FAITH NEWS SERVICE – When a story can transcend generational and societal lines, hope, peace, and joy are one of the greatest gifts on earth. And sometimes we need a fresh perspective on timeless stories.* The biblical stories of Jesus’s birth and resurrection are no different.
Have you ever wondered what the shepherds must have thought when they first heard of Jesus’s birth and why they were the first that the angels told? Author Linda Jo Reed offers a unique perspective as told through the eyes of a young shepherd, and follows his adult experience through to Jesus’s death, burial, and resurrection.
To understand why this retelling is so special, we must recognize that in biblical times, shepherds were considered lowly and their job insignificant. And yet the beauty of the angels appearing to the shepherds first reveals just how much God thinks about and loves each one of us, no matter our status.
Linda Jo says, “I don’t know of anyone else looking at the shepherds in quite this way” and always “wondered what happened to the shepherds who witnessed the angels announcement and birth of Jesus.” She began to write blog posts about it, and Amos’s story emerged.
Through the Eyes of Amos is a heartwarming retelling of Messiah’s birth, death, and resurrection from a shepherd’s viewpoint. Young and old readers alike will enjoy the beauty and supernatural magic of this story, and be reminded that from Christmas through Easter, a promise made to a promise kept is a gift to share with everyone you meet.
A timeless everyday gift for families, parents and grandparents can use this book as a stepping stone toward the true story in the Bible as they explore the Christmas and Easter stories, sharing faith and building relationships with their children and grandchildren. Conversational questions in the back of the book helps readers understand and explore God’s abundant love for them.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Linda Jo Reed’s goal is simply to encourage people. Her hope is that support and help can be found through her words. She is the author of Upheld in the Battle and Mrs. Job’s Choice. She believes God’s intimate passion for His children can be an everyday experience, as He is tried and found faithful. Linda Jo also authors a blog, which can be found on her website www.lindajoreed.com. She lives in the Pacific Northwest, is grandmother to nine boys, and is owned by two cats.
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