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Sunday, August 23, 2015

#REVIEW: Eve by William Paul Young

Title: Eve
Series: none
Author:  William Paul Young
Published Date: September 15, 2015
Publisher: Howard Books
Format: ebook
Pages: 320
ISBN: 9781501101373
Genre: biblical science fiction
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Purchase: Amazon

Rating: 5 stars

Synopsis: The Shack shattered our limited perceptions about God. Eve will destroy harmful misconceptions about ourselves.

From the author of the 25-million copy bestseller The Shack comes a captivating new novel destined to be one of the most important and talked-about books of the decade.

When a shipping container washes ashore on an island between our world and the next, John the Collector finds a young woman inside--broken, frozen, and barely alive. With the aid of Healers and Scholars, John oversees her recovery and soon discovers her genetic code connects her to every known human race. She is a girl of prophecy and no one can guess what her survival will mean...

No one but Eve, Mother of the Living, who calls her daughter and invites her to witness the truth about her story--indeed, the truth about us all.

Eve is a bold, unprecedented exploration of the Creation narrative, true to the original texts and centuries of scholarship, yet with breathtaking discoveries that challenge traditional misconceptions about who we are and how we're made. As The Shack awakened readers to a personal, non-religious understanding of God, Eve will free us from faulty interpretations that have corrupted human relationships since the Garden of Eden.

Eve opens a refreshing conversation about the equality of men and women within the context of our beginnings, helping us see each other as our Creator does--complete, unique, and not constrained to cultural rules or limitations.

Thoroughly researched and exquisitely written, Eve is a masterpiece that will inspire readers for generations to come.


My Review: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I read The Shack a few years ago and was blown away by it. It was the only book I didn’t want to finish because I truly didn’t want it to end. I wanted to stay in the shack with the warm, loving God I met there. This book, Eve, was at first, extremely confusing. I couldn’t understand the culture of the new society the author wrote about. It wasn’t very well explained until further into the book. Eventually though, that story line was superseded by the actual storyline, that of the creation and fall of humankind. I’ve always thought Eve got the short end of the stick, and it led to the misogynistic culture that has colored our entire history, and continues to help men “rule over the weaker sex”. In this book, it doesn’t completely absolve Eve of all wrongdoing; however, it doesn’t whitewash Adam into an innocent bystander who happened to get pulled into sin by his evil, corrupted counterpart. It shows the Fall happened insidiously long before the Fall written about in the Bible. As the two storylines melded, the author made it easy to see how subtle the turning from God and to the world can be, how irrevocable it can seem once you find yourself within the quagmire of having turned away from a relationship with God, and yet, how possible it is to fully return back into a relationship with our Father.

2 comments:

  1. Hi, thanks for the informative review. I have making a collection of reviews of the Wm. Paul Young's upcoming book. I included an except of your review. http://wp.me/p5mKzs-nm

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    1. Edmond, thank you so much for stopping by and linking an excerpt.

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