3.13.2012

Sarai: A Novel By Jill Eileen Smith

When Abram finally requests the hand of his beautiful half sister Sarai, she asks one thing--that he promise never to take another wife as long as she lives. Even Sarai's father thinks the demand is restrictive and agrees to the union only if she makes a promise in return--to give Abram a son and heir. Certain she can easily do that, Sarai agrees.

But as the years stretch on and Sarai's womb remains empty, she becomes desperate to fulfill her end of the bargain, lest Abram decide that he will not fulfill his. To what lengths will Sarai go in her quest to bear a son? And how long will Abram's patience last?

Combining in-depth research and vivid storytelling, Jill Eileen Smith brings to life the beautiful and inscrutable Sarai in this remarkable story of love, jealousy, and undaunted faith.

This is the first book in the Wives of the Patriarchs series. It tells the story of Abram & his wife, Sarai. A story which I thought I had known well, not realizing when it comes to the Bible, you can never know too much. I was aware of Sarai's infertility and lack of faith in God, but never realized the extent of her sins that stemmed from her impatience.
In this novel the writer brings to life the people surrounding the couple, family and friends and immerses the reader into a whole new world making you feel like you were there at the time. It gives you a new perspective.
Although, at times, there was a lot of detail in the book it almost felt too complicated but overall was a great retelling of a great story! Would definitely reccomend to people who want to go deeper into stories of the Bible.


"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group".

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