Thanks Atlantis for posting a link to download the new book - I had a quick browse...
The book starts off with the now traditional 'Letter from the Governing Body', it goes through the usual stuff re how wonderful the magazines are, how countless people write in to praise the articles etc etc, but it signs off: "With much love and every good wish..."
Good wishes eh? I'm sure as a child I was told not to wish. Anyway. The first made up story faith strengthening account is about Abel. The chapter does state "Abel never uttered a single word that is recorded in the Bible..." but that doesn't stop them from making stuff up.
They ascribe motives:
"would the breach between man and God ever be healed? Abel wanted nothing more than that"
They judge for God:
"While Abel was the fourth human to exist , it seems he was the first one whom God saw as redeemable*"
*The foot note says "Cain does not appear to be in line for ressurection and redemption".
The whole story is full of words and phrases like "likely","no doubt" "we can only guess", and the old favourite "evidently".
They impute odd motives to Adam and Eve, make up stuff and then say Adam and Eve were mistaken. They say Abel learned about loyalty to God by looking at the cherubs guarding the entrance to Eden for 'decade after decade' never leaving their post.
They've got Abel meditating and praying, choosing the "choice pieces" of the sheep he's just sacrificed for Jehovah (I thought people didn't eat meat until after the flood, why on earth would he think sky daddy wanted a dead animal?)
The whole thing reads like a fairy tale.
Moving on to Noah: "Noah's mother, brothers and sisters may have perished in the Flood".
"Noah's wife and the wives of shem, Ham and Japtheph may have been espcially concerned about making a livable home in the ark."
On to Abram
"Some scholars question whether the camel was domesticated in Abram's time. However, the grounds for such objections are weak."
Oh OK, glad that's settled, we'll take your word for it.
The whole book would be better positioned as Bible flavoured stories.