True to scripture and authenticated by archeological research, this tale of God’s grace puts flesh and blood on the enigmatic Gibeonites who make a treaty with Joshua. Shepherd, Potter, Spy- And the Star Namer by Peggy Miracle Consolver, looks at Joshua’s story from a n... Read More
Page Count: 320
- Product type: Book
- Format: Softcover
- UPC: 9781942587095
- Volumes/Discs: 1
- Pages: 320
- Publish Date: Sep 1, 2015
- Language: English
- BISAC: "FIC014000"
- ISBN: 1942587090
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- Interesting Bible/History Mix by Seasons of Opportunities on 1/1/2016
When I first saw this book, I judged the book by the cover. Honestly, I kind of thought it was a Christmas story, maybe about the wise men. I am not sure I really read the description very well. It started out slowly for me, and I had a difficult time getting into the story. But, when I finally figured out the characters, and got into the story, it picked up a bit. The author has done an incredible job describing details and the time period she is trying to portray. From what I heard, she went to great extremes to accurately portray the Gibeonites in her book. I really enjoyed the story, but it was not a quick read for me. Actually the delay in reading it was quite providential, as I ended up reading it during the same time period as I was reading a few other middle eastern stories and so the similarities made things a little more clearer.
Keshub, is a Gibeonite shepherd boy, during the time when the Isrealites have just finished up serving their forty years in the desert and are beginning to conquer the promised land. There are rumors of the Hebrews, people are afraid and making alliances with each other against them. However the Gibeonites are not ready to ally themselves with the surrounding countries. They hold off. Keshub's family are potters. Not only is he a shepherd and a potter, but his life is not for lack of adventure. And this book is written pretty much from his point of view.
The book also includes other characters such as a boy in Joshua's family, Hosiah and the Hebrew people. And Dagan, son of an Amorite, a bully, who seems to always be doing something to make Keshub end up looking like a fool. You'll read an account and maybe get a glimpse into what it was like for the Israelites in the desert when Moses lifts up the serpent. And the crossing of the Jordan River and the fall of Jericho. What did the Gibeonites do in the end to save themselves from the Hebrew God's wrath? It is quite interesting. Is this God the same one their ancestors may have worshiped? Keshub gets a chance to see His ways upclose and personal.
Maybe this book is just your style, or maybe it will take you a little bit to get into the story. Either way, give it a chance and I think you will learn something and enjoy it.
I received this book from the author and bookfun.org in exchange for my honest opinion. I am not required to review it positively.
- The story of Joshua from a different view by Kimberly on 11/14/2015
Shepherds led dangerous lives each and every day. Between predators, wandering sheep, and the weather their lives were never boring. Keshub is a shepherd who feels like he has something to prove to his older brothers. One day travelers stopped by leaving a feeling for life beyond the valley for Keshub. This story shares tension, and excitement as he becomes a spy who keeps an eye on the Hebrews in the Jordan Valley. This story stays true to the Word as the treaty is made with Joshua by the Gibeonites.
I love this view of Joshua's story with a young shepherd as an important player throughout the book.
I would recommend this to anyone that enjoys historical, Biblical-based, stories.
I was given this book by bookfun.org in exchange for my honest review.
- Amazing Fleshing Out of Gibeonites!! by Babbling Becky L on 10/11/2015
This is an incredibly awesome book that gives a possible scenario to the treaty the Gibeonites signed with Israel in the Old Testament! At first look, the sheer number of characters presented made me quake,but as I persevered, my patience was amply rewarded with a tale rich with Mid-Eastern customs, landscape and city descriptions, and depictions of kings of the time.
Shepherd, Potter, Spy, and the Star-Namer by Peggy Consolver focuses on twelve year old Keshub from Gibeon. He grows wise beyond his years as he and his community begin to hear terrifying tales of the Hebrew people slowly advancing, crushing the Hebrews' enemies as they go. Who is this God of theirs? Could the Star Namer that Keshub and his family believe is the Creator, be the same as the Hebrews' astonishing God?!
What character development!! Loved Keshub and the many lessons he learned as he proceeded quickly though different phases of life. Loved the depiction of the Israelite in the wilderness, dying of snakebites, and the Bronze serpent. And mostly, I loved the fleshing out of Keshub's father, who appears to be a depiction of God the Father, with his careful guardianship over his family's safety, beliefs, training, and absolute love coupled with a great sense of justice.
I cannot recommend this book enough. I received it from bookfun.org in exchange for an honest review.