Review by Grace-Essien -- Into the Hand of a Woman

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Review by Grace-Essien -- Into the Hand of a Woman

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[Following is a volunteer review of "Into the Hand of a Woman" by Carla C. Ohse.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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Into the Hand of a Woman is a thriller fiction that is inspired by a Christian bible story. The book is written from the point of view of the main character, Deborah Miller. Deborah, who preferred being called ‘Deb’, was an American Christian Judge who was passionate about curbing injustice on women and doing the will of God. Deborah’s encounter with Jordana, a mail-order bride from Israel seeking divorce, brought her to the realization that abuse and oppression of women was prevalent in Israel especially under the leadership of a man named Sisera. This realization got Deb on a plane to Israel where she intended to spend her sabbatical leave.

The pain and injustice that met Deborah’s eye in Israel was more than she had imagined and she deeply felt led by God to fight for the liberties of the women. Teaming with Lieutenant Barry, a military man who was assigned to be her escort during her stay in Israel, Deborah took up the daring task of bringing freedom to the women. Can they possibly overthrow a powerful military commander?

Carla Ohse did an impressive job of creating an enthralling plot that is relatable to modern day, but is inspired by events that occurred centuries ago as recorded in the bible. The message in the story is this; intentional pursuit of purpose and waiting on God amidst setbacks, fear and challenges as seen in Deborah’s life. Into the Hands of a Woman is an intriguing, inspiring and eventful book that has a good blend of action and romance. The author used both descriptive and narrative writing approaches in telling the story. I appreciate that the scenarios are crafted in a way that paints pictures in the readers’ minds and helps them relate to the story.

Although Deborah’s romantic involvement with Barry contributed to the spiciness of the book, I do not appreciate that the writer made fornication seem acceptable in Christendom. The story painted Deborah as a woman that held God in high regards, judging from her constant acts of praying and waiting on God. I think it’s a contradiction of personality for this same person to continually indulge in sin by having a sexual affair with a man she was not married to, with no form of remorse at any point.

Overall, the book is interesting, easy to understand and seems to be professionally edited as I did not find any grammatical errors or misspellings. Also, the story carries a lot of meaning and lessons as it addresses an ill in the society. For all these reasons, I give Into the Hands of a Woman a rating of 4 out of 4 stars. I recommend the book to teenagers and adults, especially those that believe in God.

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