Is Wm. Paul Young’s New Novel Eve Biblical? A Book Review

Book Details

Title: Eve: A Novel
Author: Wm. Paul Young
Publisher: Howard Books
ISBN: 1501101420
Publishing date: September 15, 2015
Genre: Historical Fiction
Rating: 3

A Review of Eve: A Novel by Wm Paul Young

Wm. Paul Young stumbled on gold once again when he wrote Eve. The Shack thrusted him in the annals of Christian literature as the best-selling author of the 21st century. Young’s new book is going to shatter the sells records since Eve from onset is armed with one thing The Shack lacked a powerful marketing engine. It is not surprising that Eve became an instant Amazon bestseller before release and debuted at number 4 on New York Times bestseller’s list in the first week of release.

Besides a passive aggressive, but admirable marketing strategy, sales of Eve are surging because of The Shack. Young created a name for himself through The Shack. Almost all reviews on Amazon and GoodReads refer to The Shack either for comparisons or crediting it for helping them decide to buy Eve. It is not surprising considering The Shack sold more than 20 million copies and is heading to the big screen in 2016.

Eve is unique recount of the Creation as revealed to the protagonist, Lilly Fields, a teen victim of human trafficking. Some readers found the narrative in Eve a bit confusing since the story unfolds in three levels of consciousness. Throughout the novel, Lilly is in a subconscious state described as the land between the dead and the living. Thus, Eve is an account of Lilly’s vision. Lilly had another vision within the vision where she witnessed the Creation. At the end of the book, Lilly weekend from the slumber.

From the Genesis account, God created the heaven and the earth through the power of his words. John later revealed in the gospel that the word was God and it was Jesus Christ. In all this, the Holy Spirit brood over the waters. Hebrews later confirmed that all that we see was created from nothing. Hence, David testifies the heavens and the earth proclaim the glory, mighty, majesty and honor of God. Creation testifies of the faithfulness of God and his love for all people.

But, people have questions; questions that God wisely left as a mystery a declaration of his unfathomable nature. Sometimes, some of the questions God answered as an enrichment for our faith. Wm. Paul Young sort to give answers to the questions about Creation and importantly the Fall. It is sad to say, despite Young’s claim that Eve is true to the original texts, Eve is a great work of fiction, but a dangerous work of theology.

Young’s account of the first five days was consistent with scriptures, God spoke and things came to life. However, the sixth day can best be described as a theological disaster, the Holy Spirit sprinkling earth onto the Father’s genital area, stroking his hair romantically, the Father giving birth to Adam, Adam with an umbilical cord connected to the earth, an angel cutting Adam’s umbilical cord and the Father nursing baby Adam with his breasts. There is no verse in the Bible that can corroborate this account, it is a pure theological speculation.

If the sixth day was disgusting, then Young’s account of the Fall is a nightmare. According to Genesis, God instructed Adam to name all creation. God presented animals before him and Adam would give the creature a name. But, God noticed Adam was alone, so he placed Adam in a deep sleep and took out Adam’s rib. God created Eve and presented her before Adam. Adam called her Woman because she came from man.

Unfortunately, one day a serpent deceived Adam and Eve and they at the forbidden fruit. Adam and Eve let down God, out of love God took them out of Eden and promised that Eve’s seed will one day bring redemption. Genesis demonstrate how God loves men and women, protecting them from their own vices and promising them salvation from their own sins.

Young’s account is different, totally different. Adam grew to a fine lad, but one day he breached the walls of the Garden of Eden and met Satan. Satan gave him the knife that was used to cut Adam’s umbilical cord. After this encounter, Adam began to turn from God. He no longer trusted and believed in God wholly. This was the fall, and Eve was not present.

It gets worse. God saw that Adam was turning away from him, so he instructed him to name the animals. Naming was a redemptive exercise, according to Young. But, God’s redemptive plan failed, so he thought of creating Eve. God placed Adam in a deep sleep. Adam gets pregnant, remember the Father was once pregnant. By inference, according to Young, God’s original intent was for men to get pregnant. Adam gives birth to Eve and the Father nursed her. Even with Eve, Adam did not turn back to God. In the end, Adam eats the fruit and is taken out of the Garden of Eden, but Eve remained.

What then are the original texts Young claimed he consulted? After reading the book it becomes clear that Young borrowed strongly from mythology. For example, Lilly is also referred to as Lilith and later becomes Lilith a mythical being claimed to be Adam’s first wife. In new age, a human being’s nervous system is taught to be connected to the earth, thus Young also borrowed from these agnostic heretical teachings. Sin is referred to as a shadow sickness healed through love and fellowship with other people and this implies Christ is not necessary for salvation.

