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Sarai (Wives of the Patriarchs #1)

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Sarai, the last child of her aged father, is beautiful, spoiled, and used to getting her own way. Even as a young girl, she is aware of the way men look at her, including her half brother Abram. When Abram finally requests Sarai's hand, she asks one thing--that he promise never to take another wife as long as she lives. Even her father thinks the demand is restrictive and ...more
Paperback, 317 pages
Published March 1st 2012 by Fleming H. Revell Company (first published 2012)
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I love biblical fiction! I think it is the perfect way to get someone who has never picked up a bible, interested in the stories that the bible holds. Sarai, by author Jill Eileen Smith is the type of book that does just that.

The first book in the Wives of the Patriarchs, Smith has taken the story of Abram and Sarai and filled in all those missing pieces that makes these biblical characters real and vibrant. I love how she stuck close to scripture yet was able to use her imagination just enough
“What a failure her life had been. Would she have lied to God if she’d had more faith, been more righteous? How could she possibly have a son at her age? And yet, if she had believed all along . . .” ~from Sarai ~

These lines from Jill Eileen Smith’s novel share the anguish Sarai feels as she realizes how often she has missed God’s favor because she cannot bring herself to trust Him. God blesses Sarai with a very good life—especially for a woman of that time period. She has incredible beauty, a
I've read several of Smith's books and while I loved the first few I stopped reading "Michal" partway through and was very disappointed with this one's ending. The story itself is wonderfully imaginative and I liked the speculation throughout. At the very end, however, after all this intricate story and sharing of Sarai's heartache of infertility we basically get: a year later Isaac was born, Abraham was happy, the end. Gahhh! Really? No description of how she felt when she figured out she was p ...more
The book (and series, presumably) is a romanticized version of the Bible*.
Initially, my skeptic emerged at the first glance at this book, but I put it behind me and opened up the book. At times, I wanted to throw the book**, only to find myself picking it up again to read more. Like I said on Twitter, it's like eating a good piece of chocolate*** and then trying not to look like a pig as you devour the whole box. (okay, I said that better before...blech. Which is why if you're not following me t
Margaret Metz

I love the biblical fiction. It's a sort of balancing act though. We can't know all the details of these stories and whenever details are added to the biblical story it can either add to our enjoyment or detract. This isn't my favorite story of the series, but I do appreciate the research the author has done to make the story feel authentic. In this book, the focus of the story is specific to how the lives of two different women were similar and how they made very different choices. Their choic
Now, I will admit that I didn't finish this book; I just absolutely couldn't. The plot was dragged out for far too long. I only read about 70 pages, and I was completely bored out of my mind. The only problem that our heroine was facing was that she couldn't get pregnant. I mean, not to belittle this woman's most difficult challenge in life, but COME ON. Think about something else for a change. Almost every chapter depicted her worry of not being able to have a child with her dear, loving husban ...more
Jill Eileen Smith does such a wonderful job of bringing stories we have read all our lives in the Bible to life. I can honestly say after years of reading many different authors and books, that I enjoy the way that Jill does Biblical fiction best. She is true to the scriptural passages and the historical facts, but also bringing in her own take of the stories and making that come to life. Her descriptive powers are great, you can picture the scenes in your mind, and you feel like your a part of ...more
Jill amazes me with the in-depth insights in her Biblical historical novels. Sarai: A Novel is no different! Though this may be a familiar story from the Bible to many of you, Jill brings it to life through the depths of her characters and their interactions throughout the unfolding of their lives.

From the introduction of idol worship, the call of Abram to Canaan, and the eventual settling in the land, we see the personal struggles, jealousies, regrets, greed, and anxieties of each character, pa
Sarai grew up in a family of wealth and privilege. She was a true princess of Ur. Along with this privilege came responsibility: bear an heir for her husband. In fact, she wanted so badly to marry her half brother, Abram, that her father finally consented on one condition. She needed to give him an heir. If she did, then Abram would be under no obligation to take another wife. If she didn't give him one, he would be released from the promise of monogomy and be able to have another wife.

