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Book Review ~ First Family by Alice Langholt

First Family CoverAbout the Book


If you’re a reader who enjoyed “The Red Tent,” you would most certainly enjoy this new book of biblical fiction, “First Family.” You may have heard the story of Adam and Eve. But, the biblical account leaves many questions unanswered. How did Eve entice Adam to eat that fateful fruit? What did God think about their disobedience? How did they figure out how to survive outside the garden? What did Eve think about being pregnant? What were Cain and Abel like as kids, and how did they get along with their parents? Why did Abel and Cain decide to make an offering to God, and what were God’s reasons for rejecting Cain’s? What happened when Cain killed Abel, and what was it like for Adam and Eve to discover what had happened?

First Family is a modern language journey through the story of Adam and Eve, told by the characters themselves, as they fill in the gaps in the story with breathtakingly real first person descriptions of growth, discoveries, angst, joy, determination, and heart. First Family is today’s voice for the story behind the familiar story of Adam and Eve. Themes of love, loss, grief and faith will resonate with every reader.


Category

Religious

Genre

Biblical Fiction

Rating

2 Stars

Review


This book gives a perspective of the story of Adam and Eve, and their two sons, Cain and Abel, in first-person POV of each of the characters, including God’s and the serpent’s. The plot is designed in a manner to mirror the imperfections of man before/after the fall, and the gradual learning process of man—shown by how Adam and Eve handled new discoveries and environments from the moment they were created.

While, generally, I applaud and encourage fresh perspectives, there are a lot of notions in this story that I do not agree with on a Scriptural and convictional basis. Clearly, this book isn’t for anyone who isn’t willing to entertain over-the-edge controversial opinions of the happenings in Biblical times. For starts, there are characters attributed to God’s person, and there are presumptions to the manner in which certain events transpired that may cause one to hesitate in fully yielding to the story (even portraying Adam as naïve and Eve as deceitful and rebellious before the fall), which in turn disrupt the reading enjoyment altogether. Sadly, this affects in a negative way, the perceived quality of the overall work of the author. I, myself, have to wonder about the author’s intent in writing this book: is it more to present what she believes about the person of God, and to debunk other opinions of what happened in the Garden of Eden and afterwards, than a writer’s intent to entertain and pass on a message as is conventionally done in inspirational fiction?

Also, I noticed that enough room wasn’t given to the development of the characters (and even the plot) before the fall. It seemed as though the author was hasty in getting to the part of the fall, and then moving past it to dwell more on the lives of the characters afterwards.

Overall, from a literary perspective, the story was well written, easy to understand and follow—the author’s craftsmanship is without question. But presenting a controversial albeit dangerous opinion of a story in the Bible even as a Biblical fiction, in my opinion, hurt what could have been a fine work.

Alice LangholtAbout the Author


Alice Langholt is a parent and teacher with Master level training in several Reiki modalities. She has a Reiki practice and teaches Reiki and intuitive development in the Washington, DC area. Alice is the Executive Director of Reiki Awakening Academy, School of Intuitive Development online, offering online instruction in holistic and metaphysical subjects. Alice has written ebooks in Distance Healing and Energetic Protection, as well as specific coursework in Reiki for Parents, Reiki for Nurses and Caregivers (approved by the Ohio Board of Nurses for continuing education units), and more. She offered Reiki to patients and staff at The Cleveland Clinic, and is currently a volunteer with JSSA Hospice, and a Group Leader with The Distance Healing Network (the-dhn.com). Alice is rated the #1 most influential person on Twitter under the category Reiki by wefollow.com. Her four kids and husband, Evan, know & use Reiki. Find Alice at ReikiAwakening.com, and interact with her via @ReikiAwakening on Twitter, and Reiki Awakening on Facebook.

Alice is also the author of the A Moment for Me – self-care for busy people series of books and cards, offering ways to balance your mind, body, emotions, spirit, relationships, and success in 30 seconds. Visit www.amoment4me.com for more.

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