I really enjoy reading Biblical fiction, particularly those books which centre around women from the Bible. This book is written from Eve's perspective and within its pages we see the heart of God as Father and his unconditional, endless, love for Eve. There is pain and heartbreak, but also joy and hope in her story. Always at the centre is the message of God's love and acceptance.
There is a real depth to Eve's Story with so much more in it than can be discovered on just one reading. Although it is an imaginative retelling, Biblical truth is intertwined throughout the book. For me, this is what makes it even more compelling reading. The themes of love, grace, mercy, forgiveness, relationship, restoration which are major themes in the Bible can all be found in this book too.
This book is not just Eve's Story – it is ours too. Yours and mine. I see my story in Eve's. My need to be loved and accepted. My need for security, self-worth and significance. My feelings of brokenness, pain, shame, guilt and rejection.
There is hope for Eve, a hope that is met in the forever love her Papa gives her. There is hope for each of us too. We can receive from God our Father the same love Papa gave Eve. He meets our deepest need and he draws us closer to himself. He heals our brokenness and restores us.
This book, I think, will be more popular amongst women than men. I would recommend it to any woman, whatever stage they are at in life, whether they are taking their first steps to discovering God as their Father or are further along in their journey. I believe it could be especially helpful for those who struggle to know God as their loving Father. If like me, your desire is to know God at a deeper level, then this book is for you too.
Although I do believe this book will be more popular with women, this is not to say men will not enjoy reading it because at the heart of us all is a desire to be loved and accepted for who we are and this book tells us how that desire can be met through knowing God as our loving Father.