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Reviewed by Christian Sia for Readers' Favorite
And Eve Said …“To Hell with God” by Sal Rivera is a wonderful book that explores strong themes and looks at human relationships from a fresh perspective. Starting with commentaries on the story or the myth of creation, the author unveils loopholes that are not taught in the framework of popular religion. Did you know that God had a partner — possibly a female partner — when He created Eve from Adam? From biblical analysis to human sexuality, to understanding the sexual drive and the laws of intimacy, to a crisis in relationships and cultural norms that reinforce the idea of gender inequality, this book is loaded with the wisdom that readers need. As one starts reading this book, they come to the conclusion that they have been misinformed. Yes, humanity has tried very hard to un-educate the human instinct, but human behavior consistently betrays itself, revealing facts about our sexuality that are stunning.
Sal Rivera is a gifted writer and the evocative style of writing gripped me from the very first page. As the author points out in the preface: “This book is written by a layman for the layman, with all due respect to the female of the species, which I adore.” While the book makes observations on what we believe in the Bible, it asks important questions that will make anyone rethink what they know about human nature, about conflict, about God, and about gender equality. I found myself smiling when the author asks questions I have often grappled with when thinking about the story of Cain and Abel, which is filled with controversy if we are to believe that God is powerful and benevolent: “Why would such a powerful God, with the power to create the galaxies of the universe, reject one brother’s gift over the other?” The reflections on sex and intimacy are skillfully done and there is no doubt that a lot of research has gone into this book. And Eve Said …“To Hell with God” is spellbinding, rich, and thought-provoking. This book will guide you towards inner freedom and sexual health.