Forever Loved: Eve's Story: A Creative Retelling 1st Edition
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'Love it! I recommend this book to anyone wanting a new understanding and a fresh touch of God the Father's love.' Daphne Godwin, Ffald Y Brenin, Wales, Place of 'The Grace Outpouring'
'This book will draw you into a deep longing for intimacy with Father God. I was very touched by the depth and richness of relationship between Eve and Papa.' Grace Hee, Chair of The Women's Commission, National Evangelical Christian Fellowship, Malaysia
'I love how, while holding to biblical truth, Joanna reveals fresh insight into how our loving Father relates to his children--especially his daughters--in our good and our bad moments.' Alison Eckleben, Senior Pastor, Every Nation Church, London
' ... beautifully written. I would say it's Papa-written. I started to read it in McDonald's this morning, and couldn't stop. The end of Eve's story is exceptionally powerful; I began trying not to weep too openly.' Dr Bill Rigden, Founding Asia Director, World Horizons
'It's a great joy for me to read the result of Joanna's encounter with her heavenly Daddy after receiving Bethel Sozo ministry. In Forever Loved: Eve's Story, Joanna retells Eve's life through this new revelation of who Father God is.' Ros Dunlop, Bethel Sozo Team, Bath City Church
'Wow! I was really impacted by this book. It's not just for women. I think every man serious about his relationship with God should read this, not just to understand the women in his life better, but to have a deeper revelation of God's nature. I'm very very excited to get as many people as possible reading this.' Greg Albrecht, Pastor, Every Nation Church, Slough
'Just read ... in tears ... so awesome. What a Father we have! Can't wait to recommend it to lots of people.' Rebecca Brownridge, Women's Leader, Wales
' ... amazing insight into Eve's life. A beautiful story--the language used is incredible. The love of Father, and the delight he has for Eve, even after she sins, is lovely.' Jill Charman, Life Group Leader, Crown Church, London
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I'm 67 and been a Christian for 45 years. This book? WOW!
This book was a short and easy read – I actually enjoy them longer, but I felt like I could give this one to a friend and have it not be overwhelming if the friend isn’t a word nerd like me. I like that Ms. Chee fleshed out what might have happened, to get us thinking about it. If you didn’t think storytellng like this could be a part of Bible study, think again. It’s a great way to engage with Scripture and use your God-given imagination to have a conversation with God about his Word. I also liked how Ms. Chee used this story to show how all our insecurities and brokenness are rooted in sin – which means there is also a solution!
WHAT I DIDN’T LIKE ABOUT THIS TELLING OF EVE’S STORY
I think it’s totally acceptable to “fill in the blanks” to make a story like this come alive. We don’t know exactly how these events happened, and as mentioned above, thinking about how they might have happened actually helps us to engage scripture, think critically about it, and apply it to our lives. But I do think we need to tell our readers when we’re doing that. And Ms. Chee does. But she does it in a footnote, not in the body of the text. Only nerds like me read footnotes. So someone could be reading this, and either a) think some of the parts of the story are straight out of Scripture (some are, some aren’t), or, b) because of a), assume that Ms. Chee is off on a limb and about to fall out of the tree. I would suggest that she move that paragraph out of the footnotes and into the body of the text, so it is clear to every reader exactly what’s happening here.
It’s not the most grounded book – based in part from Ms. Chee’s spiritual experiences, not just Scripture. That doesn’t make it bad, but I would challenge you to do exactly what Ms. Chee said to do in the aforementioned footnote: read the Scriptures for yourself and join the conversation. And like my friend Joey would say, eat the meat and spit out the bones. Also, the story is told in first person present, which just isn’t my favorite…it’s so hard to pull it off well. If that bothers you, this story might not be your favorite.
WOULD I RECOMMEND FOREVER LOVED, EVE’S STORY?
Yes, even though the writing style wasn’t my favorite, I would recommend this story. I think it could be a valuable tool to reflect on our relationships with God – and with men – in a way that challenges us and invites us to grow, but also surrounds and comforts us with God’s presence. Don’t read it independently – bring it into conversation with Scripture and with prayer, and perhaps you’ll even find some of your own healing and restoration along the way as you discover Eve’s story of healing and restoration.
I received a review copy of this book; all opinions are my own.
My Story: The author’s personal story of encountering God as Father.
Eve’s Story: A beautifully creative retelling of the Bible story of Eve.
Your Story: Encouragement and prayers to take you deeper into God’s presence.
Experience Eve’s story anew. Discover just how loved you are!
My Thoughts: This is an interesting account of Eve and Adam in the Garden of Eden. The reader begins reading the first account of Eve in her words. This short book is a great reminder of how much God loves us, and how He wants us to be in fellowship with Him.
This is an enjoyable read that all readers will love.
I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
I did remind myself as I read the book that this is an account of what one person perceives as what could have happened as Eve is introduced to us in the bible. The story is a beautiful way to look at how Eve may have been when she first met Jesus. I did like reading about Eden and how gorgeous and peaceful it was. It was interesting to read how the author saw Eve.
It was hard to read about Cain and Abel and how their parents played a part in what was to happen. From the very beginning God warned them not to eat from the tree, but Eve and then Adam disobeyed. Their punishment was hard but God forgave them of their sin. I did like how the author encourages readers to have a deeper relationship with God and how "You are forever loved." That one sentence has stuck with me as I finished the book. No matter what, I am loved. I may have sinned, but I am still loved. Such powerful words that humble me and remind me daily that we all sin; but the good news is we are forgiven.
I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.
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Thank you, Jo! Yes, I cried, too!