Sarai, Wives of the Patriarchs Series #1   -     By: Jill Eileen Smith
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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?

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: Revell
Publication Date: 2012
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0800734297
ISBN-13: 9780800734299
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Series: Wives of the Patriarchs

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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.

Author Bio

Jill Eileen Smith is the author of the bestselling Michal, Abigail, and Bathsheba, all part of The Wives of King David series. She has more than twenty years of writing experience, and her writing has garnered acclaim in several contests. Her research into the lives of biblical women has taken her from the Bible to Israel, and she particularly enjoys learning how women lived in Old Testament times. Jill lives with her family in southeast Michigan.

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Following the successful Wives of King David series, Smith opens her new Wives of the Patriarchs series with this midrashic expansion of the story of Abraham and his wife, Sarah. In the biblical account, Sarah gives birth in her old age to Isaac, as God has promised her husband, Abraham, whose descendants will be as numerous as stars. In this account, the beautiful Sarai, as she is first called, deeply loves her husband and follows him when his Lord calls, even as she waits for decades for the promised child and endures a dangerous passage to Egypt that produces a threat to her marriage in the form of her maid Hagar. Smith is at her best in handling the triangulated relationship between Abraham, Sarah, and Hagar; the subplot involving Abraham’s nephew Lot and his family is less emotionally compelling. The pace occasionally drags, but most of the book is about faithful waiting. Smith breathes new imaginative life into a well-known sacred story. Agent: Wendy Lawton. (Mar.) 2012 Reed Business Information

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  1. Army Mom
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    September 23, 2012
    Army Mom
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    I enjoyed this book about Sarah. It gave me some things to think about regarding the culture and the way certain things were perceived. I liked the emotions that the author interjected for the characters, it brought them to life, and added to the story.
  2. Becca
    Hanford CA
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Sarai Review
    July 24, 2012
    Becca
    Hanford CA
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Have you ever felt like God was taking_well_.too long fulfilling His promises to you? How about feeling ‘old' every time you look at your children and see them growing faster and faster before your very eyes? Join me in a reading journey through the book, "Sarai" written by Jill Eillen Smith, and experience the trials that build character, strength, patience, and joy, as well as endurance, faith, and a relationship with God who indeed keeps His promises. Through "Sarai" we learn that there are consequences for the decisions we make, good or bad, and although God is a God of mercy, He will let us learn lessons the hard way sometimes.

    Sarai was the most beautiful woman in her city. Abram was blessed, until they discovered her barrenness. It would seem her beauty would be the only thing Sarai had going for her, even through the years that aged her and her husband, Abram. Didn't God promise Sarai and her husband a son? Did God not say to her husband, "I will make you a great nation."? Sarai wished for the faith her husband had, but her time had run out. Children would not be born to a barren womb, and most definitely not to one that no longer had life within.

    Sarai's love for Abram pushed her into difficult decisions, ones that she knew she should not make, yet felt compelled to do so. Unable to wait any longer for the promise that God had made to Abram, Sarai gave to her husband her maid, Hagar, in hopes that the promised son would come by way of their union.

    Imagine the struggle Sarai faced every day, looking into the eyes of the servant girl who carried the baby Sarai longed for many, many years. With the pregnancy came the resentment of Hagar toward her mistress. Sarai knew she had made a mistake, but her realization had come too late. Regardless, God did fulfill His promise to Abram and Sarai, giving them a son of their blood together, and Abram did become the father of a great nation, two of them, in fact. But the promise did not come without consequences. Sarai had to live with her choices for the rest of her life, as did her people for many generations to come.

    Is the story of Sarai a sad one? No. Sarai's story is victorious. Her story is also full of many lessons learned. There is a little of Sarai in every woman: Beauty, strength, loyalty, and some old fashion determination. Sarai just teaches us women today that we also need to have some humility, and give it to God's hands, our struggles, trials, anger, jealousy, and idle time. Hopefully none of us will have to be 90 when we see God's promises given to us, or when we finally learn our lessons in life, but take to heart Sarai, her life, her testimony, and her legacy.

    Sarai is among several books in the Wives of the Patriarchs series. I will be adding all other titles to my collection very soon!
  3. Marilyn
    Louisville, KY
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    The pages of the Bible come alive
    July 10, 2012
    Marilyn
    Louisville, KY
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The pages of the Bible come alive as though you personally know Sarai and Abraham, as well as Hagar. You feel their struggles and pain and experience the hardships of living in that time period. The thread of "faith" is continually woven throughout the chapters, and yet human failings are evident. A great read in understanding our past!
  4. eddie
    hannibal mo
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: male
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    great book
    April 19, 2012
    eddie
    hannibal mo
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: male
    Quality: 4
    Value: 5
    I couldn't put this down. It gave me lots of insight to the wife of Abraham.
  5. Janna Ryan
    North Platte, NE
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Sarai brought to life
    April 10, 2012
    Janna Ryan
    North Platte, NE
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    I have never read Biblical fiction books quite as engrossing as the books that I have read by Jill Eileen Smith. Her series on the wives of King David was just riveting and now she has started off with the Wives of the Patriarchs and who better to start off with than Sarai, wife to Abraham. She has done it again by sweeping me away to the past and thrusting me in the middle of the scenario that Sarai lived in. Jill has a gift for recreating the setting and times of that era in such a way that you would think she had lived at that time herself, which would of course be impossible but I would believe it. I honestly don't know how she does her research but I will just sit back and enjoy her bringing the Old Testament to life for me as I eagerly anticipate her next book in this new series.
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