Book Review: “Sinners And The Sea” By Rebecca Kanner

April 27, 2013 at 8:10 pm | Posted in Books | Leave a comment
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Rebecca Kanner in her new book, “Sinners And The Sea book coverSinners And The Sea” published by Howard Books takes us into the life of Noah’s wife.

From the Inside Jacket Cover:   The young heroine in Sinners and the Sea is destined for greatness. Known only as “wife” in the Bible and cursed with a birthmark that many think is the brand of a demon, this unnamed woman—fated to become the mother of all generations after the great flood—lives anew through Rebecca Kanner. The author gives this virtuous woman the perfect voice to make one of the Old Testament’s stories come alive like never before.

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 haven for outcasts. Alone in her new life, Noah’s wife gives him three sons. But living in this wicked and perverse town with an aloof husband who speaks more to God than to her takes its toll. Noah’s wife struggles to know her own identity and value. She tries to make friends with the violent and dissolute people of Sorum while raising a brood that, despite its pious upbringing, develops some sinful tendencies of its own. While Noah carries out the Lord’s commands, she tries to hide her mark and her shame as she weathers the scorn and taunts of the townspeople.

But these 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. As the floodwaters draw near, she grows in courage and honor, and when the water finally recedes, she emerges whole, displaying once and for all the indomitable strength of women. Drawing on the biblical narrative and Jewish mythology, Sinners and the Sea is a beautifully written account of the antediluvian world told in cinematic detail.

Ever wonder what life was like way back before the Flood?  I read somewhere, sorry I have forgotten where, that all religions have some reference to a world flood.  The Bible tells us that the world was full of sin and that there was only one family that could be spared destruction; Noah and his family.  We pretty much are all familiar with Noah and what he did but we have never had a story of these events told us from the point of view of his wife.  “Sinners And The Sea” has real drama in it and wonderful characters, not just Noah, his wife, his sons and their wives but the other inhabitants of the world that laughed and mocked this family before ultimately drowning.  There is also romance.  Ms. Kanner has built a back story for Mrs. Noah that is quite believable and her life with Noah is just like any married woman’s life; filled with highs and lows.  It is just hers has the most climatic moment is human history.  Rebecca Kanner has done more than give us a fictionalized retelling of Biblical events she has given us some real depth of history and faith in God.  It is a marvelous story.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Howard Books for this review.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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