The Sons of Isaac by Roberta Kells Dorr

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.

The Sons of IsaacThe Sons of Isaac by Roberta Kells Dorr

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

(Click the title to find the book description/blurb.)

With only the two sons, he still believed his descendants would be as the stars in number and as the grains of sand. Of course both Abraham and Isaac had envisioned these descendants being perfect.

And yet, human beings consistently tend to be imperfect, as is the case with the descendants of Abraham in The Sons of Isaac by author Roberta Kells Dorr.

This novel continues the story begun in Abraham and Sarah, now focusing on the families of Abraham’s promised son Isaac, and Isaac’s twin sons, Jacob and Esau. What I enjoyed most in this novel is the look it takes at the significance and possible complications arising from the traditional birthright and blessing within the family lines and particularly the effect they have on Jacob–and on his mother, Rebekah. I also found it especially interesting to see Isaac’s reaction to another people’s practice of human sacrifice, considering Isaac’s history.

I’d say that retelling the biblical saga of the generations directly after Abraham in novel form, and specifically in one novel, is no simple task. While several parts gave me meaningful pause, I thought others to be dragging or redundant, and still other parts are rushed, leaving little chance for the reader to get to know or care much about the various characters introduced. Some scenes relay the biblical material without really unpacking or developing it for the novel’s sake. Also, the events toward the end don’t lend themselves to the natural flow of a culminating climax, so it’s as if the story eventually stops mainly because it has to stop somewhere.

Still, I enjoyed the read overall, and as with the book before it, other fans of Biblical Fiction should find this story worth checking out.


Here’s my review of Abraham and Sarah.



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