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Overview Rendered mute after witnessing the murder of her father, Annah, immersed in a world of cruelty, is rescued by man named Shem, and together they start a new life where God's love protects them from catastrophe, allowing them to look toward the future where a new Redeemer will provide eternal salvation. Original.
Publishers Description Marginalized by society and mistreated by her own family, Annah befriends a young man she's never seen before. Shem is captivated by Annah's courage, and he risks everything to help her gain her freedom. Trusting in the Most High, Annah marries Shem and joins her strange new family in their solitary faith that will ultimately separate them from an ancient world of amazing beauty and appalling violence--a world fast approaching the unimaginable catastrophe of the Great Flood. Out of this chaos, only eight people will survive. Their world is our world. Their future is our own.
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Studio: Moody Publishers
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.4" Width: 5.4" Height: 1.1" Weight: 0.9 lbs.
Release Date Jul 6, 2017
Publisher MOODY PRESS BOOKS #13
Series Genesis Trilogy
Series Number 1
ISBN 0802413633 ISBN13 9780802413635
Availability 0 units.
More About Kacy Barnett-Gramckow
KACY BARNETT-GRAMCKOW is a freelance writer. She is the author of the Genesis Trilogy (The Heavens Before, He Who Lifts the Skies and A Crown in the Stars). Kacy has also written dozens of devotionals which have been published in a number of books and web sites, including the best-seller A Moment a Day and the Women's Devotional Bible. She and her husband of over twenty years make their home in Colorado Springs, Colorado, with their two sons.
Kacy Barnett-Gramckow currently resides in the state of Colorado. Kacy Barnett-Gramckow was born in 1960.
Reviews - What do customers think about The Heavens Before (Genesis Trilogy V1)?
the heavens before Dec 5, 2006
"...Annah lowered her head, crying silently. But even in her sorrow, she felt reassured. For beneath these new heavens and on this new earth, only the presence of the Most High had not changed. She could actually sense Him; He was as she remembered Him from the earth before..." Excerpt from The Heavens Before
It is a time of violence and hatred, lust and greed, justice and destruction. However, one man has found grace in the eyes of the Lord, and Annah longs to be a part of his family. God has chosen to take Annah out of the violent environment in which she lives and count her as one of the few that find refuge on the ark. Is it true what Noah says? Will the Most High really destroy all the earth with a great flood? Annah chooses to believe and thus becomes part of the lineage of Christ. The Heavens Before is the retelling of the story of Noah and his ark. Read this book and learn of God's nature of utmost love and complete intolerance for wickedness and sin. You'll be inspired to know Him more personally and you'll come to love Annah with all her faults. Kacy Barnett-Gramckow vividly depicts how life must have been before the Great Flood. She has stayed true to the Scriptural account of the story and at the same time, brought it to life for her readers. The Heavens Before is a beautiful story of redemption and one that should be read.
The story will linger in your mind Nov 28, 2006
Kacy Barnett-Gramkow brings earth in the days of Noakh to mesmerizing life in The Heavens Before, first in the Genesis Trilogy. It's a story so compelling it continues to linger in my mind even now, days after I finished reading it.
After witnessing her father's brutal death at the hands of her greedy older brother almost twenty-five years before, Annah has lived in silence. She is afraid to speak because of the retaliation it might bring. Instead, she hides behind a veil she has woven, protecting herself from other people, most who think she is mad. The horror and evil of a society where there is no accountability for right and wrong, that considers the Most High only a myth, is revealed with powerful poignancy through Annah's eyes.
Annah has no love or human kindness in her life--until the day when she is tempted to throw herself into the river and end her pain. However, when she hears the splash of a pebble, the hypnotic hold of the river is broken and she looks up to see a young man on the other side, his face full of love and concern. She knows without words that this man would give his life for her, a total stranger to him. This first meeting with Shem, Noakh's second son, will change Annah's life forever.
This book reveals deeper truths the more it is pondered. Through the captivating love story between Annah and Shem, we also see a beautiful foreshadowing of Christ's love for his bride.
I read so much fiction that I normally pass on books to friends who are readers once I have finished them. However, while I will most certainly buy extra copies of this book to give away as gifts, I am keeping my copy. It is one of those rare books that can be read over and over, enjoyed even more each time.
The remaining two books in the series are He Who Lifts the Skies and A Crown in the Stars, both of which I plan to read very soon!
Armchair Interviews says: A book well worth your time!
interesting reading Jul 24, 2006
This whole trilogy was well-written and interesting. It's neat to think about how the story worked in between the parts the Bible reports. They are a fast read, but the names are somewhat difficult.
A tremendously enjoyable journey back in time! Jun 3, 2006
When I first opened this book I was amazed how quickly the author pulled me into the story. Kacy Barnett-Gramckow has a unique talent, one that instantly connected me, a male reader who does not read romance fiction, with the story's protagonist, Annah, a "poor human ... poor woman ... poor nothing!"
Annah lives in a day shortly before the great flood of Noah; a period in our history that has always fascinated me. She is alone, although part of a village. Her exile is self imposed, a ruse, her defense against a ruthless brother who killed her father and would happily snap poor Annah's neck if he thought she had half the brains to tattle on him.
Throughout The Heavens Above, Barnett-Gramckow paints a exquisitely complete and wholly believable picture of what the world before Noah might have been like, obviously drawing from scholarly speculation about a time which we really know little about. She has developed a complete culture right down to the food they ate, the tools they used, and the customs that shaped their world. I particularly liked the way Barnett-Gramckow altered the names we all know from the Bible story just enough to sound both foreign and familiar.
Annah faces the challenge of simply surviving in her village, where Barnett-Gramckow vividly shows the reader a people, whose "wickedness ... was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of [their] heart[s] were only evil continually." When the author takes you inside the lodge of Yerkah, Annah's brother, the tension becomes so real, so palatable, you fear for Annah's life. But then Shem (curiously, she doesn't change his name) enters Annah's world, a truly heroic figure, and the contrast between those who have abandoned the "Most High" and those who still honor Him is startling. Throughout the book the author kept me on the edge of my seat, wondering if the evil brother and his Nephilim friend, Naham, would eventually kill Annah. Of course, I knew they wouldn't.
Like I said at the beginning, I don't read romances. I wanted to read The Heavens Before because the time period intrigued me, and there are only a handful of fictional books written about it. That said, I can also say that I will definitely read the following books in this series, and will be looking for anything else written by Ms. Barnett-Granckow.
This is such an original and engaging story. I enjoyed it! Feb 18, 2006
If you like Biblical fiction, this story is for you. Annah, the heroine in the story, had so many horrible things happen to her at the hand of her biological family that she was mute and tried to be a 'nothing' person to survive. Then Shem sees her from across the river and she now has someone who cares. The author made Annah likeable and Shem is the ultimate hero. Gotta love a man like that. Annah had a lot of fears, all based on reality. There were moments when I feared for her life, other times when I rejoiced with her, breathed a sigh of relief and wanted to cry with her. Overall this is a great story that delves into a time that few people explore. Before the flood people were so wicked God sought to destroy the whole earth. This author portrays just that and it's hard to not side with God (referred to as the Most High.) It didn't take me long to finish this novel because it is truly hard to put down. Like the movie Titanic, you know tragedy is coming and you want to know how the people who believe in the Most High handle the situation. I plan to read her next book in the series because reading this one was such a great experience. :)