Sarai (Wives of the Patriarchs Book #1): A Novel

Sarai (Wives of the Patriarchs Book #1): A Novel

by Jill Eileen Smith

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ISBN-13: 9781441236036
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/01/2012
Series: Wives of the Patriarchs , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 256,037
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

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.
Jill Eileen Smith is the bestselling and award-winning author of The Wives of King David, the Wives of the Patriarchs, The Loves of King Solomon, and The Daughters of the Promised Land series. 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. Learn more at

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Sarai 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 39 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyable read although the story has added parts not in the Bible. The author gives you her interpretation of true accounts. I looked forward to reading this story and it did not let me down. I look forward to her other books.
LidaJ More than 1 year ago
I could not put this book down. Of course, the story of Abraham & Sarah has always been once of my favorite stories in the Bible. While reading you must keep in mind that Sarai, is a fictionalized version of the Bible story, yet it brings to life the emotions that Sarai and others might have been feeling, emotions that we would possibly feel if in the same situation. For me it opened my eyes to just how strong Abraham's faith was. It was amazing how he so easily recognized the Lord's presence and His voice. Sarai struggled to have the same faith, but Abraham was a strong example to her so that she had the stronger pull toward pleasing the Lord and her husband rather than the false God's of her neice. I will probably read this again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book makes the Bible come alive. As I read the book, I also read the story in the Bible. It accurately follows the Bible, but the author's imagination in "reading between the lines" makes for a great read.
ChristysBookBlog More than 1 year ago
Sarai by Jill Eileen Smith is the first book in her new Wives of the Patriarchs series. The story of Abram/Abraham and Sarai/Sarah is well-known, but Smith breathes new life into these age old characters. She follows the story of Abram's journey from Ur to Canaan at the Lord's command through God's promise fulfilled in the birth of Isaac. Smith creates a beautiful story of love and friendship between Abram and Sarai that has become tainted over time by her desperate desire to give him a son. Her faith in her husband's god isn't as strong, and she often falters while trying to be patient. She becomes very real in this story ashamed of her barrenness, but proud of her beauty, bitter at Abram's insistence on the pretense of not being his wife in Egypt, but so full of love for him that she's willing to offer up her slave, Hagar, to give him a son. Sarai is a woman of contradictions, one that women can easily relate to, because she is like us. Smith really brings to life the reality of marriage in the little details, how Sarai adjusts her smile to reflect both love for Abram and disappointment in their current circumstances, how she often tries to manipulate him. Sarai doesn't come across as a woman from thousands of years ago, but a woman who would fit very much into the 21st century. Hagar is also given time here, and Smith makes her sympathetic as well, more so than the Bible does. My only real complaint is that I wish Smith hadn't jumped right from God's announcement that Sarai would bear a song to Isaac's circumcision. Because I came to love Sarai so much, I wanted to follow her through her pregnancy, to share her joy at feeling the first kick, to see the aching love when he is finally born and she first sees his face. I felt robbed that Smith didn't take us through that journey with Sarai, but it's a credit to the author that I cared enough about the character to desire that completion. I look forward to the next book in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was quite true to biblical story, including the extra tidbits add-on of author's imagination. I enjoyed reading & want to read all of series. Thanks much.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Gave insight to Sarah
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was hard to put down, even for chores.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story of Sarai deals with doubts I feel a lot of women face; waiting for God to fulfill His promises. For that reason, I was sucked into the story and felt as the characters felt. I am an avid reader of biblical fiction and this story is excellent.
sunnynurse More than 1 year ago
Outstanding book -- historically more accurate than the majority of stories of Biblical characters. I felt as if I were watching the life and struggles of a woman I could understand and feel with and for as she lived with Abraham. Also brought Abraham to life as a real man with real problems and a deep faith in God. Fascinating, and will look for future books by this author on the wives of well-known Patriarchs of the ancient times of the Bible! Read through non-stop in one reading and had trouble with just having it end! Wanted more!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the story of Abraham and his wife Sarah of the Bible. The story of a woman who gave birth at 90 years old. His faith strong and hers unsure. Modern language with the feeling of a bitter woman who thought she was barren. I was blessed by this book. I rated only four stars because of the way the boo ended without the sacrifice, which would have made it a five star in my mind. But I highly recommend this book to everyone. Believers and unbelievers alike will enjoy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Absolutely loved this book. It was extremely well written and very enlightening!
CarmieJo More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book. The author makes this story come alive!
Judianne59 More than 1 year ago
This was the first book by Jill Eileen Smith that I had read, and I enjoyed it very much. I have since read her book, Bathsheba, which was also very good.
MichelleSutton More than 1 year ago
