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

by Joann Davis


Harper Studio, 2009. ISBN 978-0-061-73230-0.
Reviewed by Judy Miller
Posted on 04/20/2010

Fiction: Spirituality

The Book of the Shepherd is a short book, an easy read with a simple yet profound message: small acts of compassion, kindness and forgiveness are powerful enough to change the negative tide. These acts can triumph over the negative. An example: "For it is in giving that we receive," part of the Prayer of Substitution—The Simple Prayer.

The story is set forth as a parable. The stories of Joshua (the Shepherd), David (the boy), and Elizabeth (the slave woman) are intertwined as the three meet up through circumstance and go on a journey to discover the "new way." Along with the gray-bearded man that visits Joshua in his sleep, interesting characters, like the Snake Charmer, the Apothecary, the Blind Man help to guide the three safely.

Although Davis sets the tale in centuries past the story is still timeless and relevant. The Book of the Shepherd will leave you with a sense of peace and purpose.


Joann Davis is the author of nine books including, The Best Things in Life Aren't Things, What I Love Most About You, The Little Secret that Can Change Your Life, and A Friend is a Gift. She is married to New York Times bestselling author Kenneth C. Davis. They have two grown children and divide their time between New York City and Dorset, Vermont.

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