Last year, during the Christmas Season, I published a story, in serial form, on this blog. I called it A New Fable for Christmas. It was quite popular so, this year, I’m going to publish it in Audiobook, digital (Kindle, with Nook available by special order) and paperback. I plan to have at least two internal illustrations in the paperback version. The new title will be The Shepherd Left Behind.
When you read the Christmas story in the second chapter of Luke, the story of the shepherds says, in verses 15-18 (NIV).
“When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”
So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger.
When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child.”
Luke’s gospel is silent about whether the shepherds left anyone to guard the sheep. They wouldn’t have left them alone and unguarded; after all they were living out in the fields just to tend them.
The story is about a nine-year-old boy, Joshua, who was left alone to watch the sheep while the others went into Bethlehem to see the Christ child. He is not alone for long, an angel named Jude has been sent by Gabriel, to stay with him and comfort him.
Charles Kahlenberg, who narrated the audiobook version of the book, Overload will be the voice on this audiobook. My son, Michael Drinkard will provide internal drawings for the paperback version. The covers for all three will be done by Marion Sipe who created the cover for my book, Warrior’s Psalm.
Check back as the season approaches (Christmas decorations are already on sale in Sam’s and other stores), for special announcements. I hope to be able to present the cover soon.
I’m looking forward to sharing all three versions with everyone.