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Havah: The Story of Eve

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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.
Paperback, 368 pages
Published September 15th 2008 by B&H
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David Alderman
To start off, I think I'll sum things up easily by stating this: Havah took my breath away. If that sounds a bit romantic, it's because I meant it to. Not the clique kind of romantic, but the awe-inspiring, fearful romance between a creation and its creator. Havah is a beautiful novel written about God's love, His desire for a relationship with His Creation, and the agony of our relationship with Him being broken because of our own disobedience.

The story begins with Eve being created from Adam.
A very interesting take on the Biblical account of Adam and Eve (Havah). While much of the book is literary license, there are some very pointed insights from this book. One thing that stood out to me was Eve's constant struggle throughout her life with Adam's betrayal before God. Scripture notes that Adam was with Eve when she ate the fruit, yet did nothing to prevent her from doing so. When God questions Adam as to why he ate, Adam blames the woman for giving him the fruit. Nothing new there - ...more
From a Christian point of view this book went too far off the course of the real thing, and there were plenty of things that bothered me. Not to mention Adam and Eve spend their entire lives (long, long, long lives) yearning for the Garden of Eden and resenting one another for getting kicked out of it. Also, they yearn for "the One" (God) who is apparently absent for most of their lives (though they do have dreams/visions on occasion from God). That's not my view of God at all, so it bothered me ...more
It is an awesome rendering of a most powerful story. LOVED it, front to back!

The first person of this book also is great in the fact that you see and more clearly understand that: Eve was made second - in Adam's image, not in God's image as Adam was. She was Adam's helpmate and being so they struggled in their relationship as all human women and men do - just imagine being the only couple on earth and no one to bounce off of your frustrations/or to ask someone for help/insight. She was faulty -
Apr 21, 2009 Auntie rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone
This was an intriguing look at the Biblical Character of Eve (Havah). A bit slow in the beginning, the story of the Fall is so clearly presented in all its consequences. You grow to care about this woman and the challenges that life presents to her....especially her lingering memories of the Garden of Eden and her relationship with God ("the One"). I thoroughly enjoyed her creating a fully woman's experiences, as Eve loves her husband, her children, her animals and wonders as to the time they wo ...more
Christie Hagerman
Put aside the flannel-graph figures of the Adam and Eve, and the coloring pages of the Garden of Eden. This book fills in the details behind the well-known Sunday-school story, from the creation of Eve until almost a millennium later. Beginning at the moment that God ("the One") calls out "Wake!" to the woman he's just taken from Adam's side, Eve tells us the joys, pains, victories, and mistakes of her life.

The first part of the book describes life in the garden, showing us how the perfection o
I thought that "Havah" would be this nice little historical fiction book about Eve and I was looking forward to it. I had no idea what I was getting into...WOW! The scope of this project was huge - we are talking covering about 900 years where we have a little fact in Genesis and a lot of speculation. Tosca manages to take all of that and make Eve a real woman who engineered the downfall of man, birthed the world of man, helped form civilization, went from paradise to life as we have never known ...more
I really enjoyed reading this book. It was the first book I've read by Tosca Lee and it won't be the last one. As I read, it felt like being there with the creation of the first man and woman. Her detailed explanation as to how the entire world changed with just one touch of the forbidden tree brought things to mind that I would never have considered. Our world has never been the same since and will never be again until the second coming of our Lord, Jesus Christ. Thank you TL for taking me on t ...more
In this place, there is no death, no pain, no birth. Havah awakens in splendor, opens her eyes to beauty and beholds the exquisite world around her. With no cognition of birth, sin or fear, her awareness is only that of knowing and that of pure innocence. The beauty of nature, the taste of pleasure and the intimacy of Adam.

Havah tells the story of the first woman according to Old Testament that was created in the voice of Eve from the Bible. With her exotic detail to the brilliant world around
Ack! This book was on my to-read list for SO long. My libraries in Arizona didn't carry it and I'm loathe to purchase books at full price. After moving to Washington, I had to see if the local library carries it. Success!! I had to put it on hold and wait for it to come available but I was so excited to finally read this story of Eve.

