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"A Beginning Along The Way"

The origin of man perpetually fosters debates, conferences, books and articles—some favoring Evolution, some Creation and some Intelligent Design. A Beginning Along The Way blends these concepts. This first book of the Melequest series takes readers to Heaven long before the Earth was created, introduces them to the Trinity and the angels during a time of innocence, and then suggests how the decision to create a material heaven and Earth (the Universe) came about. Cataclysmic events—events that yield the sociological, geological and astronomical evidence we see around us—shape the destiny of both Creator and Created.

Participate in the forming of the land, the seas, the creatures and mankind. Live with Adam and Eve as they mature in Eden, yield to the serpent’s temptations and suffer the consequences. Feel Heaven’s anguish as an angel falls, the man and woman corrupt God’s perfect creation, and a first-born kills his brother. Understand the mercy of the Lord as he, in love, deals with mortals and their sin.

Comments about "A Beginning Along The Way"

Fascinating … certainly expanded my horizon in its application of creative imagination to the Genesis narrative. Rootsey’s narrative has deep roots in imaginative art and music, as well as in story (e.g. Dante or Milton), when capturing the indescribable in human terms. Considering the great leaps of imagination involved, the story is even more marked by its fidelity to the nuances of the biblical text (I love that, as I do in C.S. Lewis). The book is not theology, and doesn’t pretend to be that. But a faithful reading will awaken the reader to a host of theological concepts, and root him/her in the Bible’s own story. On many occasions, I thought, ‘Aha, why didn’t I think of that?’ Never, though, did I think the narrative led me away from the biblical message.

Dr. Carl E. Armerding, Director, Schloss Mittersill Study Centre, Austria

Thought provoking … Very creative. A poetical mind and a creative spirit takes us to where and what Heaven and Eden could have been … [yet] the settings all take the reader back to scripture. That’s what I love. It conveys a message but at the same time is a meta-narrative of a context in which these events could have taken place. Why the abyss was formed is not taught in seminary, but here it is clearly presented as a possibility. I especially liked the story’s concluding discussions between Logos and Gabriel about heavenly relationships. My son would eat this up.

Bill McCutchin, Minister of Education, Community Bible Church, Highlands, NC

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