Sarah: Women of Genesis

Sarah: Women of Genesis book 1,

by Orson Scott Card

I couldn’t have fully prepared myself to read Sarah. Sure, I knew it was a book about Abraham’s wife and I knew she couldn’t have a baby until she was a very old woman and that Abraham would be asked to sacrifice Isaac to prove his loyalty to God but that was about the extent of my knowledge of Sarah. Maybe I should be ashamed to admit this but I’m not. Scripture stories have a tendency to enter my brain slowly and leave quickly. It isn’t that I don’t enjoy the stories but I often forget the details while I am focusing my attention on the religious concepts being taught. Whatever the excuse may be, my recall of individuals in the bible hasn’t been great of late. Oh, but how can I feel anything but love for Sarah now?

Orson Scott Card did an incredible job of painting the perfect picture of an amazing woman. Sarah was strong and loyal but she was also very human and had faults, something we sometimes fail to remember when learning about great people. I’m not sure how a man could have so eloquently expressed the pain and sorrow of infertility the way Card did. Her pain, frustration, and hope all pulled Sarah into a magnificent character that most women can find a way to relate to. Kudos to a man who obviously understands women so well!
 
Religious implications aside, Sarah is a fascinating story told by a very talented story teller!
 
I recommend everyone to read Sarah, by Orson Scott Card. Your eyes will run with tears as you find hope and strength in her struggles and I can’t help but believe that her trials will help to ease your own. Sometimes the greatest women role models go completely unnoticed, overlooked, or forgotten but now Sarah and her story can live on.
 
Historical Value- 5
Emotional Value- 5
Entertainment Value- 4
Personal Character Value- 5
Age recommendation-16 and up
 
“Love is finding that the things you like best about yourself are not in you at all, but in the person who completes you”
― Orson Scott Card, Sarah
 
“Faith doesn't mean you never doubt. It only means you never act upon your doubts.”
― Orson Scott Card, Sarah
 
“Sometimes happiness consists of finding the right balance of misery.”
― Orson Scott Card, Sarah
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