the others) of her books, which does NOT work for me. This book rather surprised me as it has some homosexual political correctness that seems quite inappropriate for a Hebrew biblical people. Seriously? O.k. that is what I did not like. What I did like was that this book made me go to the Bible and READ the real story (or what very little there is). I do like that this story made me appreciate the women of such an ancient time, and ponder their lives. I just wish Burton's assumptions were a little more logical for that time period. I guess you have to read it to know what I mean.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Adrienna

    Ann Burton has penned a delightful read, very colorful, emotional, and character-driven about Deborah who was born into slavery and at her master's beacon call. She later discovers that her mother died at the hands of her master, but never knew why, only remembers seeing her bloody body left in the mud. One day, Deborah overhears the terrible scheme of her master and his servants to go out and kill the man who has offered to purchase his herd, to steal his silver. Deborah also wakes up from a dr Ann Burton has penned a delightful read, very colorful, emotional, and character-driven about Deborah who was born into slavery and at her master's beacon call. She later discovers that her mother died at the hands of her master, but never knew why, only remembers seeing her bloody body left in the mud. One day, Deborah overhears the terrible scheme of her master and his servants to go out and kill the man who has offered to purchase his herd, to steal his silver. Deborah also wakes up from a dream which later determines that she needs to save this man, Jeth. She risks her very life and sacrifices everything she knows as a slave, and gets there in time to tell him of this trickery. She was able to go back to her homeland, where she was enslaved, but now her disappearance was out of the bag and awaiting her own death. Her master is aware of her ability to foresee things via dreams and visions given by her one and true God, just like her mother did. She later realizes this is why her mother died because of such a gift. I cannot wait to see how her journey will end and how she becomes a judge in such a desolated time. The tale focused more on the harsh realities of being a slave, never truly knowing her mother but carrying the same gift as a truth-seer, finding her true heritage, and marrying into a royal family heritage. I loved this Bible-fiction novel and may read anything else from this author in the future. Adrienna Turner, Author of "The Day Begins with Christ" Dream 4 More Reviews available on www.dream4more.webs.com www.adriennaturner.webs.com

  5. 4 out of 5

    Flora Smith

    This is a fictional account of the early years of Deborah's life. Deborah was born into slavery and her mother was killed by an abusive master when Deborah was very small. She grew up believing her life had no worth and hid her gift of prophecy as best she could. Deborah was a strong female character. Despite her negative self worth and low self esteem she did what she felt was right. She put herself in jeopardy in order to help others. I'm no biblical scholar. I don't know if it follows the bib This is a fictional account of the early years of Deborah's life. Deborah was born into slavery and her mother was killed by an abusive master when Deborah was very small. She grew up believing her life had no worth and hid her gift of prophecy as best she could. Deborah was a strong female character. Despite her negative self worth and low self esteem she did what she felt was right. She put herself in jeopardy in order to help others. I'm no biblical scholar. I don't know if it follows the biblical account of Deborah's life. But considering this is a work of fiction I don't see how that is really relevant. The author did a wonderful job of breathing life into her characters and showing the way of life during this time in history. The division between the classes and the different groups of people was a big part of society and made things especially hard on those at the bottom which were the slaves. Overall, I enjoyed the story of Deborah as I have all of Ann Burton's books. If you like historical fiction, particularly religious fiction you should give this as well as the others in this series a try.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Megan

