Eve, by Elissa Elliott

eveWhat an incredibly fascinating novel.  In some ways the very notions discussed in this book are as tempting as eating the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil!  I often wondered if I should linger longer in its pages or put it down altogether.  Yet, the story bids me continue.

The reader will not agree, at first or at all, with Elliott’s portrayal of Eden, God, Lucifer or the characters of this worlds first family.  Each chapter compels the reader to return back to the scriptures wondering if what has been stated in this book is a legitimate interpretation of the scriptural account.  Then again, this is a novel.  Does it need to be ‘accurate’, or merely a spin off the old, old story?  Certainly this rendering of Eden and this world’s first family challenges many of my long held notions.

Another teasingly curious attribute of this story is the projection of 21st century cultural experiences into the thinking of the first years of creation.  Is Elliott actually writing herself into Eve – the first woman, wife, and mother?    Or, was she intending to connect any woman with Eve?

Though there are many theologically confrontative issues in this book, if we are unafraid of being challenged we will enjoy the throught provoking, emotionally titillating, and spiritually awakening rethinking of our human beginnings – in particular the woman we call Eve.  As we have in recent years re-imagined Mary, the mother of Jesus, it seems only fitting that we re-introduce ourselves to Eve – the mother of us all.

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