I’ve mentioned previously on this blog how I’ve joined some weekly writers’ chats on Zoom. One of the authors I’ve met through these chats is Jocelyn-Anne Harvey, and it’s an honour this week to review her latest work – “Not Knowing but Still Going”. I didn’t know anything about it (other than the title), so I half-expected a children’s book. I’m glad I was proved wrong!
“Not Knowing but Still Going” is an in-depth look into the Noah’s Ark story. If you like Michael Card’s Biblical Imagination series on the gospels, I think you’ll love this. It’s so well-researched. For instance, I wouldn’t have thought of studying the beginning of Genesis specifically to find out what the pre-flood earth might have looked and felt like. I was also fascinated to learn the Book of Jubilees names Noah’s wife. It’s a lovely, exotic name too.
There’s a regular focus on the women and what they might have been thinking. How might they have felt when they saw rainclouds for the first time after leaving the ark? It’s a shame parts of the book address us as women because I think everyone would enjoy it, male or female. It’s a timely exploration of the parallels between Noah’s family on the ark, and us as we navigate our way through a worldwide pandemic. At the end, Jocelyn-Anne says one of her hopes is that the book will speak to us, and it certainly has to me. Chapter 11 (on emotional giants) was a favourite of mine.
Thank you, Jocelyn-Anne, for this impressive piece of writing. If you’d like to read “Not Knowing but Still Going”, here’s the link to it on Amazon. I’m sure your reviews would be appreciated.