I didn’t grow up “in” the faith. I knew very few folks who called themselves Christians. But from a very young age I was always taught the value of learning. About faiths and cultures and traditions. And for all of my life I have always sought to seek out truth. When I encountered Jesus for myself about 5+ years ago, I was amazed. I was in awe. And I continue to be. Because there is always something new to learn (another layer of the onion if you will) as long as we continue to seek after Him. As often as I can, I strive to read material that can help me to love His story more. Such was the case with Shepherd, Potter, Spy — and the Star Namer from Peggy Consolver – Author.
Who doesn’t love a good story? Especially when it comes to stories that help us to understand and know the Lord more. Peggy Consolver has such a love for stories; teaching women’s Bible studies, Sunday school and her own children, she does something she loves and this love shows!
I admit to being rather jealous as I read about her adventures – eighteen days with Associates for Biblical Research in Israel. How exciting to have the chance to see those places where the stories we read in the Bible actually occurred. And what a great inspiration this was, so much so that it brought us this very book. If you have any doubt that the Word of God is alive and active, this story truly brings it all to life as you get to know the Gibeonites (Joshua 9 &10) as told by a potter’s family and a shepherd boy.
As if the book itself isn’t enough of an adventure, she has also put together a fables study guide to accompany this book! Digging Deeper Into HIStory has 13 units and includes lots of links to research, maps and YouTube videos meant to help us understand and experience a bit more personally, the Shepherd, Potter, Spy–and the Star Namer. My boys especially (being Boy Scouts) loved all of the material but their favorite parts, to name a few, were:
- Alpha Centauri: The Closest Star System to Our Sun
- Israeli Mammals
- Honey: Its Medicinal Property and Antibacterial Activity
- Introduction to Bow Making
- The Jewish Virtual Library: Jericho
- How to Use a Sling
- Weapons Universe: Bronze Age Weapons
There is quite a bit more! Regardless, this has inspired and encouraged quite a few projects in the very near future. I think my boys will be making bows and slings shortly! You really can enjoy history as you learn of and follow Keshub. What adventures we enjoyed being a [party to – fighting off a bear, pottery making, acting as a spy and so much more along the Jordan Valley. Be sure to read this one right alongside the actual Bible story (it makes it so much more enjoyable when you see how accurate and each the details are). Pull out those maps and look closer at the area this all takes place in. And when you get a big confused with the names and details, there is a wonderfully handy list to help you keep them all straight in the book. What a great way to read and enjoy the Bible, a bit of archeology, and history. Especially for my oldest son, what a friend he has now in Keshub (being so close in age really made him even more interested in this story). This is definitely one for the library; so many unique topics all rolled into one 🙂
This is a truly amazing story full of historical details that rally spark the imagination! What fun it was for all of us as we read aloud together; learning about the daily life of those who lived and worked so long ago. Shepherds and potters, family joys and challenges. There were many moments too when my children were excited to see the connection for themselves between the story being told and the Bible itself. Always a joy for one to connect to the other. Little things like that make it such an adventure! I look forward to reading this one again with my kids when they are older. And in case you don’t know…the Star Namer? That is the name for the God who created those stars; the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.