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The Heavens Before

(Genesis Trilogy #1)

4.43  ·  Rating details ·  657 ratings  ·  66 reviews
Marginalized by society and mistreated by her own family, Annah befriends a young man she's never seen before. Shem is captivated by Annah's courage, and he risks everything to help her gain her freedom. Trusting in the Most High, Annah marries Shem and joins her strange new family in their solitary faith that will ultimately separate them from an ancient world of amazing ...more
Kindle Edition, 353 pages
Published June 6th 2017 by Gram-Co-Ink. (first published 2004)
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Jan 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kacy Barnett-Gramckow, does an excellent job of recreating the world before the Great Flood, and the evil and brutality that permeated the earth.
An interesting form of Biblical Fiction, in which the first few chapters strangely resemble Jean M Auel's Clan of the Cave Bear.
Annah has, when still a child, seen her beloved father murdered by her vicious brother Yerakh, and has not spoken ever since, being brutally treated by her family who see her as mad. One day she is about to kill herself by
*2019 update*
This book is so compelling. I've been so eager to reread it. So, when I needed something to distract me, I started reading this book again. This is one of my favorite books ever.

*2016 review*
Age Appropriate For: 15 and up (for violence, romance, and intense scenes)
Best for Ages: 15 and up

A long time ago, I started reading a book set before the flood. After about three pages, I was so disgusted I threw it away. Yes, the times before the flood were evil, but the graphic picture
This first book in the Genesis Trilogy focuses on Noah and his family especially his 3 sons. The Ark is completed and Noah has been told that the passengers will be he, his wife, and his 3 sons and their wives; but none of his sons is married and time is growing short.

Little is said in the bible about Ham, Seth, and Jephtha except that they had wives. The author does a wonderful job of presenting the time period and the peoples surrounding Noah and his family. The world is full of evil and
Nov 29, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical, christian
I have almost given up on fiction retellings of Biblical history as very rarely does an author actually stick to what the Bible states on the subject. Therefore, I was tremendously pleased to read this wonderfully, vividly written story. It stuck faithfully to the Biblically provided information. This author not only is a talented writer, but she put a lot of time, research, and thought into what the pre-Flood world during this time period would be like. I look forward to reading the next book ...more
Aug 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biblical-fiction
This is a lovely story of Annah who lived in the beautiful but violent world before the Flood. Life is dangerous for her. For twenty five years she has pretended to be a mindless mute girl to save her life. Her brother killed their father years ago and if she ever said a word he would kill her too. But one day she meets Shem Son of Noah and life begins to change. Even though the violence is on the increase and danger abounds she learns to trust The Most High. She and her husband's family enter ...more
Pat Whitworth
Jan 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful well written and beautiful descriptions of times beginning..

Do you wonder about the beginning? Did the flood really occur, this author has put in hours of study, to give us a birds eye view.
Kelsey Bryant
Dec 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'd never read a novel about the Flood before, but it seems to me Kacy Barnett-Gramckow did a great job depicting what the world could have been like. The evil and violence was not overdone, for which I was grateful, but it contrasted starkly with the goodness and kindness of Noakh's family. I appreciated how the author used a creation science-based approach. The first half of the novel dragged for me, and the time before Annah married seemed too drawn out, so I would have given that part 2 or 3 ...more
May 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
I found this novel describing life leading up to the flood as very fascinating. Loved the dynamics developing between the various family members living in the household of Noah’s. The descriptions of how God viewed His people and why life could not continue in the way humans lived brought various parts of the Bible to life for me.

My big decision now is do I start book two of the trilogy or read something else in between. Ummm...
Jul 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love this series. I am beginning my second read-through of them. I love beautiful new covers that give you a better hint at what the stories are about. This book was just good as I remembered it being. I like books that make you think, and this one does. How many times have I read the story of Noah and the Flood in Genesis and never stopped to really think about it? This book fleshes out one possibility. It was very interesting to read how things could have been quite different before the ...more
Feb 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Barnett-Gramchow has written an incredibly imaginative scripturally fictitious book! I thoroughly enjoyed the characters and loved Methuselah 's recount of meeting Adam and Havah. It brought tears to my eyes as well as gave me a sense of being counted in this incredible biblical lineage. Well done!!! I can't wait to read the others
Danelle Janney
Mar 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Christie Lovvorn
Apr 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Heavens Before is a masterful and realistic depiction of life before the Flood. The author took the scant facts from the Bible and created a very credulous picture of Noah, his family, and the extreme depravity alluded to when Scripture says of that time, "Now the earth was corrupt in God's sight and was full of violence." (Gen. 6:11) I have never read other novels about this time period and have not really thought this deeply about Noah's potential characteristics and personality nor that ...more
Carol Pummell
Dec 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wonderfully done!

