Then the Deluge Comes
THEN THE DELUGE COMES is my second Biblical fiction, volume two of The Generations series.
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In Chapter One, Adam and Eve are in their Deathbed surrounded by eight generations of sons. All the way down to Noah. The older are busy planting forests of gopher trees, because the Lord has told them to, but they continue to lose many of their children to the sons of Cain who live in the sinful cities of Nod.
See as Enoch is taken up into the sky. Walk with Methuselah, Noah's grandfather as he invents saw mills and water wheels. Consider the custom of the day where the oldest son marries his oldest sister--as it was with Cain and Seth, and each generation since. Until Noah whose wife has no female children, only her triplet boys born in her husband's 500th year. So who will they wed?
Then God gives His command to Noah to build the ark, but his father and grandfather are still alive to help. And his three sons grow as well. Thanks to the grandfathers' obedience, gopher wood is plentiful, but where will they ever get enough pitch? The story puts you right there in the midst of them with all their heartaches and triumphs.
What Others are saying:
Then The Deluge Comes by Caryl McAdoo is the second book in The Generations series, and I was blessed to receive a copy. As with book one, it is beautifully written. This novel concentrates on the story of Noah, leading up to the flood. Caryl McAdoo takes nothing away from the biblical story, but enhances it, with her imagination.
The characters are fully developed, becoming more three dimensional than in the Bible. As with the original story, the unusual names can be confusing, but Caryl McAdoo deals with that by giving their relationship to other familiar names, such as Noah. And that is really helpful.
As with book one, not only does the reader see the earthly version of the story, but there are glimpses of the heavenly one too. this helps to remind the reader that all of life is a spiritual battle against the forces of darkness. One must always be ready and wearing the full armor of God.
Then The Deluge Comes does not detract from the original Bible story, nor is it meant to be a substitute for reading the Bible, but can actually help to understand it. Parts of the Old Testament that can be confusing, are made much clearer.
There is so much beauty in Caryl McAdoo's retelling of the traditional story, that the reader just revels in the language. Then The Deluge Comes is a quick read, just right for an afternoon or an evening. It will leave you feeling calm and peaceful, and you will be glad that you picked it up. --Julia Wilson, teacher and reader, United Kingdom
Then the Deluge Comes is volume two in The Generations Series. You do not need to read these in order, but it is fun to read these along with the events in the Bible. This Biblical fiction story about the flood brings Enoch, Mehtuselah, Lamech, and Noah to life. I feel like I am there as they are getting the ark ready for the flood to come. Reading about Noah's mother, and Noah's sons and where their wives came from opened up a view of their lives and the events that led to the building of the ark. When Enoch is taken up, he visits with an ancient angel. These insights bring depth to the biblical story. Who where Noah's sons' wives? Where did they come from? What tools did they use to build the ark? While gathering pitch, preparing the ark, and getting the food ready, Caryl McAdoo's story brings God to life. He spoke to Noah, he helped them build the ark, He shut the door. While in the ark, Noah's wife thinks on Adam's remarkable job of naming all the animals. Could you imagine being there on the ark, with all the animals, knowing God was going to destroy the earth and everything in it? I felt Noah's ache knowing God had given up on any of his distant kin ever repenting. He knew the sons of Cain were still out there, but they never believed in God and were not saved. Noah's mother painted an ark before God told Noah to build it, but she didn't know what it was. Noah tells her God told me to build an ark. When his mother asked what is it, he answered, your painting. God supplies before we even know we have need. As they are building the ark, everything comes into place, all the animals are there, the food is ready. But they can't get the door shut. It is too heavy. Then the finger of God shut the door of the ark. Where will the water come from? Noah's mother got to watch the waters come up from the deep. This is my favorite part of Caryl McAdoo's books: Search the Scriptures, after the story. this part tells how the Bible backs up the fictional story. She relates scripture after scripture. It is like a mini Bible lesson. I look forward to many more books by this author. For an encouraging, uplifting, and eye-opening read, I recommend Then the Deluge Comes. --Sally Shupe, a Virginia reader
Stories of the "begat Biblical era" be-gets even better in Caryl McAdoo's volume two. McAdoo takes what most people remember as a childhood Sunday School lesson, the Ark story seldom sermonized, and turns it into compelling fiction with ancient Biblical characters becoming so endearing and lifelike that you forget you're reading the Old Testament era. I called book one good, thus I must raise my admiration to `great' for volume two. Readers will get enthralled with four generations of immediately family that include Father Noah (of the ark.) Lengthy genealogy is bypassed for just the particular needed parents that nurtured the way and means of providing an escape from the deluge that would one day hit Earth. Ancestry observed is primarily Noah's parents and grandparents as they set the stage by hearing God's instruction and beginning a forest of gopher trees without asking "Why?". McAdoo not only takes us through the family planning years of Pa and Grandpa (and their spouses), but offers some of the heartache and struggle that involved living in the ancient times. Noah's child rearing will bring on smiles. A wonderful way to visit; without having to live there. Expect some fun along the reading way. This author, like other Bible fictionists, fills some gaps left to the imagination when reading Genesis, but her explanations of her insertions that follow in this book after the text of the novella seem acceptable, if not downright practical. Not one of my own former Sunday School teachers ever told Noah's story up to the flood quite as well as Caryl McAdoo tells it. Well done! May we have another?
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