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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (94 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: The Scribe , Joann Davis Narrator: Kirby Heyborne Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Stone the builder who erects a house that falls on its occupants. Sever the hands of the criminal who pilfers livestock or grain or another's garment. Whip the child who defies an elder. For such is the law and the law must be obeyed.

For generations, these ironclad rules had governed the people. Nobody questioned whether it was right to humiliate a child or execute a murderer. An eye for an eye was the way of the world.

But was there another 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • 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, New York Times bestselling author of The Alchemist

  • “An insightful tale that cuts through the noise and truly inspires…A simple journey that vividly demonstrates the importance of every act. An energizing read.”

    James Redfield, New York Times bestselling author of The Celestine Prophecy

  • “A simple and profound parable that engages the heart…The Book of the Shepherd should become a classic in every home.”

    Hyrum Smith, cofounder of FranklinCovey and author of What Matters Most: The Power of Living Your Values

  • “A luminous book full of revelations of love and forgiveness.”

    Joan Borysenko, PhD, author of Your Soul’s Compass

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by J. Allen | 3/12/2013

    " Grab you right out the gate kind of book. Like, whoa! Calms down a little then a regrab. Heartwarming to say the least. Good read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Dorothy | 8/22/2012

    " Similar to the Alchemist. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Lorrie Widener | 6/10/2012

    " "miraculous power of prayer is still to be unleashed. That force will be felt when enough of us commit to become the change we wish to see in the world. Don't talk about the change. Make it happen. No one else can make the difference you can make. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Rick Haag | 12/3/2011

    " The message the world needs. "

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