Monday, August 24, 2009
The Woman Who Named God
Abraham's Dilemma and The Birth of Three Faiths
Congrats to Brenda, Melanie & Jeanette! And Thanks to EVERYone for joining in on the fun!
"The saga of Abraham, Sarah, and Hagar is the tale of origin for all three monotheistic faiths. Abraham must choose between two wives who have borne him two sons. One wife and son will share in his wealth and status, while the other two are exiled into the desert. Long a cornerstone of Western anxiety, the story chronicles a very famous and troubled family, and sheds light on the ongoing conflict between the Judeo-Christian and Islamic worlds. How did this ancient story become one of the least understood and most frequently misinterpreted of our cultural myths? Gordon explores this legendary love triangle to give us a startling perspective on three biblical characters who–with their jealousies, passions, and doubts–actually behave like human beings. THE WOMAN WHO NAMED GOD is a compelling, smart, and provocative take on one of the Bible’s most intriguing and troubling love stories."
The Woman Who Named God by Charlotte Gordon weaves history, archaeology and myth into an amazing and respectful story. Written with a historical perspective Charlotte Gordon explores the stories that have been passed down to us , and explores the characters as individuals... "Why did they do what they did?" Not a dry commentary, but an interesting read because of her insights into the people and places that existed then and now. A look at how different people interpreted the actions of these individuals and how Abraham and his sons fathered three major world religions - Christianity, Judaism and Islam. Very readable and also well researched. I found it so interesting! If you belong to a book club, Charlotte has discussion questions you can download HERE. Plus you'll find links there to learn more about Charlotte and a behind the scenes look at her writing of the book. Would you like to read an excerpt? Follow this LINK. Listen to an interview with Charlotte Gordon HERE!
Courtesy of Valerie of Hachette Book Group I have 3 copies of The Woman Who Named God for a giveaway! Thank you Valerie for letting me share this with my readers! And thanks for my review copy!
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*P.S. This book is Kindle Ready!