Abraham and Sarah is written by Roberta Kells Dorr. The story starts at Ur with Sarai, later called Sarah, going through a fertility ceremony without understanding what it is about. Just as she realizes what is happening, her half brother Abram, later called Abraham, comes to the ceremony and takes Sarai away. The priestess Ningal curses Sarai with barrenness. Abram and Sarai marry and leave Ur after it is destroyed. God tells Abram that he will have descendants as many as the stars and abundant land. Abram has deep faith in God and does what he is told to. He leads the group traveling with him through lands with no water and no food. When they get to Egypt, Abram fears Pharaoh will cause harm to them if he finds out they are married and have no children. So he comes up with the plan to tell Pharaoh that he and Sarai are brother and sister. Pharaoh takes Sarai to be his future wife, meanwhile his daughter Hagar is chained up. Sarai and Hagar develop a friendship. When Pharaoh finds out the truth, he returns Sarai to Abram and gives them his daughter Hagar to be Sarai’s handmaid and the mother of Abram’s child.
This is a good story but it is fiction and not Biblical. A lot has been added to the Bible’s accounting of Abraham and Sarah. The story lets the reader imagine what it must have been like for Abraham and Sarah and those who traveled with them. I often reminded myself that a lot that is in the story is not in the Bible. But I appreciate the story showing how strong of faith Abraham had.
The author spend 17 years as a medical missionary in the Gaza Strip. Her knowledge of the area shows in the book.
I received a copy of this book from Moody Publishing for an honest review.