Across the Stream

Sheep Tales

Young Adult - General
304 Pages
Reviewed on 07/28/2011
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Author Biography

Ann Joseph grew up in a small mid-Atlantic state with a passion for story-telling from the very beginning of her life. Following her commitment to Christ at age 16, Ann desired to use her talent to glorify God and so sought to hone the skills He had given her through earning a BA in English and an MA in Communications, double majoring in Film and Journalism while specializing in writing. It was during a C.S. Lewis seminar she attended in college that the idea for "Across the Stream" was born. The professor encouraged Ann to consider that her story had publishable potential. However, life events led Ann to shelve the story for a future date.
After graduate school, Ann worked for a medical research department compiling research data and editing journal articles and various other writing projects. At the same time, she free-lanced working on independent short films for television.
While all these experiences helped prepare her for writing, it was the joy of raising a family that imparted the life skills necessary to take Across the Stream to a deeper, richer, more empathetic level. As Ann watched her own children grow into the teen years and wrestle with some of the same issues she had dealt with, Ann felt that it was finally time to pull Across the Stream off of the shelf and start a new chapter in her life ~ that of “Author.” In addition to the remaining 6 volumes of the Sheep Tales Series, she has many other books and projects planned.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Elizabeth M. for Readers' Favorite

This book is amazing. The author did a superb job putting it from the perspective of on how Jesus is the Shepherd and we are the lost sheep in accordance with Luke 15. Every step of the way I was moved by how it elegantly written it was. The author names the sheep Blemish, which makes perfect sense because the person has flaws. As I read the book, I was in awe of how well she illustrated the content through using the parable of the Lost Sheep. I really believe that this portrays how a person has to reflect on their life and whether or not they will go to Heaven or Hell based on their conduct in it.

The only recommendation I have is that the author needs to avoid using passive verbs when writing; they were overused. Regardless, I believe everything was written well, and I highly recommend it. In fact, both non-believers and those strong in their Christian faith would benefit from this work. This would be an excellent Sunday School lesson or a mid-week Bible Study for adults. In the end, I would tell my friends of this book in hopes that they too will one day come to Christ.


Love this book! Can't wait for the next in the series!


Great story!!