"In the beginning …"
The biblical book of Genesis is a violent masterpiece. Deception. Treachery. Murder. But it is also a book of redemption, forgiveness, and reconciliation.
In The Genesis of Violence, author Matthew J. Distefano and artist Zak Parsons collaborate on a one-of-a-kind creative project that details and highlights the main themes of the book of Genesis. From the fall of humankind, to the murder of one brother at the hands of another, this work of art explores it all.
Foreword by Adam Ericksen
"Matthew has beautifully clarified the wisdom of anti-sacrifice and anti-violence that runs throughout Genesis … Zak’s beautiful artwork is an illuminating companion as we discover the heart of the true God who never wanted violence or sacrifice, but always wanted love."
”A deeply touching work of art with crafted words and images that reach into the places that matter and from the heart calling to the mind to both confess and repent. I loved this simply profound work and hope it to be the first of more!”Wm. Paul Young, Author of The Shack
”A wonderfully imaginative retelling of the central themes of Genesis for all ages. The mixture of a judiciously pared-down text and extraordinarily evocative and appropriate artwork brings out with great clarity the ways in which imitation and violence structure some of our greatest ancient stories. They reveal how much those stories, told in this way, have to offer us.”James Alison, Catholic Priest, Theologian, and Author
”In an era when organized religion, especially Western religion, is being rejected by many, Distefano and Parsons present a needed reminder of the original merit and beauty of the biblical creation myths. The centering of human and Divine love and reconciliation instead of wrath and estrangement is welcome and needed.”Rev. Roger Wolsey, Author of Kissing Fish: Christianity for People Who Don’t Like Christianity
”The Genesis of Violence is actually a very beautiful, profound and, dare I say, ‘Christian’ book, gorgeously illustrated by Zak D. Parsons, that reframes the Genesis narrative into a visual storybook for adults.”Keith Giles, Author of the 7-part Jesus Un book series
”This beautiful work will awaken and remind us all to use our best gifts and offerings to help our fellow travelers on the journey and to make the path brighter and easier. It will foster a closer kinship, more empathy and a deeper understanding for each of us who want to live an extraordinary life and die knowing we did our very best to leave humanity greater.”Nora Sophia, Survivor, Author, and Teacher whose passion is to heal humanity with harmony
”Through a combination of evocative images and text, this book challenges readers to reimagine the violence in Genesis as a product of humankind’s misguided search for God rather than God’s unrelenting judgments against humanity.”Kevin Miller, Author and Filmmaker
Matthew J. Distefano
Matthew J. Distefano is the author of Heretic! and 4 other books. He is a podcaster and columnist for Patheos, as well as a long-time social worker. He lives in Northern California with his wife and daughter.Visit his Website
Zak D. Parsons
Zak D. Parsons has always had a love of symbolic and abstract art. The Genesis of Violence is his first illustrated book project. He lives in the DMV area with his wife and their four children.Visit his Website