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Author retells biblical stories, with a twist
By R. Frederick Riddle   
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Clarkston author Ron Riddle is glad to move his series of novels on Old Testament characters and events forward, even though the order seems to be in reverse.

Adam's Chronicles (Publish America, 2007), due out Nov. 5, centers on Adam and Eve and their relationship with nature, sons Cain and Abel and their communities. The 159-page book is a follow up to Refuge: The Genesis Chronicles (Author House, 2003), dealing with the 100 years before Noah and The Flood, occurring later in the Book of Genesis.



Article published Oct 11, 2007
Author retells biblical stories, with a twist
By Steve Kowalski
STAFF WRITER

Clarkston author Ron Riddle is glad to move his series of novels on Old Testament characters and events forward, even though the order seems to be in reverse.

Adam's Chronicles (Publish America, 2007), due out Nov. 5, centers on Adam and Eve and their relationship with nature, sons Cain and Abel and their communities. The 159-page book is a follow up to Refuge: The Genesis Chronicles (Author House, 2003), dealing with the 100 years before Noah and The Flood, occurring later in the Book of Genesis.

"As far as the sequence goes, I'd rather this one be first," said Riddle, a financial secretary at Shalom Baptist Church in Waterford. "However, in writing Refuge, I did get a lot of experience."

DAY TO DAY

Riddle's novels include biblical accounts in the Old Testament intertwined with fiction not contrary to Scripture, he said.

In Adam's Chronicles, he describes the beginning of mankind with God creating Adam and Eve and the serpent tricking Eve into eating the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden - events detailed in the Bible.

The parts Riddle added detail how Adam and Eve may have reacted to their surroundings on a daily basis, he said.

"They notice the trees, how huge the trees are, how beautiful the flowers are," he said. "In many cases, they're naming flowers as they discover them. They explore the Eden River, a cave they find. In the cave, they find a lot of interesting rock formations, and that's all new to them.

"There is very little known about that period of time. I felt the Lord gave me that story."

Riddle also goes into detail regarding Adam and Eve's discovery of a village, which they name after Abel, their second son. Those parts of the book come straight from Riddle's imagination, he said.

"They have to learn to build a home, endure some hardships," he said. "Adam and Eve were not cavemen. They were very intelligent. The capabilities of Adam and Eve were quite extensive."

2 PARTS

The first 10 chapters of the book are subtitled The Garden and the next eight are called The Vagabond, featuring Adam and Eve's first-born son Cain.

In Adam's Chronicles, Cain killed Abel out of jealousy and built a city he named after one of his sons, Enoch - events found similarly in the Bible and in Adam's Chronicles.

Cain raised a family, with sons and grandsons, and the village he built "became an increasingly violent group of people," Riddle said, according to his fictional account.

FAMILY STRIFE

The book ends with Cain being forced out by his own people and "tension between the people of Adam and the people of Cain," Riddle said.

Riddle said he's already planning his next book, titled The Conflict, which "will pick up where this one leaves off," he added.

"If people read it and if I do a good job, people might actually open the Bible to see what is fact," Riddle said. "One of the challenges I have is to make sure I stay in line with the Bible itself. This is a novel; the Bible is a book of facts. I try to keep everything they say and do in tune with the Bible."

Riddle's works can be purchased on christianwritbookstore.com.


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