Where Sheep May Safely Graze
Hi readers everywhere!
You may remember not long ago, a Featured Author of the Week post by this author.
Well, she’s back, her book, Where Sheep May Safely Graze is out, and we here at Tell-It-To-The-World, along with campbellsworld want to let you in on some most excellent reviews.
So, here without further delay, is a recap on who Mrs. Campbell is, from where she comes, and all about this most delightful book.
Phyllis Staton Campbell, who was born at home in 1937, and is 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, whom she married in 1965, who now waits beyond that door called death.
Her newly released book, WHERE SHEEP MAY SAFELY GRAZE tells the story of, how, Pastor Jim and his loving wife, 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.
Top customer reviews
5.0 out of 5 starsWhere Sheep May Safely Graze: A Story of Healing and Love
By Faith Elizabeth Cummingson October 3, 2017
Once again, Phyllis Staten Campbell brings us a story of the healing power of God and how families hold together through difficult times. This is also a clear picture of how God brings good out of tragedy, and helps us overcome disabilities and limitations in our lives. Sometimes these limitations are self-imposed, and sometimes they are imposed by others. But even at the worst of times, God’s love can fix everything. Phyllis acknowledges that we live in a fallen world, and bad things happen, but hope abides, as does faith and love. The people in this book are ordinary people but they do extraordinary things with God’s help. Phyllis writes of the people of Virginia as they truly are. This is a book that you will remember long after you have put it down, and one that you may find yourself reading more than once.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read!
By Steve Flermanon October 5, 2017
When I first read the title of this book, I wondered what it could be all about? A book about animals in general? Or one about sheep? If I’d allowed my quandary to put me off, I would have missed a truly wonderful book!
I am primarily a nonfiction reader. I knew this was a novel of religious fiction, possibly with Christian characters. I thought it might be overly sentimental, as some books of this type are.
I had no need at all for misgivings! Amy and Jim, the two main characters, captured my interest right away. They are newlyweds. After spending their first blissful night together as husband and wife, they had to face the hardships involved with Jim’s having to go to Iraq. Jim has just finished seminary, looking for his first church. Amy is a recent music school graduate, aiming to work as a choir director and organist.
Jim comes back from Iraq far sooner than expected! The rest of the book is about the joys & trials of their first year. Their bond of love and religious faith are tested. The twists and turns of the plot are riveting!
My favorite part of the book is Phyllis Campbell’s ability to bring characters alive! Everyone in the book, from friends and family members to shopkeepers and children, is vividly portrayed!
From beginning to end, I could not put this book down! I found the entire experience so enjoyable that, in a few months, I will miss the characters so much that I’ll probably read it again!
5.0 out of 5 stars She has done a wonderful job creating a young married couple
By Marjorie Arnotton October 4, 2017
Where Sheep May Safely Graze
by Phyllis Campbell
Phyllis has written several uplifting books over the years, but I think this one is at top of the Charts.
It is a heartwarming, heart wrenching, yet it will bring laughter to your voice and tears to your eyes all in one swoop.
She has done a wonderful job creating a young married couple, who are as diverse in culture than the sun and moon, yet Amy and Jim because of their strong love for each other and faith in god have made all that seemed impossible at the beginning a wonderful life. They have their ups and downs like most couples but they weathered the storms and became stronger in each other because of their strong love and faith in God.
When you start reading this book you won’t want to put it down until you read the last sentence and wish there were more to follow. Maybe there will be in the future.
I give this book a 5-star rating. (note) I received a copy from the author for purposes of review)