About the Book
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?
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.
It is so easy to relegate biblical personas to the status of “character.” We often forget that these are not mere stories about interesting characters that experienced inspiring things; these were real, living and breathing, emotion filled people. Reading Sarai compelled me to revisit the corresponding biblical passages to rediscover the truth within them and to remind myself that this story is a part of our history and identity. This family actually suffered these great losses, overcame these great hurdles, persevered in the midst of great opposition, and built a great nation, all in the name and to the glory of our great God.
I think it is important to address that biblical fiction should never replace our devotional readings. It may be easier to connect emotionally to these stories than the humbling and vulnerable nature of reading God’s Word first hand, but these accounts would be void of meaning if we did not first consider the source. I value the respect and care that Jill used when elaborating on this well known and beloved portion of scripture.
Jill Eileen Smith has composed a wonderful novel about the life of Sarai from her young adulthood, through the years of infertility and unrest, and into her years as a mature God seeking woman. The story unravels as an epic journey through hardship, betrayal, and restoration that integrates exquisite detail. Jill helps readers to have a greater understanding of the historical and religious context for these chapters in Genesis while taking a humanistic approach. Her emotive writing beseeches readers to embrace these individuals and internalize their message of hope. A wonderful beginning to a new series!
**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**