The idea of this book intrigued me because of the way that the written Word is the central part of the story. I love to stick tracts here and there as I go places. I never know if they help anyone, but I have faith that if I put the Word out there the Lord will handle the rest.
The Shepherd’s Song: A Story of Second Chances is a collection of short stories that work through Psalm 23. [I really wish that they would have used the King James Version for the Psalm.] Each story focuses on 1 phrase of the psalm; and many have a connection to sheep.
Some of the short stories are reminiscent of O’Henry with a surprise twist at the end – which I enjoyed very much. Others ended as I expected, and yet others ended better than I expected. They take you from Washington, D.C. to Turkey, Italy, back across Europe then the ocean to Washington, D.C. Overall it has a bittersweet flavor; maybe because it is all about second chances.
I don’t think I can pick a favorite part. There is a lesson and encouragement in each one that applies to me at different times. I understood the first character, Kate, as she prayed for her life to mean something. I love that the story shows how Kate’s daily ministry of caring for friends and those around her made a big difference. She won’t be in a history book, but the Lord knows.
Here is the backcover copy:
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.
You can find more information at the author’s site. Published by Howard Books. This book was sent to me by the authors for the book tour. The words are fully my own and my affiliate link is in this post.