The Sinners and The Sea

Monday, April 1, 2013

Book Blurb:

Cursed with a birthmark that many think is the brand of a demon, the young heroine in The Sinners and the Sea is deprived even of a name for fear that it would make it easier for people to spread lies about her. But this virtuous woman has the perfect voice to make one of the Old Testament’s stories live anew.

Desperate to keep her safe, the woman’s father gives her to the righteous Noah, who weds her and takes her to the town of Sorum, a land of outcasts. Noah, a 600-year-old paragon of virtue, rises to the role of preacher to a town full of sinners. Alone in her new life, Noah’s wife gives him three sons, but is faced with the hardship of living with an aloof husband who speaks more to God than with her. She tries to make friends with the violent and dissolute people of Sorum while raising a brood that, despite a pious upbringing, have developed some sinful tendencies of their own. But her trials are nothing compared to what awaits her after God tells her husband that a flood is coming—and that Noah and his family must build an ark so that they alone can repopulate the world.

My Thoughts:

When I was asked to review this book I was excited about a Biblical fictional novel based on Noah's wife, that is partially what I read. Yes, Rebecca Kanner writes a vivid book about a woman who has no name that is given in marriage to Noah when he is 600 years old, the reason, she is of virtue, and her father has protected her because she has what we would call in our society a port of wine stain, or a birthmark. They believe it is a sign of a demon, this is why she has not been named.

However, she also paints a dark picture of Noah, and his sons, Ham, Shem, and Japheth. Noah is an angry man, who thunders at the people who live in Sorum that are sinning against God. 
The relationship she portrays that Ham and Shem have with Noah is definitely not one that is a father and son relationship. They don't agree with Noah at all and his belief in God. Japheth is the only one who follows after his father. 

When God instructs Noah to build the ark because He is going to destroy the earth and all the people because of their wickedness. Noah's wife is just like the others who don't believe that there is going to be a flood, she can't see how all the animals that God has instructed to go in the ark will fit, nor is she willing.

All Noah's wife wanted was to be accepted like the other women, and have a name, which she receives, however, I found this book to be so far from Biblical that in all good conscience I can't recommend this book. I read an interview with Rebecca Kanner over the weekend where she called God imperfect. That is not the God I know, or the God I serve, or the God that raised my Jesus from the grave! 
Here is the link to the article

It is my opinion that this book will shipwreck your faith because it tells a distorted view of Noah, and his family. God did flood this earth, He is a loving God, yet He cannot and will not look at sin! Hence why He flooded the earth. The rainbow is His covenant that He will not flood this earth again.


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