Eve, exiled to a life outside paradise, nears death. As she waits, she recounts the story of her creation and a cruel existence. Revisit the birth of humankind through the eyes of the first woman ever to live.
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 -...more
The first part of the book describes life in the garden, showing us how the perfection o...more
The story begins with Eve being created from Adam....more
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...more
Havah is a beautifully written book full of important questions about God, life, and what it means to be human in all our strengths and weaknesses. It tells the story of paradise lost, both how it came to happen and how the characters of Adam and Eve (or Havah) survived after being ejected from the garden in a rush of disastrous weather that destroys their first home.
Havah narrates her tale as a persistent voice with only dialogue on occasion. It’s an o...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
I loved this book but it depressed me. To read about the communion Eve had with Adam and "the One" before she ate of the forbidden fruit and then the terrible (and vividly written) banishment from Eden broke my heart. The contrasts of before and after cannot b...more
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...more
"Wake!" with this simple command the novel opens its doors to an amazing adventure, an invitation into Eve's life. An invitation to...more
This book begins with joy and with life. Havah, Adam's chosen name for Eve, is born, full grown, in the opening pages. God has given her life, He has given her a husband, Adam, and He has given her the Garden. Together these two learn about themsel...more
This book however was an exception! I have never read a book quite like this one. I could not "put it down" and found myself sitting in front of this bright screen late into the night and early into the mornings!
Havah is basically the story of Adam and Eve told from Eve's perspe...more
2010 (Release date August 1)
Reviewed by Cindy Loven
Havah, Eve the mother of all humanity. This is her story, fictionally portrayed as never before, or as I have never read.
A beautiful story filled with poetic descriptions, a story that will capture your interest. Truly you will feel yourself screaming for Eve to stay away from the serpent on the island as he tempts her with the fruit. You will grieve and cry for Eve as they are banished from th...more
Tosca Lee takes the familiar story of Adam and Eve told briefly in Genesis and has imagined it into a novel that feels very much like what may have happened in the lives of the first man and woman. She looks at such ideas as what it must have been like to be "born" as a young man or woman instead...more
Their expulsion from Eden and their lifelong yearning to once again hear the voice of G'd was heartbreaking (as can only be imagined as one who has never even heard it), to their grief over the loss of one beloved son at the hands of another and hi...more
I found the depiction of Adam and Eve's relationship very believable; Eve has difficulty forgiving Adam for blaming her ("The woman gave me the fruit and I ate"),...more
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...more
—Publishers Weekly Starred Review for Havah
"A breathtaking new force in the world of story."
—Ted Dekker, NY Times Bestselling Author of Boneman's Daughters
"Her imagery filled me with awe."
Tosca Lee is the NY Times bestselling author of the critically acclaimed DEMON: A MEMOIR, HAVAH: THE STORY OF EV...more