Herb Sennett’s The Reluctant General

I received this book courtesy of Mr. Sennett for the purpose of a fair and honest review.

Overview: This should be simple. Here we have a retelling of the story of Deborah the Judge and Barak, as is laid down in Judges 4-5.

Story Telling: There weren’t many inconsistencies with the grammar and punctuation. While I will admit to seeing a few typos, that’s something you can find in any book–including those of the Big Six. At least Mr. Sennett kept to his timeline.

Likes: Mr. Sennett had an interesting idea. And then, he encourages you to read the original story.

Dislikes: Historical books have a bit of a dangerous road to take. You can too easily sully the reputations of those who lived during the times. It is more difficult to keep these people in character. This is one of the reasons that I had a hard time reading “Miracles and Massacres.” Another thing, and this is aimed more at the blurb on the back cover, not all Israelites are Jews. Calling all of the house of Israel Jews, after the house of Judah, is similar to calling all Americans Texans; or calling all rectangles squares.

Conclusion: This book was okay to read up to the halfway point, at least from my point of view. But, it started downhill fast, and went faster at the point where Deborah cursed the city of one of the Tribes of Israel. My personal opinion: stop reading after Sisera’s death. I’d be happier with people reading the book of Judges. At least read them in tandem.

I understand that the Bible is hard for people to understand. If his will help you get an idea of what you’ll be reading, then go for it. Just don’t forget to go to Judges 4-5 in order to read the Biblical story. It’s more accurate and it’s just a couple of chapters.


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