P. S. Find my impartial book review after I introduce Writing With God's Hope blog followers to Caryl.
I longed to interview you so others could get to know you as I did, so here goes:
If you were a song, what would it be?
But the song I have to choose to be is Andrae Crouch’s To God be the Glory. It embodies what I try to make my whole life about: thanking Him for everything He’s done for me that I did not deserve, but He gave them to me only to show his love for me. As an author, I’ve adopted the life premise: Praying my story gives God glory!
Oh, wow, congratulastion ahead of time, Caryl and Ron.
This is my unsolicited, unbiased review of the above book. What is Biblical fiction anyway?
I love reading the Bible. It's God's guidebook--the Word from God's mouth. This book is many things; poetry, history, memoir, letters, and law, but one thing it is not is fiction.
Because its pages fill with examples of real people, we're given knowledge of how others dealt with similar problems as we do. This scroll could not hold everyone's story in detail, so we only read brief excerpts or scenes of the lives of its heroes, heroines, or villains.
Have you ever wondered about the rest of the story, the part not told? What was it like to be a brother or sister growing up with Jesus? How did Bathsheba adjust to Solomon? Did she love him, hate, or resent him? What was it like to live in the early years after the creation of man when there was no one to marry except your brother or nephew?
That's where Biblical fiction comes in play. A wonderful author, like Caryl McAdoo, reads the Bible story and thinks "what if."
I read her book Then The Deluge Comes. This story traces humankind from the sixth generation through Enoch, Methuselah, and on to the time of Noah and the flood. The book is the sequel to her first one, A Little Lower Than the Angels. Not only does, McAdoo address the idea of marrying your sister, but about what happened to Cain after he killed his brother.
The characters are true-to-life with layers, complications, likes and dislikes as we do today. They coped with the trials and dangers of that time period. They quarreled and loved and hated just like us.
The book gave me new insights into the Old Testament time of Genesis and how then, as well as now, we choose individually whether we will follow God's laws or rebel. I liked the romance between Shem, Ham, and Japheth, and the women Lamech found at God's direction. I loved seeing through Shem's wife, Jemri's eyes the building of the huge boat.
Another interesting factor about this book envisions a parallel universe between mankind and the angels in heaven.
I loved reading Then The Deluge Comes and highly recommend it. Be sure to leave a comment below along with your contact information for a chance to win a free copy of Then The Deluge Comes or the first in the series A Little Lower Than The Angels, your choice if you're the winner.
And, thank you, Caryl, for being my guest. I'm honored.
Don't forget to write a comment below along with contact information for a chance to win one of Caryl's Biblical fiction books. I'll draw names on June 14. Don't delay.