‘I Stand Rebuked’ (2016)

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I gave up on this one when the Sumerian hero’s immortal half-human mother started calling him ‘Gilgy’…

I’ve seldom been so disappointed in any fiction series as I was in Brian Godawa’s novels of life before the Great Flood. And I’ve seldom gotten so much pushback from a book review.

I Stand Rebuked

This guy wrote great movie reviews, and fascinating appendices; but his retelling of Genesis turned it into a cliche-packed summer movie script. “Disappointing” is hardly the word for it. “Bowel-wrenchingly awful” is barely adequate for descriptive purposes.

At least it wasn’t as hard as reviewing a book written by a friend.

So Who is ‘Abner Doubleday’?

My employers, The Chalcedon Foundation (http://www.chalcedon.edu ) have first dibs on my formal review of these books, but I think the time has come for me to give “Abner Doubleday” his real name. I hope they don’t mind.

“Abner” is Brian Godawa, a professional Hollywood screenwriter, and his books are The Chronicles of the Nephilim. I have read the first three in the series: Noah Primeval, Enoch Primordial, and Gilgamesh Immortal. You can find them all on amazon.com and read about them there.

I admire Godawa’s non-fiction writing, I respect the scholarship which he has put into all his work, and I salute him for his efforts to bring the Bible to a wider audience. But I have serious reservations about the way he has gone about it, which I have expressed here on several occasions.

It may be that God will use these books in ways I never imagined; and if He does, I can only give thanks and rejoice.

Now it’s your turn to read about these books, or read them, and judge for yourselves.