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Tune your ear to the shepherd's song, and let its powerful melody bring you back into harmony with God.



Your life is going well—you are winning the battles of faith and enjoying your relationships with people and with God. Suddenly, you stumble. Things go wrong—you lose your job; your marriage crumbles; or a loved one dies. Through prayer and perseverance, you recover and ...
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Overview

Tune your ear to the shepherd's song, and let its powerful melody bring you back into harmony with God.



Your life is going well—you are winning the battles of faith and enjoying your relationships with people and with God. Suddenly, you stumble. Things go wrong—you lose your job; your marriage crumbles; or a loved one dies. Through prayer and perseverance, you recover and regain your strength; but disaster strikes again—unexpected temptation shakes your faith—and you find yourself searching for answers. Suddenly, you hear a friendly, calm voice singing a song of strength and renewal. A handsome man from the past appears; he extends a hand of hope and lifts you to your feet. He introduces himself as David, the shepherd. He begins to sing a beautiful song—the song of his life, his struggles and victories—and the melody of his life amazingly resembles your own. Accept his invitation and discover how the most thrilling and adventurous life in Scripture holds valuable meaning for your own life of faith. Anderson's extensive research and travels throughout the Holy Lands eminently qualify him to lead you on this journey of faith. At times, you will visualize David's adventures so clearly you will feel as though you are there. Other times, your view of the shepherd turned king will be eclipsed by the reflection of yourself. But at all times, you will hear the song—the shepherd's song—and it will give hope and meaning to your own life's song.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781451604887
  • Publisher: Howard Books
  • Publication date: 6/15/2010
  • Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 232
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Lynn Anderson has been in the ministry for over thirty-five years and currently serves as president of Hope Network, a ministry dedicated to coaching, mentoring, and equipping spiritual leaders for the twenty-first century. He received his doctorate from Abilene Christian University in 1990.

Anderson's lifelong career of ministry has involved speaking nationwide to thousands of audiences and authoring eight books -- including The Shepherd's Song; Navigating the Winds of Change; Heaven Came Down; They Smell like Sheep, Volume 1; and If I Really Believe, Why Do I Have These Doubts?

He and his wife, Carolyn, live in Dallas. They are the parents of four grown children and the grandparents of eight wonderful grandchildren.
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The Shepherd's Song


By Lynn Anderson

Howard Books

Copyright © 2000 Lynn Anderson
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9781582291796

In midwinter of 1809, at a log cabin in Hardin

County, Kentucky, a baby boy was born to the subliterate Lincoln

family. They called the boy Abraham. Abe Lincoln! The world at

large paid little mind to this obscure but history-changing

child. Far bigger attractions held global attention—it was

in that year that Napoleon marched iron-shod through Austria,

crushing all resistance and threatening the order of the Western

world.

In the year 1020 b.c. another significant birth had gone

virtually unnoticed. Few took note of a redheaded little boy,

born to a poor sheepherder named Jesse, near the vague parameters

where the humble village of Bethlehem dwindled into desolate

pasturelands. Hebrew eyes followed a far more dramatic figure.

Roadways rang with war songs of the massive, swaggering,

charismatic new King Saul. Yet while Saul drifted unwittingly

toward disaster, God was quietly shaping the heart of the eighth

and unknown son of Jesse, who would become one of the most

colorful and visible figures of history. They called him David.

King David!

This book aims to lead twentieth-century, fast-lane people to

points of intersection with David. The reader, hopefully, will

spot himself or herself in the wide range of emotions and

experiences of this struggling man.

David's erastrikingly parallels our own.

Decline, disillusionment and danger: three words of our times.

Decline? People are living in a world with no stuffing, a society

in decline—and they feel the life running out of them.

Disillusionment? Nothing works. Nothing will change. No one means

what he says. Danger? We are worried sick about unemployment and

so terrified of AIDS that we burn down the houses of school

children. Elderly urbanites die of heat suffocation, afraid to

turn on the air conditioner lest they cannot pay the bill, and

afraid to open the windows lest they be robbed. How do we find

the heart to go on?

Those same three conditions—decline, disillusionment and

danger—also marked the times when David stepped from the

pastures to the palace. Decline. In those days the Hebrew people

were descending the lower slopes of long spiritual and social

decline. Joshua and Moses were forgotten. The public conscience

seemed numbed by the lust-driven religions of Canaanite

neighbors. After three hundred years under an assortment of

judges, pure chaos prevailed. "In those days there was no

king in Israel: every man did that which was right in his own

eyes" (Judges 21:25 kjv).

