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Cain: The Story of the First Murder and the Birth of an Unstoppable Evil (The Fall of Man Series) Paperback – May 1, 2016
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Cain is a Biblically faithful re-imagining of the story of Cain and Abel, crafted only after years spent studying the original Hebrew text and expert scholars' interpretations of that text.
Beware: this book will challenge your assumptions and demand you suspend disbelief. Genesis is filled with fantastic truths--from the universe rolling off of God's tongue, to the Nephilim in Genesis 6, and the languages of humanity being confused in Genesis 11.
Rediscover the ancient world through Genesis, and find yourself rekindled by the mystery of God's majesty.
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A true first… but, certainly not the last, I was very intrigued with the writers challenge, as to my entry point and storyboard for Cain. In my mind it’s the biblical text brevity and huge ambiguity that beg the heart to crack the book open.
Looking through the keyhole of Genesis is ominous… where the author is going to take the aftershocks of "the fall" and treat the narrative with respect and creative integrity. "Biblical fiction" is imposing because to be viable for me... it must adhere to orthodoxy and history, which opens up crazy possibilities and how they can play out. Great surprises do abound though!
I was “wonderfully blindsided” by a number of the story’s totally unforeseen twist and turns…and emotive human fingerprints (warts and all) that were “more than believable.” I saw many of my own relational experience’s woven into this story board. Cain became more of a personal mirror than I was necessarily comfortable with, or had anticipated at points. I can say emphatically, am in the bloodline, without a doubt… and was both pulling for Cain (and his kin) and repulsed with frequency as I read.
The take home… with no spoilers:
This is a view of humanity turned inside out, deeply fallen but with hope surfacing at critical and touching junctures… a rich read that will continue to stir and speak after the book is put down. This is truly an evolving epic of which we are inextricably a part of. It is frequently dark and at times bloody, but is riveting human story with a distinct "ring of truth".
McPherson has put a great deal of artful thought and skillful creative writing throughout, and there are interspersed some beautifully poetic/lyrical flavors as resting places… read this book, you’ll be chewing on it for a good while. I’m excited to read the author’s next title… I’m standing in line, rich great stuff!
I did have trouble with the presense of a Lilith character (I put the book down for a bit when she showed up). I feel like nearly every extra-Biblical fantasy has a Lilith character although this one wasn't the source of all evil this time. The timeline and the presence of a City of God created by God outside the Garden of Eden was one that I struggled with a bit, too, along with the timing of Seth's birth - although Seth's "birth" timing made more sense by the end of the book.
The Bible verses at the beginning of each chapter were perfectly chosen to fit the sequence of events and helped explain some of the author's more creative exploits in a way that showed he had done is Biblical research and was immersed in a relationship with Christ as he wrote this novel.
All in all, for readers of Christian fantasy - especially those who like extra-Biblical Christian fantasy - this is a good read that I recommend.
Note - even with putting down the book at Lilith, i did read it in one day - so it is riveting!
Some sections may require going through a few times to fully understand the context and what is happening to each character.
I will be patiently waiting for the next book in the series, hopefully not for to long.
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Cons: I didn't like any of the characters. The story didn't pull me back when I put it down.Read more