In Book 3 of the Faith Chronicles, FAITH – Seventy Times Seven, I asked many times why the Lord stood so far away every time the Reverend Ada Caston Slaton Bonds asked for forgiveness for an abusive husband. I asked why the Lord always hid himself in times of trouble. After the first three books in the series, I learned that I needed to read the Bible from start to finish. I did exactly that and took many notes. Book 4, GENESIS an Book 5 HALLELUJAH are prequels to the final book in the Faith Chronicles, Seeing the Power of God. In the final novel, I answer the question, Do you have to believe in the Bible to be a Christian?
Genesis is in simple terms, a story of the Old Testament.
“But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” Hebrews 11:6 KJV
Have you ever read your Bible and stop, go back to the beginning and reread it? Do you ever find that there is no wow? No impact. No overwhelming thought that strikes you because it is so hard to understand.
You’re not alone.
Memories growing up with my grandmother, the Reverend Ada Caston Slaton Bonds, shed complete light on the many Books of the Bible. She was a great storyteller, just like Jesus, when he spread the word of God in parables. Be it Easter, Mother’s Day, Memorial Day, Thanksgiving or Christmas, she always had a story to tell and practiced her Sunday morning sermons preaching her discourse to my brothers and me just outside Mansfield, Louisiana.
No longer do you or your children have to read the Bible until something “hits” you. Book 4 in the Faith Chronicles portrays a fresh approach to the scriptures…a down to earth storytelling of the words of God beginning with, well, the beginning.
The writings in the Book of Genesis have sometimes been referred to as the seed plot of the entire Bible. As complicated as it could be in scripture form, most of the major doctrines of the Bible are introduced to all of us in this so-called seed form in this book. Along with the fall of mankind, God’s promise of salvation and redemption are put in plain words in this first novel in the Sunday School Series of the Holy Book. The doctrines of creation, the accusation of sin, justification, grace, faith, and much more are all addressed in this Book of origins.
Almost all my life, Genesis was best explained to me in the form of a 1956 movie, Cecil B. DeMille’s, The Ten Commandments. There’s a saying today, don’t always believe what you read on the Internet or what you see on the silver screen. Hollywood told the story of Genesis, but as they always do, with a flair for capturing the attention of moviegoers. It was the highest-grossing film of the 1950s and the seventh highest-grossing film of all time. By the way, it has been one of my most favorite movies of all time, as well.
This fourth novel in the series captures the first Book of the Bible, Genesis, and tells the story of the beginning in straightforward and easy to understand stories. Where did we come from? Why are we here? Where are we going? GENESIS, no doubt, appeals to the theologian, the historian, the scientist, the housewife, the farmer, and the man or woman of God himself.
All in all, it is a fitting beginning for God’s story of his plan for mankind and an appropriate opening for the fourth book in the series and the first of two books that are the prequels to SEEING THE POWER OF GOD by Sidney St. James.
Appropriate for children twelve years of age and older.