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Reviewed by Melinda Hills for Readers' Favorite
Dawn Ambler and his mate, Poema, are two simple sheep who have the opportunity to take part in the second most important fight of the young church in Sheep Farm: A Tale of the Kingdom by Tyrone Flanagan. With deep seated beliefs and a strong determination to live the way the Great Shepherd intended, Dawn Ambler and Poema spread the message of peace, understanding and tolerance to the other herds where dogma has taken precedence over doing the right thing. As adherents to a new religion, the sheep must constantly be on guard against the plans of Capricorn, the goat god, to undo what had been accomplished - the removal of the wicked farm owners, their foremen and caretakers who subjugated the animals for their own purposes.
As each group becomes more independent, questions arise as to the proper way to worship and it is only through tolerance, understanding, and cooperation that the sheep are able to continue living in line with the commandments of the Great Shepherd. As Dawn Ambler and Poema reach the Holy Land, the crisis reaches breaking point and the salvation of the flocks comes from the efforts of the leaders and the friends they have made among horses and some humans. All those who have been touched by the message of the Great Shepherd band together for the greater good.
Sheep Farm: A Tale of the Kingdom by Tyrone Flanagan is a touching story of the early days of Christianity told from the point of view of the sheep, the meekest animals of the kingdom. Well written, very moving and thought provoking, and nicely paced, the story provides wonderful lessons about tolerance, love, and heeding the message of the Lord without becoming caught up in the rituals of religious practice. Deeds, not words, demonstrate the true power of the Great Shepherd's teachings and Sheep Farm is an important message for us all.