    I was so excited to read this, because while I've seen so many books that flesh out the lives of Esther, Ruth, and even Sarah, this is the first I've seen that takes on the story of the female prophetess and judge, Deborah. Unfortunately, the story Burton chooses to tell has very little to do with the Biblical account of Deborah's life. Burton postulates Deborah as an abused slave in Canaan. While I don't think there's much Biblical or historical evidence for such a background, it's an interesti I was so excited to read this, because while I've seen so many books that flesh out the lives of Esther, Ruth, and even Sarah, this is the first I've seen that takes on the story of the female prophetess and judge, Deborah. Unfortunately, the story Burton chooses to tell has very little to do with the Biblical account of Deborah's life. Burton postulates Deborah as an abused slave in Canaan. While I don't think there's much Biblical or historical evidence for such a background, it's an interesting choice, and Burton brings Deborah's world to life vividly. Unfortunately, however, what I initially took as a mere background consumed the plot. It's fully halfway through the book before Deborah is freed and before any of the actual events of the relevant portions of Judges come into play. Even after the halfway break (the book is broken up into "The Song of Jeth" and "The Song of Barak"), the plot is mostly concerned with how Deborah adjusts to freedom and marriage. The actual Biblical events of Deborah's life don't happen until three-fourths of the way through the book, and are glossed over in favor of more made-up melodrama having to do with Deborah's slave-past. Additionally, I was not a fan of the way Burton chose to "fantasize" Deborah's gift of prophecy. While the Bible doesn't give us much detail about how prophets come to be called, and it is possible that Biblical prophets exhibited the gift of prophecy as children, the way Burton depicted it was much closer to a fantasy novel than to anything the Bible describes. Burton has Deborah as a descendent of the judge Ehud (possible, but unlikely, given that the Bible, usually detailed on important genealogies, is silent), and claims that Deborah, her mother, and grandmother were all born with the birth caul over their faces and that this was a widely recognized sign of prophecy. Although Deborah praying before using her gift is briefly mentioned, throughout the book, prophecy is treated like a superpower instead of as messages received from God. God has little to do with roughly 80% of the "prophecies" Deborah gives. The writing itself was serviceable but nothing special. Deborah herself is well fleshed out and so is her husband "Jeth" Lapidoth. Some of the minor characters--Urlai, Meji, and Parshah--are interesting, but far more of them come across as one-note and flat. The worst offender is Barak, who by rights ought to be a major character in the story, but is here reduced to a cardboard cutout and bit player. Even Burton's baffling twist that makes him (view spoiler)[Deborah's half brother (hide spoiler)] can't add any interest to his portrayal. In the end, despite the promising premise, the best thing I can say about this book is that it's a harmless way to kill a couple of hours.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jen

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This is a fictional retelling of the story of Deborah from the book of Judges in the Bible. It does not completely change the story but some of the major points are different. The biggest difference between the Bible and the novel is that Deborah was an older woman by the time the war was brewing and already functioning as a judge for Israel (Judges 4:4) while in the novel she had just returned to Ephraim from Canaanite where she had been a slave her entire life. I also can find no evidence in J This is a fictional retelling of the story of Deborah from the book of Judges in the Bible. It does not completely change the story but some of the major points are different. The biggest difference between the Bible and the novel is that Deborah was an older woman by the time the war was brewing and already functioning as a judge for Israel (Judges 4:4) while in the novel she had just returned to Ephraim from Canaanite where she had been a slave her entire life. I also can find no evidence in Judges were Barak was her half brother. Now taking all of the changes into account and accepting that it is not completely factual, I enjoyed it thoroughly. In fact it kept me up all night reading it. The story was engaging and written first person from Deborah's perspective. When we first meet Deborah she is a slave to an evil man in Canaanite. She was born in slavery by her mother who had been removed from her homeland as a child. She overhears a plot to kill a Hebrew business man who is in town to trade for sheep by her master and sneaks off the farm to warn the man as she has seen him in her dreams. The book chronicles the dangers and punishments faced by the slaves for interfering in their master's business, her eventual escape from her master and courtship/marriage to Jeth. The actual battle against Sisera with Barak and his forces that she is so famous for takes up only the last 50 pages with very little detail given. Which was fine as this is more about her life before she came into political significance in Israeli. The strengths in Deborah's character that the Bible celebrates are fully embraced by the author. Even as a slave she is having dreams about the future and the other slaves look to her for answers to questions/problems. The book shows that she is scared to follow God but that she did it anyway, never questioning that it was the right thing to do.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Cindy

