Lost in the Wonders of Genesis
Brennan has always wanted to tell stories, but it wasn’t until his junior year in college that he gave it a try. Three years later he produced his first novel, Cain, a story which fascinated him ever since he was a child. Brennan shares how his book, “Like all works of fiction, is a fantasy, but was formed out of Genesis 4:1-17 and the compelling questions it raises.” After Cain - firstborn among men - brutally beats his twin brother Abel to death, his family struggles to believe God hasn't abandoned them. Cain flees into the wilderness with the growing fear that murdering his brother might have birthed an unstoppable evil. Soon, all of life balances upon one perilous question: is the monster inside Cain the gateway to godhood or the end of mankind? The story reaches past the original narrative into the rest of Scripture to imagine the ongoing repercussions of sin and the promise of redemption through Christ.
In the Bible, the story of Cain is only about two paragraphs long. However, Brennan chose to write about him because he is one of the figures in the Scriptures that people can relate to. Brennan says he enjoys writing biblical fiction, “It takes us out of ourselves and out of our preconceived ideas of God and His truths, to come to understand Him in a deeper way. It breaks down our barriers.” Brennan believes his novel can be used as a catalyst for Scripture engagement and as a springboard into studying the book of Genesis.
Cain is the first in a series of novels (to be written) based on Genesis 1-11, called the “Fall of Man” series. “The series shows the snowballing effect of Adam’s sin in Eden, and how it leads to the three main disastrous rebellions in the early Genesis stories: Cain murdering his brother, mankind’s rebellion leading to the flood, and mankind’s subsequent rebellion in building the tower of Babel,” shares Brennan. The central theme in the series is man’s fallen state contrasted with God’s holiness (man’s desire to worship God being twisted toward self-worship, and God’s mercy being shown in the midst of it all through the incarnation).
THE SALVATION POEM FOUNDATION
Brennan’s parents, Matt and Sherry McPherson, are the authors of the Salvation Poem which was written in 2004. Today the Salvation Poem Foundation exists to teach the entire world a simple song of salvation, a 6-line song formatted as a vertical prayer towards God, asking for His forgiveness and saving grace:
Jesus, You died upon a cross
And rose again to save the lost
Forgive me now of all my sin
Come be my Savior, Lord, and Friend
Change my life and make it new
And help me, Lord, to live for You
The Poem has been translated into more than 50 languages and is quickly becoming a universal tool for evangelism. As the vice president of the foundation, Brennan helps the foundation partner with ministries like David C. Cook, The Pocket Testament League, Prison Fellowship, and CBN’s animated Bible series Superbook. Every episode of Superbook concludes with an animated music video set to “The Salvation Poem,” sung by a young vocalist in the viewer’s native language. The poem has been heard or read by over 200 million people around the world. “Our hope is that the “Salvation Poem” will become imbedded into the world’s cultures as much as “Mary had a little lamb” is imbedded into ours,” shares Brennan.