Sunday, January 9, 2011
Havah: The Story of Eve
I have actually read this book twice now...and both times felt myself experiencing an emotional rollercoaster much like the one Eve travels in Tosca Lee's fictional rendition of her story. In fact, this reading inspired me to lay out my own heart in regard to how this beautiful creature must have felt at one point, banished from Eden. To read that, click here to pop over to my main blog.
Opening on the moment breath first enters her lungs, the reader is instantly transported into the perfection that was Eden...and Adam...and an untarnished relationship with the One that is the center of their world. By the time the author brings us to the big moment of Eve's choice, I felt the beauty of the world that was...and as the scene plays out and the apple is devoured, a small part of me screamed out along with Eve upon the realization of what her choice would mean.
From the introduction to the final farewell of the mother of all that live, I found my mind captured in a way that made my heart both love and break open for this woman. She is both the reason we are all here and the reason why we all live under the curse of sin...and yet, she must also have been a woman of great emotion and regret as she moved thru her life, day after day, seperated from the original perfection that was once hers.
Back Cover Information:
Havah, Adam's chosen name for Eve, recounts her life from a singular vantage point. From having known only blissful innocence, she must struggle through every post-Garden moment. Frustration compounds her plight as she repeatedly attempts to regain her former idyllic existence and repeatedly fails. Havah's life becomes a fight for survival once she and Adam are cast from the Garden, and Lee's poetic prose beautifully depicts the couple's slow surrender to a world tending to destruction. Havah gives birth, raises a brood of children, watches one son kill another, observes disease and death. Yet all the while, she waits for the fulfillment of "the One" (God) who will bring reconciliation and redemption through her seed. Lee's superior storytelling will have readers weeping for all that Havah forfeited by a single damning choice.
I am both moved and inspired by Tosca's ability to weave poetry out of her choice of words and her talent of painting a masterpiece with each and every scene...and I would highly recommend this read for anyone who enjoys Biblical historical fiction.