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Book: A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23
Author: W. Phillip Keller
Illustrator: Robert Doares
Publisher: Zondervan, republished in 2015
ISBN-13: 978-0310354024 Hardcover
ISBN-10: 0310354021 Hardcover
ISBN-13: 978-0310274414 Paperback
ISBN-10: 0310274419 Paperback
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing and/or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing and/or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Recommended reading level: Teens and adults, but suitable for everyone
Rating: ***** 5 stars (EXCELLENT
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Keller, W. Phillip. A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23 (published in 1970 by Zondervan Publishing House, a division of the Zondervan Corporation, Grand Rapids, MI 49506). Some of the most familiar words in Scripture to Bible lovers are, “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.…” The author of this book, W. Phillip Keller, was born in East Africa and always loved wildlife and the outdoors. After training as an agrologist at the University of Toronto in Canada, he spent many years in agriculture research, land management, and ranch development in British Columbia. Later he pursued careers in conservation, wildlife photography, and journalism. His experiences as a shepherd have equipped him with special insights on Psalm 23. There is a short introduction, and then the twelve chapters follow the phrases of the 23rd Psalm. My copy was given to me by a good friend in 1989. It is very interesting to read.
Apparently, the book has been published in multiple versions. One reader cautioned not to buy the abridged version because it largely omits the author’s descriptions of his own experiences found in the full book. Another suggested that a later revised edition has more applicable reflection. Still another recommended not buying one paperback copy because the print is quite small and the illustrations are missing. Keller has produced two sequels, A Shepherd Looks at the Good Shepherd and A Shepherd Looks at the Lamb of God; a combined edition with all three, The Shepherd Trilogy, is available. He has also written Lessons from a Sheep Dog.