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The Shepherd's Song

The Shepherd's Song

A Story of Second Chances

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Shortly before suffering a tragic car accident, Kate McConnell wrote the simple but powerful words of Psalm 23 on a piece of paper to give to her wayward and confused son. The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. . . . As she loses consciousness from her injuries, she wonders if she’s done enough with her life.

When a lonely dry-cleaning employee finds Kate’s humble, handwritten copy of the psalm, it begins an incredible journey around the world, forever changing the lives of twelve very different people. From a soldier wounded in Iraq, to a young Kurdish girl fleeing with her family to Turkey, to a Kenyan runner about to begin the Rome Invitational Marathon, the power of the ancient words begins to take shape in various ways, drawing us into these stories inexplicably linked by the passing of the psalm from one recipient to the next.

Eventually, Kate’s paper makes it back to its starting place, and she discovers the unexpected ways that God moves and changes lives through even our smallest actions.
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  • Howard Books | 
  • 240 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781476738208 | 
  • March 2014
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Reading Group Guide

This reading group guide for The Shepherd’s Song includes an introduction, discussion questions, ideas for enhancing your book club, and a Q&A with author Betsy Duffey and Laurie Myers. The suggested questions are intended to help your reading group find new and interesting angles and topics for your discussion. We hope that these ideas will enrich your conversation and increase your enjoyment of the book.


Introduction

The Shepherd’s Song tells the story of Kate McConnell and her unparalleled faith in God’s master plan. The day before suffering a terrible car accident, Kate copies, by hand, Psalm 23 for her wayward son Matt. This little piece of paper makes its way around the world, touching the lives of twelve distinct individuals, all in need of God’s powerful words. In the end, the psalm makes its way back into Matt’s hands, bringing the story full circle and fulfilling Kate’s mission to spread God’s love.

Topics & Questions for Discussion

1. The story of The Shepherd’s Song begins with Psalm 23 on page xi. Reread the psalm aloud to your group. How does the psalm act as a framework for the novel? What is Kate’s relationship to the psalm? What is yours? If you could summarize Psalm 23’s message in just one sentence, what would it be?

2. “She felt the ambulance sway, then the jolt of a sharp turn. ‘He see more

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