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The Tanglewoods' Secret

3.96 of 5 stars 3.96  ·  rating details  ·  524 ratings  ·  31 reviews
Ruth and her beloved brother Philip find solace in the expanse of Tanglewoods'. There they escape into bird watching, climbing, and general misadventures with their friend Terry. But life with their Aunt is harsh, and Ruth suffers from an incorrigible temper. Just when she thinks she can't take it anymore, she learns a very special secret about a very special Shepherd. Whe...more
Paperback, 168 pages
Published July 1st 2001 by Moody Publishers (first published January 1st 1977)
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Ty Melgren
I originally read this when I was 7 and liked the idea of being friends with kindly gentleman shepherds and building a wigwam in the woods. Rereading it at night this week was weirdly comforting, even if the "SECRET" seems to be that Jesus wants you to be so patronizing to poor people that they die.

Three stars for sentimental reasons. I still want that wigwam, and running away from home to fall asleep sobbing in an empty chapel like a five year old quasi-orphan girl is something I'm still capabl...more
Tarissa
This charming story lets you walk alongside young Ruth and her brother Philip, as the Good Shepherd is discovered in their hearts. Through the help of some dear friends & unexpected events, the pair learns about God, the One who takes care of His little lambs in the pasture.

Ruth & Philip are good siblings and companions for each other, especially when they share their treasured romps in the woods. Together, they are intrigued & fascinated by every little creature, whether it's in th...more
Stacie
This was one the best - if not THE best - books I have read with my children. It was such a fun, believable, and heartwarming story about the parable of the lost sheep, with which we all can identify in terms of our walk with God. Ruth, a consistently selfish and naughty little girl realizes that while she tries so hard to be a good girl, it is impossible without her Good Shepherd to lovingly guide her to do so. We cannot be good, or do good, in our strength and selfish bents but we can in HIS s...more
Valerie Basham
My new Patricia St. John favorite. The best story of salvation you could read to your children, or to anyone.
Nicua
Another book by this author which is a priceless learning tool for teaching children about serious life lessons. That there is loss and pain and unfairness in the world and that there are prices to pay for mistakes. But it also highlights the truth of forgiveness, opening your heart and being truthful. This was one of the first books that broke my heart but also caused my love of reading to grow deep and constant roots.
Carrie
Very sweet children's story. The death of a child was handled very gently and was used to illustrate the gospel message. The main characters are children of missionaries that live with their aunt. This part of the story was very disturbing, but I do realize that this practice has changed in our current generation.
Kendall
Sep 09, 2012 Kendall rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Devout Christians, older women, younger children,
I have been a fan of Patricia St. John's works for a while since having read "Treasures of the Snow", my favorite book. However, this book showed almost no justice to her writing style. It still had a good Christian message involving children, but it fell flat along the lines of entertainment. This book wasn't near as exciting or suspenseful as "Treasures of the Snow" or even "Star of Light". This was pretty dull with a plain lesson of spreading Christ and his saving blood. Good message, it was,...more
ladydusk
Audiobook from my sister.

Hm. We really liked the story of this. The events in the plot moved the story along, the characters were real - foibles and all.

The theology was more than a little shaky - pictures of Jesus; we ask for him to "find us" or he won't; the body is just a shell like the husk of a chestnut (eep!). We were able to discuss all of these ideas with the children and show the errors.

The positives here were seeing how lives can change when the focus becomes not oneself but Christ. W...more
Jodi
This was a very good book about a little girl and her brother. They are staying with their aunt. The boy is really good and hardly gets in trouble. The girl is in trouble alot and does not want to do chores or obey. The girl runs away and ends up in a church. The pastor talks with her and they discuss Jesus and how she can be good. She sees a picture of a shepered and his sheep and she loves it. Her life changes dramatically after this. THis is a great book for kids probably 10 and up. There is...more
Kaethe
I dearly loved it as a child, but I'm afraid to re-read it lest the religious message completely overwhelm my nostalgia.
Ashley Bowen
I love that this book is in first person,I usually do not like it.
Zoe Senia
very beautiful..
Amy
Sep 11, 2014 Amy rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: kids
IIlove the clear presentation of the Good Shepherd in this book! My kids looked forward to our read-aloud time each day, as this book captured their hearts and imaginations!
David Blair
Well, I had to put this one in here. It was the first novel-size book I ever read, given to me by my grade 2 teacher back in the summer of 1967. I don't recall much of the story now, but after a struggle with learning to read, this book came as a revelation about whole new worlds to be discovered. Thanks, Mrs. McClennan!
Jenny
This story created great conversations with my kids. The main characters in the story were very "real" and my kids could relate to them. It was also a great to talk about sharing our faith with others. The whole "Good Shepherd" analogy was awesome.
Susie
Ah I remember hating this book as a child. I couldn't relate to Ruth and found her incredibly annoying and whiny. On top of that I felt the religious message was clumsy and patronising - I preferred the subtler approach of C S Lewis.
Mikayla
I loved this book, even though at one point its pretty sad and a bit to preachy it was amazing, I could really relate to Ruth, the main character.
Jenny
Great Read aloud book for the family! Helped promote lots of discussion about the Good Shepherd and salvation.
Ginny
My boys really enjoyed this one. I will read it aloud again when my littlest ones are older.
Xsupercharliex
Jan 21, 2008 Xsupercharliex rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Xsupercharliex by: it was bought for me i think by an auntie! :D
This is my favourite book of all time, I've read it so much it's falling to pieces!
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Brianne
Amazing message. Very sad but easy to understand novel. I could not put it down!
Leslie
This is a book I read aloud to my kids. It includes a great picture of the gospel.
Michelle
I just couldn't get into this book for some reason.
Grace Best-Page
I liked it as a kid; I don't know what I'd think now.
Wedrey Brum
I read this book in portuguese. It is a amazing book.
Alicia Hill hall
Great book for kids that explains the promise of Jesus.
Tiffany
it's a sweet kids book.... about finding jesus
Cnjbillhimer
My children and I learned much from this book.
Mary-Jane
A touching Christian children's story.
Melody
Delightful, warm, endearing…..
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Patricia Mary St. John spent 27 years as a dedicated missionary to North Africa - and was also a prolific children's writer. Her books are loved and treasured around the world; some have been turned into stirring films. Gripping adventures which cover real life issues are her hallmark.
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