The Bible doesn't give us much information about Adam and Eve's life after the garden and even less information about their life before they sinned. I just don't th
J.S. Bailey
Oh geez. This is the second time in as many weeks that a book has brought me to tears. AND I'm at work. Nice to see you, customer, now just pretend you didn't see me sniffling. WAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHH

This is basically Havah (Eve) telling the story of her life, beginning on the day she was formed from Adam's rib and ending on the day she dies. (Wait, was that a spoiler? Nah.) The reader is taken on a journey from Eden into exile and gets to see briefly-mentioned biblical events in greater detail, as i
I tried really hard to read this book based on all the good reviews. I couldn't get into the style it was written though. A little too fantasy for me. I couldn't keep up with whose thoughts were in italics. Sometimes it was Adam's, sometimes Eve's, God's and maybe even animals/angels. I thought it might get better, so I jumped ahead 100 pages and it was still in the mythical concept. Just seemed to unreal to me. It's probably one of those books that if you are really in the mood for it, it would ...more
Jennifer Smith
After reading "Havah," I will never look at the first five chapters of Genesis the same. I have never been so emotionally impacted by a book--not that I can remember. The author made the Garden of Eden, the relationship that Adam and Eve enjoyed with God, the love and emotionally intimacy shared between Adam and Eve before the fall, so real--so relevant to me--that for the first time, I realized how devastating the whole thing was--in a literal sense, not just in some abstract, "that-happened-to ...more
Paula  Phillips
In the beginning , God saw that the world was empty so he created Man in his own image , God then saw that Man would be lonely, so he put the man to sleep and with one of the man's ribs he created a companion for man and called her woman. Who were these people ? Man's name was not Tarzan but Adam and Woman's name was not Jane but Eve. However after reading Havah, I discovered that Havah in fact is another name for Eve. In most novels that we read about the Creation and the beginning times, they ...more
I wasn’t sure what to expect going into this book, but I can tell you that I was pleasantly surprised! Tosca handled all the issues well, stayed close to the biblical account, and gave reasonable viewpoints of how things could have been back then in the Garden of Eden. The bible doesn’t go into detail about what Adam and Eve did after the Fall, so it was neat to read Tosca’s account of Havah’s life – her many struggles and sorrows – after they left the Garden. It was a grim read at times, but al ...more
Jan McClintock
Havah: The Story of Eve by Tosca Lee

This is a beautifully-written story of the first woman, for believers, and a fictional exploration of the fall of man. The point of view is Havah's (Eve), and it's a fascinating tale of love, innocence, ease and worship of The One in the garden that turns sour as soon as the lovely serpent starts questioning things.

The guilt lies heavily on both Havah and the adam (Adam) after the first couple is evicted and the garden and its inhabitants are destroyed, but s
The story of Eve, that's the subtitle. It could be said it is the The Story of Eve, the story of women.

I could not put this book down. I soaked in the words of Havah's story. I felt a kinship with her, felt her guilt, her sorrows, her joy and her grief. I cried when she called in a broken woman's voice, 'Adonai' and didn't receive an answer. How much more grievous it had t have been for her after talking to God and hearing from Him in a way none of us have, to lose that would have crushed most o
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 ti
I read this book simply because I wanted to see how Tosca Lee wrote on her own. I had read another book she co-authored and did not enjoy it very much so I thought I would see if I liked anything she wrote on her own.

I chose this one because it was the only one by her that our library had.

The subject and storyline was very interesting. I thought she covered all kinds of things that I would not have thought of at all. She also made me feel like the story was complete when I finished it. I had no
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Chris Jager
This book caught my interest the minute I heard about it. I know several of you read or tried to read Demon, it wasn't for everyone. I even struggled with it because it made me a bit uncomfortable.

Havah is the Story of Eve as the subtitle says. I understand that this is not necessarily how it was, but it sure was fun to imagine it.

Where they able to run with the Gazelles? Did they take naps while using a Lion as a pillow? What was it like to walk with God? Did it rain? How big was the garden? Di
JL Torres
I didn’t like the first book I read from this author, Demon: A Memoir, so I started Havah: The Story of Eve with a little apprehension. But after reading it, I did like it!

