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Way of the Wolf

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  214 ratings  ·  31 reviews
Intriguing tales, timeless poetry, enchanting songs . . . Beguiling characters like Barrington
Bunny . . . Joggi, the porcupine . . . Lena, the witch . . . Joshua, the boy who has lost his magic . . . and the great silver wolf -- majestic, ever-present, mysterious . . . A book that will inspire you to consider and celebrate such things as love, forgiveness, acceptance, salv
Paperback, 144 pages
Published April 12th 1983 by Ballantine Books (first published June 1st 1970)
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Nov 27, 2018 rated it liked it
This book reminded me why, when I was given the choice or math or philosophy, I chose math! While it claims to be based on the parables of Jesus, for me some of the writings were way beyond my understanding of said parables. I found this while cleaning out a closet. The book was given to my daughter by the youth coordinator at our church when she was in high school. Just thought I would read it.
Jul 31, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Very dear to my heart. I can't read Barrington Bunny or Joggi the Porcupine without crying, EVERY time! ...more
Dec 10, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I have read this many many times both for my own enjoyment and for the enjoyment of countless children. It is a classic and is one of my most cherished possessions.
Oct 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Diane Diaz
Mar 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a book from my childhood. The first story " Barrington Bunny" has been one of the most important influences in my life. It is poignant, sad and uplifting all at the same time. I hope you read it and I hope it touches your heart as it touched mine. ...more
John Powell
Sep 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a small collection of short stories that were thought provoking and somewhat melancholy. You might have to be in the right mood, but I really enjoyed them. They are the kind of stories that help make your heart bigger for other people.
Dec 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: devotionals
I remembered this book from when I was a child attending church camp. I was so excited to find it and bought it for my birthday, specifically to read Barrington Bunny on Christmas Eve. It did not disappoint, good memories.
Jan 16, 2008 rated it it was amazing
The Rag-Tag Army...definitley has stuck with me for years.
Oct 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Loved this book! Had a hard time getting it but finally got a loan from catholic church library. I liked "Barrington Bunny" but I was most touched by the story "On the Death of Colin Stuart". I had just lost a friend who was my mentor and could see how her name could fit in any of the statements used about Colin.

I don't know how I would have reacted to this book if I were a child or young adult. As an older woman I was emotional and the story resonated with me. I often recall bits and pieces of
Andrea Risker
Sep 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
I read this book in high school my junior year. I fell in love with one of the poems. I used that particular poem for a presentation I did in my Problem Solving Class. I had this amazing thought provoking teacher named Joe Degrado. He always wanted the students to call him by his first name. He marched to the beat of his own drum. To this day some of his sayings and teachings stick with me even now. He was one of a kind. For me This book was a thought provoker. Just a side note I did get an A on ...more
May 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
I spent half the book going, what?? A parable then a song then a poem then a sermon. I don’t agree with all of the theology and then some of it is so good it’s painful. You cannot read it start to finish and expect anything coherent. It just is what it is in short bursts with a wolf running through it.
Indya Hurt
Aug 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Tissues not required... but recommended.

Read this at youth camp in 1993. Recently found it in print, and suddenly i was 11 years old again, sitting in Frye Cabin, crying endless tears for Barrington and Joggi. Nostalgic and beautiful. ❤️
Tina Williams
Oct 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
For me this book wasn't one of my usual reads. It was different, but I enjoyed it. A lot of little stories with good lessons. ...more
Dec 18, 2016 rated it liked it
I have mixed feelings about this book. On the one hand, the first story--Barrington Bunny--is truly touching. My first encounter with Barrington Bunny was hearing it aloud on Christmas Eve years ago, and it's a tear jerker. It's really the highlight of the book.

Unfortunately, a lot of the other material isn't as strong. The poetry isn't very good, and the prose, even when it's thought-provoking or memorable, generally isn't that well written.

