"Those manuscripts had taken over my soul." ~ pg. 133
Dr. Justin Dickerson is a Biblical Archaeologist. She learns about history from remains, looking for evidence of early Hebrew and Christian events. She calls herself the re-creator of history. Even though she digs for a living, she cannot seem to dig within herself to pinpoint her unhappiness.
During a trip with her mentor, she discovers that 2,000 year old manuscripts from the Dead Sea Scrolls in Jerusalem may have been destroyed. Obsessed with finding out the truth, she enlists the help of siblings to find what really happened in the beginning of time.
Have you ever been so consumed with something that you think of nothing else? In this sense, I was able to relate to main character Justin (girl with a boy's name). But her manic obsessive behavior and bouts of depression were not addressed. It was a distraction while reading. The author missed the opportunity to bring awareness to mental illness. Yet, managed to create a brilliant blurred line between main character and author. Overall, I enjoyed reading about biblical beliefs and the beginning of mankind from a black female's point of view. I totally see why In the Beginning made Amazon's Top 100 list.
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Title: In the Beginning
Author: Abby L. Vandiver
Published: June 2013