Tracks, Biblical Insights From A Sheepherder |
Book Summary - Sheep
Tracks, Biblical Insights From A Sheepherder is a collection of 46 essays
written by a modern-day shepherd. These were written over a 20-year period as
this shepherd observed the steps of his sheep, his sheep-herding dogs, his guard
dogs and other aspects of the farm. The author
captured in detail the real life experiences with his flock and then juxtaposed
these to our present day life situations from a biblical perspective.
Bible makes hundreds of references to sheep, lambs, and flocks. The behaviors
of sheep and the relationship these animals have to a shepherd constitute valuable
teaching points in the Bible. Many people in biblical times had their own flocks
as a reference, while most people today do not have sheep. However, this book
can be valuable for those who want to gain a greater understanding of the Bible's
use of sheep and shepherds for instruction.
Profile - The author has the distinction, at the age of 64, to have written
this book in the same room where he was born. He developed an interest in agriculture
as he grew up on the family farm. This led to his study at three universities
where he obtained degrees of B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in the animal sciences. He
taught at a university for 11 years before returning to the home farm in 1982
to raise sheep. His head knowledge about sheep was then enhanced with heart knowledge
as he spent much time studying the Bible, managing his sheep flock, and seeking
God in prayer.
He and his wife
Glenda founded Psalm 23 Camp on their
farm in 1985 where part of the emphasis is on sheep/shepherd relationships. In
1993 they started Servants At Work (SAW) as an outreach to local people and to
missionaries in Central America.