Local man pens 'early earth' fantasy novel

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By Nancy Kennedy

A deep voice startled Braulio from his sleep. Sitting up on his large, leaf-stuffed mattress, he briskly rubbed his eyes and tried to determine where he was. Surrounding him were high open ceilings, vine-covered rafters, and bizarre fruit in a bowl on an intricately carved table. Then it hit him. This was not all a dream. He was in a bedroom high up in a treetop village full of giants, two bearded wizards, and an annoying roommate, who at the moment was snoring loudly. — excerpt from “Early Earth: Elemental Connections” by Brian Norman (Xulon Press).

What would happen if four modern-day teenagers traveled back in time to 1,000 years after the world was created? What if they discovered it was not 4.6 billion years ago, but rather less than 5,000 years? What would they find? And would their findings be compatible with 21st century science?

That’s the premise of “Early Earth: Elemental Connections,” Brian Norman’s first of seven fantasy novels aimed at older children, teens and adults dealing with the subject of “Early Earth,” which counters theory of evolution.

With a Masters of Divinity degree, Norman has taught Old Testament, New Testament, Bible and comparative religion classes to middle and high school students, as well as college students. Currently, he teaches Spanish at Trinity Catholic High School in Ocala.

“Whether it’s been part of the curriculum or not, the subject of (the earth’s age) often comes up, because it’s a big, big topic — and it’s a faith-based question,” he said. “Whether you believe the earth is 6,000 or 4.6 billion years old or something in between, you can’t prove it scientifically because you weren’t there. So, it’s based on what you believe.”

However, he said, “you can believe 100 percent in science and 100 percent in a literal Genesis and be completely 100 percent consistent, and that’s what this book shows.”

He and his geologist wife, Virginia Norman, are Early Earth educators and creation speakers who conduct “The Bible and Science Agree” seminars.

Norman’s book is an offshoot of his seminar and something he had wanted to do for years.

“I chose to write to this age group because by middle school kids are being exposed on a significant level to evolutionary and ‘older earth’ thinking, and it’s being taught in science classes as scientific facts, and they’re not,” he said. “They’re scientific theories, but not scientific facts, and kids are being taught that those things are true and that if you believe in a literal Genesis you’re not being scientific. But you can believe 100 percent in science and 100 percent in a literal Genesis and be completely, 100 percent consistent, and that’s what this book shows.”

He said the second book is already in progress and should be finished within a year. In addition to teaching full time, Norman and his wife are raising seven children.

His son Jeffrey, a sophomore at Seven Rivers Christian School, illustrated the book with his own pen and ink sketches.

“All seven books will deal with ‘early earth,’ showing the perspective of how things could’ve been that is radically different from what’s being taught in schools,” Norman said. “This book (series) presents a 6,000 year old earth and it shows through story, fantasy and a fun-to-read form that it is consistent with science. There is no conflict between science and the scriptures.”

Norman will be signing copies of his book, “Early Earth: Elemental Connections,” from10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15 at Cornerstone Christian Supply, 440 S. U.S. 41, Inverness. Call Brian Norman at 352-422-2107 or email: earlyearth@gmail.com.

Copies of the book are also available through Amazon.com.

Chronicle reporter Nancy Kennedy can be reached at nkennedy@chronicleonline.com or 352-564-2927.