Not by sight: a novel of the patriarchs

Reviewed by:

Ceil Carey, retired public librarian and long time book discussion leader


Not by sight: a novel of the patriarchs


Elizabeth Jacobson


WordCrafts Press

Publication date:





314 pages


Jacobson’s excellent retelling of Joseph’s life from the New Testament is beautifully written and fleshes out an already poignant tale. Many of us have read the saga of Joseph, his beautiful coat and his brothers’ treachery to him. We may have read it many times and even seen it performed. Yet Not by sight is still well worth the reading. The author assists readers in seeing into Joseph’s heart: his feelings of despondency, his questioning of why this had happened and why God had allowed it. And then his return to his father’s faith, now his own. And the rest as they say, is history.

Highly recommended for personal reading and any church or school library.


5 out of 5

Suggested audience:

Particularly fans of Biblical fiction

Christian impact:

Joseph’s story includes many lessons from Scripture but Elizabeth Jacobson focuses on forgiveness. Asking God for forgiveness, forgiving ourselves and forgiving others.

Also includes:

-author’s note
-about the author

Not By Sight: A Novel of the Patriarchs

About Ceil Carey

The Evangelical Church Library Association, founded in 1970, is a fellowship of Christian churches, schools, and individuals.

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