Just before Christmas, I received a package from The Ooze for review. Of course, like most wives and mothers, I had plenty of reading time because it was the holidays.
It looked like a good package:
Shameless Jane – a CD – I wanted a new CD to listen to in my van.
Eve – a novel – Great, I like fiction.
Parabola – I love reading other people’s thoughts about the kingdom.
I set aside the McLaren trilogy that I was enjoying in order to review them.
Shameless Jane, A CD by Teel Montague Cook
An honest and lyrical folk album, by artist Teel Montague, a single mother of teenagers and an artist.
The first thing I did was grab the CD for the player in my van. I am not qualified to review the musicianship. Folksy, quirky acoustic music really isn’t a style that I enjoy. “Girl-with-guitar” solos always remind me of Phoebe from Friends. I played it for my teens during our family Christmas trip. It wasn’t their thing either. But musical taste is subjective. You can hear a few of the tracks for yourself on Teel’s myspace page. It might be just your cup of tea. For a more positive review, read this by Pat Loughery.
Eve, A Novel by Elissa Elliott
Elissa Elliot’s lyrical re-telling of the first story is a complex, multi-perspective glimpse into the lives of Adam and Eve spanning from Creation to the murder of Abel. A picture of Eve as wife and mother, nomad, sometime idol-worshipper, abandoned one, and more often than not, mourner.
I typically read a novel in a day or two. Once the story draws me in, I quickly read to the end. That just didn’t happen for me with this book. The writing itself is good. Elissa employs beautiful phrasing, but the story never became compelling to me.
I was most disappointed in the portrayal of Elohim. The absence and distance of Elohim in the lives of Adam and Eve created a story with little hope or redemption. It is a hard look at life after the fall. As a mirror of human nature, I found it unflattering and harsh. Maybe it is an honest portrait of humanity, but it is dark and heavy.
It is likely that most criticism of this book will be about theological issues. Did Adam and Eve have sex in the garden? Were there other people on earth during Adam and Eve’s generation? Was the garden perfect? What was Adam and Eve’s relationship like? Their daily lives? Their children? What led to the murder of Abel?
The author brings up almost every imaginable question surrounding the story of Adam, Eve, their children, and their life both in and out of the Garden. In that regard, the book is provocative in stirring thoughts and questions about the lives of Adam and Eve and pushing their story outside the realm of a simplistic Sunday School story.
You can visit Elissa Elliott’s blog here.
Parabola, A Book by Kelly Deppen
If you are looking for a way to enter the eleventh dimension, then this is the book for you. In the eleventh chapter, the author mentions the concept of the eleventh dimension in quantum physics. She then attempts to draw connections to the spiritual realm. Coincidentally, eleven is the number of the prophetic, Jesus spoke eleven parables, and He appeared eleven times between His resurrection and ascension.
The Eleventh Dimension is a prophetic time…At this critical juncture, we must be prophetic people…There is an invitation open to each of us to ‘come up here’ into the heavenly realm and into the eleventh dimension to receive revelation of heaven…
You can visit the website of Kelly’s prophetic revelatory ministry here.
I received an email touting this package as representative of female creativity in the emerging conversation – a CD, a novel, and a charismatic book that would not by any stretch be considered emerging. That really bothers me.