Reviewer Conny Withay:Operating her own business in office management since 1991, Conny is an avid reader, volunteers reading the Bible to the elderly, and makes handmade jewelry. A cum laude graduate with a degree in art living in the Pacific Northwest, she is married with two sons, two daughter-in-laws, and one granddaughter.
Author: Wm. Paul Young
Publisher: Howard Books
“My daughter, have you learned nothing from my turning? God wants you to abide face-to-face with Him,” Eve tells Lilly in Wm. Paul Young’s novel, Eve.
This three hundred and twenty page paperback targets those interested in fictional stories that blend Biblical creation and the fall of man with paranormal fantasy. Using the words crap and damn, topics of human trafficking would not be appropriate for immature readers.
In this narrative, teenager Lilly Fields is on the brink of death when she is found washed ashore in a shipping container on a mysterious other-worldly island. With the care of the Collector named John, she is slowly brought back to life at the Refuge where Healers, Scholars, Menders, and many others watch over her.
While floating in and out of consciousness, Lilly learns she is unwittingly the Witness to the Beginnings of Creation when she meets Mother Eve, watches Adam’s birth, observes the serpent’s enticement, and realizes Adam and Eve separately turning their backs on God. Initially observing the Biblical stories from Genesis, the non-believing teen is supposedly the one who can change the world.
Throughout a year of rehabilitation on the island, the young woman befriends John and is introduced to others who realize she is the Witness. With their help and hindrances, she learns of Adam’s turning from being face-to-face with God and his ejection from Eden as well as why Eve made her choice.
Confusing at times on what the writer believes regarding God, sin, redemption, and eternal salvation, the eclectic story includes characters of different timelines that involve the three women who frame history. Often the reader is left wondering what is happening; is the tale portraying a dream, hallucination, symbolism, parable, or alteration of Scripture?
Focusing on mankind wanting power and dominion over trusting God, the fantasy may be enjoyed by many, yet this reader found it to be a hard read, bewildering at times. Interesting as fiction with its metaphors, many of the concepts do not agree with her viewpoint of Biblical theology.
Bestselling author Young is known for his books that offer a different perspective of God. Born in Canada and raised in New Guinea by his missionary parents, he and his family currently live in the Pacific Northwest.