Eden: The Animals Parable
By Keith Korman
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Third Person Narrative • Fiction • Multiple Points of View • 183 Pages
About the Book (Backcover Blurb):
“Ask the animals, and they will teach you” —Job 12:7
Experience the Gospels in a way that you never imagined.
In this beautifully inspired retelling of the Gospels, we see Jesus and his disciples in the Holy Land through the eyes of the animals—especially his intrepid and loyal dog, Eden.
With a wise, old donkey, innocent lambs, and legions of curious field mice—the animals follow their master’s journey across Galilee and onto Jerusalem, rapt with awe and wonder and bearing great tidings—even if they don’t fully comprehend the divine events they witness.
Simple, clear, and spiritually profound, Eden is for readers of all ages, this artful retelling is captivating, moving, and alive with the joy you felt the first time you opened the Bible.
Why I Choose this Book:
The premise intrigued me. It still intrigues me.
People who have spent time in South American, Middle Eastern, and African cultures know that animals are a much more daily part of life than the average American experiences. And, I don’t mean animals as in pets, but as in herds of sheep (long tails included) trotting down the street, dogs wandering into restaurants, goats being transported in baskets, and the list goes on.
I’ve rarely thought of how many animals Jesus must have come in contact with, but when I stopped and thought about it, I realized there must have been a lot of them, because the culture in Jesus’ time was much more like what I mentioned above, than how I grew up.
What I Thought about this Book:
Very sadly I didn’t like it. Other than the promising idea, the book fell rather flat for me. The main reason for this was that I didn’t think it was Biblically accurate. The first chapter included the wisemen and portrayed their story with too much of an artistic license for me to be comfortable with for Biblical fiction. Because of that I lost interest in the story, and had a hard time continuing with it.
I ended up skim reading the book since I agreed to review it, but unfortunately I didn’t find anything redeeming in it. It focused too much on Judas for my tastes, had weird ideas I didn’t agree with (like the animals could hear all the people’s thoughts), and overall left me with the feeling that it was some sort of fantasy book instead of Biblical fiction.
There’s really nothing left to say. Sorry, folks!
I’m giving “Eden: The Animals Parable” 1 out of 5 stars.
*I received this book from Litfuse