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Sarai, the last child of her aged father, is beautiful, spoiled, and used to getting her own way. Even as a young girl, she is aware of the way men look at her, including her half- brother, Abram. When Abram finally requests Sarai's hand, she asks one thing--that he promise never to take another wife as long as she lives. Even her father thinks the demand is restrictive and agrees to the union only if Sarai makes a promise in return--to give Abram a son and heir. Certain she ca
Sarai – A Great Biblical Read!

This book tells the Biblical story of Abram and Sarai. If you are a believer and a follower of Christ you will know that this book follows very closely to the writings of Moses. I found this to be a great fictional read. I was so caught up and absorbed in this book that I didn’t want to put it down. I picked it up and read it every chance I got.

The author did an awesome job with the dialogue between characters. I felt like I was right there traveling with them on th
Abbie Riddle
Mar 04, 2012 Abbie Riddle rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Abbie by: Donna Hausler, Baker Publishing
Jill Eileen Smith wowed readers with her Wife of David series in which she explored the lives of Michal, Abigail and Bathsheba. Now she is embarking on a new series called the Wives of the Patriarchs that promises to be just as exciting and engaging.

I was so excited to receive a review copy of this book. When I was first introduced to this author it was through the book Bathsheba, which I devoured with great excitement. I expected great things with this book and was not disappointed in the least
Holly (2 Kids and Tired)
I haven't read Jill Eileen Smith before, but I enjoy fictionalized accounts of biblical events. There is, of necessity, such a high degree of subjectivness to these stories, because the accounts in the Bible are brief and scholarly research can only take you so far. I think the author did a terrific job with her research and portrayal of Sarah and Abraham. Their relationship was a love story and one that, despite their grief at not conceiving children according to their own time frame, lasted th ...more
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. T ...more
I have never read Biblical fiction books quite as engrossing as the books that I have read by Jill Eileen Smith. Her series on the wives of King David was just riveting and now she has started off with the Wives of the Patriarchs and who better to start off with than Sarai, wife to Abraham. She has done it again by sweeping me away to the past and thrusting me in the middle of the scenario that Sarai lived in. Jill has a gift for recreating the setting and times of that era in such a way that yo ...more
Freda Labianca
I love biblical stories, especially when a great author can bring them to life. This book is a great example of that. Telling you a story, that most are familiar with, and giving you a wider look at what it must have been like in that time.
And we think we have struggles now, could you imagine life without tv, internet or even running water?? Well it happened, and so did these stories.
I think anyone who knows who Abraham is would enjoying reading about his wife. She was more than just a pretty fa
Jill Eileen Smith followed the scriptural facts closely and gave such vivid details that I felt I was actually there with them! I had never given much thought to how desperate and sad a situation it was for Hagar. She really did not have much choice in the matter, being a maid. This helped me to see things differently in the story that I had not noticed before from merely reading the scriptural account.
I highly recommend this book ! I want to read some of Jill's other Biblical ficton.
Over the last few years I’ve really became interested in historical fiction—particularly biblical fiction.

It helps me visualize the world, the setting and the characters when I’m doing my Bible reading. It helps me look at the Bible differently by bringing to life the characters I’ve read about.

This is the first book that I’ve read by this author and I thought it was pretty good. I would definitely read more of her stories. I liked that she provided scriptures in sections of the story so I coul
I don't know what it is about biblical fiction that I love so much, but I do. I blame The Red Tent, I think.

This was a free kindle book, the story of Abraham and Sarah. I enjoyed it. It definitely held my interest, and I learned a lot from it as well.
Audrey Grant
Each of her Biblical Novels is better than the last! I don't know how she does it... But I LOVE it!!! It is like being there with these women, feeling the sand and heat, the doubts and worries...she nails it and still stays true to God's Word! 5 *****
Another book read to the wife. She loves to be read to, she always has. Reading is one of the few things that we can do together after her stroke. This book is Biblical fiction. It pretty well follows the story of Abraham and Sarah from Genesis. There are some deviations to make the story interesting, but all told it is reasonably accurate. In my humble opinion, the story ends too soon, there are other parts of the story as related in Genesis that could have been covered that would have made int ...more
Bob Allen
Fictionalized biography of Sarai, wife of Abraham. Portrays her as having a shaky faith and being influenced by Lot's wife to pray to false gods. Does a good job of filling in the gaps in the story in the Bible. Shows both Abram and Sarai as people who believe God but struggle with putting their belief into action in real, challenging circumstances — Sarai with God's promise of a son; Abraham in his struggle with trusting God for a son, for protection, to fulfill his promise of a land. I dare sa ...more
Jeni Enjaian
This book had so much promise but the end left me disappointed. First, the good. I found the beginning of the book fascinating. Smith dealt with the fact that Abraham and his family followed God amidst plenteous other gods before being given the law and being made the chosen people. It is so easy to read the Bible and just assume that they knew the right things to do when in fact they did not have the written word of God that the Israelites since Moses and all people have had since the Old Testa ...more
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When reading a biblical fiction, I feel there is always the chance that I will get bored with the storyline—since I already know what is going to happen. But with Sarai, I found that Smith wonderfully kept my focus easily ingrained into the characters, plot, and time period.

