Wednesday, April 5, 2017

A Review of Shepherd, Potter, Spy--and the Star Namer by Peggy Consolver--Author

In my humble opinion, a good book tells a story and gets your attention, but a great book is one that pulls you into the story, makes you feel like you are right there with the characters, and keeps you flipping the pages.  A great book is exactly what we received when we were given Shepherd, Potter, Spy--and the Star Namer by Peggy Consolver--Author to review.  This 375-page book kept us captivated and flipping the pages.
Shepherd, Potter, Spy--and the Star Namer {Peggy Consolver}, Bible, history, family, bullying, sibling rivalry, archaeology, geography, survival
Peggy Consolver relied on her experience teaching Sunday School and her knowledge of the Bible to form the beginnings of the book we read.  She had started the book featuring the Gibeonites of Joshua 9 and 10 by studying insights given in the Bible from Genesis to Psalm.  The book really came alive and became a complete story when she had the chance to participate in an archaeological dig in Israel in 2010.  She got a chance to explore and learn more about the places she was writing about and it inspired her to finish the story.

Shepherd, Potter, Spy--and the Star Namer tells Keshub's story.  Keshub is a shepherd boy from Gibeon.  He comes from a family of potters, but he longs to be a caravanner and see the world around him.  He wants nothing more than the adventure of travelling from country to country selling the pottery his family makes.  Then his family learns that the Hebrews are moving closer from the caravanners they host.  This news is not good news to Keshub's family because they have heard that the Hebrews have been conquering many lands and no one knows how.  They see the Hebrews as potential enemies.  Keshub's family does not bow down to idols like many of the surrounding people do, instead they believe in the Star Namer, as his Baba (father) says.  They also believe that good will triumph over evil.  As the Hebrews get closer and closer, Keshub's role in his family becomes more important and he is faced with many situations where he has to choose what the right thing to do is.  To find out more, you will have to read the book as I don't want to give away any of the good parts.
Buddy and I have both been reading this book.  He finished it at the beginning of this week and will not spill the beans about how it ends.  I am over half-way through and I can tell you that I have a hard time putting this book down because the story really pulls me in.  I feel like I am right there with Keshub seeing everything happen as it unfolds.  I can almost smell the fire that the family sits around and feel the clay between my toes like Keshub did while helping his Baba.  Buddy said he could picture the trips to Jericho and how boring and lonely it might be to serve as a lookout.  We were able to discuss these ideas more after using the research links that were provided in the study guide, Digging Deeper Into HIStory, that the author created.  We looked through the links and used the ones that showed where the story took place.  After viewing these, Buddy said that the places were pretty close to what he had pictured in his head as he read the book.  There are several other valuable links in this study guide that we have not gotten a chance to explore yet.

The interesting thing Buddy and I have been able to discuss while reading this book is how the different characters in the book view God.  There are characters that believe in idols, characters that believe in the Star Namer, and characters that believe in God.  The book clearly shows each of these beliefs through the descriptions, actions, and morals of each of these types of characters.  There is a clear difference in the lives of those that believe in God and those that believe in the idols.  We appreciated the discussions we had talking about how the characters lives would be different if they chose to believe differently.  There is a great Biblical foundation to this book that we both really appreciated.  I knew it would be safe reading to just let Buddy read at his pace.  I didn't have to worry a bit about the content that he would be reading.  We also liked the fact that we could put down the book and pick up our Bible and find some of the characters in the Bible and read their true story from the Bible.

Buddy and I definitely recommend this book if you want an exciting adventure book to read.  Buddy enjoyed the book and liked that it was packed full of adventure.  Even though I haven't quite finished the book yet, I am very eager to do so.  I like the Biblically based story line and I like that it pulls you in and makes you want to keep reading.  You can find out more about Peggy Consolver-Author on her website or Facebook.  You can find out more about Shepherd, Potter, Spy--and the Star Namer by clicking its title.  You can also read what my friends on the Homeschool Review Crew think of the book by clicking the banner below.
Shepherd, Potter, Spy--and the Star Namer {Peggy Consolver Reviews}


  1. Thanks so much for your 2-in-1 review! Glad you are enjoying the book. Have a blessed day.

    1. Thank you for a great book! I would love to read more books by you if you write more.


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