Donna Frisinger is on island, and she brought two snails with her. They even have names: “Bink” and “Slinky,” and they have an adventure they want to share with you.
It has a little something to do with an ark and a message, and trying to do what seems to be impossible.
Don’t bet against them.
God, says Frisinger, is on their side.
The writer from Rochester, Ind., and relative of Joe Frisinger of Princeville will be reading from her children’s book, “Bink and Slinky’s Ark Adventure” during the 8:30 and 10:15 a.m. Sunday school services at Kauai Christian Fellowship.
The 32-page book published in March by Standard Publishing tells the tale of two snails trying to reach Noah’s Ark before the “Great Falling” begins.
“Life in the Garden of Chewies is everything Bink and Slinky could ever hope for — plenty of lip-smacking flowers and oodles of family and friends. Then one day, they find a strange message written on the ground. It’s from God … and it’s for them!” says a press release.
“To do what God says, Bink and Slinky must face Oh no! Obstacles, wacky-weird creatures, and their own jitters. But they feel stronger every time they sing their fearless song.”
So, do the snails make it?
Frisinger answers that question with another question and a laugh.
“Are there still snails today?”
Frisinger’s inspiration for her debut picture book came during a Sunday morning worship practice when a friend said, “You know, it took a lot of perseverance for the snails to reach the ark.”
“Voila! Holy Spirit lightning struck and Bink and Slinky were born,” Frisinger said on her website.
She wrote the book not for money (though it’s nice to have), but for the message it offers.
“While there are other books written about Noah’s big boat and the worldwide flood, Bink and Slinky’s Ark Adventure stands alone in its perspective of this amazing event as seen through the eyes of two of the smallest, slowest, and seemingly most-insignificant of all God’s creatures,” she said.
In case you were wondering, Frisinger is an accomplished writer. Her work has appeared in Focus on the Family’s Clubhouse, Clubhouse Jr., Ideals Magazines, Guidepost books and Today’s Christian Woman.
The ACW (American Christian Writers) named her their “Writer of the Year” for 2012, 2011, and 2009, and she also won both first and second place in the 2012 Athanatos Poetry Competition.
Donna, like Bink and Slinky, succeeded despite the odds. She is the product of a nasty divorce, alcoholic father, and sexual abuse. Yet she persevered, believing in her God-given talents. She became captain of Butler University Dance Squad and was named Indiana’s Dance Educator of the year in 2005.
The life-long teacher of the performing arts organized a communitywide Bible reading marathon, helped to pioneer a thriving church, Faith Outreach Center in Rochester, served as its worship leader, Sunday School teacher, music director, and creative arts consultant. She took a singing group to Washington, D.C., to perform for The National Day of Prayer, and obtained her pastor’s license.
Today, she is happily married, loves music, writing and sharing her faith, which was strengthened in writing “Bink and Slinky’s Ark Adventure.”
There are many life’s lessons to be learned from the two snails, Frisinger said during a phone interview Friday. They include:
• Put God First
• Chose your life’s traveling companion carefully
• Live with an attitude of gratitude for the special helpers God puts in life’s path
• Don’t be afraid. “How can God direct our steps if we’re not taking any?” Frisinger asks. “So many just live fearful.”
• Enjoy the ride, learn to laugh.
• Praise the Lord, continually.
“Just as Bink and Slinky not only needed each other for the journey, but a slew of other helpful critters to complete their journey, so God never intended for me to climb life’s mountain alone,” she said. “Working on this project has given me a fresh and humble appreciation for the personal cheerleaders He’s supplied along my life’s path.”