Tuesday, August 04, 2009
BOOK REVIEW--THE WOMAN WHO NAMED GOD--Abraham's Dilemma And The Birth Of Three Faiths By Charlotte Gordon
The Woman Who Named God is one of the most provocative, challenging, and informative books I have read in many months. And I read many books every month. It is a compelling, thoughtful take on one of the Bible's most troubling love stories.
Charlotte Gordon tells the story of three biblical characters, racked with the very modern ailments of jealousy, fear, passion, and self-doubt. This is a story of fidelity abandonment, birthright and expulsion. The saga of Abraham, Sarah, and Hagar is the origin for three monotheistic faiths.
Gordon graduated from Harvard College and received a master's degree in creative writing and a PhD in history and literature from Boston University. She has taught a Boston University's School of Theology and is currently an assistant professor of English at Endicott College.
Now for a warning! Most of the visitors to my blog are conservative Christians. This is good. I like that. I have no problem with that at all. However, since I know how some of you react to words like: myth, legend, Islam, Mohammed and a host of other words, I feel the need to warn you that those words are in this book. If you can be open minded and trust yourself to read and profit from differing views, then you will enjoy this book. If not, you may be scared out of your wits. So don't try it. Don't sign up for a copy of this book unless you think you can handle it. Good! Now, with that out of the way, let me tell you again that I thoroughly enjoyed this book and learned from it.
This is a beautiful, hardcover, readable, scholarly book that five of you will be adding to your library.
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The generous folks at Hachette Book Group are allowing me to host this book giveaway for five (5) copies!
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