There is a novel that’s been around for several years. It is a fictional tale, but based on the words of Jesus in John 10:16: “And I have other sheep that are not of this fold. …” The themes of faith and redemption are obvious in this “moving tale” that makes you really think about Scripture. It’s one of those sermons you can take home and put to work in your everyday life.
The Shepherd by Joseph F. Girzone is worth a first and second look. It truly explains the deep longing of the writer–and maybe each of us–to see the church today become what he believes would be what God would want. One body of believers all dedicated to the one and only true God.
Within twenty-four hours of this, his first encounter with the man who will become his mentor, David Campbell will propose the most far-reaching reforms in a millennium…reforms to destroy sectarian barriers…reforms to change the direction of the church…reforms to return Christianity to its founder’s simple message.
This book reads as if it is a personal letter to you and me rather than a novel. It is captivating in its handling of the story and the easy, natural dialogue. Right away from the first chapter on, your mouth will open wide and close over and over again. You will know in your heart this writer is on to something!
Because Girzone is a retired priest, much of the narrative and the setting of the story comes from his background in the Catholic church. Don’t let this prevent you, however, from reading this amazing book. It’s one that will stay with you for a very long time.
You will find this book in the Solid Rock Library.