Savior, Like a Shepherd
post written by Esther Filbrun
Title: Savior, Like a Shepherd
Author: Faith Blum
Series: Orphans of the West, book 1
Major Themes: Orphans, Historical Fiction
Synopsis: Titus has to figure out how to take care of himself and his two siblings, even though the townsfolk don’t like the family.
I love reading books from authors I know (or sort-of know!). One of the big perks of being part of the online world these days is that you often get to read and review books for different authors—one of my most favorite pastimes! This year, I’ve been blessed with quite a few such review books, and Savior, Like a Shepherd was one recent read.
Only twelve years old, Titus is in charge of his family—his brother and sister, who are both younger than him. Somehow, he must find a way to provide food and a place to stay for them, and in the town he’s in, that isn’t easy. It only complicates matters that his mother had to resort to less than honorable means in order to keep their family going before her death. The townsfolk have not forgotten, and they don’t really want to help Titus and his siblings as a result.
Following Titus’ story growing up, one of the main things that stuck out to me was something he said at one point. “How can you guys call yourselves Christians, and yet hold our mother’s sins against us, refusing us even basic Christian charity?” I don’t remember the exact quotation, but that’s the jist of what I remember—and what a challenge! How often have I walked or driven past homeless people, without giving them a second glance? How often do I prefer my wants over someone else’s needs? Yes, some don’t actually need help, or could help themselves if they wanted to—but there are plenty of others that actually do need assistance. Maybe just emotionally or spiritually; not necessarily physically. What is my response to them?
Though I had somewhat of a struggle getting into this book, and finding a lot of depth in it, it was a good historical fiction. A good, clean, Christian read for young teens.
I requested a review copy of this book, and this is my honest opinion of it.
Read Aloud—Ages 10 – 13
Reading Independently—Ages 12 – 15, 15 and Above
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