Thursday, April 28, 2011

Kid's Book: Learning Psalm 23 from a Sheep

We just reread the chapter in Sammy and His Shepherd, by Susan Hunt where "My Friend" (Sammy's dear friend from the other pasture) is rescued by the Good Shepherd. My eyes are welling up as I think of Him renaming her "Precious". She's ratty, scrawny, and needy. Yet He sees her as precious. So thankful for this reminder of how my Good Shepherd knows me, sees me clearly and still came and rescued me... and now He calls me precious.

Does anyone else ever feel like kids books are really more for parents?
Amazon's Product Description:
In Sammy and His Shepherd, veteran children's writer Susan Hunt takes youngsters on a delightful trip through Psalm 23 from the point of view of a sheep named Sammy. Sammy lives happily under the care of his faithful shepherd. But one day he meets a sheep from another flock, one who lives in misery because her shepherd is not so caring. Eventually, to the delight of both of them, Sammy's shepherd buys the needy little sheep for his flock and gives her a name Precious. Thereafter, Sammy tells Precious all the wonderful things about their shepherd. At first, Precious has a hard time believing that the shepherd can be so good. But eventually, as she sees the shepherd pouring out his energies for the good of his flock, she comes to trust him, for she sees that he loves his sheep unconditionally and sacrificially.

Each chapter of Sammy and His Shepherd is an exploration of a passage from Psalm 23. As they work through the book, children will grow in their understanding of the metaphors the psalmist used in composing this beloved poem. But more important, they will gain a deeper appreciation for the one who is the subject of the psalm: the Good Shepherd, Jesus Christ. Captivating illustrations by Corey Godbey help Sammy and Precious come to life for children. A special section in the back of the book provides Bible passages, discussion questions, and activities to reinforce the lessons of each chapter.

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