Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Review: Eden: The Animals' Parable

Eden: The Animals’ Parable
By Keith Korman
Liberty Island, 2016


"Ask the animals, and they will teach you." -Job 12:7

Experience the Gospels in a way that you never imagined.

In this beautifully inspired retelling of the Gospels, we see Jesus and his disciples in the Holy Land through the eyes of the animals---especially his intrepid and loyal dog, Eden.

With a wise, old donkey, innocent lambs, and legions of curious field mice---the animals follow their master's journey across Galilee and onto Jerusalem, rapt with awe and wonder and bearing great tidings---even if they don't fully comprehend the divine events they witness.

Simple, clear, and spiritually profound, Eden is for readers of all ages, this artful retelling is captivating, moving, and alive with the joy you felt the first time you opened the Bible.

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My thoughts

Eden: The Animals' Parable is a unique book and I loved it. The reader becomes an eyewitness to the life of Jesus, from birth to resurrection, through the eyes of the animal kingdom. The story is well written and I was impressed by how seamlessly it flowed. I was also surprised by how completely I was pulled into the narrative. The original artwork by Lisa Paris is creative and adds interest. 

Allegory or parable is a great vehicle for giving fresh approach and insight to something that is very familiar to most of us. Each day was filled with new experiences for Eden, the Master's dog, and I was inspired by letting myself feel the same. Honestly, I really felt like I was there. I couldn't help but think of the many Scripture references that talk about all creation giving praise.

Eden: The Animals' Parable is a touching book for all ages and a great way to share the Gospel with children. I think anyone reading this story to young children would have their undivided attention. And what a wonderful message to end with . . .

      The animals left the Gardener behind the garden wall and once more trotted to catch up. Maryam was glad to see them and put her arm over Samson's neck as they walked along.
      "Where shall we go now?" the donkey asked.
      Eden ran on ahead. "Everywhere," she barked.
      "Who shall we tell?" asked the littlest lamb.
      "Everyone!" Eden said.


I was provided a free copy of this book through Litfuse Publicity. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.


Keith Korman is a literary agent and novelist. Over the years he has represented many nationally-known writers of fiction and non-fiction at his family's literary agency, Raines & Raines. The idea for Eden first came to him as a child when he saw the little calf jump across the stable in the prelude to William Wyler's Ben Hur. And he's been thinking about it ever since. 

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1 comment:

  1. I've been curious about this book but haven't had time to read it yet. After your review I'm going to prioritize it higher on my list lol