by Melinda Viergever Inman
Book 1: Refuge
Intent on total destruction, Satan notices Cain’s obsessive lust for Lilith and the dark roots of jealousy growing deep in his soul toward his do-gooding brother Abel. Satan goads Cain to the point of madness, barraging his mind with thoughts of hatred, lust, and futility. In a blinding rage, Cain wrecks everything.
Crushed by what he’s done, Cain runs, certain he’s destroyed Lilith, his parents, and the entire family. With Satan hounding his every move and no idea of the forces arrayed against him, he wonders if he can ever return? After ruining the lives of everyone he loves, can he ever be forgiven?
“A very powerful novel with themes that can’t help but hit home with all of us.”
“What the adversary can and cannot do is addressed in various situations, and the study guide helps readers understand and apply this important knowledge of spiritual warfare, a reality of life whether we like it or not. An appropriate ending for the time being, but the ending left me wanting more.”
“Refuge is not only historically enlightening but a fascinating and poignant depiction of human nature. Real struggles with guilt, lust, anger, frustration, jealousy and insecurity are depicted with honest, raw and truly captivating candor.”
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Book 2: Fallen
Love takes action. The Creator God establishes the cosmos and shapes a man. Adam rises from the dust. Envious, the powerful angel Lucifer despises him. Oblivious to the threat, Adam is captivated by his strong, intuitive wife Eve. In the Garden of Eden, they enjoy abundant food, gorgeous vistas, and intriguing challenges, including their budding love and passion. They have it all!
But Lucifer’s deceptive brilliance tricks them into disobeying God. They eat the one forbidden fruit. Their innocence is shattered. Their unity with one another and with God is destroyed. Death will follow. Lucifer’s jealousy threatens mankind’s tenuous beginning. But God is merciful. What astonishing promise does He make? How will Adam and Eve survive – broken, shattered, and separated from God?
“It’s a fictional tale that we know the ending to before we begin, yet it draws us in, anyway. The author takes us further back than time itself, to when Lucifer was a beautiful angel, and before God created this sphere called earth. You will appreciate God more, and be more cognizant of your spiritual enemy, after reading this book.”
“I approach speculative Christian fiction with caution; concerned readers might mix fact and fiction, leading them on an unbiblical tangent. Inman’s plot carefully navigates this. She keeps her story line close to the biblical account, generally limiting speculation to characters’ thoughts and feelings about events rather than adding, subtracting or embellishing biblical history.”
“The book is a triumph both in scholarship (It is well researched) and in its demonstration of God’s grace for those who choose to turn to Him after they realize their fallen state.”
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CIR: What inspired these books?
INMAN: These stories were inspired by the earliest events recorded in the Bible and the ancient tales that swirl around those events. The series has been thoroughly researched, yet each book is crafted as a story, pure fiction. My intention was to bring these intriguing stories to life to illustrate God’s passionate love and mercy for humanity.
CIR: What was the hardest part of writing this story?
INMAN: Of the decade it will take for all three books to have been written and published, I spent an entire year researching demonology and angelology, subjects I had never before imagined investigating. Since I wanted to write the angels and demons in the series as close as possible to Biblical norms, I needed to discover everything the Bible says about these supernatural creatures. Then I had to convey all I had learned into my fictional characters with thoughts and dialogue appropriate to PG-13 storytelling.
CIR: What would you compare this book to?
INMAN: Others have compared these stories to The Red Tent, to the Biblical fiction writing of Francine Rivers, and to Frank E. Peretti’s supernatural/paranormal novels.
CIR: Is there any content that some readers might find questionable despite the overall “clean” feel of the book?
INMAN: Single older women, pastors and their wives, parents who want their teens to read the series, young readers, and great-grandparents have enjoyed these books; but, since personal tastes differ, I provide here information about scenes that would rate PG-13 if they were in a movie as written. Both books contain angelic creatures, demons, and childbirth. Refuge has scenes of violence and of intimacy, which I would rate PG-13, and Fallen has a similar intimate scene.
CIR: Is there more coming?
INMAN: There is one more novel in the series: Proclaim, which is drafted and awaiting editing. It follows the story of Seth to wrap up my early Genesis Biblical Stories of Good and Evil. Hopefully I can publish this story by the end of 2018.