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A young man with no name, orphaned as a baby, sets off to find out the truth about the circumstances of his birth, the fate of his parents, and his 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.

His only clue is a cryptic message on a lambskin blanket about a child born in a stable in Bethlehem, near where his adopted father had rescued him as a baby so long ago.

The townspeople offer no help, but later he seeks out a band of shepherds who, it's said, are evildoers who caused a terrible massacre.

 

Can these rough herdsmen lead him to the truth he is seeking? Burying his fear, he sets out to find them. He is determined to learn the truth. What really happened in that stable thirty years earlier?

The answers will change his life forever...
and maybe yours.

     
What Authors are Saying:

The Shepherds' Prayer, is a Christmas treasure! ... The Shepherds' Prayer tells the tale of one man's
search for the truth of who he is, where he came from, and how he fits into God's story.
Anam's search is our search -- when we seek the truth, we always find Christ!
— Jeff Cavins, author and creator of "The Great Adventure, The Bible Timeline"


Richard Barry's fictitious story of Anam's journey in The Shepherd's Prayer drew me to the
cradle of Our Lord like no other story before. ... A must-read for all ages, The Shepherd's Prayer is a
classic tale that will transport its readers to the very moment when the Word is made Flesh.
— Matthew Pinto, founder and president, Ascension Press


This imaginative Christmas novel by Richard M. Barry tells the story of an adopted son with
a mysterious connection to the Messiah, who seeks the truth about his birth thirty years later.
The Shepherds' Prayer is a story that reminds us of two things. First, we remember that the
humble will be lifted up and confound the wisdom of the wise. Secondly, Barry's novel reminds
us of perhaps how we often react to the difficult and painful circumstances in our lives.
– Chuck Colson, founder of Prison Fellowship Ministry


I really enjoyed the fact that the story line was so captivating to the
many levels of readers and listeners in our family.
— Michaelann Martin, author of "Woman of Grace" and co-founder of FOCUS Campus Ministries

 

“The audio drama is
absolutley stunning, a new
tradition in our family for sure.”
- Jay Ezell

 

What they're Saying Online


Brilliant!, By Donna K. “bookcrosser”

“Wow! This thought-provoking novel took me on a spiritual journey down a path that I'd never considered before. ... The book is written with extraordinary attention to detail, masterfully drawing the reader into the setting alongside the shepherds who witnessed the event, inspiring the powerful emotions of actually being in that time and place. Long after the final pages were read, I remained in a reflective state of peaceful spirituality.”


Holiday Tradition, By Sussette Webster “sheafmom”

My family now treats this book as a new, but very beloved, addition to our holiday traditions. This will be our third year reading it and our second year reading it as a read aloud so that even the youngest members of our family can enjoy it.


A BEAUTIFUL Meditation, By Erika K. Rowland

"I read this twice, one for the head and once for the heart. A great story for any time of year. Reinforces the biblical passages while taking the reader on a journey."


Gifts With No Return Receipt Required, By Zinta Aistars "Writer & Editor"

"This is a well-written Christmas novel, not preachy or overly predictable as so many in
this genre can be, but everything a good story requires. And, it can serve to remind us what
we seem to have forgotten: Christmas is not about gifts under a tree. There is a far greater
gift awaiting all of us, there for the asking."

 

Most Inspiring!, By Tom Buck

"WOW!!! I drove to Wichita on Sunday so The Shepherds' Prayer on CD was my church this week. In case you weren't aware, it is difficult to drive at freeway speeds with eyes over-brimming with tears. The total work was inspired and I thank you for it. It will certainly become part of our Christmas observances."


Awe inspiring!, By Monty Rainey

"This book is exceptionally well written and packed with twists and turns that will hold you to the very last word. Prepare to have your faith stirred. You will find here, one of the finest renderings of the story of the Messiah's arrival. I highly recommend this book for readers from young adults and older. This is truly a Christmas story that you will want to not only share with your children, but that is sure to become a Christmas tradition."


WOW!, By S. Huber

"This is a great book! The book tells the affect Jesus's arrival had on the townspeople and the shepherds from Bethlehem. Very well written and I believe it will become a Christmas classic!"

 

"Excellent. I was so
riveted! This book has
renewed my hope."
Reader Comment

 
What Independent Bloggers are Saying:

Deena's Books

"We hear the story of that first Christmas so many times, we get familiar with it and it doesn't thrill our hearts as it should. It is stories like "The Shepherds' Prayer" that help to restore the majesty and the wonder of our Savior's birth. ... I give "The Shepherds' Prayer" five out of five bookmarks, with a little shepherd's crook as a charm. This is the perfect Advent gift to begin our Christmas season right. I'm so glad I stumbled upon this little treasure!"


Homeschool Blogger

"This book is exceptionally well written and packed with twists and turns that will hold you to the very last word. Prepare to have your faith stirred. You will find here, one of the finest renderings of the story of the Messiah's arrival. I highly recommend this book for readers from young adults and older. This is truly a Christmas story that you will want to not only share with your children, but that is sure to become a Christmas tradition."


Jenny Up The Hill

"I wanted to share with you all the neatest little book I've just read. It's titled The Shepherds' Prayer: A Christmas Novel and it was written by Richard Barry. This book is a perfect addition to my Christmas books collection! ... I just thought this was a wonderful little book for the Christmas season and I plan on reading it to the kids during school."

 

"Such an innovative way to vividly bring a very familiar story to our mind's eye and to stir our hearts."
- Reader Comment

 

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