Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Book Review - "Sarai"

Jill Eileen Smith has such a gift for bringing Biblical characters to life! I really enjoyed Smith's The Wives of King David series; therefore I was thrilled to get the chance to read and review "Sarai," book 1 in Smith's Wives of the Patriarchs series!

Sarai made a promise when she married that she would give her husband Abram a son and at the same time Abram promised he would not take another wife besides Sarai. Years and years have passed and Sarai's promise has not been fulfilled as she has been barren. Worried that Abram will break his promise since she has not fulfilled hers and the longing that Sarai feels to be a mother leads her to attempt to turn to other gods at times; however she is unable to follow through with the worship even at the urging of her nephew Lot's wife Melah. Sarai and Melah have different beliefs and lead similar lives and live in similar circumstances, but their lives vary greatly. As Abram and Sarai follow God's commands and travel, they face trials and yet there love remains strong, but always on their minds is the unfilled promise from God that Sarai will birth Abram a son. How long must they wait and will they both be patient enough?

Smith is such a great storytelling weaving together and expanding upon Biblical stories and truths and tying in research to fill in the gaps. Smith has such a way with words and writing style that really brings the characters to life. Although these characters lived years ago, many of their struggles are similar to ones that are still faced today. I am looking forward to the rest of this series!

“Available March 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”

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