Timna is the wife of Shem, one of Noah’s sons. As this story by Lucille Travis for 9-to-14-year-olds open, the family has loaded the ark with animals and supplies as God has ordered, and they are ready to shut the doors. Soon the Flood will begin. Along with two enchanting and mischievous dogs named Thief and Mangy, Timna seals herself into the ark. She doesn’t know what to expect, only that she is obeying—and trusting—God.
“Timna is a juvenile chapter book about the wife of Shem, son of Noah, and her fears and struggles with belief in God while floating in the Ark for 40 days and nights. Timna will appeal to teenage and tween-age female readers especially, with its explorations of the role of women in Biblical times and early Hebrew culture. The breathless wonder of beholding the promise of God in the rainbow after the terrible Flood is unforgettable, and the reality of attention to daily details in animal husbandry is also well grounded. Timna is an excellent resource fiction narrative for juvenile readers of faith literature.”—Children’s Bookwatch
Lucille Travis is the author of numerous books for children, including Tirzah (Herald Press, 1991). She authored the Jeanmarie series in 2000 and 2001, and the Ben and Zach series in 1995 (Baker Books). She has written many poems, reviews and articles for Christian periodicals, including Focus on the Family Clubhouse Magazine, Reformed Journal, and Perspectives. She has taught college-level English and lectured in Christian literature. She holds degrees in education and Bible from Gordon College and a master's in literature from Western Connecticut State University. Lucille lives in Arden Hills, Minnesota, with her husband William.