This book takes us back to Canaan when the Israelites take over the Promised Land. This story is not from their side but is about Keshub, 13-year-old boy from Gibeon. We get to see how he grows from being a young shepherd boy to becoming involved in the life of the Hebrew leaders. Keshub is the youngest of five brothers and while he is watching his flocks he dreams of doing great things. Slowly by doing his job well and protecting his flock he starts to prove he can take care of things even though he is young. He is gradually given more responsibility and not only does he hide the son of the evil king of the Amorites, but he kills a lion, catches a thief, and becomes a spy and a slave.
Peggy Consolver is the author of Shepherd, Potter, Spy--and the Star Namer. She had taught Sund
ay School for many years and enjoyed looking at the maps in the back of her Bible to visualize the stories that were told in it. She began writing historical fiction from Joshua 9 & 10 from a young shepherd's point of view. After struggling with describing the area she decided it would be easier if she visited those places herself. So in 2010 she spent 18 days in Israel with the Association of Biblical Research.
Peggy has also created a study guide called Digging Deeper Into HIStory to go along with the book. It is a thirteen-week bible study to inject adventure and excitement into a teen Bible study, youth group or family devotions. There is a sample of the study guide that contains maps, videos, research links, and much more. This study would make a great addition to reading the book.
I like reading historical fiction out loud to my family, so I decided to read this one during our read aloud time. The book actually covers scripture from Genesis 10 to Psalm 114, but mainly Numbers 20 through Joshua 12. This was perfect timing for us because not long ago we started in Genesis and have been going through the Old Testament for our family devotions. My family is very familiar with the Bible stories this book covers, but we really enjoyed feeling like we were there. Although things are completely different in our time haveing a teenager as the main character helped my kids relate more to the story. It gave them a glimpse of how life could have been back then.