I loved getting a closer look at Sarai and Abram. They are such important people in the bible—the beginning of a great nation—yet as I followed them throughout the years in Sarai, I
Kristi (Books and Needlepoint)
I really enjoy Biblical fiction books and this one was no exception. While there is no replacement for reading the true story from the Bible, for me, it is a lot of fun to read the stories with all the added dimensions that the authors bring to them. It is fun to imagine along with the author what the characters may have been thinking, and learning more about the times in which the people lived.

This is the story of Sarai, wife (and half-sister) of Abram. The prologue starts out with the weddin
This is the 2nd Jill Eileen Smith book I've read and the 1st book of her Wives of the Patriarchs series. As biblical fiction this is the fleshed out retelling of the story of Abram and Sarai. Abram marries his beautiful half-sister Sarai and promises never to wed another woman. She, in turn, promises Abram (and her father) to give him a son and heir. But the years go by and it is obvious to Sarai that this is never going to happen. She struggles with her unbelief and insecurities as Abram never ...more
Charity U
I loved it. This is the first book I’ve read by Jill Eileen Smith, and the first book in her new “Wives of the Patriarchs” series. I can’t wait to read the rest of the books in this series! Sarai was about (as you ought to know) Sarai, wife of Abram – who later became Sarah and Abraham, parents of Isaac. This Biblical fiction was well-written, riveting, factual, exciting, and a really good read. I love that I feel now like I actually know Abram and Sarai! There was not excessive description of t ...more
Victor Gentile
Jill Eileen Smith in her new book, “Sarai” Book One in her Wives of the Patriarchs series published by Revell gives us a fictional account of what might have happened with her life and that of Abraham.
From the Back Cover: He promised her his heart. She promised him a son. But how long must they wait?

When Abram finally requests the hand of his beautiful half sister Sarai, she asks one thing–that he promise never to take another wife as long as she lives. Even Sarai’s father thinks the demand is r
Clockstein Lockstein
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 ...more
Sarai, a woman known for her beauty, decides to have her new husband, Abram, vow to never take another wife as long as she is alive. While this is something completely unheard of, Abram makes the vow for his beautiful bride, but Sarai's father will only agree to the marriage if Sarai will make a vow of her own: that she will give Abram a child or Abram may declare his promise void and take another wife. Believing that this can easily be done, Sarai makes the promise and the the two are happily w ...more
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Jill Eileen Smith is the author of the Wives of the Patriarchs series featuring Sarai, Rebekah, and upcoming Rachel, (Releases 2-1-14) as well as, the bestselling author of Michal, Abigail, and Bathsheba, all part of The Wives of King David series published by Revell (Baker Publishing Group.)

Her writing has taken her from the Bible to Israel and she loves learning how women lived in Old Testament
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Other Books in the Series

Wives of the Patriarchs (3 books)
  • Rebekah (Wives of the Patriarchs, #2)
  • Rachel (Wives of the Patriarchs, #3)
Michal (The Wives of King David #1) Abigail (The Wives of King David, #2) Bathsheba (The Wives of King David #3) Rebekah (Wives of the Patriarchs, #2) The Crimson Cord: Rahab's Story (Daughters of the Promised Land, #1)

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“What a failure her life had been. Would she have lied to God if she’d had more faith, been more righteous? How could she possibly have a son at her age? And yet, if she had believed all along . . .” 2 likes
“Blessed are You, Adonai our God, ruler of all things great and small, who has sanctified us with Your goodness, who has given us Your righteousness.” 0 likes
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