Decline fed disillusionment. Leader after leader began well and

ended badly. The fans screamed for a new quarterback and got

one—but Saul, "the people's choice," turned out to

be a psychotic and murderous blunderer.

Decline and disillusionment were surrounded by danger. From the

Aegean Islands, a warlike maritime people had migrated to the

coastal plain of Palestine. These Philistines established five

city-states, ruled by five shrewd and bloody princes. Their

booming economy was capped off by a monopoly on iron and

blacksmiths. Israel had only bronze and wood.

The plains trembled under thousands of thundering Philistine

chariots; wheels armed with spinning swords were capable of

cutting down whole Israeli divisions, like mowing grass. The

Philistine infantry must have resembled mobile forests of steel

as weapons flashed in the desert sun. The Israelites, on the

other hand, were armed only with slings, arrows, assorted farm

tools, a few knives, and instruments of bronze. In fact, at one

point, in all the hosts of Israel only two warriors wielded iron

swords: Saul and Jonathan (1 Samuel 13:22). Even the deadly

accurate Israeli arrows could not pierce the metal Philistine

armor.

Israel's hosts huddled on the hillsides in terror, watching the

awesome panorama unfolding on the Philistine plain. No doubt

stark panic spread across the camps of Israel, tugging at the

tent flaps and tightening throats. Finally, the filthy pagan

enemy massacred much of the ragtag Hebrew army and carried the

sacred Ark of the Covenant, the very dwelling place of God, into

the land of the Philistines.

Decline. Disillusionment. Danger. The time was right for God to

intervene and to make His choice (1 Samuel 13:14). Our man David

was given the nod of God—but why?

Many know King David only for his bright hour with Goliath and

his dark hour with Bathsheba; yet the Old Testament uses

sixty-six chapters to unfold his saga. The New Testament mentions

him no less than fifty-nine times, and only God knows how many of

the psalms flowed from David's pen.

Millions of birth certificates of all races bear the name David

or Davita. Novels, poems, paintings and movies about David touch

all continents. Fluttering over every flagpole in the independent

state of Israel is the Star of David. And in Florence, Italy,

every day, people from all over the world pay money and wait in

line to see a fourteen-foot marble colossus, shaped four hundred

fifty years ago by the twenty-six-year-old hand of Michelangelo,

depicting the spirit of David.

Such legendary proportions are misleading, for they balloon David

larger than the flesh-and-blood reality portrayed in Scripture.

David was not a "biblical character." There are no

biblical characters. The people in the pages of the Bible were

ordinary human beings like you and me, who just happened to be

around when the Bible was being written. David is no different.

In fact, the human spirit resonates so universally with the heart

of David precisely because he was a street-level, earthy man. It

is not his gargantuan mythological proportions but the plain

profile of his humanness that makes David "the man for all

men."

How will this give me the heart to keep going?

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Excerpted from The Shepherd's Song by Lynn Anderson Copyright © 2000 by Lynn Anderson. Excerpted by permission.
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
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Table of Contents

Foreword ix
Prologue xi
Acknowledgments xv
1 Sheep could not report on David's performance, so, in the face of danger, he could just as well have fled, but he didn't--Because He Had the Heart 3
2 David has paid his dues, and he shows the value of three vital elements when--Facing Giants 17
3 David lost his position, his integrity, his dignity, and the people who cared about him, but he reveals a sure source of hope and comfort--When You Hit Rock Bottom 29
4 Three steps that will help you, as they did David, to come back from being out of touch with God, in a hostile land--Running from Our Roots 41
5 Five revealing questions David might ask you about your career--"When I Get My Ducks in a Row" 53
6 David helps us see and understand a little more of God's awesome holiness--God of Death and God of Dancing 65
7 David teaches us by his example how to react to disappointment--Shattered Dreams 77
8 David's life underscores four axioms regarding sexual temptation--Taking the Big Hit 89
9 Nathan demonstrates five requisites for an effective approach--Caring Enough to Confront 103
10 David's lifestyle influenced his family the same as ours does--Families in the Fast Lane 117
11 How children of today (especially adult children), the church, and the crushed parents themselves can help--When a Father's Heart Is Breaking 131
12 David exemplifies how to adapt to a new phase of our lives--Aging with Class 145
13 The drama of David's struggle with grudges reminds us that we all are complex creatures--Trying to Forgive 157
14 In spite of all his problems, David knew deep joy because of his relationship with God--He Went Out Singing 169
15 David sometimes doesn't understand himself, but he becomes "every man" to let us know God is for every man--On through the Fog 181
Discussion Questions 193
Notes 213
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