Heavens Before

Heavens Before

by Kacy Barnett-Gramckow

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ISBN-13: 9780802413635
Publisher: Moody Publishers
Publication date: 01/15/2004
Series: Genesis Trilogy Series , #1
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 362,192
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

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, as Elizabeth Larson. She and her husband of over twenty years make their home in Colorado Springs, Colorado, with their two sons.

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Annah ran until her lungs burned like fire. Her mouth felt dry as dust, and her feet stung almost unbearably. Slowing her pace, she looked down and saw that the thorns of the fields had torn her feet. Even her ankles were bleeding. She would go to the river and rest, drink some water, bathe her cuts, and wash away her tears. If only the river could rinse away my sorrow as easily as it will remove my blood. Her head drooping, her hair falling like a black curtain about her face, Annah walked through a thick grove of trees down to the sparkling, swift-flowing river. Sitting down heavily, she dangled her legs over the embankment and let the water rush over her feet, cool and soothing. The water directly before her was clear and lovely, but the middle of the river looked deep, fast, and disturbingly enticing. How easy it would be to slide into the water and simply drift out of this life. Slowly she bent, dipped her aching hands into the clear water, and cupped the cool liquid to her mouth. Wiping her lips, she stared at the river, contemplating. I'm not even forty years oldâ⿬â¿'not even halfway to my first kentum. I'ma has lived two kentums, Yerakh one. Our father lived three kentums before Yerakh killed him. Father, you could have lived at least five kentums more if Yerakh had not been so greedy. You were the only person who ever really loved me; I know that now. I wish I had not seen you die. After all these years my pain should be less. Why am I still crying for you? Her grief flowed out now in streams of tears punctuated by wracking sobs. I must be going mad, she told herself at last. Yerakh will beat me for running from him. But I don't want to go back. I'm so tired of this life! I'm even tired of crying. Finally spent, Annah bent to rinse her face. She wiped her eyes with her veil and stared into the river once more. Perhaps she should let the river carry her away. Her pain would be over. No more of Yerakh's beatings or Iltani's scorn or Parah's indifference.

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Heavens Before 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
MichelleSutton More than 1 year ago
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. :)
01Sherri More than 1 year ago
What may have happened before the great flood. I've found this story to track with the bible from an interesting viewpoint. I will definitely read the continuing series.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I didn't expect a book about Noah's Ark to be so good. But the author adds so many elements that the reader doesn't get bored with a story that EVERYONE already knows.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Very interesting goes well with the bible. One of my favorite books,shows that God can help you out of any delima.Also you can rely on Him always and forever.