The Prophet, the Shepherd and the Star
By Jenny L. Cote

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Format: Trade Paperback
Pub. Date: Dec. 09, 2011

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The Prophet, the Shepherd, and the Star launches the Epic Order of the Seven series,picking up where The Amazing Tales of Maxand Liz left off. The Maker has been building ateam of animal friends for thousands of yearsto be his envoys for pivotal points of history.
With this new, critical mission, the team will finally be completed by Messiah and known forevermore as the Order of the Seven. A talking, musical scroll, a pigeon-flyingand-camel-driving mouse, a writing cat, a courageous lamb, and two lion-fighting dogs provide non-stop action in this adventure that brings the Christmas story to life as never before. You will be astounded at the accuracy and perfection of the prophecies and God’s unfolding plan to bring Jesus into the world.
The seven hundred–year mission begins long before the Nativity, as animal friends Max, Liz, Al, Kate, and Nigel work with Isaiah, who prophesies about the coming Messiah. The team intervenes with the Assyrians that threaten to take Jerusalem and prove Isaiah’s prophecies false. They go with faithful Daniel and friends into the Babylonian captivity for the heart-pounding thrills of the fiery furnace and the lions’ den. They meet Gabriel as he appears to Daniel, and hide a secret scroll of prophecy for the wise men to someday discover as they study the Star. The book climaxes with the unfolding Christmas story as the animals once again see Gabriel with Zechariah, Mary, Joseph, and the shepherds.
Experience the hardships of Mary and Joseph as they obediently accept their calling to parent Messiah. Joyfully watch God provide for their every need through a lovable Jewish rabbi who dares to believe them and an unlikely Roman soldier who protects them. The shepherds and the wise men never know their steps are guided by these small animals that lead them to baby Jesus. Relentless in his pursuit is the evil lion, who seeks to devour them and stop the unfolding events leading to Messiah’s birth.


  • ISBN-13: 9780899577906
  • ISBN: 0899577903
  • Pub. Date: Dec 9, 2011
  • Publisher: AMG Publishers
  • Imprint: Living Ink Books
  • Language(s): English
  • Series: The Epic Order of the Seven
  • Audience: Ages 0 - 0
  • Pages: 512

Meet the Authors

     Award winning author Jenny L. Cote developed an early passion for God, history and young people, and beautifully blends these passions together in her two fantasy fiction series, The Amazing Tales of Max and Liz and Epic Order of the Seven™.
     Likened to C.S. Lewis by book reviewers and bloggers, Jenny L. Cote opens up the world of creative writing for students of all ages and reading levels through fun, highly interactive workshops. Jenny has appeared to over 17,000 students at lower, middle, high school and universities in the
US and abroad.
     A native of Norfolk, Virginia, Jenny holds two marketing degrees from the University of Georgia and Georgia State University. She now writes and speaks full time and lives in Roswell, Georgia, with her husband Casey and son Alex. Jenny is active in the Student Ministry at her church, and enjoys reading, research, museums, music, travel, and finding any excuse she can to get to the beach.

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July 20, 2012

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“It is time. Take the scroll. When it is time to open it again, you will know. Never let this scroll leave you. Secrets and clues will appear on the pages that will help you,” Gillamon’s voice said seriously, “or that will hurt you if it falls into the wrong hands.” “But where are to go now?” Liz asked. “The direction you must go will become clear soon – it is coming now. When you reach the ones who will protect you, that will be the town,” Gillamon replied. “I must now be silent. Know that you are loved and you are able.”

Book: The Prophet, The Shepherd And The Star by Jenny L. Cote, Living Ink Publishers, 2010

Genre: Fantasy/Historical Fiction

Target Audience: Boys and Girls 10-15

Subjects: Biblical History, Prophecy, Trust in God

Summary: Being a follower of the one true God isn’t easy. Al, Liz, Max, Kate and Nigel, animals chosen by God to list His messengers know that well. For centuries they’ve listed God’s people in any way they can. Their latest mission is to help the prophets Isaiah, Daniel and Jeremiah, then help prepare for the Messiah by listing Joseph and Mary. The devil prowls around like a roaring lion seeking to destroy all who dare follow. It’s up to these two cats, two dogs and mouse to come through – whether that be in a den of hungry lions, a sheep pasture or a king’s banquet!

Notes: Delightful, playful, entertaining, educational, enlightening – all of these words describe this book well. It covers Biblical history from the time of Isaiah to the escape of Joseph, Mary and Jesus into Egypt. It does so in a way that shows how all the events fit together, pointing towards the big picture in a simple enough manner for children to understand. It frequently quotes whole passages of Scripture within it’s pages. Theological issues such as sin nature are brought up and discussed and given a Biblical perspective on. And in the midst of all of this, the book entertains and delights. Having five different animals, each with unique personalities brings a fun, more lighthearted touch to the book. Covering Biblical history can be intense and the author does a good job lightening it through the characters without minimizing it’s significance. This is the first in a series, but also 3rd, as there is another series of two books before this series , but that tie everything together. I highly recommend this one!

Recommendation Scale: 4/4

Reviewer: J:-mi

1 Peter 1:16-21 – We did not follow cleverly invented stories when we told you about the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty. For he received honor and glory from God the Father when the voice came to him from the Majestic Glory, saying, “This is my Son, whom I love with him I am well pleased.” We ourselves heard this voice that came from heaven when we were with him on the sacred mountain. And we have the word of the prophets made more certain, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts. Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation. For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.

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