Cain: The Story of the First Murder and the Birth of an Unstoppable Evil  -     By: Brennan McPherson
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Cain: The Story of the First Murder and the Birth of an Unstoppable Evil

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 304
Vendor: Broadstreet Publishing Group
Publication Date: 2016
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 142455232X
ISBN-13: 9781424552320

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The murder was just the beginning.

Inflamed by jealousy and on the brink of madness, Cain—firstborn among men—brutally beats his twin brother, Abel, to death. As the family struggles to believe God hasn't abandoned them, Cain flees into the wilderness with the growing fear that murdering his brother might have birthed an unstoppable evil. Soon, all of life balances upon one perilous question: is the monster inside Cain the gateway to godhead or the end of mankind?

Cain is a daring, atmospheric novel—the first in a new biblical fiction series based on Genesis 1–11—drawn with visionary scope, literary depth, and immense respect for the biblical text.

Come, get lost in the wonders of Genesis.

Author Bio

BRENNAN S. MCPHERSON has always wanted to tell stories, but it wasn't until his junior year in college that he built up the nerve to try. Three years later, Cain, his first novel, was born. Brennan is married to his best friend, works full time at a small nonprofit, and plays the drums in his spare time.

Editorial Reviews

"A stunning and captivating novel. Brennan McPherson’s fluid prose and vivid imagination are a treat for the senses, bringing to life one of the Old Testament’s most enigmatic figures."

Billy Coffey, critically acclaimed author of When Mockingbirds Sing and The Devil Walks in Mattingly

"Cain is a wonderful novel that explores the ’what ifs’ of the world’s first family. Brennan McPherson explores the questions we’ve all had about Adam and Eve. ’What happened to Cain?’ is just the beginning. Brennan writes in a refreshing style that makes you want to read more, and I expect this novel is just the first of many more to come."

Gordon Robertson, CEO, The Christian Broadcasting Network

"Orson Scott Card meets Stephen King. An imaginative debut novel that explores the first murder and makes us aware of the Cain in all of us. McPherson can write, and his beautiful language is both artistic and thought provoking."

William Sirls, best-selling author of The Reason and The Sinners’ Garden

"With literary skill and respect to the original text, McPherson weaves a terrific ’what if ’ story on the life of Cain, all the while exploring the depths of temptation, sin, and above all, God’s unfathomable mercy."

Bill Myers, best-selling author of Eli 

"Thought provoking, well written, creative, highly imaginative, and all written within an honest attempt at accurately interpreting Scripture while allowing for creative license within the bounds of what might be possible. A smartly-paced debut novel. I think we’ll be hearing more of Brennan and his stories."

Charles Martin, New York Times best-selling author of Unwritten and Water From My Heart

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Author: Brennan McPherson
Submitted: May 26, 2016

    Tell us a little about yourself.  I'm 24 years old, married, have a baby on the way, work a full-time job, and until I started writing, was mainly focused on playing music. Now I've been given the chance to travel down the writer's path, and I'm excited for what God has in store.

    What was your motivation behind this project?  Cain is one of the more well-known Biblical archetypes for fallen humanity. I've heard multiple friends say, "I'm Cain, not Abel." The first time I heard the statement, it struck me as odd. Hearing it from multiple sources made me seriously consider exploring the story more deeply. As far as I knew, no Christian writer had tackled a full-length novel from Cain's perspective, and for years I had been looking through Christian Fiction book titles, just waiting for someone to make it. Then, one day, the opening scene of Cain standing on a twilit hilltop, and descending into a valley to murder his brother, came to me with such vividness and force that I couldn't shake it. The forward momentum birthed in that opening scene thrust me into the rest of the book with nearly irresistible intensity.

    What do you hope folks will gain from this project?  I hope readers will be inspired to study the Scriptures. Also, I hope the stranger elements of the book will rekindle a sense of wonder, because I think what Jesus meant when he said we would have to become little children to enter the Kingdom of Heaven is that we must believe in and strive after his mysterious nature. No room for complacency.

    How were you personally impacted by working on this project?  Writing a book, so I've been told, always changes you. In more ways than I think may be recounted, especially in such a short space. Suffice it to say that I'll never be the same. And I mean that in the best of ways.

    Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists?  I'm influenced by great storytellers in every medium. I've been a musician since I've been very young, so I find constant inspiration in myriad album projects. My favorite authors live in quite a spread of genres, and again, I find inspiration in great art, no matter the genre. Right now, I'm reading a sci-fi novel, a southern literary classic, a romance novel, a fantasy book, a non-fiction book on the life of Christ, and a YA superhero novel.

    Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know:  It's never too late to change course, to do what you've always felt called to do. I had no idea whether or not I could get a book published, and every artist, no matter the level of experience, goes through frequent periods of serious self-doubt. Push through. It's worth it. God has plans beyond what you've seen, so don't let fear get the best of you. And be careful not to measure success by any measuring stick other than God's.

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