Cindy's church is getting ready to celebrate Easter, and Jeremiah's Temple is preparing for Passover when Cindy literally stumbles over the body of an unknown man lying dead in the sanctuary. The church was locked, and a bloody cross necklace on the floor seems to be the only clue. The killer is likely a member of the congregation, but there are hints that similar deaths have happened in the past. Are Cindy and Jeremiah dealing with a serial killer? They have to unravel the clues before Easter Sunday arrives and more people die. Cindy and Jeremiah come from two different worlds, even though they work right next door to each other. Cindy is a strong Christian who lives a normal but somewhat dull life, working as a church secretary. Jeremiah is a Reformed rabbi with a mysterious past full of danger and excitement. But one eventful Easter/Passover week, the two find themselves working together to solve a murder and stop a serial killer from striking again. Solving the mystery should put an end to their alliance, but the church secretary and the rabbi quickly find themselves enmeshed in another mystery. Soon the two form a friendly alliance and friendship, exploring personal history and faith and growing closer with each passing adventure. Despite their differences Cindy and Jeremiah find a lot of common ground.
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Review 1 for The Lord is My Shepherd - eBook
A Fun book to read
Date:December 7, 2012
This was a very enjoyable read. I have read now all three in this series. I hope there is at least another one.
Fun dialog - not tremendously deep but it does keep one's interest.
You will not be disappointed in this book, but you will want to read the others in the series. You will be hooked.
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Review 2 for The Lord is My Shepherd - eBook
Date:November 20, 2012
how did this book get to be in the christian genre? was it because of the title? the lord is my shephard is nice story but with no christian background. i mean how can pastors of a church not know the meaning or how to explain to others the story of easter and the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. giving this book 3 out of 5. 3 because it is generic nice story but not inspiring or encouraging
Spring is here, bringing on Easter Week and Passover. Cindy's church and Jeremiah's synagogue are next door to each other. This is convenient because both congregations can use the other's parking lot for overflow parking during services. But when Cindy's screams in the church are heard by Jeremiah in the parking lot, a new alliance is formed.
There's a body in the church and fear and death draw people together. While the police, led by Mark, try to figure who this dead stranger is, Cindy and Jeremiah, who Mark dubs 'The Good Samaritan', find themselves as detectives too because someone seems to be targeting Cindy also. Cindy can't leave things alone because her fears are driving her innate curiosity to find solutions. Jeremiah's mysterious past and his drive to protect Cindy get him involved more than some in his congregation appreciate.
This fun mystery also captures the mind and motives of a vicious serial murderer, but the story is filled more with hope and religious understanding than with morbid descriptions. The uniting for good and helpful interactions make this an unusual but fantastic book for all mystery lovers .
Thankfully, there are two more books in this series, because I'm left wanting more from these characters . I also want to learn more of their pasts, only hinted at in this first book. And lastly, I really like how the respectful interactions are blooming between these two religions. But mostly, the mystery was fast passed and terrific all by it's self !
"The Lord is My Shepherd" is a mystery thriller about the hunt for a serial killer. After discovering a body, a church secretary and a rabbi work together and help the police track down the killer. In the process, this unlikely pair becomes friends and share about their faiths to each other.
My favorite part was the Seder, since it brought back fond memories of attending one at the church I grew up at. (Members from a local Messiahnic Jewish Temple put on the Seder for our church.) Since I grew up near a large Jewish community, I appreciated how the neighboring church & temple got along so well.
This is the first "Christian Fiction Mystery" that I have read. It was exciting, right from the start! I really like the characters and look forward to getting to know them better in the following books. This does not have the guts and gore of popular secular mysteries, but it's not for the faint-hearted, either! The suspense continues building, and I never had any idea who the killer was until the very end. I do not recommend this for teens, but if you love a mystery, you will love THE LORD IS MY SHEPHERD. Her grammar could use improvement!
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Review 6 for The Lord is My Shepherd - eBook
Date:April 29, 2012
Rod Man of God
Loved this book , Can't wait to read the others books in the series.
I had not read this author before, but am I glad I took the chance! This book was a -don't bother me unless someone is dying or the house is burning down- kinda read. It was full of suspense and mystery as well as a budding friendship between a Rabbi and a Lutheran church secretary. I loved it. I have recommended it to several people who also thought it was wonderful!
I found the main characters intriguing: Cindy a church secretary at a Presbyterian church and Jeremiah the Rabbi from the synagogue next door. Put the together for a fun and fast read with a serial killer acting out the events of Holy Week. There are a lot of dead bodies in this story and some of the imaginary is a little disturbing. If you don't mind then this is a winner.
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Review 9 for The Lord is My Shepherd - eBook
Good book - Good series
Date:November 18, 2011
I enjoyed this fast moving mystery and read the two seqels as well (I Shall Not Want and Lie Down in Green Pastures). I'm not a fast reader but read all three books in a couple of weeks as they kept my interest piqued.
What a wonderful book! I don't like to get involved in series but I'll buy the next one. I loved how it mingled the Old Testament traditions with the New. The characters were people you can care about. And there's the feeling that lots more will be revealed about the Rabbi! Treat yourself to a great read!
