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Havah: The Story of Eve

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  2,215 ratings  ·  374 reviews
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 Navpress
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David Alderman
Dec 07, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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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.
Dec 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
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
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
Dec 02, 2010 rated it it was ok
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
Jul 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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 -
Mar 16, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Janna Ryan
Dec 07, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
Christie Hagerman
Sep 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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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
Nov 04, 2011 rated it did not like it
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
Mar 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Excellently and beautifully written, this book explores the possibilities of the life of Havah, known to most of us as Eve.

The story of Eve is wrapped up in a lot of foundational theology/doctrine, and in that regard, I disagreed with some of the scenes, ideas, and storylines developed in this book. For example, I believe Genesis is pretty clear that creation was a literal 6-day period, but this author hints at more of a day-age idea, at least in the aspect that Adam was alone in the garden for
Jan 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
J.S. Bailey
Oct 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Jul 23, 2012 rated it did not like it
I am putting it down. I have read a few chapters and just don't like it. The deciding factor is how irritating it had already become that the word "like" was used over and over and over as the author described and it just became irritating. Maybe that is mean but I miss having a book on my side table that I can look forward to picking up and decided not to try to work through whatever the problem was with this one.
Mar 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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I was totally enraptured by Iscariot, my first read by author Tosca Lee and I couldn’t wait to read this book, Havah: The Story of Eve. Once again the author has stunned me with the beauty of her writing and the magic she weaves as she take the reader on a glorious and realistic re-imagining of the first woman and mother of all humankind, Havah/Eve.

I eagerly devoured every word, every chapter in this book. I had to hear her story from beginning to end. I felt transported to the garden at the ve
Rose Scott
Oct 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have to say I wasn't sure if I would like this book. As what some might call a Biblical literalist, I wondered if fiction could do justice to this particular sacred narrative. If the doctrines of sin, the fall and creation would be twisted or warped in some way, I knew disappointment may await.
However, Lee has accomplished a tale that resonates across millennia, while remaining faithful to the tenets of that first story. You will be especially touched at Havah's joy and delight at the beauty o
Jun 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am incredibly and remarkably impacted by this work of art. I have to say, in the beginning of reading it, I had no idea what to expect, but it constantly exceeded whatever expectations I may have had.

A caution, is that I am glad I didn’t finish this book when I was single. The imagery is not sinful, but for a single person who struggles with purity, it cannot be fully enjoyed in a pure sense. Reading it as a married woman, I deeply felt many of the struggles Havah was portrayed with. Although
I received this book in a Goodreads giveaway. I thought it was well written, but I just never felt engaged by this story of Eve and her fall from grace.
Deborah Heal
Jul 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Dec 27, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Dec 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Having just read Fallen: A Biblical Story of Good and Evil, it was very interesting to read another story of Eve with a totally different perspective. In Fallen, both Adam and Eve still heard from God and Eve seemed to have a softer side whereas Havah continued the story after the fall until Eve's death. Eve seemed to become more harsh and bitter as life continued without the death of the serpent, and her children and grandchildren departed more and more from the God that Adam and Eve knew.

I fe
Aug 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
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Chris Jager
Sep 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Paula  Phillips
Dec 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
May 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Feb 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
JL Torres
Jan 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
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