Tirzah Paperback – Apr 1 1991
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About the Author
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.
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Obviously written to appeal to teens, I thought the characters could have displayed a little more maturity. Other than that, Travis has an easy reading style. This won't be anyone's favorite book of the year, but you might check it out for a perspective on what it might have been like for the Israelite children. It's interesting to read about the places and events in Exodus in a work of fiction, and many details from the Scriptures are woven throughout it.
No theme development? I guess it was as well-developed as in the book of Exodus itself.
The touch of romantic interest was well-done, with several scenarios. Goodness knows there's enough of that in so many teen books, but I thought it was handled quite realistically. It's always there, but is not the major focus of life.
Character development? No, it isn't too strong a feature of this book, but it's there. Ram obviously showed character development as he found faith in the Lord. Tirzah developed as she chose her friends, rather than the cousins she grew up with. And there was even a negative sort of character development for her mother, which, unfortunately, is too often true. I'm a little confused by the idea that the characters should have shown more maturity. Isn't that what we think every time we read the books of Exodus-Numbers? Why can't these people grow up?
The theme of racial prejudice, based on one Biblical incident, is more fully developed in this book than in the Bible.
And over-all are the themes of faith and trust in Yaweh (Jehovah) and trusting and following his prophet.
This is a great book to get a feel of this historical time period, as well as to assess our own commitment to faith, trust, and obedience toward God and his prophet.
The characters and story line could have been developed well, but they really weren't. For example, an Egyptian girl who accompanies the multitude out of Egypt becomes, during the journey, a believer in God. Her experience could have been developed in the story, but it wasn't. There seemed to be no main theme to this story at all. It dabbled in the planning-to-leave-Egypt stage and followed through some of the main events of the wilderness experiences, but that wasn't really developed into the theme of the story. It dabbled in romance and match-making, but that wasn't developed into the theme of the story. It dabbled in religious belief, but that wasn't developed into the theme of the story. It was like a narration of events without any main theme ever being developed.
Also, the author took some liberties with the time frame, which would have been o.k. since this is fiction, but there were places in the book where the author seemed to forget her own sequence of events and didn't place things (like the length of a pregnancy/birth of a baby) at reasonable times in relation to her own established time frame.
I won't buy another book by this author.
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