Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Moody Publishers for an honest review.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
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“Just because you get some word from the Elohim doesn’t mean you should stop listening. One should never stop listening,” he muttered. Listening was everything.
It’s listening to and believing the voice of his God that changes the life of a man named Abram in Abraham and Sarah by author Roberta Kells Dorr. Abram heeds the voice’s instruction to uproot from his city and go to a land that God will show him. To be headed on a journey without knowing exactly where he’s going is challenging enough, and Abram has no explanation for his actions besides promises from a voice that no one else he knows–not even his wife, Sarai–can hear.
As far as Biblical Fiction goes, this is a rather interesting and eventful story, though the characters seem more like caricatures at times than believable people, almost like in old films where characterizations are dramatic but not always natural. Abram and Sarai are indeed Abram and Sarai for most of the book, as much happens before they can become Abraham and Sarah, and one aspect I liked most was seeing their time in Egypt from Sarai’s point of view.
Although it’s indeed interesting for the most part, the story’s development is awkward at points, dragging and redundant in several places while some events I would think are important are hurried over or they essentially take place in the background. Also, for the vast majority of the reading, I found little enjoyable about Sarai/Sarah’s character. Her cattiness toward her maid Hagar is tiresome but understandable, particularly given its biblical basis, but even outside of that, Sarah is mostly depicted as a brat. She’s often in a huff or “bursting into tears,” and though the promise of God addressing her barrenness would make her someone I’d wish to root for, her constant “head tossing” and spoiled, resentful attitude made her character what I liked least about this book–which is unfortunate, given her pivotal role.
Still, as a novel that was originally published decades ago, Biblical Fiction fans may find this story worth checking out, and the ending left me intrigued concerning what may unfold in the novel that follows, The Sons of Isaac.
Here’s my review of The Sons of Isaac.