Title: Rachel (Wives of the Patriarchs)
Author: Jill Eileen Smith
Rachel is a fictional tale that seeks to speak to the heart of the readers of the Biblical account that anyone can read in the Old Testament book of Genesis. Rachel is the woman who Jacob worked seven years for as a bride price only to be tricked by Laban, the girl’s father. Then Jacob works seven more years for the one his heart truly longs for, Rachel.
Why is Jacob even in a land so far away from his brother Esau, his mother Rebekah, and his father Isaac? To fully appreciate the God who reveals Himself throughout the Biblical narrative, one must read the words God inspired Moses to write in Genesis. Some of what the audience will read in the novel will ring true with the Biblical account; other parts are purely fiction as God chose not to reveal everything at this time.
What can we learn from both the Biblical account that is solely God-inspired or God-breathed, and the fictional rendering offered by this author? While this is certainly not an exhausting list, here is what spoke to me as I read: 1) The choices we make may reap consequences, both good and bad, long after they are sown. Jacob was a deceiver, and look how was he then treated by his father-in-law; 2) Relationships whether familial, marital or friendly take work in order to thrive, especially through harsh and trying times. Sometimes that entails seeking forgiveness or giving it when we would rather give back the grief we received. Other times it means that like Jesus we don’t have to speak a word to defend ourselves as our God can defend His children quite well in His own time and way; 3) No matter how long we walk this earth we really just get a glimpse of the heart of love God has for us.
Read the Biblical story in Genesis, and then read the fictional tale. Then, sit back and allow God to speak to your heart and mind. You might just be surprised what He has to say to you. We all wrestle like Jacob did in one way or another, whether it is grieving past mistakes or current ones or really believing God’s love for us. We might even be wrestling with understanding the great gift of His Son, Jesus Christ, who came to save us when we have such an easier time remembering our sins rather than thanking Him for coming to us. Enjoy the fictional tale and perhaps share the novel with someone else.
My rating is 5 stars.
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