About the Book
Author: Brennan S. McPherson
Genre: Biblical Fiction
Release Date: April 1, 2020
“You want me to tell of how I broke the world.”
It’s the year 641 since the beginning of the world, and when Eve passes away, she leaves Adam the only man on earth who remembers everything from the beginning of the world.
When Enoch, God’s newly appointed prophet, decides to collect the stories of the faithful from previous generations, he finds Adam in desperate need to
confess the dark secrets he’s held onto for too long.
Beside a slowly burning bonfire in the dead of night, Adam tells his story in searing detail. From the beginning of everything, to how he broke the world, shattered Eve’s heart, and watched his family crumble.
Will Enoch uncover what led so many of Adam’s children away from God? And will Adam find the redemption and forgiveness he longs for?
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Before you read my review, I feel you should know that I hate to write a negative review. However, I was very disappointed in this book, and I pride myself on writing honest reviews. So here you’ll find my honest review, take it or leave it, but know that while I didn’t like this one you may absolutely love it.
I was so excited to read this book because typically I love Biblical fiction books. This one, however, was a lot different. I honestly just did not like this book. I know in Biblical fiction the author takes some liberties since the Bible doesn’t always tell us every minute detail. I felt like this book went too far with these liberties. I did enjoy the description of how Adam felt when he opens his eyes after God created him, and how he felt about Eve. Other than that, I was disappointed. Not only did I feel like there were too many liberties taken, but on a few occasions, there were some completely unBiblical things in it. For example, an apple they ate starts to turn brown in the sun, and there were dead leaves on the plants in the garden. The Garden of Eden was a perfect place, there was no death yet….at all. So to say that the leaves of a plant died and needed plucked off is completely wrong. The plants would have been perfect just as Adam and Eve were perfect, and the apple would probably have kept forever. There were other things, but this was one major thing that bothered me. Some things I did enjoy, I loved the descriptions of Adam and Eve’s creation, their relationship with God before the Fall, and it actually made me think about how God taught them how to do things, like make clay plates, bowls, etc. Those things make sense that He may have taught them how to find seeds and plant new plants, how to use clay, how to build a fire, etc., but I had never thought about it before. I did enjoy the book a little bit more after I got to the part where they became parents (over half-way through), but overall there were too many liberties taken to the point I really almost stopped reading the book altogether.
**I received this book for review from the CelebrateLit blogging program. I was not required to write a positive review, and all thoughts and opinions are my own.
About the Author
BRENNAN S. MCPHERSON writes epic, imaginative biblical fiction with heart-pounding plots and lyrical prose, for readers who like to think biblically and feel deeply. He lives with his wife and young daughter in the Midwest, and spends as much of his spare time with them as possible.
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In my beginning was not darkness, but Light.
As I opened my eyes for the first time, I saw dust motes swirling around five bright points. I reached for them and realized the dust was not blowing past me but instead settling across the complex shapes in my arms.
Distracted, I twisted my wrist, seeing muscle, tendon, bone, and a partial layer of skin. Clenching my fingers one by one, I saw the movement in my joints.
Fascinated, I watched as a swathe of dust poured over me like a sheet of silk and morphed into smooth, brown flesh. I ran my fingers across my new skin, and when the sound of shifting sand settled, noticed what sounded like gentle Music riding on the breath that flowed into me.
“Adam,” I said, for I had heard that name—my name—in the Music.
I realized that my Father was singing over me, and in his singing, he had given me life and form, and had named me Adam.
He smiled at me, with those dark brown eyes, and let soft melodies fall from his tongue as I lay on my back.
He lifted me from the mud and burned the remaining dust from my skin with the heat of his presence. But he did not hurt me as a natural flame might. Instead, he filled and cleansed me. And the joy of him filled me with an insatiable desire to experience everything around me, to understand the world he had sung into existence.
I’ve never since felt so whole as I did with him in Eden. Because inside me was nothing that did not belong. Only him, and the breath he gave, and the Music he sang, and the smells of Eden, and the touch of his Light, and the taste of his name on my lips as I spoke for the second time. “Father.” I smiled and laughed.
He stood magnificent, warm, compassionate. The image of the invisible condensed in a life foreknown before the foundations of the world were formed.
I felt his pride over me and laughed again, only now with tears.
My first moments were not like those of a newborn child come from a womb. Instead, they were of a child gone into the womb. Swaddled in the Light of God. Cocooned in his satisfaction.
I was Adam. Man fully formed. Reflection of perfection.
In joy, I fell to my hands and knees and bowed my forehead to the ground. Tears flowed to the soil I’d been formed from. How great! How wonderful this being was who had made me for himself, and who so unendingly satisfied me. Nothing I’ve experienced in my long years could ever make me forget it. That sense of purpose. Of everything being right.
Ah, yes. I see wonder on your face, Enoch, at how tears could be present in a world yet unbroken by sin.
Have you never wondered why the kiss of a lover can bring tears to our eyes? It is because some goods are so great that they must be given vent. For not all tears spring from sorrow. And not all aches are unwanted.
Yet still, my Father lifted me and wiped my cheeks. Then he led me across hills and valleys, puddles and rivers. He pointed at plants and skittering animals and insects, and it seemed as though I could hear the echo of his melodies in their movements.
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To celebrate his tour, Brennan is giving away the grand prize package of a “McPherson Publishing bundle”, which includes the following books: a copy of Flood, Babel, the three Psalm Series novellas, and The Simple Gospel book!!
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