by Melinda Viergever Inman


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Refuge by Melinda Viergever Inman

Intent on total destruction, Satan notices Cain's obsessive lust for Lilith and the dark roots of jealousy growing deep in his soul toward his do-gooding brother Abel. Satan goads him to the point of madness, barraging his mind with thoughts of hatred, lust, and futility. In a blinding rage, Cain wrecks everything. Wracked with shame, he flees into the vast wilderness, unable to possess the one thing he truly desires—Lilith. His life is destroyed, and he wonders if he will ever find his way back. He longs for refuge, and wonders if he will ever find God again?

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ISBN-13: 9781938467882
Publisher: Koehler Books
Publication date: 03/25/2014
Pages: 330
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Melinda Viergever Inman is a church Bible-study leader and speaker, and has been journaling for nearly thirty years and is now a full time writer. Writing is her ministry and her passion. Since 2005, Melinda has been writing Bible studies for her church, and plans to market them at, where she authors a bi weekly inspirational blog. She shepherds spiritual growth for the women of her church, teaches in prison ministry, and studies theology. Melinda has published inspirational articles for David C. Cook and Christian Devotions.

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Chapter Two: Epiphany
Cain broke into a run when he left the circle of firelight, loping along the side of the river. The half moon was just rising, so he could avoid most obstacles; but occasionally a branch whipped across his face, giving him a strong slap. He needed that. He was angry at Elohim.
Why couldn’t he have a wife? Could only his father have one? Could only his parents marry? If this was the case, it didn’t seem fair.
As the family sat around the fire, his father had told that story again, the one about God giving him their mother. To teach them, Father always told a story on the evening of the sixth day, a verbal chronicle of their time of Eden. Tonight he had related this tale. Why that one?
As Cain had listened, discontent had nearly crushed him with its weight. He longed for the type of love a man and a woman shared. Gazing into Lilith’s eyes across the fire, he had realized he was dissatisfied with his life. It made him agitated. He wanted a wife of his own. He didn’t know how he’d ever get one though. Apparently, only his parents could marry.
He couldn’t take it anymore. He had jumped up from the bonfire, running off, surprising them all. Now he lowered his head and ran harder. The situation discouraged him.
After he had covered a great distance, he slowed to catch his breath. The pounding of running feet sounded far behind him. That would be Lilith or Abel, probably Lilith. When Cain had jumped up from the fireside, Abel had been holding small sleeping siblings on his lap and surrounding him on either side. Though Abel had glanced up quickly, kind concern on his face, he wouldn’t rise and disturb the slumbering little ones.
Cain peered into the distance. The moonlight illuminated Lilith; she was running fast. He considered racing on ahead. He didn’t want to talk to her. Frustrated with the state of his life, he couldn’t articulate his feelings—all within him was in turmoil. But then he remembered her eyes by the firelight and waited for her instead.
Lilith fell. She must have tripped over something in the dark. Concerned, Cain took a step back toward her. Her head reappeared.
“Cain,” she called. “Wait! I’m sorry.”
Sorry? Sorry for what? He waited.
She raced up to him, winded as she bent to rub her shin. “Will you forgive me?”
“What have you done?”
“I shouldn’t have teased you about your beard.”
That evening he had scraped the stubble from his face with one of his sharpened stone cutting tools, and Lilith had noticed, gesturing to him from across the fire.
“I wasn’t mad at you,” he said.
Noticing a trickle of dark blood running down Lilith’s leg, Cain grasped her hand and led her toward the river. Silently, he bent to wash the wound. Caring for her and all his younger brothers and sisters was a habit. Kneeling on the earth, he bathed and inspected the injury as well as he could by the moonlight. Without speaking, Lilith watched his ministrations.
“Then what’s wrong?” she said, finally breaking the silence.
“I can’t talk about it.”
“Yes, you can. You tell me everything.”
“I can’t tell you about this.”
“Why not?”
“It’s too confusing,” he said.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow! What powerful story of sin, redemption and everything in between. Melinda writes a beautifully rich story that does not ignore the consequences of sin, but highlights hope for even the worst sinner. I found myself relating to many of the characters. So many life lessons in this book. I really appreciated the study guide she included. I can't wait for more!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Brokenness is a universal human condition. As a pre-reader of this novel, I have experienced the first family - on earth- and their fall from grace, the first murder, Satan's tactics and God's care of them as they progress from a beautiful Garden of Eden to the harshness of the world broken by their own sin. You will find yourself nodding your head and saying, "Yes, I so understand," or "I had not thought of that being a concern". Life was very different for them than for us in the modern world, and yet the humanness is something I experience every day. Wonderful writing, insightful dialogue and an invitation to discover who you are and who God is - after the Fall of Man.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Refuge captivated me from the beginning! It is a fascinating story of the conflict between the two oldest brothers of the large first family and how it affected the rest of the family. Could brothers marry their sisters? What would happen to Cain after he had killed his brother? What would happen to Lilith? The author's vivid imagination enables her to create a story which portrays how the spirit world influences the lives of God's creatures. I did not want to put this book down! Now I'm looking forward to the rest of the series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Same as the warrior's den, except that it has moss in certain areas for the elders to sit.