Synopsis: The Shepherds' Prayer: A Christmas Novel by Richard M. Barry is one of the few books that chronicles the Bethlehem shepherds and the extraordinary events at the time of Christ's birth, and does so in a most captivating way. The Shepherds' Prayer, originally published in 2006, is also available as a radio drama and an audio book.
From the Publisher:
Santa Claus. Beautifully wrapped gifts. Eating lots of good food with family and friends. For many, that's what Christmas is all about. But the author of a new book is determined to put the emphasis back where it belongs: on the birth of Jesus and how the Lord reinvigorates the lives of those who follow Him. His book, "The Shepherds' Prayer: A Christmas Novel," does just that.
Author and publisher Richard Barry based his fictional tale on the real lives of a group of men we've all heard about but typically overlook -- the shepherds to whom the angel announced the birth of Jesus. Outside of our kid's school play, most of us have never given these important Biblical characters a second thought. Yet they were the first to hear the Good News. So what happened to them after that blessed first Christmas? Richard Barry's novel seeks to answer that thought-provoking question, and in a way that makes all of us appreciate the importance of Christ's Incarnation and how the seemingly insignificant birth of one baby in an obscure corner of the Roman Empire changed the world forever.
In fact, Barry places the entire Christmas story into historical context in a way that few modern novels on the subject have done. He reminds us that there is a tragic component of the story, too -- the Slaughter of the Innocents. This was when the jealous King Herod ordered the murder of all the male babies in Bethlehem in an attempt to kill the Messiah, whom he saw as a rival. In "The Shepherds' Prayer," a young man who had been orphaned in this tragic massacre returns to Bethlehem thirty years later on a quest to discover his name and heritage. Having been raised in a culture where bloodlines mean everything, he seems forever condemned to live as an outsider on the fringes of society until he discovers his true identity. His only clue is a cryptic message on a lambskin blanket about a child born in a stable in Bethlehem. Who is this mysterious child? And what could such a child have to do with his own birth and destiny? Through a providential encounter with a small band of shepherds, the young man comes to realize that his quest has little to do with his genes -- and everything to do with his soul.
This is a book that has the potential to become a Christmas classic because it is one of those rare novels that the entire family can enjoy. It focuses our attention on the life-changing power of faith during this special time of the year. Yes, decorating our Christmas trees and waiting for Santa to make his annual sleigh ride are fun traditions. But these things pale in comparison with the profound inspiration drawn from the remarkable story of the humble shepherds who first taught us what Christmas is really all about.
The book is available as a hardcover book and as a three-CD audiobook. The audio version of the book is narrated by the "golden voice" of John McDonough, an accomplished actor, singer and narrator who has appeared on Broadway, in television and in movies.
Title: The Shepherds' Prayer: A Christmas Novel
Publisher: RM Barry Publications
Publication Date: 2006
Book Condition: Used: Good
Book Description RM Barry Publications, 2006. Book Condition: Very Good. 2nd. Former Library book. Great condition for a used book! Minimal wear. Bookseller Inventory # GRP94974520
Book Description RM Barry Publications, 2006. Book Condition: Very Good. 2nd. Great condition for a used book! Minimal wear. Bookseller Inventory # GRP8931633
Book Description RM Barry Publications. Hardcover. Book Condition: VERY GOOD. Very Good copy, cover and pages show some wear from reading and storage. Binding may have light creases. Lots of life left in these pages. Bookseller Inventory # 2722282878
Book Description RM Barry Publications. Hardcover. Book Condition: GOOD. book was well loved but cared for. Possible ex-library copy with all the usual markings and stickers. Some light textual notes, highlighting and underling. Bookseller Inventory # 2768433473
Book Description Barry Publications, R M. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Book shows a small amount of wear - very good condition. Bookseller Inventory # G0976729059I4N00
Book Description Barry Publications, R M. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Very good condition - book only shows a small amount of wear. Bookseller Inventory # G0976729059I4N00
Book Description Barry Publications, R M. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. This book shows minor wear and is in very good condition. Bookseller Inventory # G0976729059I4N00
Book Description Barry Publications, R M. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Only lightly used. Book has minimal wear to cover and binding. A few pages may have small creases and minimal underlining. Bookseller Inventory # G0976729059I3N00
Book Description Barry Publications, R M. Hardcover. Book Condition: As New. Book appears to be new. Bookseller Inventory # G0976729059I2N00
Book Description Barry Publications, R M. Hardcover. Book Condition: As New. Straight spine with no creases. Cover has no damage and pages show little wear. Bookseller Inventory # G0976729059I2N00