Tuesday, 3 April 2012

Sarai by Jill Eileen Smith

Back Cover: 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.

Review: Sarai, or better known as 'Sarah' is a Biblical fascination. When reading through Genesis your imagination really does take flight - how can it not? Abraham was one of the wealthiest and most powerful princes of his era. Kings feared and paid homage to him. He had an awesome and unique relationship with God. And then there is his wife, Sarai - a woman so beautiful that Abraham feared he'd be murdered. Not only was she gorgeous, Sarai was chosen by God to be the mother of a nation and she had the courage to follow Abraham from their home and across the land.

While I am usually a little wary of fictional accounts of Biblical stories I quite enjoyed this telling of Abraham's Sarah. It was feasibly accurate (who knows exactly what happened in between the accounts recorded in the Bible?) and believable. A satisfying read.

"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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