The Shepherd's Song

A Story of Second Chances

The Shepherd's Song

Follow the incredible journey of one piece of paper—a copy of Psalm 23—as it travels around the world, linking lives and hearts with its simple but beautiful message.

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures…

Shortly before a tragic car accident, Kate McConnell wrote down the powerful words of Psalm 23 on a piece of paper for her wayward son. Just before she loses consciousness, Kate wonders if she’s done enough with her life and prays,“Please, let my life count.”

Unbeknownst to Kate, her handwritten copy of Psalm 23 soon begins a remarkable journey around the world. From a lonely dry cleaning employee to a soldier wounded in Iraq, to a young Kurdish girl fleeing her country, to a Kenyan runner in the Rome Invitational Marathon, this humble message forever changes the lives of twelve very different people. Eventually, Kate’s paper makes it back to its starting place, and she discovers the unexpected ways that God changes lives, even through the smallest gestures.

With beautiful prose evocative of master storyteller Andy Andrews’s The Butterfly Effect, this “intriguing…[and] inspiring read” (RT Book Reviews) will touch your heart and remind you of the ways God works through us to reach beyond what we can imagine.
  • Howard Books | 
  • 240 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781476738222 | 
  • 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.


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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About the Authors

Betsy Duffey
Photograph by Bradley Crosby

Betsy Duffey

Betsy Duffey is a licensed counselor and worked for four years with homeless women, often using writing as a tool for healing. Over the years Betsy has spoken at hundreds of elementary schools and has shared her ideas with countless women’s groups. She lives with her husband in Atlanta, Georgia. They have two grown sons. Betsy and her sister, Laurie Myers, write together as the Writing Sisters.

Laurie Myers
Photograph by Bradley Crosby

Laurie Myers

Laurie Myers has spoken extensively in elementary schools across the nation, sharing her love of reading and writing. She has a passion for helping those in need, working as a nurse, tutoring incarcerated youth, and cofounding an urban school. Laurie lives with her husband in Augusta, Georgia. They have three grown children. Laurie and her sister, Betsy Duffey, write together as the Writing Sisters.