I’ve just finished Where Sheep May Safely Graze.
This is, the second time reading for me.
The following is a slightly edited letter I wrote to the author, and below that is the book information.
I cannot encourage you strongly enough to pick up a copy of this most awesome book.
Not since the Mitford Series have I read such a delightful book, and had its message speak so deeply to me.
I’d originally read this book for the soul purpose of giving a review.
This time when I read, I had prayer each time I read, and asked to be shown the message meant for me as an individual reader that was surely locked within the pages, just waiting to come out and speak to my heart.
All throughout the book, as I read about the love of God, and the constant faith of those who believe, I found myself praying about different things in my life.
One thing kept coming back to me over and over again.
As the book neared its end, I found myself in tears, on my knees, praying and asking God for something I’ve been afraid to pray for, for a long many years.
I had, closed my heart’s door to certain things in my life. Convinced myself I did not need those things. Could do without them, and that I was happy just as I was, but it was a lie, is a lie, and I could do that no longer.
I want to thank you, Mrs. Phyllis Campbell for writing this book, and for allowing me the privilege of promoting it to others.
I thank you for your faith, and for your courage and ability to write such a book of faith, and love.
May you be truly blessed with tons of book orders, and may this book end up on the top ten bestseller list, so that all may know its beauty, humor, and most of all love.
May you be truly blessed for sharing your gift as a writer with those who would but read your work.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Phyllis Staton Campbell, who was born blind, writes about the world she knows best. She calls on her experience as teacher of the blind, peer counselor and youth transition coordinator. She says that she lives the lives of her characters: lives of sorrow and joy; triumph and failure; hope and despair. That she and her characters sometimes see the world in a different way, adds depth to the story. She sees color in the warmth of the sun on her face, the smell of rain, the call of a cardinal, and God, in a rainbow of love and grace.
Although she was born in Amherst County, Virginia, she has lived most of her life in Staunton, Virginia, where she serves as organist at historic Faith Lutheran church, not far from the home she shared with her husband, Chuck, who waits beyond that door called death.
Pastor Jim and Amy see their future as a palate of vibrant color, until a bullet shatters the symmetry and they see the will of God.
ABOUT THE BOOK
When Jim, the pastor of a prestigious city church, is blinded in Iraq, he and his organist wife, Amy, find their faith challenged. Not only must they adjust to Jim’s blindness and a new marriage, but to the loss of his pulpit, when the congregation asks him to step down because of his blindness, in spite of his successful rehab training.
They go to serve a congregation in a rural village, where in addition to the usual duties of a pastor and his wife, they pray for animals, cope with a huge drafty parsonage, befriend a young couple, secretly married, and help bring a baby into the world in the middle of a flood. The characters are like animals and people the reader may meet every day, those people who will invite you in for iced tea and the latest news
The reader will laugh, and cry and find inspiration as Pastor Jim and Amy struggle and find the will of God.