Beautiful and tragic. Anna is a nothing she hides behind her veil to protect herself from the violence of her tribe. Mostly she veils herself from her angry cruel brother. She witnessed him killing her beloved father. From then on for 25 years she is silent. One day contemplating suicide she meets her beloved who changes everything for her.
On the other side of the river is Shem and his lovely family. A family that loves one another. Annah waits to see the violence but only sees
Jun 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Amazing - why am I just finding out about this author?

I LOVED this book, and I don't say that often. The story is beautifully written and gives an account of God's grace and the ability to overcome adversity through God's love rather than succumb to sin and go the way of the world. It paints a terrible and beautiful picture of God's mercy. This story of what life was like at the time before and immediately after the flood is fascinating, and gives a believable glimpse into what life could have
May 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have read many other novels about people in the Old Testament. This was the first about Noah and his family. I believe the reasoning behind it is the difficulty imagining life before the great flood. I think Kacy did a good job of that. It was an interesting story and believable. The characters were real. The only problem I have is that I think Shem was first-born, not second, although I'm sure it was changed for plot purposes. FYI: Be sure you access the glossary in the back of the book to ...more
Oct 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Love this book

I enjoyed every minute of this amazing story. I connected with all the characters and couldn’t wait to see what happened next and how each one contrived to continue and survive life together against the evil that surrounded them.

I lost sleep wanting to continue reading and also, found myself going to my Bible to check facts and to foresee what happens next and forward into the lives of the main known people.
I can not wait to read the next book in this life affirming and truth of
Aug 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Five Stars for Sure

Flooded with beautiful imagery, nearly poetic writing, and a compelling, yet fictional, story line that is anchored firmly in the Biblical account, The Heavens Before, plunges the reader into the character driven story of Annah and Shem. The Heavens Before resurrects their ancient lives and times from the dust bin of history. Kacy Barnett-Gramckow's masterful retelling of the reprobate days just before the great flood leaves the reader immensely satisfied. Five stars for sure!
Nance Roepke
Nov 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The flood told from the women's point of view

I loved this book! It accurately tells the biblical story of the flood but from a fictional accounting of the wives of Noah and his sons . If you don't like something that adds to the biblical story, even if it is respectful of the scriptural account, you won't like this book . But if you like fictional accounts of scriptural events that enhance the biblical story , this book is a terrific example of that. I will definitely be reading the other two
Shaeley Santiago
Dec 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christian
The first book in the Genesis trilogy begins just prior to the flood. It starts in a small village where Annah works the gold for her brother. However, she is not treated well by any in her family and is nearly ready to slip into the river when she meets Shem, one of Noah's sons. Annah doesn't even know the stories about this family that everyone else thinks is crazy. She just knows that Shem loves her and that she might be happy with his family.
Sherri Ferguson
This is one of my favorite books! The story grips you from the very beginning and doesn't let go until the end. The author does a wonderful job of showing the depravity of mankind before the flood. I loved getting to know Noah and his wife, as well as, Ham, Shem, and Japheth. The description of the ark was fascinating to me and I liked reading about all the preparation for life on the boat after the flood. I highly recommend this book.
Sep 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful story. There aren't many books about before the flood, and it was fun reading this story.
I enjoyed following Annah growth and how she finds her voice amongst a family that uses her. And her relationship with Shem, Noah's son, is lovely.
Sep 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Imaginative, with beautifully developed characters, and a perfectly paced plot, this is a spectacular novel all around.

A truly well-written and interesting retelling of the biblical account of the great Flood. I will eagerly read more books by this author!
Jessica Langford
Apr 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I felt the Author did a wonderful job depicting what could have happened before the flood. It takes a simple story that most people hear in Sunday School and breathes new life and perspective. I enjoyed the relationship between the Most High and each character. Wonderful!
ken fussell
Nov 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The heavens before

I Chose five star rating because it kept my interest fresh every single night. Loved the characters and the of as it. Developed a strong lo ving family,preparing to survive the flood& then rebuilding in a new different world.
Susan Preston
Apr 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Slow to start but fascinating

I am not sure the extent of wickedness on the earth that led to the flood was clear. All the same this is a fascinating yet indemnify read. Looking forward to the next. In the series.
Kimberley Fiddler
Very good read!
Joyce Banks
Mar 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Food for though

Pure fiction but very possibly near the truth. I am anxious to read the next book. Really gets me to thinking!
Jun 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love her books, as Kacy or as R.J.!
Carol Phelps
Jul 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Pure fiction but very possibly near the truth. I am anxious to read the next book. Really gets me to thinking!
Amy Meyers
Oct 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book! I love fiction that conjectures about certain characters in Bible times and this one sticks with you and makes you think.
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Some of Kacy's works have appeared devotionals such as Seasons of a Woman's Heart, and God's Abudance for Women. She also has written under the pen name of R.J. Larson, and Elizabeth Larson, as seen in A Moment A Day, and The Women's Devotional Bible. Kacy also writes inspirational fantasy fiction as R. J. Larson.

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