“Make me a channel of your peace
Where there is hatred, let me sow love
Where there is injury, let me sow pardon
Where there is doubt, let me sow faith”
Spiritual writer Joann Davis is the author of the new book, THE BOOK OF THE SHEPHERD. Make this Easter more than just bonnets and bunnies -- Easter is considered the most religious of all Christian holidays. In her simple fable about a shepherd who goes on a journey to find a “new way” Davis explores the role personal action can play in making the world a more peaceful place. Writing about an unnamed past, Davis re-imagines the origin of one of the most popular prayers in Christianity, The Simple Prayer, and renames it the Law of Substitution. She creates a shepherd, a former slave and a young boy and sends them on an adventure that will test each of them in turn, meeting apocryphal figures like the Storyteller, the Apothecary, a Blind Man, and a Stranger whose stories, skills, and intentions help prepare the three for their final test. They will rely on each other in critical ways, learning first-hand about character, courage, and the priceless gifts that come with reckless generosity. Davis’s message of peace is the perfect topic as we approach Holy Week.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Joann Davis has spent most of her career working with books. A former news editor at Publishers Weekly, an editor at the publishing imprints Warner Books, William Morrow, and HarperCollins, Davis acquired and edited a number of bestsellers, among them The Celestine Prophecy. Davis is the author of nine books including, The Best Things in Life Aren’t Things, What I Love Most About You, The Little Secret that Can Change Your Life, and A Friend is a Gift. Her books have been published in Italy, Mexico, Japan and Indonesia. She is married to New York Times bestselling author Kenneth C. Davis they have two grown children and divide their time between New York City and Dorset, Vermont.
TITLE: THE BOOK OF THE SHEPHERD: The Story of One Simple Prayer and How it Changed the World
AUTHOR: Joann Davis
PRICE: $19.99 / 25.99 CAN
FORMAT: Jacketed hardcover
ON SALE: October 27, 2009