Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Peggy Consolver - Author Shepherd, Potter, Spy--and the Star Namer

Being a Bibliophile who enjoys Historical Fiction, I am always appreciative of  new, well written stories, so I am delighted to write this review of Peggy Consolver - Author's Shepherd, Potter, Spy, and the Star Namer. This is the story (mainly) of Keshub, a young  (13 year old) Gibeonite shepherd boy during the time of Israel’s conquest of the Promised Land. In addition to following his activities, there are short segues into the Hebrew perspective as seen through the eyes of young Hosiah,  a nephew of the infamous Joshua. 

It is quite interesting to read the story as told from such a different viewpoint than that of the conquering Hebrew people of the Bible. Although in many ways, I am sure Keshub’s life is very similar to that of a young Israelite shepherd~ he has to train to protect his flock, and do many other chores as part of his family responsibilities. 

There is a fair amount of "quiet"action (I appreciate that this isn't a gory story!), and some subjects such as sibling rivalry and bullying are lightly touched upon in the course of the story, as the main character grows and matures. 

As the drama unfolds around Jericho, Keshub joins in spying on the Israelites and reporting back to his family and neighbors. His desire for adventure must certainly be filled, as God’s amazing miracles take place before his very eyes. 

Peggy Consolver spent time in Israel as a volunteer with the Associates for Biblical Research and it is obvious that her time spent on archaeological digs, handling ancient pottery from the locations written about in Joshua 9 and 10 gave her new insight into Ancient times. Her writing is filled with details that bring one right into the story, and bring those ancient, exciting Bible times to life. 

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I  also want to mention that an interactive 45 page study guide with 13 units is also available. You can find a free sample on her website to get a feel for the content of the study guide. 

Peggy Consolver can be found on Facebook!  Go say "Hi!" :)

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