    In Deborah's story, the author does a nice job of giving you a back story for Deborah. The story moves well at the start, then slow drifts off giving you no hook to keep you wanting to read on, especially if you have read the story of Deborah in the Bible. I give this book three star's because the author gets this story off the ground, but then leaves you with no want for the romance is lacking and the plot has no grab factor. This reminds me of a first time author. Still, this book was good, ju In Deborah's story, the author does a nice job of giving you a back story for Deborah. The story moves well at the start, then slow drifts off giving you no hook to keep you wanting to read on, especially if you have read the story of Deborah in the Bible. I give this book three star's because the author gets this story off the ground, but then leaves you with no want for the romance is lacking and the plot has no grab factor. This reminds me of a first time author. Still, this book was good, just needed some help motivating the reader.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Debbie

    Intriguing story, I wonder how true of the Deborah in the Bible. Must be some basis as that Deborah was a judge and had led the army against the Canaanites. I like to think I share the gift of prophecy (or intuition) as my name is also Deborah. Shows how strong (in body, soul, and mind) and loving a woman can be after having faced traumatic emotional and physical abuse. Having read this upon the heals of another story of a brave woman (who fought in the civil war), in Laird Hunt's Neverhome, rei Intriguing story, I wonder how true of the Deborah in the Bible. Must be some basis as that Deborah was a judge and had led the army against the Canaanites. I like to think I share the gift of prophecy (or intuition) as my name is also Deborah. Shows how strong (in body, soul, and mind) and loving a woman can be after having faced traumatic emotional and physical abuse. Having read this upon the heals of another story of a brave woman (who fought in the civil war), in Laird Hunt's Neverhome, reinforces the idea that a woman can be just as strong as a man.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Sylvia

    This book was really terrible, don't waste your time reading it. The liberties taken were ridiculous, bordering offensive. For those of you that would like to fill your minds with this fake story, nothing like the real story. I won't give you spoilers. But I have to stop reading at chapter 20. Yap that's what I said chapter 20, and labored through it hoping the author would remember the real story, but I could not do it any more. So good luck This book was really terrible, don't waste your time reading it. The liberties taken were ridiculous, bordering offensive. For those of you that would like to fill your minds with this fake story, nothing like the real story. I won't give you spoilers. But I have to stop reading at chapter 20. Yap that's what I said chapter 20, and labored through it hoping the author would remember the real story, but I could not do it any more. So good luck

  11. 5 out of 5

    sally diana

    It was a very inspiring story and a quick read. Deborah is one of the most powerful women in the bible, yet unsung.It just goes to show that God can use anyone for his will. She was a slave by birth but she was a powerful instrument in freeing the Hebrews from the Canannites. I just wish that they talked more about what happened in the bible. This books mostly talks about her personal life.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jenny Q

    A short, but well-told story of Deborah, the Hebrew slave who rose from deplorable conditions to lead an army of her people to defeat Sisera at Mount Tabor. Suspenseful and exciting, it caught my interest immediately and held to the end. Deborah is a worthy heroine, and I really enjoyed the descriptive details of Hebrew and Canaanite daily life. Sweet love story, too.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Becky Rose

    I picked this book on 8's CD at the library. It is what it says it is- a story. Everything is made up except for one small thing. But I guess what do you do with a woman who is only mentioned in 2 chapters of Judges. The story has her 'slave born' and born with the gift of seeing and can do it just by touching them. Her mother who was murdered when she was young was also a seer. I picked this book on 8's CD at the library. It is what it says it is- a story. Everything is made up except for one small thing. But I guess what do you do with a woman who is only mentioned in 2 chapters of Judges. The story has her 'slave born' and born with the gift of seeing and can do it just by touching them. Her mother who was murdered when she was young was also a seer.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Meghan

    Bought this with a kindle gift card from a "recommendation" that amazon gave me. I enjoyed it, although I wish it went more into Deborah's time as a judge of Israel as this story mostly focused on her early life as a Canaanite slave, meeting her husband, etc. I wonder if "Jael's Story" (which I plan to read next) will include some of Deborah's leadership, as well. Bought this with a kindle gift card from a "recommendation" that amazon gave me. I enjoyed it, although I wish it went more into Deborah's time as a judge of Israel as this story mostly focused on her early life as a Canaanite slave, meeting her husband, etc. I wonder if "Jael's Story" (which I plan to read next) will include some of Deborah's leadership, as well.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jackie