I asked a reader to read the newest book I received from you allcalled "The Lord is My Shepherd", Book 1 of the Psalm 23 series. Shesaid that the book was exciting, gripping, funny at times and hadprayers and all, but that the body count was way too high, andinvolved the deaths of children. There were 26 known deaths, plus abus full of people that you have to guess were dead or not. In response to that info, I wonder if you really want to encouragepeople to buy a book that while it may be "religious" in atleast parts of it, would be so gory. I regret buying this book, andwill not buy any more from this author. I have many women readers inmy church who would be sickened by such a book. I also feel that perhaps I will need to take a much closer look atsome of your new authors, as books should be refreshing for readers,rather than to make them feel like they are reading an ordinary gorymystery. Thank you very much.
Cindy is horrified and has to take time off work after finding a dead body in the church, but then they start stacking up like firewood (there must have been over twenty or thirty by the end) and she doesn't seem to be that affected anymore. Maybe she becomes immune to all the dying? The cross necklace left at the crime scene is supposed to be an important clue, but the one main detective assigned to the case literally takes forever to locate and interview all the church members who have one of the necklaces. Cindy keeps looking online and surprising the detective with information his department can't figure out. Doesn't this town take serial killers very seriously? Also, the author never explains how one man is able to overpower and kill so many people. At different points in the story, he somehow manages to kill two police officers, take over a busload of tourists and kill them all, and crucify three men on crosses. Do none of these people, including armed officers, fight back? Are we to expect they just sit back and let themselves be murdered?
This mystery was a lot more violent than I usually read but the Easter Story in the Bible is a violent though blessing event in the end. The author did a good job of bringing the story to a modern telling of the Easter story event. My favorite part of the book was the description of the passover celebration events told in great detail by describing the meaning of the Jewish food eaten during this time and the meaning of each family get together to celebrate passover. I don't think I will read another book in this series though.Too violent for me.
No, no, No!!! With over 700 Christian Fiction titles in my collection (and 400 non-fiction), I cannot believe that this book made it into the category of Christian Fiction. While I really liked the developing relationship of the Cindy, the church secretary and Jeremiah, the rabbi, the rest of the book was a great disappointment! For me, not just because of the overly described gory details--although those were bad enough--it was the lack of redemption in the story, that lack of finding the grace and love of Christ Jesus. And, no, I was not looking for a "happy ending" -- in fact pursued the book to the end, looking for HIM. I did not find Him; I found a few good people--but little to no glimpse of that goodness coming from a relationship to, and with. God. My recommendation: Don't read it.
I was very disgusted with this book. I expect a book that is found on a Christian website to be a "clean read." I believe the author went way to far with her graphic descriptions of the murder scenes. I also feel the plot line was unrealistic. I mean really how many people can one person kill at a time. I like a good murder mystery, but I don't want to be left feeling sick to my stomach due to the gory descriptions. I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone who wants to keep their mind from evil.
For years, the trend in Christian fiction has been to make books as ecumenical as possible. So when a church is mentioned, it's usually given a generic name that could fit almost any denomination. Debbie Vigui makes a bold move in The Lord is My Shepherd. Not only does she make her mystery-solving church secretary a Presbyterian, but then she pairs her up with the Rabbi from the temple next door. Together, Cindy and Jeremiah must unravel the clues leading them to a serial killer. As they are constantly thrown together, they forge a bond of trust and friendship that transcends their religious beliefs.Vigui's book packs a double whammy. First, it's a great mystery. As the clues unfolded and the tension increased, I found it harder and harder to put the book down to deal with real-life issues. Second, it's a wonderful story of two people from two very different backgrounds who discover that, at heart, they're not so different after all. The friendship that grows between Cindy and Jeremiah is very sweet, and what they learn about each other's faiths is illuminating. The Lord is My Shepherd is the first of The Psalm 23 Mysteries, so fans of this book will get to meet Cindy and Jeremiah again when I Shall Not Want comes out in Fall 2010. It will be interesting to see how Vigui handles the friendship between her Presbyterian secretary and the intriguing Rabbi. If it blooms into something more tinged with romance (which many readers will expect it to) there will be some controversial faith issues to deal with. But I'm confident this series will deliver in stellar fashion. Kudos to Vigui and to Abingon Press!NOTE: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for reviewing purposes
Mondays are no one's favorite day of the week, but for a church secretary they are awful. Nowhere else but in a church have people been digging through your desk, walking off with all your office supplies and reorganizing your desktop. Every Monday you spend the first hours of the week finding all of your "stuff" and putting your office back together. Cindy walks into church dreading those details plus she knows it is going to be extra busy with Easter week, but before she can ever make it to her office she trips over a dead body. Her screams bring the Rabbi from the Jewish synagogue next door running to her assistance. Unknown to them, this meeting won't be their last and neither will this murder.There are three views of faith in this book. The Rabbi is obviously Jewish. Cindy is Christian and Mark, the investigator, is an unbeliever. Ms. Viguie goes into a great deal of detail explanating the details regarding the Jewish faith and traditions. The Rabbi plays the role of "hero" to Cindy throughout the book. Although it is Easter week in the book, the only details regarding Easter involved the murders. It was also a little disconcerting that the pastor was portrayed in such an inept manner. This book was a great read. Very well written and definitely a great fit for the mystery genre.