Ballerina is my resident bookworm, and she's also our resident Bible enthusiast. This girl loves, loves, loves learning about the Lord and can answer just about any Bible trivia question you can throw at her. When you combine her love for reading with her love for the Bible, it's definitely a win-win situation. That's why we were so excited to be able to review Shepherd, Potter, Spy -- and the Star Namer by Peggy Consolver - Author.
For this review, we received
- Shepherd, Potter, Spy -- and the Star Namer - a 379-page, paperback book published in 2015 by Carpenter's Son Publishing
Shepherd, Potter, Spy -- and the Star Namer is about a boy, Keshub, who is a shepherd and whose father is a potter. The boy is a spy for his people, the Gibeonites. The Star Namer is God, but they don't know Him as God; they simply call Him the Star Namer. This story looks at the biblical story of Joshua - including the battles of Jericho and Ai, as well as the treaty with the Gibeonites - from a different point of view. The influence of God in the lives of the characters of this book plays a pivotal role in the story.
The intro pages of the book include a list of characters and relationships, helping readers keep everyone straight in their mind as they read. The last page of the book includes discussion questions for small groups, which would make it a great read for a book group or co-op class.
About the Author
Peggy Consolver met her husband while in college and they have 2 children. She is a teacher of both Sunday School and women's Bible Studies. The idea for Shepherd, Potter, Spy -- and the Star Namer was inspired by a trip she took to Israel with Associates for Biblical Research.
Mrs. Consolver also wrote Digging Deeper Into HIStory: A Study Guide for Shepherd, Potter, Spy -- and the Star Namer. This study guide can help homeschool students, book groups, co-op classes, Sunday Schools, etc., dive in a little deeper to the book, as they answer questions about the story, use maps to see where the action took place, discuss how concepts from the book relate to their lives, and learn more about various things introduced in the book like Israeli mammals and the medicinal property of honey.
I enjoyed this book because we know the stories of Joshua from the Hebrew point of view, but it was interesting to look at it from a different point of view. My favorite part of the book was the beginning because the author did a good job of introducing all of the characters, getting us to know more about them and like them.
One issue I had was that the book started out very exciting with a lot of action, but then it began to slow down. I struggled getting through the middle third of the book. The ending sped up a little, but it wasn't quite as action packed as the beginning.
You can learn more about Peggy Consolver - Author and Shepherd, Potter, Spy -- and the Star Namer on Facebook.
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