I can understand why people fall in love with this boo
Jan 05, 2013 rated it liked it
Recommended to DragonAthtor by: Dean Jurgen
Shelves: recommendations
There were a few stories (Barrington Bunny and The Porcupine Whose Name Didn't Matter), which made me cry and another (How the Demons Captured Amy and What Happened Then) that was mind-blowing in its concise summation of spiritual and life philosophies from a variety of disciplines. I might pick-up a copy of my own second hand just for those some day, but the rest just didn't do much for me, which might have more to do with me than the book. The book itself was a mix of free-range poetry, music, ...more
Jan 03, 2014 rated it liked it
"Way of the Wolf" by Bell is a mix of fables, songs, poems, and sermons. All are very short but together they form a collection that covers a wide range of Biblically-inspired themes and topics. The stories aren't necessarily easy and tend to be very sad, but they are pretty good. Overall though, only the sermons really stand out. The stories are neat but being based on parables there isn't very much to them and the characters introduced are gone again before they get a chance to be established. ...more
Feb 26, 2010 rated it really liked it
I have only just read this little book though it was a gift from a friend and former boss over 20 years ago! Strange, the things that get pushed to the back of the wardrobe that holds one's books, but I'm glad I found it and read it. The stories and songs are the author's expressions of "love, forgiveness, acceptance, salvation and commitment" as the back cover states. Well worth the little time it takes to read, and keep a tissue handy. ...more
Jan 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Martin Bell is one of my favorite authors. One of my mentors used to read Barrington Bunny every year at Christmas. I can still hear her voice when I read the story.

Years ago when I was doing clown ministry and was unable to come up with a name I found it in his story,"The Porcupine Whose Name Didn't Matter".

May 06, 2012 rated it liked it
Wasn't too crazy about the poetry sections, but the stories are good. Barrington Bunny was my first encounter with this author, and I enjoyed the story, so I tracked down this book. One of his stories definitely gives hints of Universal Salvation. If the porcupine story does not put a tear in your eye, you may not be human. ...more
Susie Evans
Aug 23, 2007 rated it it was amazing
This book is comprised of short parables. Two in particular are really good and WILL make you cry. I don't care if you are a cold-hearted sociopath, Barrington Bunny and The Porcupine Whose Name Didn't Matter will turn you into a blubbering baby. Read 'em and weep. ...more
Jun 08, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The writing is lovely, but I'm not one much for short stories in general, which is why I didn't rate it higher. However, one story did stand out; Reba. Reba is about a woman caring for a group of mentally disabled young men and her struggles to love and protect them. It was fabulous. ...more
Sep 21, 2008 rated it liked it
sweet book, not flawless, but has heart. interesting ideas, but some didn't resonate w/ me. still i honor all such creative reinventing! ...more
Jul 11, 2009 rated it really liked it
Yeah yeah, the book is a collection of hit-or-miss stories and fables...but dang gina, some of them are crazy awesome.
May 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
I really liked this book. If you are looking for something short, refreshing and occasionally challenging when it comes to the simplicity of grace. Read it.
Dave Benson
Mar 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
This classic book goes back to my childhood.It contains the classic story of Barrington Bunny which helped teach me the true meaning of gift giving at Christmas as a little boy.
Edwina Callan
Jul 17, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: bookcrossing, 2013
This was kind of a weird book.
Not really sure I get the point of some of these stories.
On the plus side it was a quick read and an ok book.
Dec 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
It was a very good book the stories were entertaining and it gave a very modern look on the gospel even though it was written in the 80s also I'd like to play the songs that were in it ...more
Lisa Ulibarri
Mar 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
It was definitely unique. Sometimes telling things in a whimsical way makes them more fun.
J Crossley
Jun 15, 2016 rated it liked it
Martin Bell uses stories of animals to convey the messages of the Gospel.
Apr 27, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: the-naked-now
This is a book that I read slowly, picking it up now and then to read another story, or poem, or song. The tales gave thought to my day. I would not have enjoyed it as a sit-and-read-all-at-once. Some of the ideas seemed simple, others too profound for me to grasp. A good read during Lent.
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