Sarah

Sarah

A Novel

Large Print - 2004
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Book 1 in The Canaan TrilogyA Book-of-the-Month Club, Doubleday Book Club, and Literary Guild SelectionReaders are fascinated with what Marek Halter calls "the feminine Bible" - the stories of the matriarchs, queens, and female prophets of the Scriptures. Now comes Sarah, the story of the Sumerian high priestess who gave up her exalted life to join Abram's tribe and follow the One True God. This acclaimed international bestseller is the first book of the extraordinary Canaan Trilogy.
Publisher: Waterville, ME : Thorndike Press, 2004.
ISBN: 9780786266241
0786266244
Branch Call Number: LGPRINT FICTION Halter Marek 2003
Characteristics: 432 p. ;,22 cm.

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abkeller Dec 02, 2012

Sarai was born to one of the great lords of Ur. Hers was a life filled with wealth and beauty until the fateful day when she became a woman. Suddenly, she was expected to marry a man she’d never met and serve him as a virtual slave, his every whim her command. It was not to be borne!

Sarai flees her father’s house and plunges into the countryside, where she stumbles across Abram, a simple man to whom she is strangely drawn. Although Sarai is caught and returned to her father, she takes a concoction rendering her barren. Her unique states propels her life along a different course and she becomes a priestess of Ishtar, Ur’s goddess of war.

Once more, Abram enters her life and Sarai joins Abram at last, becoming his wife. Although the young couple seems happy enough, Sarai remains barren and no child is born to them. Sarai offers Abram her handmaid, Hagar, to give him the son he so desperately wants. A quarrel eventually breaks out between the two women, as they compete for position in Abram’s world.

Told from the point of view of Sarai herself, this book is a unique glimpse into what life in Biblical times might have been like. At times, the story is raw and brutally realistic and at others, Halter’s words create visions of inspiration for the faithful. Well written with great characterizations.

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masrwilson
Jul 10, 2006

I really enjoy Marke Halter's writing in this series. This was an easy and informative read. Looking forward to the next one.

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