The Book of the Shepherd
The Book of the Shepherd
HarperOne, Paperback, 9780061732409, 226pp.
Publication Date: March 15, 2011
In a mythical time, in an unnamed land, the shepherd Joshua is troubled by the harsh code of "an eye for an eye" that governs his world. Called by a dream, he sets off on a journey to find "the new way." Accompanied by Elizabeth, a former slave, and David, a boy who must learn to walk in new shoes, the shepherd knows that "an age of miracles" will come when the new way is found.
The journey is not without incident. On their way, the travelers meet a cast of extraordinary characters, including the Storyteller, the Apothecary, the Blind Man, and the Stranger. Each imparts an important lesson that pushes the travelers toward their destiny. But Joshua, Elizabeth, and David will also discover that sometimes what we have been searching for has been inside us all along.
“The Book of the Shepherd, a timeless story about one man who is seeking “the new way,” is an inspiring and moving fable.”
-Paulo Coelho, author of The Alchemist
“[this book] carries readers to a place too rarely visited in this hard world, a place where love and forgiveness triumph over our worst instincts. We are better people for becoming our own guides on this journey. Read The Book of the Shepherd and discover an untravelled highway.”
-Meredith Vieira, co-host of the Today Show and Richard M. Cohen, author of Strong at the Broken Places
“In The Book of the Shepherd, Joann Davis presents us with an insightful tale that cuts through the noise and truly inspires. At a time when many people write about changing the world, she offers a simple journey that vividly demonstrates the importance of every act. An energizing read.”
-James Redfield, #1 International bestselling author of The Celestine Prophecy
“From time to time, great teachers have used parables to instruct the human heart. The Book of the Shepherd is such a tale - a luminous book full of revelations of love and forgiveness. I’m going to buy a case for friends and family!”
-Joan Borysenko, Ph.D., author of Minding the Body, Mending the Mind and Your Soul’s Compass
“A simple and profound parable that engages the heart. A delightful story that even children can enjoy and yet full of deeper meaning and direction for all truth seekers. The Book of the Shepherd should become a classic in every home.”
-Hyrum Smith Co-founder of FranklinCovey, Founder of Galileo Initiative and author of 10 Natural Laws of Successful Time and Life Management and What Matters Most: The Power of Living Your Values
“A timeless and engaging tale reminding us of the infallible guideposts by which we should steer our lives. Buy this book for your grandmother and read it to your children.”
-Two Seekers, authors of No Jesus, No Peace—Know Jesus, Know Peace: Timeless Wisdom for Living a Life That Matters
“A scribe writes the story. A reader takes it to heart. The world, upon hearing it, is changed forever. The Book of the Shepherd is more than just a poignant and lovely story. It is truth.”
-Lynne Hinton, author of The Arms of God, The Friendship Cake, and the forthcoming book The Christmas Cake
“A beautiful demonstration of the ‘Power of One,’ offering readers important lessons of Truth many are searching for today.”
-Kathryn Adams Shapiro, author of Wisdom’s Choice
“The Book of the Shepherd is a thematically rich parable about conscience, the importance of dreams, the challenges of bringing forth what is within us,...and a buoyant belief that compassion, love, and peace can transform the world.”
-Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, www.spiritualityandpractice.com