Adam and His Kin: The Lost History of Their Lives and Times – by Ruth Beechick
This is our current read aloud. I read ahead and just finished the book because it was particularly fascinating. It’s historical fiction folks. The author makes that clear. It’s not up for theological debate. But a great read aloud! It is making the Genesis story come to life for the kids. I read the first four chapters in a row to them because they begged me to keep reading. I will skip chapter 17 when I get there, because it’s primarly about ritualistic customs performed for pagan gods and godesses, and my kids don’t need a picture in their heads of some dude pouring blood all over himself, but aside from that it’s really an interesting read.
It offers up solutions for mysterious questions like:
- WHY do ancient writings refer to a year of 360 days?
- WHERE did the skills of civilization begin?
- HOW did mankind learn language?
- WHAT actual events lie behind the mythologies of the world?
This book will only apeal to you if you’re interested in considering history from a creation standpoint, so you may wish to pass if that’s not your cup of tea. I however, enjoyed it emmensly and found it curiously enlightening. Here is part of the blurb on the back of the book:
History doesn’t have to be drab. This book is entertaining, informative and remarkably easy to read. Though not a novel, it weaves into one continuous story information from many sources – including linguistics, archeology, astronomy and other sciences; the Bible and other history; and ancient traditions and religions. It is neatly arranged within the timeline as given in the Bible. This excursion through an almost forgotten world provides startling insights on many old questions.
(I’ve listed a few of those questions above.)