- ISBN 9780061732409 / 0061732400
- Title The Book of the Shepherd: The Story of One Simple Prayer, and How It Changed the World
- Author Joann Davis
- Category Religious & Spiritual Fiction
- Format Paperback
- Year 2011
- Pages 224
- Publisher HarperOne
- Imprint HarperOne
- Language English
- Dimensions 132mm x 20mm x 201mm
Joshua is a shepherd who is troubled by the harsh code of an eye for an eye that governs his world. Called by a dream, the shepherd sets off on a journey to find the new way.
When an antiquarian book is discovered in the disheveled study of an old Vermont farmhouse, the house's new owner has the volume translated. The result is “The Book of the Shepherd”, a timeless story full of life lessons for us all. Set in a mythical time, in an unnamed land, “The Book of the Shepherd” tells the tale of a shepherd, Joshua, who is troubled by the harsh code of an eye for an eye that governs his world. Called by a dream, the shepherd sets off on a journey to find the new way. Accompanied by Elizabeth, a former slave who is kind and generous, and David, a boy who must learn to walk in new shoes, the shepherd knows that an age of miracles will come when the new way is found. But the journey is not without incident. En route to a cave near the Great Inland Sea, the travelers meet a cast of extraordinary characters, including the Storyteller, the Apothecary, the Blind Man, and the Stranger. Each imparts an important lesson that pushes the travelers toward their destiny. At the cave, Joshua must see if he can bring forth secrets long buried. But he, Elizabeth, and David will also discover that sometimes what we have been searching for has been inside us all along.
“The Book of the Shepherd, a timeless story about one man who is seeking ”the new way,“ is an inspiring and moving fable.”—Paulo Coelho, author of The Alchemist
Joann Davis, a publishing veteran, is the author of The Book of the Shepherd and is married to the historian Kenneth C. Davis. They have two grown children, Jenny and Colin, and live in New York City and Dorset, Vermont.