By Sheila Deeth
I have a confession for my readers about this book. I learned more from this book about the people living right at the beginning of the world than I've learned in any other book, including the Bible. If you're like me, as a Christian, you started reading Genesis in the King James Version...way back when...
After the Creation and then about Adam and Eve, it got harder to understand. So even though I have read it, I never really "tried" to put the people together in my mind as I would fictional characters. Yet, that is exactly what we need to do, isn't it? Well, Sheila Deeth has done an exceptional job for us. She's created a series where she introduces each character and tells a story from his or her perspective!
Sure, it a great learning book for children... But if you're a Christian of any age, who is willing to admit that you never took the time to go back to that Old Testament King James Version to try and understand it better, then I recommend you consider this book not only for your children...but plan on learning more yourself! I guarantee that having the perspective of the individual character will help fix these individuals better in your mind and will help you build a better understanding of the family relationships as well..
Adam. Genesis 2 There was once a man called Adam
who lived in a beautiful place called the Garden
of Eden. The weather was always warm in Eden.
The rain was just a gentle mist.
The ground was soft and covered with grass
. There were seeds and fruits and berries for
Adam to eat as he walked around.
And there were no dangerous plants,
nothing that could sting, and nothing
that could make him sick.
There were no scary places where Adam
could get hurt. And all the animals were
friendly because they all had enough to eat.
As I read Deeth's 5-minute stories, it was quite easy to see the break off as children left home and moved away, sometimes not too willingly... But there was a basic love, forgiveness and the desire for peace that guided the family always...
Why that has changed over time is another book or two (LOL) but for me, Genesis People certainly helped me envision the way that the break offs might have felt like the individuals were now on their own with the need for a new religion--but, was there?
Abram. One day God sent three strangers to visit his friend Abram in the desert. Abram was sitting in the doorway of his tent when he saw the strangers walk out from under the trees. He had no idea where they’d come from but he invited them to rest and share a meal. That was how Abram always greeted strangers, so he could make them his friends. Abram sat outside the tent with the strangers while his servants brought food out to them. “Where’s your wife?” the strangers asked, and Abram said she was busy. “She’ll be busier next year,” said the strangers, “when the baby’s born.” Then Abram’s wife laughed in the tent because she was old and she had no idea she was pregnant. Abram wondered if the strangers were angels from God; otherwise how could they have known something so special?
The book contains 50 different stories center on those mentioned as well as Joseph, Sarai, Seth, Cain and Abel and all of the others as they were born, married, and had children. And then relocated to start their lives...BTW, it was easy to compare the map of Canaan from that time to see the land is now divided...and where the families
So Terah gathered together his wife and his oldest son and his oldest son’s wife and his little grandson. Then he packed up his tents and animals and servants and they all set off for Canaan, where the grass was green and the rain was soft and the sun shone all the time. Halfway there, though, Terah decided to stop. He’d found a fairly quiet, fairly comfortable place. It had grass and rain and sunshine, and he could be happy there. If God was still telling him to go somewhere else, well, God wasn’t speaking very loudly and Terah couldn’t hear him.
One day Terah’s son came to him and said that God was sending him to Canaan.
“That’s where God was sending me,” said Terah. But his son said, “It’s where he’s sending me now.” Terah’s son took his wife and his nephew and all his servants and animals. Poor rich Terah was left all on his own, with one son still living in Ur, one dead, and the other one on his way to Canaan. Then Terah wished he hadn’t decided to stop listening to God. But he was too old and too settled to travel again. Instead he just thanked God for his blessings and asked God to look after all his family.
Let me know if you learned something new like I did! It is well worth it for your children, but isn't it great that Sheila Deeth just might have helped your understanding of the Bible as well!?! Highly Recommended!True science and true religion can never be at odds with one another. How could they be? Both are attempts to understand the God who formulated the laws of science that rule our universe, which man has struggled mightily to comprehend and codify. Unfortunately, increased understanding has led some to discount the Bible and the events it contains.
About this author
Sheila Deeth grew up in the UK and has a Bachelors and Masters in mathematics from Cambridge University, England. She moved to the States with her husband and three sons in 1996 and now lives near Portland, Oregon, where she enjoys reading, writing, drawing, telling stories, meeting her neighbors' dogs on the green, and running a local writers' group.