Today is a review on Sarai by Jill Eileen Smith. This is the first time I have a read a book like this. This is a nice rework, and well, "fluff" out of Sarai. We more often know her as Sarah, after God renamed her and her husband Abraham. In this book readers will follow Sarai as she mourns her bareness and strives to keep her husband Abram while she is childless in the midst of other fertile women. In Sarai, we find the woman who will be Sarah coping with the day to day issues of Lot and her other kin, as well as her struggles of being with out a child when she had promised to give Abram one. Through a long journey they will see how God keeps his promises if we will keep up our part.
I found this book to be creatively written, as well as written with plenty of sensitivity and lots of correct settings with as many day to day life details that are as historically correct as possible. That made it quite enjoyable. You already know how the plot will end since you are reading a "fleshed" out story from the Bible. However, I think that for many this will simply make the heroes of our faith alive and real to a great many more people.
About the Book:
He promised her his heart. She promised him a son. But how long must they wait?
Sarai, the last child of her aged father, is beautiful, spoiled, and used to getting her own way. Even as a young girl, she is aware of the way men look at her, including her half brother Abram. When Abram finally requests Sarai’s hand, she asks one thing–that he promise never to take another wife as long as she lives. Even her father thinks the demand is restrictive and agrees to the union only if Sarai 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?
The Wives of the Patriarchs is a three-book biblical fiction series set in ancient Mesopotamia, ancient Egypt, and ancient Canaan. Each story is a fictional rendering of the biblical account, focusing on one or more of Israel’s four matriarchs.
Enter a world where love isn’t always what it seems, and sincere longings can lead to devastating choices. Meet Sarai, Rebekah, Rachel, and Leah, all amidst a backdrop of deceit and control and a struggle to make a united family. Sometimes we must be careful what we wish for, as many of these matriarchs discovered much too well.
About the Author:
Jill Eileen Smith is the bestselling author of Michal, Abigail, and Bathsheba, all part of the the Wives of King David series. Her research into the lives of David's wives has taken her from the Bible to Israel, and she particularly enjoys learning how women lived in Old Testament times. She lives with her family in southeast Michigan.
Available March 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group