I've been looking forward to reading this book ever since I saw the spectacular cover and realized who wrote it. When WM.Paul Young first released The Shack, my book club had the privilege of interviewing him via phone and it is still to this day one of the most interesting conversations with an author I have ever had. Talking to him gave me an insight into the story that I truly appreciated. The Shack, a spectacular piece of fiction, succeeded in entertaining me with vivid imagery and interesting plot twists, while evoking emotions that ranged from horror to gut-wrenching grief, to intrigue, to love. Like any piece of fiction I read, I did not view it as a debatable topic to agree or disagree with. After all, it is fiction. But it was fodder for phenomenal discussion and that is every author's dream.
Eve, in turn, did not disappoint as a literary work of fiction. In truth, I'm not sure which genre I would use to categorize it except fiction. Paranormal? Biblical fiction? Science fiction? No one category seems to quite fit. The story begins with a tragic event in a world other than earth that leaves the reader intrigued but on edge with confusion. With the idea of Creation implanted in our minds by the cover and title itself, we come to the pages with preconceived ideas based on the truth presented in Genesis chapter 1. Like this author's previous works, those ideas are stretched, challenged and will definitely leave some with that uncomfortable, I'm not used to this kind of feeling. Here are some tag words from the plot of the book that might help you decide if you want to read it: Murder, Abuse, Collector, Finder, Witness, Adonai, Elohim, Ruach, Eve, Scholars, Eternal Man, Trafficking, Guardians, Shadow-sickness, Vault, ...
If you are looking for a verse by verse account of Creation without a lot of room for hyper-imaginative filling in the blank, I do not recommend. Don't read it. You'll be angry and disappointed. If you are the kind of person who enjoys a piece of fiction as a roller coaster ride complete with thrills, drops, and just a tad of adrenaline-pulsing nausea, then dive right on in.
I will say that like The Shack, Eve left me with a renewed feeling of intimacy for the God I know. There were many favorite passages, but one in particular deals with refinement through fire. If you choose to take the ride, I'll let you find it for yourself.
One theme is emphasized throughout the book. God is personal and sees each and every one of us, just like He has from the beginning. In addition, after reading Eve, I re-read the first four chapters of Genesis again, just to renew my mind with Scripture. That, to me, is an additional plus. Just saying.
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Amanda Williams is a forty-year old wife and mother of two who can still swing her pony tail and display just a tad of sass. She is also a Jesus loving girl who realizes she is nothing without the One who saved her. Amanda has two degrees specializing in serving students with special needs and is currently working in the field of Leadership Development. She is a Christian author, speaker, blogger, and publisher who loves serving beside her husband at her local place of worship, First Baptist Church of Ocala.