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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Emotional and Inspiring Story

Sarai was born to one of the great lords of Ur. Hers was a life filled with wealth and beauty until the fateful day when she became a woman. Suddenly, she was expected to marry a man she'd never met and serve him as a virtual slave, his every whim her command. It was no...
Sarai was born to one of the great lords of Ur. Hers was a life filled with wealth and beauty until the fateful day when she became a woman. Suddenly, she was expected to marry a man she'd never met and serve him as a virtual slave, his every whim her command. It was not to be borne! Sarai flees her father's house and plunges into the countryside, where she stumbles across Abram, a simple man to whom she is strangely drawn. Although Sarai is caught and returned to her father, she takes a concoction rendering her barren. Her unique states propels her life along a different course and she becomes a priestess of Ishtar, Ur's goddess of war. Once more, Abram enters her life and Sarai joins Abram at last, becoming his wife. Although the young couple seems happy enough, Sarai remains barren and no child is born to them. Sarai offers Abram her handmaid, Hagar, to give him the son he so desperately wants. A quarrel eventually breaks out between the two women, as they compete for position in Abram's world. Told from the point of view of Sarai herself, this book is a unique glimpse into what life in Biblical times might have been like. At times, the story is raw and brutally realistic and at others, Halter's words create visions of inspiration for the faithful. Well written with great characterizations.

posted by AnnBKeller on September 1, 2010

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1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

One Star Too Many

If you like reading lies and fabrications about biblical characters then this book is for you. Frankly, I feel that the truth is so much more appealing. If you want to know the real Sarah, read the Bible. A good novel? Read my recommendation...

posted by Anonymous on June 2, 2005

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  • Posted September 1, 2010

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    Emotional and Inspiring Story

    Sarai was born to one of the great lords of Ur. Hers was a life filled with wealth and beauty until the fateful day when she became a woman. Suddenly, she was expected to marry a man she'd never met and serve him as a virtual slave, his every whim her command. It was not to be borne! Sarai flees her father's house and plunges into the countryside, where she stumbles across Abram, a simple man to whom she is strangely drawn. Although Sarai is caught and returned to her father, she takes a concoction rendering her barren. Her unique states propels her life along a different course and she becomes a priestess of Ishtar, Ur's goddess of war. Once more, Abram enters her life and Sarai joins Abram at last, becoming his wife. Although the young couple seems happy enough, Sarai remains barren and no child is born to them. Sarai offers Abram her handmaid, Hagar, to give him the son he so desperately wants. A quarrel eventually breaks out between the two women, as they compete for position in Abram's world. Told from the point of view of Sarai herself, this book is a unique glimpse into what life in Biblical times might have been like. At times, the story is raw and brutally realistic and at others, Halter's words create visions of inspiration for the faithful. Well written with great characterizations.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 20, 2010

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    An Interesting POV on a well-known tale

    An interesting tale, told from Sarah's POV and starting with her childhood. I'll have to look more closely at my Old Testament text for accuracy, but I have to say that Halter tells a mesmerizing story! I did find myself wanting more about her life with Jacob, but the pieces that are in the book are well-written and flow beautifully. It's a fairly short book - and nothing heavy or theological, although it should be obvious that God's relationship with Abraham plays a big part in the book. An enjoyable, easy read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2006

    for chistians and non-believers

    I thought this was a wonderful book. Halter gives a voice to the women of the Bible, who even though had a huge part in the story of God, were mysteriously left out of the Bible (for the most part) except in reference to their husbands. This book is definatly included on my Top 50 List.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2005

    I enjoyed reading the book

    First and foremost you have to understand this is a fictional story based on bibical facts. I enjoyed reading the book as a fictional story. What made it fun for me, was to maybe see another side that is not told in the bible. My only fault I found, was that Sarah became whining and jealous after all those years of loving and following Abram without question. I love her transition in her later years and when she finally came herself to God in the river, that he, in fact, granted her prays of age and giving of life. This is the moral of this story. I would recommend reading this book, but keep in mind that it is an historial fiction.

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