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SAMMY AND HIS SHEPHERD Hardcover – 31 Dec 2008

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 56 pages
  • Publisher: EVANGELICAL PRESS (31 Dec. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1567691099
  • ISBN-13: 978-1567691092
  • Product Dimensions: 20.9 x 1.1 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 975,590 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Susan M. Hunt is the Women in the Church Consultant for the Presbyterian Church in America. She has degrees from the University of South Carolina and Columbia Theological Seminary.

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This really is a beautiful book. It has helped my teaching of RE. The story is beautiful, the picture are beautiful and the children's responses to the book have been beautiful!
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My young daughter loves this story, and it is helping her to understand the Christian faith.
Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sammy and His Shepherd, a review 21 Nov. 2009
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Reformation Trust children's books are refreshing. Theological sloppiness is common in children's resources, but I've come to trust the material from Reformation Trust to be sound. I asked the author of Sammy and His Shepherd, Susan Hunt, how she ensures theological accuracy in her book. Susan Hunt is the wife of a retired PCA pastor whom gives support and helps with theological accuracy. In other cases Susan Hunt gets additional review from other pastors, friends, or the elders of her local church. In the case of Sammy and His Shepherd, she "had great confidence in the theological oversight of the Ligonier editors" and didn't see the need for additional oversight. I agree her confidence was well placed as I too have come to trust the theological oversight of the Ligonier editors.

Susan Hunt takes us through Psalm 23 in a way both parents and children will learn from. Cory Godbey did a wonderful job with the illustrations, but the words to pictures ratio was a bit off to keep my two year old's attention. I'd recommend this book for ages 5 and up. I do not mention an upper limit here because even though this book is targeted for kids, tweens, teens, and even adults will find the book entertaining and enlightening.

Sammy and His Shepherd is a allegorical tale where Sammy (a Christian) has a wonderful Shepherd (Jesus) and befriends a sheep with a bad shepherd (a lost friend). In each of the eleven chapters, Susan Hunt does a wonderful job of using the allegory to exegete a passage of Psalm 23.

At the end of the story, Susan Hunt has provided us with a great teaching resource to use in discussing the book with our children. For each chapter we are given a section of what the Bible tells us, something to talk about, and something to do.

Sammy and His Shepherd is a great story that will give both parents and children a deeper understanding of Jesus and Psalm 23.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good for Children and Grown-ups 18 Dec. 2009
By John Bird - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Sammy and His Shepherd is not a book to read in one sitting--at least, not to a child. But for adults who love the 23rd Psalm, it may be hard to put down.

Susan Hunt's book has eleven short chapters. Each chapter illustrates a verse from Psalm 23. These illustrations are perfect for children, but they will be appreciated by the grown-ups, too.

In chapter one: "The Lord is My Shepherd; I Shall Not Want," we are introduced to Sammy, the happy and content sheep. Sammy's shepherd loves his sheep, names them, and cares for them in every way. Sammy meets a nameless and pathetic little ewe across the fence. She is amazed to hear about Sammy's shepherd and wants to know more. The good shepherd eventually buys the little ewe, and she continues to be amazed by his love.

At the end of the book are related verses, discussion questions, and applications for each chapter. The verses are taken from the English Standard Version. This supplemental material is ideal for helping children understand the concepts taught in each chapter.

Susan Hunt has a degree in Christian education from Columbia Theological Seminary. It shows in this book. Sammy and His Shepherd teaches good theology in a way that children can understand.

Cory Codby's full-page, colorful paintings top the book off. They are wonderfully done. The aesthetics combined with the sound teaching in Sammy and His Shepherd make a winning combination.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a great book for parents and kids 9 Feb. 2010
By Pastor Jonathan - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Sammy and His Shepherd written by Susan Hunt and Illustrated by Corey Godbey is one of the best children's books I have read in a long time (though its great for adults too) . It is an illustrated look at Psalm 23 through the eyes of a little lamb named Sammy. Sammy gets to know another nameless sheep on the other side of the fence and share about his Good Shepherd.

The book is divided into several short and teachable sections. Ending with a reference to the "Talk about it" section in the back of the book where parents can ask engaging questions about the story. The "Talk about it" reverences and section are the best integration of story and spiritual application I have seen in a children's book. Especially relevant is the "something to do" portion of each "talk about it" section where children are challenged think about their own actions and ask God to work in their lives to help them better reflect His Character.

This was a great book and I would highly recommend it for parents and children alike. The book can easily be read over several nights. Though I imagine the book is geared for kids a little older, I read it to my 4-year-old daughter in one sitting (we will of course go back through it time and again at a slower pace)
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Introduces children to what it means to be in the loving care of the Lord God and His son Jesus Christ 18 April 2009
By Midwest Book Review - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Sunday school curricula author and grandmother of twelve Susan Hunt presents Sammy And His Shepherd: Seeing Jesus In Psalm 23, a fairly advanced reading-level storybook based on Psalm 23. Told from the perspective of Sammy the sheep, the simple parables expound on the basic meaning of the biblical verses, and correspond to discussion points and questions in the back. In the eleventh chapter, a fellow sheep named Precious tells Sammy, "I've learned to trust our shepherd. He's merciful. He bought me when I was sick and dirty, and he has cared for me so that now I'm strong and healthy. He's good. He always does what is good and right for me. He has forgiven me when I've disobeyed him, comforted me when I've been fearful, and rescued me when I've wandered away. I have finally realized that I'm a precious jewel to him, and that I will dwell in his flock forever." An excellent and worthy addition to church libraries, and a good way for parents (or Sunday School teachers) to introduce children to what it means to be in the loving care of the Lord God and His son Jesus Christ.
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good addition to childrens' library 11 April 2014
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This book really fleshes out the sheep/shepherd metaphor that the Bible uses for us. It taught me something about how sheep function and why having a good shepherd is so important. Somethings I had heard in sermons - like that sheep are completely defenseless - but the book talks about how sheep can be "cast down" or turned on their backs. They need someone to turn then right or they will die. By going through such detailed pieces about sheep it made the shepherd metaphor in the Bible even more impactful. It is also very beautiful and has an excellent plot. These were definite "wishes" on my list from Christian's literature and this delivered. From the book I figured it would just go over Psalm 23 piece by piece, which it does. However, it goes much deeper, delving into grace and why we help others as Christians. However, it never suggests work based salvation, which is something I was very concerned about.

Cons: It was a little lengthy in each piece. When reading I would have to break it up. However, each chapter has so much truth that this is not a problem.
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