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Nara is a young Philistine woman who has given up hope of ever finding a husband. No man will take a wife who towers head and shoulders above him. She lives in isolation with her father, until she is discovered by the Philistine priests. They betroth her to Goliath, to give him warrior sons. What happens when Nara's fate collides with that of David, who is destined to faceNara is a young Philistine woman who has given up hope of ever finding a husband. No man will take a wife who towers head and shoulders above him. She lives in isolation with her father, until she is discovered by the Philistine priests. They betroth her to Goliath, to give him warrior sons. What happens when Nara's fate collides with that of David, who is destined to face Goliath in combat, will forever transform how you experience this pivotal moment in the Bible... Boorstin reimagines David s dangerous path from shepherd to charismatic leader, interweaving his life not only with Nara's, but with key Biblical characters including King Saul, and Saul's daughter Michal, who will later become David s wife. While faithful to the spirit of the Bible, Boorstin reads between the lines of the ancient narrative to bring immediacy, relevance and even greater meaning to the life of the young Israelite who would become the most beloved character in the Old Testament. David and the Philistine Woman combines exciting storytelling and rich characters to fashion an unforgettable epic....

Title : David and the Philistine Woman
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ISBN : 9781785355370
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Number of Pages : 482 Pages
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David and the Philistine Woman Reviews

  • Annette
    2019-03-29 18:05

    This beautifully imagined story of David and Goliath, based on the Bible story, brings historical and social realities of two clashing tribes Israelites and Philistines. David is the youngest son of Jesse of Bethlehem. He doesn’t follow his brothers to war. Instead he becomes the shepherd of his father’s flock. A task which some may find shame in, but he feels pride instead, tenderly caring for the sheep. Until a prophet Samuel shows upon their door and announces the next Israelite king, after King Saul.David's story is intertwined with Nara’s, who is a daughter of master blacksmith of the Philistine city of Gath. At the age of 16, she is chosen for an honor by the high priest. She doesn’t understand the meaning of his words at the time. Soon after, she gets married to Goliath, a giant warrior.David’s and Nara’s search, of what is meaningful to each of them, puts them on the same path. At the end, two people from opposite tribes join in the same mission.The story ends with the famous fight of David and Goliath. The story is engrossing, bringing David’s caring nature, his search for meaning in life. When he feels lost, he goes back to what is most meaningful in his life – simplicity.@Facebook: Best Historical Fiction

  • Paula J Riggin
    2019-03-26 14:56

    This is a great read! It is a fascinating, creative depiction of the events leading up to the familiar ‘David & Goliath’ story, one of my favorites since childhood Bible classes. Paul Boorstin’s elaboration on well-known Biblical figures, addition of fascinating new characters, and detailed descriptions of the varied cultures bring the shepherd David and his world to life. This is a well-researched book that allows the reader to become immersed in the cultures of the Israelites and Philistines and begin to understand the motivations behind familiar Biblical events. I especially enjoyed seeing the world not only from David’s perspective, but also from the women’s point of view. Nara, Goliath’s wife (the Philistine Woman from the book’s title), and Michal, Saul’s daughter, have significant roles in David’s story. The interactions of these women from different cultures and beliefs with David’s path make for an exciting, page-turning narrative. I highly recommend this beautiful story.

  • Amy
    2019-04-16 15:39

    This is a giveaway book, coming out for the public later this summer. Reviews are meant to create buzz for the book, and I hope my review does just that, because the book deserves it. I loved it! This book is about David, you know, the one from early biblical times with the slingshot? I think for sure there will be comparisons drawn with the Secret Chord, which came out last year, and also chronicles David's life. But this book is a snapshot of a particular time in David's life, and focuses deeply on that important time of transition. It doesn't feel the need to fill in the gaps from the beginning, nor the end many of us know. It instead shows us who David is - a young man whose faith shines through every action he takes, and whose wisdom and bravery, and responsibility for others, emerges through him. David is a folk hero, but simply by being himself. Through, belief, wisdom, and love, his people come to see him as a natural leader, and we the readers, we root for him too. But you will find yourself also rooting for Nara, the Philistine Woman, whose bravery and courage, and compassion is a match for every other character in the book. One of the things I loved about the book was her - but I also loved that while David's faith is so profound here, one really gets to see how the Philistine beliefs and faith are in operation as well, and makes no judgement, on how different cultures operate. Nara's faith held by a hidden or secret community of women, is extraordinary, and I love how those faiths interweave as much as they do contrast. It felt like a page turner, the deeper it went. An old story that had life breathed into it anew. After the first few pages, I stopped thinking about comparisons to other novels and things I knew about this story, and just immersed into it. I loved it, and I hope it does very well. It should. Congratulations on a great book, and thank you for sending me an advance copy to enjoy.A note for the author: I am going to bring my copy to the JCC in Newton Massachusetts, where at the pool they seem to have a giveaway/exchange bookshelf. I think this will increase buzz, to have other folks have a chance to read it and talk about it. And this is your perfect desired audience. And if they look it up online, they will see my review and maybe even come ask me about it. Or maybe return it to the carousel. Perhaps that will help it circulate.

