If anyone wonders if I like sheep, well, I feel sorry for the one that asks a question as I can go on and on and on and on… Well, I barely know when to stop talking about my babies. Or sheep in general either. They take up a lot of my time but what would life be without them? Yikes! I can’t even imagine the hole and lack that would enter my life.
But of course I also love books. As in one of my first memories is in September of first grade. I was waiting outside of the school for my best friend and neighbor to come out and for us to walk home. (Yep, this was the dark ages when parents could let their first graders walk home from school alone.) Then I spied Jeannie coming out. Now for those who didn’t live back in that decade, we carried thick clear plastic book bags for school. You could see through them although they may have yellow and orange flowers all over. I immediately noticed that Jeannie had a book in her bag that had that “I’M FROM THE LIBRARY!!!” look all over it. Now my class hadn’t had the privilege of going to the library yet, and boy was I mad. Yep. Not much takes me down faster than someone getting a book, and I didn’t even get the chance. So nope, I did not talk to Jeannie all the way home. Like it was her fault she got to see inside the library, and I didn’t. Could tell many such stories but must continue on with the purpose of this post.
So now to combine two of my loves and record them here for memories sake. Four sheepy books. All mainly children’s books. But what is better than children’s books? Right? Nice pictures. Get to the point quickly. So here they are and highly recommended to anyone wanting a sheepy book.
First is Caleb’s Lamb. I bought it from Reformation Heritage Books. It was on sale, and, well, who can turn down a sale on books? The blurb stated, “Caleb never really wanted to be a shepherd. But when he rescued a newborn lamb from a tangle of thorns and was given it as his own, his feelings began to change. As the lamb grew, Caleb came to feel a special affection for it. In the end, he owed his life to the lamb.” I’m thinking this should be a fun uplifting read. But then I opened to the first page and it read, “A long, long time ago, in the land of Goshen in Egypt”. No! Why didn’t I think of that? Why did I just assume it would be a happy book? There was only one end to this book and that was the first Passover. So I will tell you that it is a sweet story of a boy who has a hard lesson to learn in the first half of the short book (93 pages) and then another lesson and decision to make in the last part of the book. So if you know the book of Exodus, you know what is about to happen. I will say though, it was a very good story written by a lady in England to use in children’s work in Bath. And I must admit before ever reading this book, I have stood by my babies and wondered if it was the Passover and I had to give up one, how easy would it be? Could I give up Daniel? It gives you a greater appreciation for Jesus’ gift of life everlasting as the Lamb of God which taketh away the sin of the world. (John 1:29)
The second book Sammy and His Shepherd: Seeing Jesus in Psalm 23 also came from Reformation Heritage Books. Sammy is a sheep that has a good life under the care of his most wonderful shepherd. Then one day he meets a sheep from another flock that has a miserable shepherd who cares not a whit for the comfort of his sheep. Sammy suddenly sees how blessed he is, and for both sheep’s happiness, Sammy’s Shepherd buys the poor pitiful sheep and names her Precious. Then through the book Sammy gets to teach his new friend about their loving Shepherd through the 23rd Psalm. This book was written to teach children about our Great Shepherd the Lord Jesus Christ. It includes questions and things to do for each chapter. And this time we get the wonderful ending of Precious so happy and knowing her Shepherd. As she says, “I will dwell in our shepherd’s flock forever. I know that even if I stray away, he will come after me and bring me home because he loves me and I belong to him. I can’t wait to tell others about him.”
My next special book is one I came across through sheepy Facebook. Came across a gal who also has Gulf Coast Sheep. But not only that she has a website, A Sheep-Like Faith, and she has also written a book using some of her sheep. Green Grass, Still Waters: Woolfred Lamb Explains Psalm 23 is about a sheep Dotty, who doesn’t trust the Shepherd and so hasn’t been sheared and carries around the trash and briars of her life stuck to her. Woolfred tells her all about how good the Shepherd is and how he cares for each of his sheep. By the end, Dotty is amazed and she learns to trust the Shepherd and even allows him to shear her so that she can get rid of all the past mess she has carried around. What is also fun with this one is that Kelli has also created crochet patterns of Woolfred and Dotty so that you can make one of each and tell the story. Dotty even has a detachable fleece. I promise one day I will start on these as I have bought the patterns. I really want to have them to add to my sheep collection.
My last sheepy book I bought a few years ago and have had fun with it and 2 – 4 year olds. When I worked at MDO in Spring, we would go to a children’s ministry in-service each year. One year Mary Rice Hopkins was one of the speakers and as I liked sheep long before I ever dreamed I would own any, I bought this book. Now we are heading to the New Testament and Jesus parable of the 99 sheep safe in the fold but one is missing and how the Shepherd looks high and low to bring the one lost sheep home. This is quite a lively song to sing and book to go through. But one of the fun things I did with it in MDO music class was to take a sheep and hide it in the room. Then we would sing the song and everyone would look for the sheep. All the sheep had to be safe in the fold before we could party. I think they had as much enjoyment at the game as I had.
So four books that have a special place on my shelves. All sheepy. All about our wonderful Shepherd.