The Reluctant General

About the book

The Reluctant General” is unique in that it is a historical novel that is both true to the biblical record and historically accurate. Yet, it is a fictionalized version of the events about how Deborah, the lead judge of Israel at that time, and Barak, a farmer from the tribe of Naphtali in the northern part of Israel, lead an army of ten thousand Israelite farmers and hunters against the greatest army of the known world: the Canaanites.

“The Reluctant General documents the main characters as they struggle with personal and political choices far outside their experience. This creates a spellbinding story that moves beyond historical precedent and statistics to bring readers right into the daily lives of the early tribes of Israel: ‘How can I lead them into a battle from which I know they may not return?’ he said more to himself than to Deborah.”

Diane Donovan, Sr. Reviewer for the Midwest Book Review

 “Herb Sennett excels in cultivating this ongoing sense of personal dilemma, growth, and conflicted choices in the face of military and political changes. This helps drive both the religious force of the story and its psychological depth, lending it a realistic, compelling atmosphere that brings a complex world and situation to life.”

-Diane Donovan, Sr. Reviewer for the Midwest Book Review

 “The story of Deborah and Barak from the biblical book of Judges describes amazing courage and fortitude beyond modern comprehension. In this modern retelling of the old story, Herb Sennett brings to life the people of 1150 BC in such a way that their hopes, dreams, struggles, pain, and suffering help us face our own problems in the light of God’s willingness to help his people whenever they are threatened with extinction. ”

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