Thursday, September 17, 2015

First Family by Alice Langholt

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Synopsis: You may have heard the story of Adam and Eve. But, the biblical account leaves many questions unanswered. How did Eve entice Adam to eat that fateful fruit? What did God think about their disobedience? How did they figure out how to survive outside the garden? What did Eve think about being pregnant? What were Cain and Abel like as kids, and how did they get along with their parents? Why did Abel and Cain decide to make an offering to God, and what were God's reasons for rejecting Cain's? What happened when Cain killed Abel, and what was it like for Adam and Eve to discover what had happened? 
First Family is a modern language journey through the story of Adam and Eve, told by the characters themselves, as they fill in the gaps in the story with breathtakingly real first person descriptions of growth, discoveries, angst, joy, determination, and heart. First Family is today's voice for the story behind the familiar story of Adam and Eve. Themes of love, loss, grief and faith will resonate with every reader. Author's note: To clear up any confusion - this is not a "modern day" take on Adam and Eve. (I mean, how weird would that be, them texting each other and driving around in the garden? Like, huh ) I give the characters voices by letting them express themselves in first person accounts that unfold the familiar story, while filling in the gaps left in the biblical version. (Readers have particularly liked the Snake's and God's chapters). View videos of author and collaborator reading excerpts from First Family on YouTube at http: //

Review: This is a very unique look at the story of Adam, Eve and their family. It gives the reader at look at the humanity of people we don't really learn much about in the Bible. The story made me laugh, brought me to tears, and is one that I will go back to read over and over again.

The author writes amazing prose. So many of the passages draw me back to them, just to enjoy the descriptive language used. There isn't a lot of dialog, but that is because much of the story takes place in the heads of the characters, giving us a true look at things from their perspectives.

I've never read anything quite like this book, and I hope the author will give us more in the future.  

Rating: Five stars

About the author
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Alice Langholt is a parent and teacher with Master level training in several Reiki modalities. She has a Reiki practice and teaches Reiki and intuitive development in the Washington, DC area. Alice is the Executive Director of Reiki Awakening Academy ( School of Intuitive Development online, offering online instruction in holistic and metaphysical subjects. Alice has written ebooks in Distance Healing and Energetic Protection, as well as specific coursework in Reiki for Parents, Reiki for Nurses and Caregivers (approved by the Ohio Board of Nurses for continuing education units), and more. She offered Reiki to patients and staff at The Cleveland Clinic, and is currently a volunteer with JSSA Hospice, and a Group Leader with The Distance Healing Network ( Alice is rated the #1 most influential person on Twitter under the category Reiki by Her four kids and husband, Evan, know & use Reiki. Find Alice at, and interact with her via @ReikiAwakening on Twitter, and Reiki Awakening on Facebook.

Alice is also the author of the A Moment for Me - self-care for busy people series of books and cards, offering ways to balance your mind, body, emotions, spirit, relationships, and success in 30 seconds. Visit for more.

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