This past month I was treated to an audio recording of The Dangerous Journey of Sherman the Sheep. Sherman’s story is an allegory that teaches kids about the lure of temptation, the danger of negative peer pressure, and the love and mercy of God—who never fails to seek us when we’re lost and put us back on track.
Sherman lives with his family in God’s Country, a rugged but beautiful place. Life is not always easy for Sherman and the rest of the flock, but they are content with the Shepherd’s presence—as long as the grass is plentiful, that is.
But when food grows scarce and the Shepherd leads the flock through dark, narrow canyons to find better ground, any normal sheep might begin to doubt his way of life. That’s the dangerous time of year. The season when it’s easy for a young sheep to cast his eyes towards the mountain, where the rams sleep and play the day away without fear or guilt. And that’s how Sherman’s troubles begin . . .
What I liked Best:
I’ll let author Dean Davis share what makes this story work in his own words . . .
“From the very beginning of my Christian walk I admired a famous old painting called The Good Shepherd, in which we see a Shepherd (with face hidden) rescuing a sheep trapped on a mountain ledge. That picture said it all.
It also suggested a story which I told to my children. Eventually, some of the folks who heard me tell the story at church asked me to write it down. As I wrote, I found myself targeting adolescent or pre-adolescent boys, who today are in desperate need of godly role models, a clear vision of manhood, and a revelation of the thrill of genuine Christian discipleship.
I started out telling my own story—which is simply the old, old story—in a way that young boys could grasp.
Soon, however, I realized that an allegory was taking shape under my fingers, one that could well speak to kids of all ages.
I hope it has, and I hope it will.”
Is this allegory calling to you? Or do you think it might speak to a young person in your life? Follow this link to purchase your copy of Sherman’s story.
You can listen to an excerpt here.
And this is the link to the publisher’s drawing for a free audio book.
***Thanks to Cladach Audio Books for sending me a copy to review.
About the Author: Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Dean Davis earned a degree in philosophy from U.C. Santa Cruz. After several unsatisfying years on “Sin Mountain,” the Good Shepherd rescued him, and eventually Dean became a pastor and Bible teacher in Santa Rosa, California, where he currently resides.
Dean has often worked with children and youth and enjoys story telling. He is currently director of Come Let Us Reason, a Bible teaching ministry specializing in the study of apologetics and the biblical worldview.
Dean and his wife, Linda, are the parents of two sons and three daughters, all of whom have now flown the family nest. In addition to The Dangerous Journey of Sherman the Sheep, Dean has authored nonfiction books, including: In Search of the Beginning and The Test: A Seeker’s Journy to the Meaning of Life (Pleasant Word).
***I made the graphic with a photo from my account at rgbstock.com.
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