Mar 24, 2012

Sarai by Jill Eileen Smith

Wives of the Patriarchs

He promised her his heart. She promised him a son. But how long must they wait?

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.

Jill Eileen Smith is the author of the bestselling Michal, Abigail, and Bathsheba, all part of The Wives of King David series. She has more than twenty years of writing experience, and her writing has garnered acclaim in several contests. Her research into the lives of biblical women has taken her from the Bible to Israel, and she particularly enjoys learning how women lived in Old Testament times. Jill lives with her family in southeast Michigan.

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I just finished this one, yet I know I will be thinking about it for a long time. We all are familiar with the story of Abram and Sarai, and how they had to wait so long for the arrival of their promised son Isaac.

Jill Eileen Smith took this memorable and inspirational story of patience, love and faith ... and made it come alive. I felt the frustration of Sarai as years and decades went by, and still she remained childless. I felt her anguish when she offered her servant Hagar to her husband, a desperate attempt to finally have a baby to call her own. Then her jealousy set in when Hagar became pregnant, and her feelings soon turned to anger and resentment.

Abram remained confident that God would fulfill his promise, that he would become the father of a great nation. Seeing his life through the eyes of his beloved wife Sarai was a real treat. This is a beautiful love story between two strong characters who felt the same frustrations, disappointments and weaknesses that we all experience.

Fiction stories that are based on Bible characters have become a favourite genre of mine, and I look forward to reading the next books in the Wives of the Patriarchs series.

Disclosure: 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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