Saturday, July 31, 2010
Havah(the story of Eve)by Tosca Lee
Have you ever wondered what it was like for the first man and first woman on the earth? Wondered what it was like for Adam before Eve? Wondered what it was like when he woke to find Eve by his side? Wondered what it was like to know the mind of God? Or wondered what it was like for them to be banished from the garden forever?
Havah explores and expands on all of those questions. From Adam and Eve's life in the garden. Their wonder in discovering each other. Their complete oneness with God and creation. And then their disastrous fall from grace.
Tosca Lee creates a fictional story of what could have happened from the garden to Adam and Eve's banishment and their life after. I say fictional because truly we only know what the Bible has revealed to us. But Tosca Lee's creative story is moving and believable and beautifully written. I didn't want to put it down!
Havah by Tosca Lee was the book of choice for Christian fiction book club. Here are my answers to a couple of questions that were asked:
1) Before the Fall, how free was Havah to do as she pleased? After the Fall, how did Havah's freedoms become more limited?
Before the Fall Havah was free to do anything except to eat from the tree of life. She and Adam had the run of the garden. They were over all of the animals. They walked with God. They had perfect communion with God, nature, each other. After the Fall they no longer had that oneness with each other or with God and creation. They were slaves to creation in that they had to work for their food, provide shelter, and their communion with God was severed.
4) What is the source of strain between Havah and Adam? How do they model and pass that strain on to their children?
I think that a lot of the strain between them is that Adam blamed Havah for their fall and that Havah was consumed with guilt for her part in the fall. Those feelings drove a wedge between them. The strain that parents have toward each other is going to trickle down to the children.
10) Did Havah ever make it back to the Garden?
In the book Havah made it to where she "thought" the garden was, but never was she able to return to the garden.
I read on someone's blog that they thought that the "intimate" scenes were a bit too much for a Christian novel. Read Song of Solomon, now there is some hot stuff! What I found interesting was that even though Adam and Havah would be at odds with each other after the Fall, she still "desired her husband" isn't that what God said would happen when he sent them out? What caused a major "ick" for me was the attraction that Tosca Lee intimated between Adam and one of his daughters.
Something that I think needs to be remembered is that this is a work of fiction and that we do not know what happened with Adam and Eve after the Fall except for what the Bible tells us.