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Abraham and Sarah Paperback – March 1, 2014
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Against great odds, they found love—only to endure years of disappointment.
God promised for Abraham and Sarah abundant, fertile land and descendants more plentiful than the stars. But they don’t trust God to carry out His plan in His time. They grow tire of waiting for God to fulfill His promises . . .
Fearing for their lives, Abraham lies to Pharaoh, which eventually gets them evicted from Egypt, along with Pharaoh’s daughter, Hagar. When the barren years linger on, Sarah hatches a plan of her own to become a mother—ignoring God and ultimately causing a family division that ripples through the generations.
When the resulting miracle unfolds, the reader encounters the life-altering love of God.
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This is must reading for anyone who is a Bible Scholar.
My husband also enjoyed this book very much and he is definately a Bible Scholar. It is very unusual for him to read and really like a book of fiction. He has been a Minister and Bible Researcher for over 65 years. He is 93 years old and i've never seen him enjoy a book so much other than The Bible. You will become lost inside the pages in an era of long ago. It is an excellent author that can take you to the places and the people that the book is written about.
I saved Abraham for last because he was brought to life inside the book. We always think Abraham had it so easy because he was chosen of GOD. We find out that he was subject to human errors, fear and all the other human feelings and shortcomings that we experience.
A wonderful book whether you love history or just want a good book to enjoy. It is great for either. Thank You, Sylvia Kolenda
Author: Roberta Kells Dorr
Publisher: River North
“Don’t talk to me of the promise. It won’t come true. I know it won’t. It’s just like the land your God promised. It was dry and barren and full of those horrible flying things,” Sarah admonishes Abraham in Roberta Kells Dorr’s novel, Abraham and Isaac.
At two hundred and seventy-two pages, this historical Biblical fiction targets those looking for a reenactment of the life of Abraham from the Old Testament. With no profanity, the topics of physical abuse and war would be not apropos for immature readers. This reader wishes there was consistency in capitalizing pronouns of God for reverence.
Dorr often inserts dialogues and situations that may not be accurate to the Bible in regard to Hagar’s lineage, Abraham’s interceding of Sodom and Gomorrah’s destruction, and Isaac’s age during Abraham’s attempted sacrifice. Although fictitious characters and slightly changed circumstances are added to enhance the story, the theme of trusting in and obeying God known as Elohim and El Shaddai is pivotal.
Beginning the story of Abram and Sarai being half-siblings, the family lives in Ur where pagan idols supposedly control all things. When Sarai refuses to participate in ritualistic events, she is cursed by the high priestess to remain barren. Abram, ten years older, rescues her from shame by marrying her.
When the barbaric Elamites sack the city, the family flees and Abram is determined to search for a land the One True God has promised. However, the impatient, spoiled Sarai sees no fulfillment of promises, especially one that they will have as many decedents as the stars. She begs Abram to live in Egypt, where the pharaoh takes her as his concubine.
Lying twice to powerful men who want to marry his wife, Abram constantly prays to God for help while Sarai decides to take matters into her hands. Allowing Abram impregnate her maid, portrayed as pharaoh’s daughter, she feels her barrenness has been resolved.
Over time, God changes their names to Abraham and Sarah, predicting they will have a son, even though Sarah is old. When she does give birth to Isaac, her focus and love are directed to her son, not the promises Abraham has told her.
With the Biblical stories including Haran, Hagar, Ismael, Lot, Melchizedek, and Abimelech, details explain dove’s dong, khan, hadh, ergot, and camels eating aliek as Abraham learns to listen, trust, and obey the Creator.
Dorr’s style of writing reminds readers how important the Bible is and how God chose Abraham to be the father of His chosen people. It should be noted, however, the story wavers from the Word’s depiction.
Thanks to Moody Publishers for furnishing this book at no charge in exchange for a review based on the reader’s honest opinion.
The Bible doesn't cover the women as much in detail as the men of the Bible. I keep my Bible close while reading the book so I can check the facts with the scriptures and it was pretty accurate. The feelings Sarah must have had sharing her husband so she could have a child, thinking she was barren! Then as an elderly woman FINALLY having her child you can understand why she was so protective of Issac.
This book gave Hagar a personality and feelings, a history and a life. Now I look at her completely different.
I usually am not a novel reading person but since discovering Biblical fiction I have been reading many novels. This one was one of the best so far!
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