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Friday, 27 January 2017

BOOK REVIEW

Title: Eve: If I Had Known
Author: Lady Pastor Nora Osei-Bonsu
Publisher: Preachers House 2016
Number of pages: 123
Reviewed by: Timothy Ngnenbe

How will you feel if you had Eve, the first woman ever to be created by God, tell you her experience in the garden of Eden? What if you had the opportunity to listen to her tell the world the circumstances behind the ordeal she went through?
Well, the secret weapon to your search for answers to these questions is contained in the book "Eve: If I Had Known."
The book tells the story of Eve, from the time she was created out of the rib of Adam, her family life, encounter with the serpent in the Garden of Eden, to the punishment visited on the first family by God.
Beginning her story on a reflective note, Eve is heard in a remorseful mood saying "looking back, I still cannot believe that I traded all the other trees for only the one forbidden. What could have happened?" 
Writing style
The writer employed the use of literary devices to convey the message of Eve, in a relaxed and conversational style such that the attention of the reader is maintained and sustained throughout.  The use of monologue makes the events in the book appear so real.
In the book, Eve, the Protagonist, is heard telling her story; perhaps, to clear all doubts from the minds of the people of the world, and to bring to the fore, the need to learn useful lessons.
An outstanding feature of this book is the use of flashback, biblical allusions, metaphors, and personification, as exemplified by the phrase "deception came knocking  at my door, and I gladly opened and welcomed it in."
Eve warns the people of the world to be wary of the diabolic plan of the devil and seek refuge in God, as exemplified in "You have amazing power in Jesus Christ so try and utilise it to  the best effect."
Eve makes a comparison between the opportunities given to her and Jesus and how they used it differently.
"My life story is definitely intertwined with His; I started the race and performed very poorly but when He willingly took up the mantle of performance, He performed incredibly well - winning the race. He is a life saver, a transformer, a reliever, a redeemer."
The lessons
From chapters one to five, Eve narrates how God, out of his abundant love for man (Adam), created her to provide companionship, support, and to serve as a life partner. Here, the love and family life of Adam and Eve  is told. Their intimate and cordial relationship with God is also brought to the fore.
Out of the love God had for the first family, he gave them laws that will help them to relate with him and take control over all other things created by him. Key to the laws given by God as a guide to the first family was the order not to eat of the fruit of the tree of knowledge and of death (located in the middle of the garden).
The fall of man
From chapter six to nine, the theme of deception and disobedience is unveiled as Eve narrates how she encountered the serpent. As part of the deceptive strategy,  the serpent succeeded in convincing Eve to disobey God through sweet but evil whispers.
Eve is made to believe that eating the fruits of the forbidden tree will put her on the same level with God and give her  more knowledge.  She took a unilateral decision to eat of the fruits of the forbidden tree and later convinced her husband to do same. At that point, the cordial relationship between the Creator and the first family turned sour as they began to hide from the presence of God. The blame game set in as Adam, Eve and the serpent received their portion of blame for the fall of man and the punishment thereafter.
The tree of life
In the last six chapters (13 to 19), Eve called on humanity to seek the presence of God in order to enjoy his mercies.  She observed that it was important for all men who fall to rise up and seek salvation accepting Jesus as their Lord and personal saviour.
Eve describes Jesus as the tree of life that produces the fruit of salvation.  Here, Jesus is offered as the best choice for humanity. The writer outlines practical steps for all who seek God's salvation
Among the moral lessons Eve conveyed to the current and future generations is for them to be obedient, patient, mindful of the choices they make, attentive to God's voice, and to seek God in earnest.
The sentiments
The worry of the writer is not in the hardship Eve brought to the rest of humanity by her decision, bad choices, selfishness among others.  Rather, the writer is worried that people of the world still do the very things they accuse Eve of, wondering if they have the moral right to do so.
"Eve was deceived by the serpent.  Today, we are still being deceived. We disobey and live our lives full of scars while leaving negative marks for generations unborn to grapple with," she stated.
The writer warns that there will be accountability before the creator one day, stressing that it takes virtues such as patience, self-control, consultation, diligence, and obedience to meet the acceptable standard.
My opinion
The book, even though anchored on biblical principles, is a must-read for all, irrespective of the religious background.  If all of us will reflect on our lives as did Eve in this book, we would realise that our choices, selfishness, disobedience, have suffocated the country, denying it the oxygen required for sustainable national development.
Will the future generations not point accusing fingers at our negative actions today as we are doing to Eve? Let us apply the principles in this book that requires us to be careful about the voices we listen to and also being accountable of our stewardship.
By now, you know what to do - grab a copy of "Eve: If I Had Known"  and make it your life guide.