Saturday, November 14, 2009

Heart of a Shepherd

Rosanne Parry's debut novel, Heart of a Shepherd, is luminous. I mentioned it in my last post, but I want you to take a good hard look at that cover. There is space for a gold or silver sticker!
Aside from the fact, that this story is about 12-year-old Brother (his Christian name is Ignatius) is left on the ranch with his grandparents while his father is deployed to Iraq and his older brothers are at school or in military training, it is a story about discovering what you are called to do, and then answering the call.
This is one of rare books in which there was no villain. Each character burrowed into my heart. Every scene rang true -- playing chess, playing war at school, praying at the church, ranch life. I especially loved reading about how a small community comes together to build each other up in a time of crisis. And for a short while, I was part of this community as well.
I have a feeling I'll be reading this book again.


Write2ignite said...

Oooooh! I have yet another book to buy for my 12 year old for Christmas. I've already purchased three books. Vonda Skelton's Bitsy Books arrived this afternoon! :)

The funny thing is, I think I might like this as much as she will. We might have to read it together! :)


Molly/Cece said...

I will put this on my reading list.

Angela said...

Oh, I agree with Donna... this sounds like a book for the it out already or did you read an advanced copy?

Vijaya said...

It came out earlier this year, in spring. A gorgeous book on all levels. Happy reading, ladies.

Mary Witzl said...

I like the sound of this.

Books with no villains are tough to write. And wondering how well the author has done it has really whetted my curiosity.

Vijaya said...

Mary, I should say that the circumstances and the land itself can be the villains ... but Brother loves it as well. Yes, a great book to read and to study.