Ham is a man of passion and questions. He’s adored his wife, Lita, since he first saw her draped in her father’s fishing nets and threatened to leave with her if his father, Noah, didn’t allow the marriage. She becomes his greatest comfort when Ham is at odds with his father and brothers.
When Noah claims their God has commanded him to build an Ark to escape a devastating flood, Ham worries about the construction stripping the land and the community’s ridicule of the family. He and Lita draw closer together as outsiders.
They’re shocked when the rains come and the entire family is forced into the Ark, along with the animals that appeared.
Confinement and uncertainty of fate amongst the refugees exaggerate normal family tension, rivalries and forbidden love. On land, they feel independent and invincible, chosen by their God to survive and thrive.
But for Ham, there’s tragedy and more doubt. Noah warns him he must yield his will, lest there be even graver consequences. Ham can’t imagine anything worse and careens down the path that forever links him with depravity and harsh judgment.
Publisher: Not specified
Publication date: April 21st 2017
This is the story of Noah, his son Ham and his brothers. Very early in the book it is very clear that Ham is the odd one out in that he married for love rather than duty, something which didn’t please his father. Personally I think that Ham is the most level-headed and patient of the family. Noah was very much about duty and doing what was expected of him so when Ham said that he wanted to marry Lita because he loved her Noah wasn’t impressed. Lita however, was Ham’s strength and support and his ‘safe place to fall’. It took Lita time to become accepted into Ham’s family but she was determined to do so because of her love for Ham.
In essence this story is about love, family relationships, and duty which are themes that can be seen in many situations to this day. This book is very well written and easy to read making it very enjoyable. There is much emotion in this book depicted without over-embellishment but with sensitivity. It brings the story of Noah and his building of the ark to life whilst providing an insight into how the family dynamic worked. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to understand a major biblical story in modern terms. It would also be good for anyone who would like to read a lovely story.
Recommend for: Anyone