This novel brought the Old Testament to life for me. Once again Jill Eileen Smith has given me a greater appreciation for the scriptures. I knew from reading the Old Testament that Sarai was bitter and jealous of Hagar when she felt like she had to give Abram her maidservant at the time she believed she was no longer physically capable of bearing children. This story shows how difficult it was for her, and for me it created a greater empathy for her plight because I better understood her pain. The culture in her day placed such importance on child bearing, and to have everyone around you bearing children had to be really hard. The scenario shown by the author was a great illustration of how taking matters into your own hands often makes things ten times worse than just trusting God. I pitied Hagar and her situation more than ever once I saw her suffering through the character in the story. I love how the author does this with each novel. When it came to the whole situation with Abram telling Pharaoh that Sarai was his sister, I always understood the story in part, but this novel gave backing to the many fears that Abram had for his deception by showing the reasons he said those things. I never understood how deeply it must have hurt Sarai not to be treated as his wife for so long and to be neglected (in many ways) by her husband in the name of protection. I could see how this was selfish on Abram's part and at one point I laughed when Sarai asked Abram if he cared if she died (and implied he was only worried about his own neck.) So while the novel shows the struggles Abram, Sarai, and Hagar had, it also showed their faith. I enjoyed the subplot with Lot as well and his family drama. All in all this was an engaging read. I didn't see any inconsistencies with Scripture and feel like the author did a great job filling in the blanks to bring about a clearer picture of the past. Well done!
ReviewsbyMolly on LibraryThing 10 months ago
I became a fan of Jill Eileen Smith, when I first read book one in her Wives Of King David series. She took Biblical facts and mixed them with fiction, and created stunningly beautiful novels that pull the reader into the past, and the story, instantly. Now, she's created yet another wonderful Biblical fiction series, starting with this one, and it's AWESOME! I felt the pull to the heart of the story instantly and held on for an incredibly moving ride. Ms. Smith created Sarai's story with rich detail. Sarai's story is one of betrayal, faith, hope and trust. Sarai longs to wed her half-brother Abram. It's with a promise of bearing him a son in turn for a promise to be faithful from him, that she's able to marry him. But, as years pass and still now heir is conceived, she starts to worry. Will Abram keep his promise to stay faithful to her, if she's not able to conceive? This book is filled with the answer to that and so much more. The accuracy of the story is incredible. I haven't read the Sarai/Abram's story in long a time, but each page turn brought something with it that sparked my memory from my Bible studies. The richness in the meaning behind the story of trusting in God (or Adonai as he was called in the story) is beautiful. The trust and the betrayal, the sacrifice...all of it was captivating. I definitely recommend this 5 Book worthy novel to everyone. There is passion (though it's clean!), there is hope, there is mysteriousness, and there is fact. You'll be swept away to a time before Jesus was born and live among the people of the story, as if you, too, were a part of it. Once again, Jill Eileen Smith has created a fabtastic start to a wonderful new series and I am in awe of the feeling I get after closing one of her novels. I can't wait for book two to release! Great job, Ms. Smith!!! This review originated at Reviews By Molly in part with a blog tour.
Anonymous 11 months ago
Very enjoyable and thought provoking.
SarahJo4110 More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Parts of this seemed to drag, maybe because we know how the story goes. Surprised at Hagar being a princess but it fit the story well-known.
MysM More than 1 year ago
I read this book last winter when my Woman 2 Woman Bible study group at the church was studying a book about Abraham. While the book about Abraham was a well-researched, in-depth Bible study, this book about his wife Sarai is more historical fiction since there is so little we're told about Sarai (or Sarah) in the Bible. However, this too, is well-researched and Smith is very familiar with the culture of the time as well as the Biblical references, and creates a compelling historical fiction about the life of the wife of the patriarch of the Jewish faith. While Abraham, according to Biblical accounts, was chosen by God to begin a new nation to revere and serve God, it was a journey of obedience for him over many decades where he often put Sarah into difficult and even dangerous situations because he tried to make moves on his own without consulting God. How Sarah may have viewed her position and her husband's mistakes make for an interesting story, a kind of "stand by your man" story that nonetheless may well have filled her at times with longing, impatience, jealousy, tenderness, and most often, love and respect. We can understand how after being barren all through the child-bearing years, God promises she will still bear a child at age 90, Sarah would have doubts. We can also understand the fear she must have experienced in Egypt when Abraham asked her to pretend to be only his sister and the pharaoh bought her hand in marriage with many gifts. The story also explores her relationship with Lot's wife with her idols and her constant reminder that she had been blessed with children while Sarah was barren. Compelling Historical Fiction The story is told in a compelling fashion with the most interesting events of the more than 100 years of Sarah's life including the destruction of Sodom and Abraham's growing relationship with God. It is well-written, well researched, and totally plausible and interesting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book. Worth reading.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The ending was a little abrupt, but the rest of the tale was well told.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lovely rendering. The attempt to remain true to Scripture was successful.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this version of Sarai... and her battle with sending her husband into the arms of another woman, and his battle with guilt in doing so because they loved each other so much