  • Irma Wolfson
    2019-03-27 17:40

    David, the slayer of Goliath, we know. Wise King David, ruler of the Israelites, we know. But who was the young David, the shepherd filled with inchoate dreams of greatness? Author Paul Boorstin creates a rich portrait of this singular figure as his life intersects with those of his contemporaries: Nara, the imposing wife of Goliath; Jonathan, King Saul’s son and David’s rival; and Michel, the king’s daughter whom David yearns for. Their ambition, their desire for power, and their conflicting loves and loyalty play out in the modest dwellings, elaborate palaces, and sandy terrain of ancient Israel as the Jewish people contend with the hostile Philistines in their midst. Boorstin vividly portrays the inner lives of his characters as they fight for what they want, as the inevitable clash between David and Goliath moves ever closer. If you read and loved The Red Tent, you will want to read David and the Philistine Woman.

  • Shomeret
    2019-03-31 14:59

    Boorstin writes about a David who was a shepherd and played the lyre. He had a sense of destiny, as the novel opens, but it wasn't entirely clear to him what that destiny would be. I confess I was more curious about the Philistine woman mentioned in the title. So I accepted a free copy of David and the Philistine Woman. My review, as always, is an honest one.Although David is the protagonist of this novel, the Philistine Nara is an additional viewpoint character who makes a strong impression from the moment that she is introduced forging a sword in her father's smithy. There's a cross-cultural taboo against women having any contact with weapons because of the supposed terrifying power of women's menstruation. So from the beginning, it's clear that Nara is a woman who isn't afraid to break with conventions. This is why she is the character in this book who continued to interest me most. I thought that David and the Philistine Woman was well written. David, Jonathan and Michal were sympathetic. I also loved Nara and the cult of her goddess Ashdoda. I'm glad I read this book. For my complete review see

  • Marge Congress
    2019-04-11 15:50

    Based very loosely on the Biblical story, we meet David as a young shepherd and Nara, a gigantic girl who has learned how to make armor and weapons from her father. The stories parallel each other for a time, then the two join together in finding a way to kill Goliath, Nara's husband. The author has done a great deal of research, but the story is his idea of what could have happened. I found it hard to put down.

  • Gwendolyn
    2019-03-31 17:49

    Great retelling of a biblical story. Takes the reader back in time and makes the characters real. Love the addition of the Philistine woman!

  • Susan
    2019-04-10 20:03

    I received this copy directly from the author. I was fascinated with the premise, especially in light of the current archaeological finds in the region. The book was well written, the plot was believable, and I enjoyed hearing a different midrash on this well-known Biblical story. It was compassionate toward a character that few might have imagined - that of the wife of Goliath. I highly recommend this book. I'll be recommending it to my Jewish community as well.

  • Fiona
    2019-04-10 21:48

    Everyone has heard the story of David and Goliath. This is a different version. What if Goliath was married? What if she is trying to runaway from him?Nara is a tall Philistine woman so she would be a perfect match, at least physically, for the tall Goliath. However, she does not love him. In fact, she despises him. She does end up pregnant but loses the child. She ends up a fugitive and runs away. She meets David and helps him destroy the Philistines.It has been a while since I read the story in the Bible and some of the story´s plot wasn´t familiar to me but is in the Bible such as the Samuel´s prophecy that David will unite his people. The author used the bibilical text as the basis for the story and added characters Nara, Goliath´s wife, and the Nubian Najab.Good story and easy to read. I wish the Bible would have been written as an easy to read version like this story.

  • Carol Rosenberg-fox
    2019-04-04 19:03

    It was fascinating reading the 'other' side of David and Goliath through the eyes of Goliath' s wife. Steeped in history it gave us a 'what if' padding of the story. I found Mara, the Philistine woman, a strong role model and for me she remained in my mind after finishing the novel rather than David. I would highly recommend this book.This e book was given to me for free for a fair review.

  • Erica Simoneaux
    2019-04-11 14:47

    Helped me grasp the characters (some real, some fictional) in the teachings of David and Goliath.

  • Jennifer
    2019-03-23 13:54

    I won David and the Philistine Woman on September 20, 2017 off of Goodreads in an author sponsored giveaway. I have yet to receive this book, there is no ship date, and any attempts to contact the author have been ignored. Until I hear from the author or receive my book, my only option is to post negative reviews of the book on every platform available to me. If you know this author, please share this post with them.

  • Helen Hollick
    2019-03-29 14:53

    This book has received a Discovering Diamonds Review: Helen Hollickfounder #DDRevs" an eminently readable reconstruction of events"

  • Rachel
    2019-04-09 19:48

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  • Merry
    2019-04-17 20:39

    This was a terrific read! A true page-turner, very readable. I am suggesting it for my library.

  • Paul Boorstin
    2019-03-26 19:04