Havah is a somewhat loose literal (that sounds like a contradiction) retelling of the Genesis story of the first man and woman with a twist, it was told from the point of view of Eve. It was heartbreaking to read about the irrevocable loss of Paradise from just a single disobedient act, the gradual fall of man and nature and t
Havah: The Story of Eve is a speculative fiction love story. The early chapters in the book of Genesis outline Adam and Eve’s story. We know the basic plot. Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit and were banished from the Garden of Eden. Later on in the story their eldest son, Cain, murdered his younger brother, Abel.

The beauty of this book is the way the author has interpreted the events outlined in Genesis and brought these characters to life on the page. The story is a fascinating and thought
Deborah Heal
Jul 28, 2013 Deborah Heal rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Deborah by: Dana Stagner

I read Paradise Lost in a college literature class many years ago, but I still remember how it wrenched my heart. Milton’s portrayal of the perfection of Adam and Eve’s Garden of Eden made me long to to go there, and his description of how they lost it all through one rash choice made me weep.

Tosca Lee’s Havah: the story of Eve is a modern version of the same story, and I loved it too. I loved getting the chance to imagine along with Lee what happened between the verses of Genesis. She puts fle
Nov 18, 2008 Michelle rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone who loves beauty and truth
Havah contains such beautiful imagery that I was literally entranced while reading the story. I was in the Garden with Eve. I was Eve. It's amazing how Tosca does that with her writing. Havah is written with such passion and conviction you will glimpse into the heart of "the One Who is" and will understand how much He truly delighted in the creation of man and His communion with him.

The emotional pull of this story is truly divine. When Havah cried for Adonai and tried to find him after the fal
Another spectacular story. The story was so well written that I felt I was Havah. As the story progresses I rode a roller coaster of emotions -from the bliss of the garden to the pain of separation from The One and Adam's accusation in the Garden. Then Havah's fears and insecurities as she faced a world completely foreign to her as they were forced out of the Garden.

I appreciated that fact that Tosca dealt with Adam and Havah's emotional and physical relationship in a very realistic way. Eve's
It was a rough start, but once I got into the story I very much enjoyed Tosca Lee's telling of Havah's life. What initially felt like a sappy, flowery writing style in the first chapters, I grew to appreciate as a beautiful description of the harmony, communion, and love that was there in the beginning of God's creation. I was pleasantly challenged by Tosca Lee's understanding of how everything changed as a result of the fall: communication hindered, lack of order, pain, anger, distance from the ...more
Kerry Nietz
At first I wondered about this book—female author writing a female character—whether it would be amicable to a male reader like myself. I was pleasantly surprised, though. Really enjoyed it. Found it so engrossing, in fact, there were times I felt almost sad to pick it up! Much of the story is tragedy, obviously, and Tosca does well in expressing that. The remorse is worthwhile, however. There are so many creative things to like in this book, so many nice—almost bonus—touches. (The early domesti ...more
This was an ardent and spellbinding story of Eve, the first woman of the Bible. The vividness of the story telling was riveting and I felt as though I had been transposed into the pages of the book. I felt like I was there with Eve, Adam, and their children. I felt like I experienced everything they did. I could see in mind’s eye the valleys and rivers and the settlements they built. I could hear the voices of all the characters as my eyes perused each sentence, each word. I could see Lila weavi ...more
It must be tricky to write from Havah's (Eve's) perspective. First she's a character with no knowledge whatsoever, then she's a character with no knowledge of conflict or fear. Later, she's a character slogging through the monotonous strife of early post-Eden life. The challenge is to make the early Havah relatable and interesting, and the older Havah not depressing.

Tosca Lee succeeds to an extent. Havah's relationships with Adam, the animals, and the One are touching at first and heartbreaking
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“A passionate and riveting story... superior storytelling.”
—Publishers Weekly Starred Review for HAVAH: THE STORY OF EVE

"A breathtaking new force in the world of story."
—Ted Dekker, NY Times Bestselling Author

"Her imagery filled me with awe."
—Novel Reviews

Tosca Lee is the New York Times bestselling and award-winning author of ISCARIOT, THE LEGEND OF SHEBA, DEMON: A MEMOIR, HAVAH: THE STORY OF EVE
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