The Shepherd's Song (Hardcover)

A Story of Second Chances

By Betsy Duffey, Laurie Myers

Howard Books, 9781476738208, 240pp.

Publication Date: March 11, 2014

Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback (4/14/2015)
Hardcover, Large Print (6/25/2014)

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Description

Follow the incredible journey of one piece of paper—a copy of Psalm 23—as it travels around the world, linking lives and hearts with its simple but beautiful message.

Shortly before suffering a tragic car accident, Kate McConnell wrote the simple but powerful words of Psalm 23 on a piece of paper to give to her wayward and confused son. The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. . . . As she loses consciousness from her injuries, she wonders if she’s done enough with her life.

When a lonely dry-cleaning employee finds Kate’s humble, handwritten copy of the psalm, it begins an incredible journey around the world, forever changing the lives of twelve very different people. From a soldier wounded in Iraq, to a young Kurdish girl fleeing with her family to Turkey, to a Kenyan runner about to begin the Rome Invitational Marathon, the power of the ancient words begins to take shape in various ways, drawing us into these stories inexplicably linked by the passing of the psalm from one recipient to the next.

Eventually, Kate’s paper makes it back to its starting place, and she discovers the unexpected ways that God moves and changes lives through even our smallest actions.


About the Author

Betsy Duffey is a licensed counselor and worked for four years with homeless women, often using writing as a tool for healing. Over the years Betsy has spoken at hundreds of elementary schools and has shared her ideas with countless women’s groups. She lives with her husband in Atlanta, Georgia. They have two grown sons. Betsy and her sister, Laurie Myers, write together as the Writing Sisters.

Laurie Myers has spoken extensively in elementary schools across the nation, sharing her love of reading and writing. She has a passion for helping those in need, working as a nurse, tutoring incarcerated youth, and cofounding an urban school. Laurie lives with her husband in Augusta, Georgia. They have three grown children. Laurie and her sister, Betsy Duffey, write together as the Writing Sisters.


Praise For The Shepherd's Song: A Story of Second Chances

"Lyrical prose is the highlight of Duffey and Myers’ novel, which addresses the power that God’s scripture can have on an individual’s heart. Kate is a strong and noble catalyst for the cast of distinctive, diverse characters who undergo a powerful change in their lives. An intriguing faith-based plot caps off this inspiring read."

“Authors Betsy Duffey and Laurie Myers will engage your heart as you follow Kate McConnell's handwritten copy of Psalm 23 on its journey through the lives of twelve heart-sick people before landing back in the hands of the son for whom it was originally intended. Fast-paced, without rushing their readers, they skillfully bring into view the Good Shepherd who is able to strengthen the weak, bind up the injured, and bring back the lost (Ezekiel 34:4–6). This book claims to tell of twelve changed lives. Make that thirteen—mine.”
— Jani Ortlund, Author of Fearlessly Feminine, Executive Vice President, Renewal Ministries

“The Shepherd’s Song is a powerful collection of stories interconnected by a single force which has power and strength. Read this fascinating book as seemingly disparate lives are interconnected, not by chance, but by a singular expression of a powerful portion of the word of God. Prepare for your life to be blessed as you read this wonderful book.”
— Frank S. Page, Ph.D., President & CEO, Southern BaptistConvention Executive Committee

“The Shepherd's Song is about an uncommon piece of paper that encircles the globe, providentially changing lives—including the reader's. The message is sutured into the reader’s psyche by the masterful use of metaphors, irony, and a never-ending roller coaster of emotions. This single fabric of short stories would make a great movie by an all-star cast.”
— Stanley D. Williams, PhD, Film Producer-Director, Author of The Moral Premise

"One of the most unusual and delightful novels I have ever read."
— Jennifer Rees Larcombe

"This is not at all the type of book I would normally read, yet I found it remarkably compelling from the outset. Rarely have I read a novel which so poignantly juxtaposes tragedy with hope without becoming excessively sentimental or mawkish. It is an effortless read, but not an easy one—harrowing and uplifting by turns, it is impossible not to be moved by its artlessly engaging narrative. The characters are believable and likeable, each one deftly painted with a few expert strokes. The chain of connected storylines convincingly shows how one simple and apparently futile act of love can release a deluge of redemption and reconciliation. It is sure to challenge the assumptions of readers with a religious faith and those without. I loved it."
— Jill Hudson, author of The Last Queen of Sheba