The Book of the Shepherd: The Story of One Simple Prayer, and How It Changed the World

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

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Editorial Reviews

Paulo Coelho
“The Book of the Shepherd, a timeless story about one man who is seeking “the new way,” is an inspiring and moving fable.”
Meredith Vieira
“[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.”
James Redfield
“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.”
Joan Borysenko
“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!”
Hyrum Smith Co-founder of FranklinCovey
“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.”
Two Seekers
“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.”
Lynne Hinton
“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.”
Kathryn Adams Shapiro
“A beautiful demonstration of the ‘Power of One,’ offering readers important lessons of Truth many are searching for today.”
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
“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.”
Co-founder of FranklinCovey - Hyrum Smith
"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."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061732300
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/27/2009
  • Pages: 187
  • Product dimensions: 5.32 (w) x 7.42 (h) x 0.84 (d)

Meet the Author

Joann Davis is the author of The Book of the Shepherd. She is married to the historian Kenneth C. Davis. Together, they have two grown children,  Jenny and Colin, and live in New York City and Dorset, Vermont.

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  • Posted November 19, 2009

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    World changing message

    This is a must read! It is a fictional read based on the Prayer of St. Francis, but Christianity is not mentioned in the story. Very inspiring and thought provoking. Many good life lessons throughout the book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2009

    A great read

    This one jumped out at me as I was looking for something else.

    I read it in two nights, it could easily be read in one.

    For people who know the Bible, they will realize they've just read the Gospels, kind of. For people who don't know the Bible, they will have gotten a real good glimpse of it. As an example of this, one of the stories in the book is a warning about a wolf in sheep's clothing.

    This is an easy read and a delightful book.

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