Wives of the Patriarchs | Book 1
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But as the years stretch on and Sarai's womb remains empty, she becomes desperate to fulfil her end of the bargain - lest Abram decide that he will not fulfil his. To what lengths will Sarai go in her quest to bear a son? And how long will Abram's patience last? Jill Eileen Smith thrilled readers with "The Wives of King David" series. Now she brings to life the strong and celebrated wives of the patriarchs, beginning with the beautiful and inscrutable Sarai.
The book has already received a fantastic reception from readers.
Sarai by Jill Eileen Smith was published by Baker in April 2012 and is our 9401st best seller. The ISBN for Sarai is 9780800734299.
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The pace occasionally drags, but most of the book is about faithful waitingReview by Publishers Weekly
Following the successful Wives of King David series, Smith opens her new Wives of the Patriarchs series with this midrashic expansion of the story of Abraham and his wife, Sarah. In the biblical account, Sarah gives birth in her old age to Isaac, as God has promised her husband, Abraham, whose descendants will be as numerous as stars. In this account, the beautiful Sarai, as she is first called, deeply loves her husband and follows him when his Lord calls, even as she waits for decades for the promised child and endures a dangerous passage to Egypt that produces a threat to her marriage in the form of her maid Hagar. Smith is at her best in handling the triangulated relationship between Abraham, Sarah, and Hagar; the subplot involving Abraham?s nephew Lot and his family is less emotionally compelling. The pace occasionally drags, but most of the book is about faithful waiting. Smith breathes new imaginative life into a well-known sacred story.
SaraiMary Bartholomew, via The Good Book Stall
Keeping close to the Bible story but with an added chunk of imagination and a dollop of the ‘highly likely’, the author has produced a very believable version of Sarai and Abram’s longing for a child, Sarai’s struggle to believe God’s promise to her husband and all that befalls them when they obey God’s command to leave their wealthy home in Ur and seek the promised land.
As with Jill Smith’s previous books, you come to know, in a new way, the many characters; their father Terah, Lot and his wife, Hagar, Eliezer and others. You enter into their emotions, you feel for them as they react to each other and their surroundings, and of course we know the end of their story. We know that Sarah as God renames her, bear’s a son in her old age, impossible except for God. No wonder she had given up hope and offered her servant to father Abram’s child. You sense the trauma of this in the Bible story, here the whole tale is told in more detail and for me, bringing greater understanding
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|Author / Artist||Jill Eileen Smith|
|Publisher||Baker (April 2012)|
|Number of Pages||320|
|Page last updated||1st January 2013|