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The Book of Wars: Legend of the Prophetess is a work of fiction in the Christian and fantasy genres. It is suitable for the general teen and adult reading audiences and was penned by author John W. Milor. Set in 1250 BC, the book follows the rise in power of Deborah, a leader of Israel who held a unique role in the society of the time as a judge, military leader, and prophet to her people. Carefully researched in scripture, the book explores the blank spaces that history leaves in its discussion of Deborah’s life and her role in leading the Israelites in the face of a terrifying empire that sought to control them.
It's an interesting exercise, and certainly a challenging starting point for a creative endeavor, to take an individual from early history or folklore and tell an original story with them that remains faithful and authentic to the widely accepted vision of that figure. Between the lines of the historical records of the time that still survive whole lives were lived about which we know precious little, but by connecting the dots between the established facts John W. Milor has told a compelling tale of a key figure that demonstrates a keen level of research and excellent skill as a storyteller. Legend of the Prophetess is a book that I highly recommend both for fans of historical storytelling and for those interested in exploration and speculation on figures from scripture. The work is well considered, well written, and should be on the bookshelf of anyone with an interest in studying scripture.