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The work of Michael Tieman he entitled as Killing Abel is a great work of historical fiction that is based on a few thousand words from the Book of Genesis in the Old Testament of the Christian Bible. The story starts off with Lucifer, disguised as a large snake, tempting Eve to eat a fruit from the tree of knowledge of good and evil. After successfully tempting Eve, Lucifer suggested to her that Adam must also taste the fruit from the tree of knowledge of good and evil and thus the first act of disobedience and rebellion was born. From these actions, God had exacted punishments that he deemed fit to the three of them. This marked the broken fellowship between man and God. As the days, months, and years went by, mankind has been prospering after the first marriage, however, the first murder caused a chain reaction to the flow of the events in mankind’s history.
Killing Abel is an enlightening and captivating story of the beginning of mankind. It centers on the duties and obligations of a loving Father to His children. Throughout the story, there are instances where a father had difficulties in performing his duties and responsibilities to his children due to certain limitations. There is also a valuable lesson imparted in the story that is worth thinking for. That lesson is the way how well a father guides his child relates to the character of his child when the child grows up. It depends on how deep a father can bond with his child and that bond can determine the level of receptiveness of the child to the guiding hands of the father.
The author shared his interesting perspective in regards to the history of mankind starting from creation up until the great flood. He retained the general timeline written in the Book of Genesis in the Old Testament of the Christian Bible and he tweaked some details and filled up the missing pieces in the puzzle with his amazing imagination. I genuinely like how he added the perspectives of the Holy Trinity of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit in the story. He also got creative with the names of the first few daughters of Adam and Eve, which is not mentioned in the Christian Bible, followed by a precise explanation of why he gave that particular name.
Although there are a few misused words in the story, it did not affect the flow of the story as a whole. There are also many profound insights in the story that you can take your time to mule it over and I am certain that it will somehow influence on how you see the world. For this amazing book, I will give it a rate of 4 out of 4 stars because this made it to the list of amazing books that I have read by far. I also recommend this book to those bookworms that are fond of historical fiction books. This book is also open to everyone regardless of age, gender and religion.
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