World Book Day is a modern tradition. It is (today) 6th March in the British Isles. I had to send my children to school dressed as characters out of books. It began in 1998, so they may even have been involved the first time it was marked.
I remember designing and making a soft toy whale; my daughter took it to school as Jonah. It couldn’t possibly have swallowed her!
I am very excited to be able to include a book review in this post. A whole series of events led to a book, which will not be on sale in the UK until 13th March 2014, dropping through my letter-box.
“The Shepherd’s Song: A Story of Second Chances” is by Betsy Duffey and Laurie Myers, @WritingSisters. It is published by @HodderFaith.
The shepherd in question is King David, who wrote one of the best-loved passages in the Bible, Psalm 23. The words of the psalm were written in a bygone age, but this is a book with a contemporary message. Below the title on the front cover are the following two lines:
One piece of paper
Twelve lives changed forever
Although it is a work of fiction, it is based on truth – the truth that the words of the Bible are powerful. The twelve main characters are as different from each other as possible. A different part of the psalm is particularly meaningful to each of them. The stories are well-crafted and drew me in. More than once I found my eyes filling up as I read. For me the story of the farmer in the olive grove in Italy was the most moving.
By the time World Book Day arrived, I had been transported to many different countries and been caught up in the lives of the characters in this book. I hope you will read this book and make your own journey. It is a book for the head and the heart.
Daily Prompt: Time After Timeby Krista on March 6, 2014
Traditions: we’ve all got ‘em. They might be family dinners on special occasions, or having a particular kind of cake on your birthday (Jeanne Cake, natch), or popcorn at the movies, or meeting your friend for a 5k run in the park, rain or shine, every Sunday morning. What are your favorite traditions, large and small? What is it about your traditions that keep them going strong for you?
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