Saturday, September 24, 2011

Book Review: Havah: The Story of Eve by Tosca Lee/5 Stars

About the book:

A single decison has the power to unravel mankind.

Created, not born.

The world's first woman, without flaw, until one fateful choice. Now all humanity must pay for the mistake.

From paradise to exile, from immortality to the death of Adam, experience the dawn of mankind through the eyes of Eve -- the woman first known as Havah.

My thoughts:

Tosca Lee has got to be one of the most talented authors in Christian fiction today. It has been such a long time since I read a novel with as much depth as this one had. Normally, I fly through books as so many of them have similar storylines and plot devices, but I found myself slowly and methodically reading this book, absorbing each and every page.

This book changed my perceptions of those early days from Genesis that I am familiar with. Tosca's ability to convey the joy of Adam and Eve's time in the garden was contrasted extremely well to their sudden flight after eating the fruit, along with their subsequent wonder of how they would survive. And while it's not the norm for Christian fiction, I appreciated Tosca going the extra mile in describing the love shared between Adam and Eve as husband and wife. It seems that lately this has been frowned upon by some Christian readers, but I found it to be completely natural and added that extra bit of realness to the story.

Not only is Havah a great addition to Christian fiction, it is a wonderful addition to the genre of Biblical fiction that is growing by leaps and bounds. I have found that these novels help me in my understanding of Biblical truths, and I always find myself going to the original source and comparing both works side by side. It is my belief that Tosca has found her niche with the Biblical fiction genre, and while I'm sure her newest novel with Ted Dekker is great, I'm eager for her next solo novel in the works called Iscariot.

5 Stars

**Many thanks to B&H Publishing through NetGalley for providing a copy for review.

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  1. This was a terrifically edgy book. Since blogging I've discovered I don't really enjoy Biblical fiction, but this one (the first I read in the genre) I enjoyed.

  2. Thanks for this review. I was on the fence about reading it but I just finished Forbidden, the one she did with Ted Dekker and after your review, Im eager to read one of her books now...:)

  3. I purchased this book on a deal for my Kindle. I can't wait to read it. Thanks for the review! I'm looking very forward to this book.

  4. Thanks for the comments, ladies!


    Have you read her first novel, Demon? It's not what I would consider Biblical fiction, and it definitely fits the description of edgy.


    Forbidden is a novel I really hope to read soon. All of Ted's collaborations thus far have been very good!


    Way to go on getting a great Kindle deal! I hope you enjoy it. :o)

  5. I'm 1/4 the way through Havah, and i'm really enjoying it!
    One of my fav Christian novels is Demon: A memoir by Tosca Lee, so i was looking forward to Havah. It's so different, but still awesome!
    I dunno about Forbidden. I haven't read a collaboration before and i don't understand how that works. So i won't be rushing out to grab that one.


  6. This one sounds really interesting! I've seen it in the bookstore and on Amazon but hadn't read any reviews until I saw yours. I will have to check this one out! :)


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