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Author Profile: Lucille Travis

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Lucille Travis has written several books for children, held children's writing workshops, taught college-level English, and lectured in Christian literature. Her interest in writing began as young girl living in an orphanage in upstate New York, and was encouraged when she received a bronze medal in a state-wide essay contest and later a poetry contest. Lucille’s reason for writing comes from her Christian world view that God gives us any and every gift we may have, small or great, to use for his purposes. This is how Lucille thinks of her own writing. In her seventies she still loves writing and meeting with children who have read her books. She enjoys discussing her writing with them and finding out about what the children themselves are writing. She has also been involved in Children's Awana clubs as a story teller, and while telling the story of Dr. Paul Brand's work with lepers, especially his long search for shoes that would protect their feet, the idea for the book "The Shoes that Love Made" came about. The story of Paul Brand, missionary doctor to Lepers in India and eventually world-wide, shows us how Paul Brand's own feet were protected and guided even in war time on the very path he was to follow, one that would forever change how the world saw lepers.

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