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The Way of the Shepherd is a theological book by Donna E. Lane. The text walks readers through biblical examples that show them how to rely on God’s word instead of human understanding. Lane describes what her readers must do to relinquish their perceptions of control and submit to Christ, following him completely. Explaining what it means to follow him, the author focuses on Jesus as a “shepherd”, and discusses challenges and responses to doubt, pride, and fear of submitting fully. She communicates God’s love and shows ways her readers can use it to battle anything that disputes it. Guiding questions and prayer are presented at the end of each section for further reflection and meditation.
Since Donna E. Lane is a Christian counselor and spiritual director, readers can trust her assessments and use her words to help explore their relationship with God. She uses the example of the sheep and shepherd to show the dangers that surround us and God’s protection. Lane understands the needs of her readers and covers the hardships that may lead to an altered view of human position in the world leading to disproportionate views about God. Readers are presented with a call to action, expressing the need to step away from thoughts that keep them from accepting God’s love and the protection Christ’s sacrifice gave them. The Way of the Shepherd is a good book for any Christian as it provides the framework for the full acceptance of Christ but also pushes readers to examine their hearts for a deeper connection to God.