Friday, March 28, 2014

Abraham and Sarah

Author: Roberta Kells Dorr
Publisher: Moody Publishers
March 2014
ISBN: 978-0-8014-0957-7
Genre: Biblical fiction

A splendid exploration of faith against great odds and love that endures years of disappointment.

Abraham and Sarah is a masterful historical drama from the moment that Abraham strides into the pagan temple to rescue Sarah. The couple set out in search of the blessings God had promised: abundant fertile land and decedents more plentiful than the stars.

But years of wandering bring the couple to Egypt where once again Abraham convinces Sarah that as sister and brother surely they will pass safely through the territory. But Pharaoh takes Sarah into his harem where she befriends Pharaoh's daughter, Hagar. Together the three are ordered to leave.

Years of barrenness have embittered Sarah and she hatches a plan: Hagar must become the vessel for the child God has promised. Ishmael is born to Hagar and so is jealousy born in Sarah's heart. But God had a plan and He was right all along. This miracle unfolds with Historical authenticity leaving the reader with a better understanding of the ancient world and the life-changing faith of Abraham and Sarah.

Okay, I am not a huge fan of biblical fiction. They take liberties with scripture, and while I am not a theologian, I don’t remember any biblical proof that Sara was rescued from a pagan temple nor that Hagar (Sarah’s MAID) was Pharaoh’s daughter. That last one was really a stretch for my imagination. 

ABRAHAM AND SARAH is an interesting read, liberties aside, and it does bring out some biblical history that may or may not be true. Keeping in mind that it is fiction… it’s a good read. Historically… um, maybe not. $14.99. 272 pages. 

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