The Shepherd of the Hills
Have you ever been so intimidated by the plethora of 5 star reviews of a particular book that you dare not pick it up for fear of disappointment? This happens to me occasionally and is probably the main reason this lovely 1907 dustjacketed book stood in my bookcase for well over a year before I read it. Shocking, I know.
Still, I'm a firm believer in "the right book at the right time" and this was the right time so it all worked out.
I won't go into detail on the plot because there's a lo ...more
Here and there among men, there are those who pause in the hurried rush to listen to the call of a life that is more real. How often have we seen them, David, jostled and ridiculed by their fellows, pushed aside and forgotten, as incompetent or unworthy. He who sees and hears too ...more
I remember shortly after I read it my family took a trip to the Ozarks in Missouri. It's pretty famous there and there is even a life showing held out doors. As I re-read the story over the last few days I found myself r ...more
I read this one twice because the first time I wasn't paying attention well enough by the end and had way too many questions. I enjoyed it much more the second time and realized it was my distraction and not the book that made it confusing. I was very interested, as I read it again, in how the story would unfold, who really was the she ...more
The mountaineer dialect wi ...more
SUMMARY: The story is set in the time period odd when the Ozarks was the frontier. An artist from the city comes to the Ozarks for the summer, had an affair with a young girl, and leaves. The girls broken heart leads to her death. And, his longing for the girl and guilt leads to his suicide. The young man's father makes the same trip to the mountains and find peace with the family of the young girl.
COMMENTS: We took a trip to the Branson Mo and I saw a refe ...more
Most interesting to me was the universe messages that are included by the author - the same ones that ring true today in our ever ...more
My four stars reflect my experience; without the trip to Branson, the book might have garnered three stars. If you ever plan to visit Branson and Shepherd of the Hills, I highly recommend reading the book beforehand to familiarize yourself somewhat with the country, people, and history.
While in Branson, MO earlier this month, I visited Inspiration Tower and took in its marvelous views. Placards near the windows showed quotes from Harold Bell Wright's book The Shepherd of the Hills that described the stunning hills below and off in the distance. While taking in the beauty of these words and the surroundings, I hoped that copies of the book were available in the small gift shop at the base. Fortunately, they were, and the book is now a cherished souvenir of my visit.
The story li...more
Between 1903 and 1942, this minister-turned-author wrote nineteen books, several scripts for stage plays, and several magazine articles. At least fifteen movies were made from his novels. Seven of Wright's books appeared on the top ten best sellers lists, two of them twice, including a number one seller in ...more