I have been enjoying being part of a faith-based group of women as we are reading these books together. I hope you are following along with me. If you have not been following along, you can start at any time.
Our group leader has given us questions to aid in our discussion.
You may find these questions here: Download Discussion Questions for Havah
My brief summary and thoughts:
- I loved this book. I had to first realize that it had to be fiction, since there are only a few chapters in Genesis that talks about Eve. Given that premise, I allowed myself to be receptive to the author's view. This is definitely a possibility of a life we all think we know.
- I absolutely loved the vivid descriptions of Eden in its purity. Then also, the description of the contrast of a world fallen in sin. I could actually feel and imagine the world through her eyes.
- The book made me look at my own relationships as she brought out feelings I have also had. All in all she had faith in the promise of God and matured to accept what she did not know. She had discernment to know what was contrary to the true faith and tried to correct other mis-teachings. She never stopped seeking the One.
- The true story in the Bible is very brief. I was stuck in ideas that I have always thought to be true. I always thought that the first rain and the first altar with a sacrifice were in Noah's time. But just because these things are not mentioned before Noah, does not mean they didn't happen before. My other idea I had was that because Eve was made for Adam, that their relationship was perfect. In the book, Eve is very independent (almost feminist) in her thinking. But then I need to remember that she is human living in a fallen world that changes so much during her lifetime.
All in all, I loved this book. I was able to feel the garden of Eden. I was able to yearn to be with God and feel the regret of sin.
What were your thoughts or insights from reading the book? Feel free to leave me a comment below or share on Facebook.
Our next book for April/May is Pope Francis: Why He Leads the Way He Leads by Chris Lowney . The book discussion is scheduled for May 20, 2016.
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