(Book review) The Sleepy Shepherd

Reviewed by: Debbie Dehart

Ministry Title: Church Librarian

Church: Berean Baptist Church, Portage, MI


Title: The Sleepy Shepherd

Author: Stephen Cottrell

Publisher: SPCK

Publication Date: 2018

Format: print book

Length: 42 pages


This is the story of Silas, one of the shepherds on the hills near Bethlehem, and how he slept through the angels appearance (one can’t help but wonder how that was possible, but I digress…..) and so missed seeing the infant Messiah. However, years later, he was present in the Garden of Gethsemane, and realized this was the same person his fellow-shepherds told him about so long ago. I am not a huge fan of additions to Biblical stories, especially for children, but setting that aside…..I did like how the author brought the story of Silas full circle to Jesus’ death and resurrection.


Rating (1 to 5)

3 stars

Suggested Audience

Children and those who love to read to them.

Christian Impact

Apart from the fictionalization, a solid telling of Jesus’ coming to earth.


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One Response to “(Book review) The Sleepy Shepherd”

  1. I love biblical fiction. . . I read and write it. Stories like these expand our understanding of scripture and make it come alive. As long (as you’ve mentioned) it’s closely aligned to the biblical context. I’m sure children will be inspired by this story!

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