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Since today is the day we do our History meme, I thought I'd make it book review day with books that deal with our history....
From the author of the 25-million copy bestseller The Shackcomes a captivating new novel destined to be one of the most important and talked-about books of the decade.
When a shipping container washes ashore on an island between our world and the next, John the Collector finds a young woman inside—broken, frozen, and barely alive. With the aid of Healers and Scholars, John oversees her recovery and soon discovers her genetic code connects her to every known human race. She is a girl of prophecy and no one can guess what her survival will mean...
No one but Eve, Mother of the Living, who calls her “daughter,” and invites her to witness the truth about her story—indeed, the truth about us all.
Eve is a bold, unprecedented exploration of the Creation narrative, true to the original texts and centuries of scholarship—yet with breathtaking discoveries that challenge traditional misconceptions about who we are and how we’re made. As The Shack awakened readers to a personal, non-religious understanding of God, Eve will free us from faulty interpretations that have corrupted human relationships since the Garden of Eden.
Eve opens a refreshing conversation about the equality of men and women within the context of our beginnings, helping us see each other as our Creator does—complete, unique, and not constrained to cultural rules or limitations.
First confession- I have NOT read the author's previous books. They just did not appeal to me, so I was walking into this book with no thoughts of 'how great the author is".
Second confession- I'm not sure if I can tell you, even now, having finished the book, if I liked it or not.
Young obviously did his research on early bible history, theology, and mythology, and the intent of the book shines through very clearly. One one hand you have the tale of how Lilly is found and it's sci-fi realm. And then you have her 'witnessing dreams' that are the beginning of time. While both tales are meant from the beginning to intersect and merge, there are holes left in the finding tale of Lilly that may drive the reader a bit nuts. The second story is the same, if you are not well versed in different theological view points, you may get REALLY lost.
Young's intent, to have the reader truly understand that both men and women were made equal in God's eyes, and that his love is endless, and always there for us.While he gets the point there (eventually), most readers may be too confused to keep reading to reach that point. If you are looking for a book for a book club discussion, then this book would allow everyone to argue pro/con and theology, to make for an interesting evening.
But this is one of those books that you will either fall into not liking much (which I probably am in), or adoring like you did his previous books....
About the Author:
William Paul Young was born in Canada and raised among a Stone Age tribe by his missionary parents in the highlands of former New Guinea. He suffered great loss as a child and young adult and now enjoys the “wastefulness of grace” with his family in the Pacific Northwest. He is the author of two #1 New York Times bestsellers, The Shack and Crossroads.