“What a failure her life had been. Would she have lied to God if she’d had more faith, been more righteous? How could she possibly have a son at her age? And yet, if she had believed all along . . .” ~from Sarai~
These lines from Jill Eileen Smith’s novel share the anguish Sarai feels as she realizes how often she has missed God’s favor because she cannot bring herself to trust Him. God blesses Sarai with a very good life—especially for a woman of that time period. She has incredible beauty, an adoring, godly husband, wealth, servants, health. (Who wouldn’t want to look young and lovely at age sixty-plus?) Yet jealousy, fear, and doubt eat away at her happiness. When she compounds this with idolatry and bad choices, she sets in motion events that bring much pain both to Sarai and those she loves.
Though familiar with the biblical account, I found that this book brought Sarai’s story to life for me. I rejoiced with her, hurt with her, worried for her . . . And I couldn’t help but think about heaven. I’ve often wondered how we will relate to other Christian women from cultures and time periods so different from ours. Stories like this remind me of all the sorrows, hopes, and dreams we share with the ones we’ll meet in eternity.
***Rich in historical detail, Sarai is a great read. Follow this link to purchase a copy for yourself. Thanks to Revell for sending the book for me to review.
Need more details? Here’s the book blurb: 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?
About the author: Jill Eileen Smith is the bestselling author of Michal, Abigail, and Bathsheba, all part of the the Wives of King David series. Her research into the lives of David’s wives has taken her from the Bible to Israel, and she particularly enjoys learning how women lived in Old Testament times. She lives with her family in southeast Michigan. Follow this link to visit Jill’s website.