06 Jul 2014

“A Peek at Bathsheba” by Uvi Poznansky – New Release and Review

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Against the backdrop of raging wars within the land and without, David is growing into the mantle of leadership. Between his anointment as a tribal king and his anointment as the king of all of Israel, he uses wisdom and cunning, and his own understanding of the forces of history, aiming for high ideals: uniting the nation and bringing about healing and peace. But then, having reached his peak, David falters. He makes a serious error that threatens to undo his political success, and cost him not only the adoration of his people—but also the sense of being sustained by a divine force. That error is most torrid tale of passion ever told: his deliciously forbidden love for Bathsheba, and his attempt to cover up the ensuing scandal by sending her husband—who serves him faithfully in his army—to his death. This is volume II of the trilogy The David Chronicles, told candidly by the king himself. David uses modern language, indicating that this is no fairytale. Rather, it is a story that happens here and now, calling for reflection. Listen to his voice as he undergoes a profound change, realizing the magnitude of his sin, and the curse looming over his entire future.

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“A Peek at Bathsheba” by Uvi Poznansky is yet another one of her great Bible-inspired books. Nobody understands better to utilise existing stories that many of us are familiar with already – at least to some extent – and give them a new lease of life, a new angle and makes us see different sides to those historical, religious and mythical characters. Who was David really? A hero or a product of his circumstances, of coincidence and skilled manipulation? The bible and history books had their say; now Poznansky adds some new ideas and interpretations to the myth. Her David is a fascinating character, evolved from “The Rise to Power” with plenty of new material and story to cover.. In this second book about King David we follow him as he battles the tribe of Benjamin, hoping to unite all the tribes and make peace. All told in his own words with honesty and without pretence. He is shown as an anti-hero who is often weak and distracted by things other than politics and the benefit of all. We watch him and his wives, see him fall in love again, we see him suffer personal tragedy yet witness him almost unimpressed by political achievements. Some readers may find this controversial, I find it inspired and fascinating. This book covers one era in David’s life, one of many, one during which he has ‘mastered many skills’ and brings him in his own words to the “prime of his life”. All the while reading I was trying to remember what I know about David and Bathsheba, about the uniting of the tribes and what I shall expect in the next book in the series. Beyond the historical value the book has a great story at heart, that of a man whose roles and position brings complications and demands. The love story and the influence of Bathsheba on David are neither glorified nor trivialised; they brought alive in a unique and inspired way. Few writers can engage me with such sharp characterisation, witty and poignant dialogue, intriguing angles and ideas and incite a lust for knowing and understanding history. Poznansky writes with exquisite prose and elegant style, yet delivers piercing truth and insights into the human psyche on the way. A wonderful read.

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Uvi Poznansky is a California-based author, poet and artist.

She earned her B. A. in Architecture and Town Planning from the Technion in Haifa, Israel. During her studies and in the years immediately following her graduation, she practiced with an innovative Architectural firm, taking a major part in the large-scale project, ‘Home for the Soldier’; a controversial design that sparked fierce public debate.

At the age of 25 Uvi moved to Troy, N.Y. with her husband and two children. Before long, she received a Fellowship grant and a Teaching Assistantship from the Architecture department at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where she guided teams in a variety of design projects; and where she earned her M.A. in Architecture. Then, taking a sharp turn in her education, she earned her M.S. degree in Computer Science from the University of Michigan.

During the years she spent in advancing her career–first as an architect, and later as a software engineer, software team leader, software manager and a software consultant (with an emphasis on user interface for medical instruments devices)–she wrote and painted constantly, and exhibited in Israel and California. In addition, she taught art appreciation classes. Her versatile body of work can be seen online at uviart.com. It includes bronze and ceramic sculptures, oil and watercolor paintings, charcoal, pen and pencil drawings, and mixed media.

Uvi published two children books, Jess and Wiggle and Now I Am Paper. For each one of these books, she created an animation video (see Author Videos at the bottom of this page.) She won great acclaim for her novel, Apart From Love, and for her poetry book, Home (in tribute to her father. Her collection of dark tales, Twisted, and her Historical Fiction book, A Favorite Son, are both new age, biblically inspired books. Rise to Power (the first volume in her new series, The David Chronicles) has just been published

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Christoph Fischer was born in Germany in 1970 as the son of a Sudeten-German father and a Bavarian mother. ‘The Luck of The Weissensteiners’ is his first published work. He has written several other novels which are in the later stages of editing and finalisation.
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