Monday, July 27, 2009

The Woman Who Named God: Abraham's Dilemma and the Birth of Three Faiths by Charlotte Gordon

It is time for a FIRST Wild Card Tour book review! If you wish to join the FIRST blog alliance, just click the button. We are a group of reviewers who tour Christian books. A Wild Card post includes a brief bio of the author and a full chapter from each book toured. The reason it is called a FIRST Wild Card Tour is that you never know if the book will be fiction, non~fiction, for young, or for old...or for somewhere in between! Enjoy your free peek into the book!

You never know when I might play a wild card on you!

Today's Wild Card author is:

and the book:

The Woman Who Named God: Abraham's Dilemma and the Birth of Three Faiths

Little, Brown and Company (July 28, 2009)


Charlotte Gordon graduated from Harvard College and received a Master’s in Creative Writing and a Ph.D. in History and Literature from Boston University. She has published two books of poetry and, most recently, the biography Mistress Bradstreet, which was a Massachusetts Book Award Honor Book. From 1999-2001, she taught at Boston University’s School of Theology. Currently, she is an assistant professor of English at Endicott College.

Visit the author's website.

Product Details:

List Price: $27.99
Hardcover: 400 pages
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company (July 28, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 031611474X
ISBN-13: 978-0316114745


Here is my review of this fascinating read:

First of all, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Charlotte Gordon and her publisher for sending me a copy of "The Woman Who Named God" to review for them. I have always been grateful for this generosity, and I am trying to improve at being consistent in taking the time to thank these wonderfully giving individuals in a public forum. I really appreciate your time, effort and expense in making a reviewer copy available to me.

My feelings about “The Woman Who Named God” by Charlotte Gordon are mixed. It is a thick and intimidating non-fiction book. But it is also full of great insights. It reads rather dry, but the information captured by Ms. Gordon is fascinating. It contains an informative Notes section and a helpful, but limited, dictionary.

The title is misleading. This is not simply the story of Hagar, the woman who named God, calling him the God who sees me. Rather this is the story of Abraham and his relationship with God and his wives and those who touched his life. It is the story that shows where monotheistic faith originated.

1 comment:

charlotte gordon said...

Thank you so much for taking the time to read the book, Stacey. I am glad you found it fascinating, although I am sorry you found the title misleading. Still, I am glad you took the time to think about the story. Thank you!