I have really become very fond of two to three authors who put great detail and insight into the history and depth of some of our most loved Bible stories. Rachel is one those books by one of these very talented writers. Most of us who know our Bible know all about Jacob, Leah and Rachel. However, Jill works to make these stories alive and put her readers inside these people's lives.
Rachel and Leah are sisters, and they are married to the same man. How on Earth could this be? Well, a good bit of it has to do with the old laws that were in place, and with the sister's father. Jacob is in love with Rachel, but he finds himself tricked and married to Leah. 7 years later, now he is married to both sisters but it is not as simple as that. Now Rachel is barren, and Leah has no problem having babies with Jacob. Where is God in all this? When Leah names her baby Ruben - God has seen my misery, will Jacob figure out how to love two wives, or will the competition for one man's heart and affections rip them all apart?
This book was very well written. I have no complaints and I am always glad to read these well written expounded Bible stories.
Can true love overcome a legacy of betrayal?
Rachel wants nothing more than for her older half sister Leah to wed and move out of their household. Leah wishes her father would find a good man who would love her alone. Unbeknownst to either of them, Jacob is making his way to their home, trying to escape a past laced with deceit and find the future God has promised him.
But the past comes back to haunt Jacob when he finds himself on the receiving end of treachery. The man who wanted only one woman ends up with sisters who have never gotten along and now must spend the rest of their lives sharing a husband. In the power struggles that follow, only one woman will triumph . . . or will she?
Combining meticulous research with her own imaginings, bestselling author Jill Eileen Smith not only tells one of the most famous love stories of all time but will manage to surprise even those who think they know the story inside and out.
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