The first time she opens her eyes, Eve gazes on One whose beauty nearly blinds her, whose breath is in her lungs. Her Creator takes her hand and gives her to one like her and yet different. Together, she and Adam experience pure joy as they explore Eden. But her favorite moments are when the Creator comes to walk with them, day after day.
Until everything changes. With one act of disobedience, Eve finds that her world is no longer a friendly place.
I enjoy indulging in a good Biblical/historical fiction book as a mental break from my typical nonfiction genre. Daughter of Eden: Eve’s Story was the delightful break my mind needed. I enjoyed the unveiling of how the original humans discovered things for the first time, how civilization was borne, and the growing pains that accompanied a fallen society.
I found myself drawn to the actual Scripture in Genesis to refresh myself on the recorded facts versus the artfully-crafted fill-in details by author Jill Eileen Smith.
With the focus on Eve and how her sin tainted humankind, it was both believable and heartbreaking to see how her decision continued to weigh on both Eve and Adam for the remainder of their lives. I enjoyed the glimpses into the spiritual world of both good and evil and felt the struggles of the people as not being so different from those we face today. We can strive to be more like Seth and Enoch or we can live life according to our human desires. This choice has not changed since Eve was tempted to eat the apple.
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