Sweet to Sour by Robert Devillier

Sweet to Sour

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A retelling of the events of Genesis with an eye toward Revelation.

Adam, Eve and the Tree of Knowledge; Cain and Abel; Noah and the Great Flood—the names and stories of Genesis, the first book of the Bible, have become embedded in Western mythology. Devillier’s book combines the traditional Genesis account with stories of angels—including Satan, aka Lucifer, an angel who opposed God’s plans for humanity and was thus forcefully cast out of heaven—to provide a perspective on Genesis that overlays the angel myths onto the Genesis account, providing an insider’s view of the arguments that may have taken place in heaven while events in Eden and elsewhere were unfolding. Though the narrative begins in Genesis, it doesn’t end there; instead, Devillier links the accounts of humanity’s origin with predictions given in Revelation about humanity’s eventual end, including the rise of the Antichrist and the second coming of Jesus. While the book’s premise is intriguing and its source material has proven itself to be some of the richest in Western literature, this take suffers from an overabundance of telling rather than showing: “Satan commanded Baal to take a few hundred of the angels to go study Cain and Abel. He told Baal that if anything looked to be intimidating, come back with details.” Elsewhere, the dialogue merely falls flat. Even when the angels take up arms against one another and even against their offspring, there’s little sense of adventure or risk, making the book’s ultimate predictions—as dire as they sound—seem of little consequence. The narrative ends up suspended somewhere between a novel and an essay, draining the central themes of struggle and redemption of most of their power. Though it sheds light on ancient texts, the message behind the story’s focus on the ongoing struggle for the soul of humanity is hindered, not helped, by its unbalanced format.

An unconventional view of biblical prophecies that reveals surprising, albeit not wholly convincing, insights.

Pub Date: May 11th, 2013
ISBN: 978-1482636123
Page count: 194pp
Publisher: CreateSpace
Program: Kirkus Indie
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