    In school, my teachers skipped over Judges from The Bible, and as a result, Deborah's tale I did not know. In Ann's telling, I think two inaccuracies need mention: 1. a few historical details are fiction, such as an indoor privy and iron battle-gear. 2, I also don't think that in Old Testament time, especially as far back as Judges, the hereafter is the same as in current Christianity. In school, my teachers skipped over Judges from The Bible, and as a result, Deborah's tale I did not know. In Ann's telling, I think two inaccuracies need mention: 1. a few historical details are fiction, such as an indoor privy and iron battle-gear. 2, I also don't think that in Old Testament time, especially as far back as Judges, the hereafter is the same as in current Christianity.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Deborah

    I picked this book up for a $1.00...at a used book store. Because my name is "Deborah"...I have always been intrigued by the biblical prophetess - Deborah....It is a "novel"...but, I found this short book so interesting. Makes me want to go study Deborah more in depth...In the meantime...even though this was fictional in nature...I was uplifted.... I picked this book up for a $1.00...at a used book store. Because my name is "Deborah"...I have always been intrigued by the biblical prophetess - Deborah....It is a "novel"...but, I found this short book so interesting. Makes me want to go study Deborah more in depth...In the meantime...even though this was fictional in nature...I was uplifted....

  17. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    I love Ann Burton ' s writing and how she brings to life very important womenof the Bible without taking anything away from Scripture. In fact, I find my understanding of ancient times has grown since reading her books. I love Ann Burton ' s writing and how she brings to life very important womenof the Bible without taking anything away from Scripture. In fact, I find my understanding of ancient times has grown since reading her books.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Lari

    Very interesting Biblical and historical fiction. Easy to read and very well written. I'll have to try more of this author's series. Very interesting Biblical and historical fiction. Easy to read and very well written. I'll have to try more of this author's series.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Moonmomie

    Very enjoyable Biblical Fiction read. Strong female main character and satisfying plot. There are four unrelated books in this series. All are equally well written.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Becky

    I think you have to be in the mood for a story like this. It's good. Not my regular kind of read, but a solid story that held my interest. I think you have to be in the mood for a story like this. It's good. Not my regular kind of read, but a solid story that held my interest.

  21. 4 out of 5

    LynnR

    Interesting. Adding the other three to my "list"... Interesting. Adding the other three to my "list"...

  22. 4 out of 5

    Loraine

    Another outstanding story from Ann Burton based on the story of Deborah in the bible. She definitely made the character come alive and her historical research is once again well done.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Susanne Baskin

    Interesting and fun way to learn about Bible stories and characters. This was an easy and enjoyable read.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Renae

    This was one of the best stories I've read recently! A totally different take on one of the great judges of her time. Definitely one that I recommend. This was one of the best stories I've read recently! A totally different take on one of the great judges of her time. Definitely one that I recommend.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Terry Bell

    OH, WOW! I loved it so much I couldn't put it down! I am looking for more by this author! OH, WOW! I loved it so much I couldn't put it down! I am looking for more by this author!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Marilyn

    Good story. Enjoying reading about these women as I quilt.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Clare

    Deborah is a woman who stands up for what she believes in and takes on challenges even when it went against her own plans.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    Always enjoy "back story" to historical characters even if it's not completely factual. Always enjoy "back story" to historical characters even if it's not completely factual.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kelli Pizarro

    Interesting fictional perspective of Deborah's story Though not much is truly known about Deborah, this fictional take on her life and rise to being judge is an interesting and fun read. Fast-paced, I feel it could have been a bit longer and detailed, but I did enjoy it. Interesting fictional perspective of Deborah's story Though not much is truly known about Deborah, this fictional take on her life and rise to being judge is an interesting and fun read. Fast-paced, I feel it could have been a bit longer and detailed, but I did enjoy it.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Doris

    I couldn't make it past the first few chapters although I tried. The format just didn't jive with me. I couldn't make it past the first few chapters although I tried. The format just didn't jive with me.

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