Imagine living during the time immediately following the Exodus and the time of Joshua, when the Hebrews are waiting to enter the promise land but are currently living in exile. Imagine still being a young shepherd boy, unsure about the outcome of the invading people who want to claim your homeland as their own and saying the land is their's by their God's decree, and watching the entire story unfold before your eyes.
For the last few weeks, I've been digging through the pages of the book Shepherd, Potter, Spy--and the Star Namer by Peggy Consolver - Author. This is a 375 page book published by Carpenter's Son Publishing brings the above scenario to life vividly.
About Peggy Consolver
About the Book
This book follows the story of Keshub, a 13 year old Caaninite shepherd who lives a pretty mundane
The author describes this book as "a Bible Study disguised as a novel" and I can definitely understand this to be true as she invites you to return to the Scriptures to read it for yourself and approach it as more than just "a dusty old book of theology". Readers are also invites to dig out Biblical maps to locate places of importance as the story takes place. Consolver brings Biblical history to life with attention to the smallest of details which comes from her knowledge of the time period as well as the area, using her experience to get the facts accurate and creating a truly immersive Biblical experience far beyond just a book of fiction based on Biblical evenst. After the story, she also includes a page of 10 discussion questions for small groups.
In addition to the free unit study available on the author's website, a more lengthy and in depth study guide is available for purchase ($2.99 in Ebook format and $12.99 for a physical copy at time of writing) which includes discussion questions, research topics, geographical mapwork, Scripture reading and craft projects to be completed while reading the book. Digging Deeper into HIStory is available for purchase on Amazon.
To learn more about Shepherd, Potter, Spy--and the Star Namer and Peggy Consolver, visit the website or on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/peggy.consolver