Isn't it exciting to "stumble" on to an excellent author that you've never read before? This was the case for me with the very prolific, best selling author, Gilbert Morris.
In his 2nd book of the LIONS OF JUDAH series, Mr. Morris brings to life the Old Testament characters of Sarah, Abraham and all the others they encounter on their journey of faith.
In NO WOMAN SO FAIR, the author beautifully adds "meat to the bones" of the scriptural account of Abraham and Sarah. Even though his characters are fictional, the journey they undertake and the relationship they develop with "God Most High" is very believable and exciting, never a contradiction of the scriptural account.
We see how God tests Abraham and Sarah to mature their faith in Him. He brings to light, with fuller understanding, the lesson of how we can suffer terrible consequences when we take things into our own hands; when we "help" God with our carnal actions...we produce Ishmaels! Sarah's motives, in offering her maidservant Hagar as a host for the fulfillment of God's promise to Abraham for a son, were born out of unbelief. And the afermath has been monumental. I'm sure she could never have imagined the full scope of her decision to "get ahead of God"; the consequences are in today's headlines, thousands of years later. May we truly learn from this mistake; our limited, carnal foresight is no better than Sarah's was.
As much as I enjoyed this book, I can't help but comment on the fact that, although the title certainly implies that this story's main character is Sarah, it is really about Abraham. As important as Sarah's role was in Abraham's life, she is still a relatively small aspect of the overall theme. I don't mean to criticize and I don't presume to possess the talent and writing skill that Gilbert Morris has in his little finger, but, in my opinion, the title is a little misleading. I state this at the end of my post because it isn't really that important. The story is excellent and well worth reading. I certainly intend on reading more from this much loved storyteller and hope you will too.
--- reviewed by Ginny Sutton for Christian Bookshelf