Why did Young insist in a feminine Father, female Holy Spirit and Adam being the only one who sinned? Such a belief is at the core of feminist theology, particularly feminist trinitarian theology. The dangers of such theology is it seeks to define the nature of God through signs, symbols, imageries that discredit or undermines the true nature of God. It is dangerous to create a God that suits one’s worldview. Regrettably, that is what Wm. Paul Young’s Eve do.

For a detailed review of Wm. Paul Young’s book focusing on feminist theology, the concept of sin, the theology of salvation, the theology of people and mythology in Eve please download the 70-page book below.

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15 Comments

  1. Edmond, it was very ironic that you shared this yesterday, as I was just finishing my review for the book/coffee shop where I work. In short, we agree on every point, even in regards to Mr. Young’s response to you.
    To help you out, it was stated toward the end of the book (I think in the third- or second-to-last chapter) that she is fifteen years old, it is also alluded to in the second-to-last chapter that she is about the same age as Mary when she had Jesus. As for John the Collector, he responded to Lilly that, “I am more than forty or fifty years old.” When John is taken away at the end, we get a glimpse of his true age when he mentions that his favorite name for Jesus is “cousin,” implying he is John the Baptist.
    If I had to add any thoughts to the review, it is that this area between worlds where the Refuge is can very easily be linked to Purgatory or some other sort of Limbo, based on the fact that so many people (including John, Simon, and Karyn) appeared to be between this life and the next and may be working out their “turning” in some fashion (as evidenced by John mentioning that Simon was in the far south and Karyn in the far north but that they would eventually find each other and possibly back to Adonai). It is also possible that this place could be seen as a sort of Sheol “resting place” as interpreted through the Old Testament. I think this one makes sense based on Young’s affection for possible interpretations of terms and ideas (i.e. “El Shaddai” being “the breasted one”).
    Also, in chapter 9 of your review, you seemed to have suddenly stopped your list of five things after only two of instances of myth in the book.

    Keep up the great work, brother!

    Daniel

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    1. Thanks for the clarification. I will add your thoughts in the book of you don’t mind. On the five things, I listed them in my mind and began writing, got tired and forgot I had some unfinished stuff. I am sorry about that. I am encouraged that you read the review. Thank you so much.

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  2. Hi Daniel, did you post your review on your site? I can’t find it. I would love to add it on one of my pages that has all the reviews I found on the book, both positive and negative (They are too many negative at the moment. I hope I could add three more that are positive).

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  3. You are going to laugh when I say this but I just got it that you wanted us to download YOUR book, not Paul’s. I thought you were offering a galley print of Paul Young’s novel and my thought was “I’ll just buy the paperback when it comes out.” I’m in no great rush. I did read The Shack and thought some sentences in it were lovely but like all followers of Jesus and Bible lovers, felt wary of some things. So I think maybe the problem is that “we dumb blog-readers” (I know, speak for myself) just didn’t get what you were trying to get us to do. I just downloaded your “book,” which is a review, and will read it when I’ve read Paul’s book which might not be for a while. A lot of people don’t like to read reviews until they’ve read the book for themselves. I tend to do that but I can’t speak for others. : ) For some reason, I do look at movie reviews before I go to a movie, UNLESS I was planning to see it regardless of reviews (like all Lord of the Ring related movies). So maybe most of your readers plan to read it and just don’t want to spoil the experience by reading an opinion first?

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  4. Speaking of good reviews, thanks for liking my poem Canon Fodder! I worked hard on that one after it rambled around in my brain for a year or so. It is being received well.

    Brent Kincaid, WordMusic

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  5. Thank you, Edmond, for this review. Eve sounds like a Hollywood version of Noah that insults those who know the word of God. Sacrilege comes to mind and then blasphemy, which is a sin against the will of God, the Ten Commandments. William Paul Young’s book of fiction does not absolve him of misleading readers away from God’s word. His career seems to be more important to him than his creator. At least the first three Commandments are violated. If he is brought to judgment today, I wonder where he thinks he would go for eternity, heaven or hell?

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  6. The Shack should be anathema to every Bible believer. It is meant to draw the less spiritually minded, and those who do not treasure God’s word, back into the devil’s fold.

    Satan HATES salvation! Jesus said the angels in heaven rejoice when there is even just one soul saved! Conversely, the Devil hates it because he lost another one forever.

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  7. Lilith is straight out of the Kabbala, the Jewish occult writings, and their creation myth. They are not Bible believers. They do not believe the Tanukh, but they can’t say that out loud to fellow Jews, so they have these secret rabbinical “interpretations” and their “oral traditions”.

    Jesus Christ explicitly condemned those “oral traditions” by which they made the word of God of none effect.

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  8. Thanks for the comment, I do not encourage comments that attack other people. This is not the platform for that. If you do not agree with what they said you could have found another way to say it. For that reason, I am going to delete your comment.

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