Intent on total destruction, Satan notices Cain’s obsessive lust for Lilith and the dark roots of jealousy toward his do-gooder brother Abel. Satan goads Cain 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. Will he will ever find his way back? He longs for refuge. Can he ever find God again?
Melinda Viergever Inman is a prodigal with a passion to write. She authors fiction illustrating God's love for wounded people, shepherds women in church and in prison ministry, and writes inspirational material and bible studies. With her family, she is involved in an Indian-founded church-planting ministry in Asia: RIMI at www.rimi.org
This is the opening paragraph of Refuge. Why write Cain as the protagonist? Because, between the lines of the Biblical narrative, there is a possible backstory that reveals more about God's mercy and long-suffering patience than we see at first glance. Studies of the Hebrew text, of numerous theological commentaries, and of Jewish mythology shaped my story. These considerations show us more about this conflict in Adam
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 its light enabled him to avoid most obstacles, but occasionally a branch whipped across his face, giving him a strong slap. He needed that. He was angry at God.