We got this book in our packets to prepare for our trip to Israel. I didn’t even open it because the cover looks pretty lame. Then Kay would talk about the book and why she sent it to everyone on the trip and it got me interested. I figured it’d be a good place to start with reading the history of Israel, even if it was going to be very very basic.
Israel, My Beloved
is a historical novel that follows a woman named Sarah who embodies Israel. You start during the time of Solomon’s temple before it is destroyed. Sarah, who is Israel in one person, leaves her husband (God) and goes to be with her lovers. You read of her struggles, her captivities, her coming back to God, yet Him telling her He loves her but will not be back to be with her for a long time.
Now, a lot of the book is pretty cheesy. I mean, it kind of has to be if you’re following a woman over thousands of years who basically never ages and neither does anyone else really in the book. If you can get past that, it’s actually a pretty good book for getting a very very brief and general history of Israel as a nation and a people.
She does write about the major events of Israel and then even goes into the future with what the Bible says will happen. Kay Arthur is someone who LOVES Israel and it was cool to see that in her writing. This book- if you’re looking for an easy (but kind of long, it’s in the 400 pages area) read, I’d recommend it. Just don’t expect an insanely well written book that holds your attention every page.