Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Feed My Sheep
Sharon L. Brown
Review by Rene Schwiesow
As a child Sharon Brown enjoyed drawing. The time she spent with her art became a source of comfort throughout her life. While in the hospital receiving radioactive iodine treatments for thyroid cancer, she developed a character, which she named Patty. In her time of hospitalized isolation, she drew Patty in many situations, feeling that others may identify with Patty in their time of struggle as she had.
Brown received her certificate in women’s ministry from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. It was there that she realized she should add messages to her drawings of Patty. When I initially received the book, I perceived it as a children’s story. The cover is a brightly hued, animated drawing of Patty sitting on a rock and surrounded by a flock of sheep. She holds a shepherd’s crook in her hand. The book is only 19 pages, printed in an 8 ½ x 8 ½ inch format, and filled with colorful Patty illustrations.
It was not until I began to read the back cover that I realized “Feed My Sheep” was written for women of all ages. The messages in the Patty stories are intended to inspire, encourage, and offer the opportunity for reflection.
From understanding personal spiritual gifts, to weathering life’s storms, to faith, prayer and finding wisdom within, Brown’s messages look to help facilitate growth, healing, and a release from life’s everyday stresses through practicing meditations on biblical scripture.
“Feed My Sheep” is an easy-to-read book with a devotional slant. It can be read straight through in less than a half hour and read many times over when encouragement is needed. Christian women looking for a moment to brighten a stressful day will find respite in Brown’s Patty stories.
Rene Schwiesow is co-host of the popular South Shore poetry venue: The Art of Words in Plymouth, MA.