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.



  1. Oooh, a five star review, awesome! Glad to know this one is a winner. Please consider joining our book club discussion at the end of the month. You could answer a couple of discussion questions now and save the post until the club meets.


  2. Yes! Great commentary, Julie! He did blame Eve, isn't that just like a man?! LOL.

    You are right, despite their problems, Eve still desired her husband, just like God said.

    You and I totally agree about the ick factor. I wonder what was the purpose of that. Is there something the author was trying to show or make a statement about that I missed? I think she had to know that would make readers uncomfortable. So I wonder if she did it on purpose? To show how screwed up life apart from God can really be?

  3. Good observation Joy. We know that once Adam and Eve left the garden that society pretty much went downhill from there. I guess I don't want to consider that Adam may have had a wandering eye. I want to think that he and Eve loved each other(even with all of their problems) until they died. I think that another thing that bothered me was that even though they were no longer intimate with "the One" was God really silent to them for all of those years? I just don't know if He would leave them to fend for themselves without some kind of direction. Just another question that I had while reading the book. I realize that the Holy Spirit was not sent yet, but I have to think that God somehow communicated with them. Just a thought...

  4. Well, in the book He did send the visions. And the burning of the sacrifice was a pretty major statement.

    I don't believe in real life God was *that* silent. I think there were more signs and wonders than was portrayed in the book.

    But the point probably is, even if he wasn't as silent as really portrayed in the book, the fact is he is definitely not as close to us as He had originally intended.

    And that brings me back to the most touching part of the book for me, the end...when Havah finally gets to commune with Him again.

    re: Adam's wandering eye....yeah, I guess the fact that the Bible doesn't give us every detail is a good thing. LOL. I'm hoping he didn't have a wandering eye either. But you never know. He was a sinner. And we sinners have been known to wander.

  5. Ah, I forgot those visions and the sacrifice. Silly me!

    Definitely all too true about wandering eyes...unfortunately.

    Seriously! Won't it be wonderful when sin no longer separates us from communing fully with the Father?

  6. I don't know. I think that the difference between God being part of their lives and not is really hard to put into words. So it may have been her way of pushing home the point that it's all or nothing with Him.
    Though I didn't like the 'extra' relationships I really thought that she was pushing the contrast between perfect world and sin filled world.
    I REALLY liked this post. Julie really explained what I had trouble putting into words. 'This was the author's view of what could have happened.'
    Thanks, Julie!

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