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Overview One woman's impulsive foray into sheep herding provides an unexpected education in God's shepherding love for his people, in this work told through hilarious, heartwarming stories.
Publishers Description One woman's impulsive foray into sheep herding provides an unexpected education in God's shepherding love for His people.
Sharon Niedzinski and her family never expected their lives to change so quickly. It all started with an unsolicited call from their realtor--their dream farm had come up for sale. A new life in an old farmhouse seemed like the perfect adventure. As Sharon fixed up the house, she looked at the green pastureland outside, and a new theme emerged: "New England Countryside." She ordered a flock of white Columbia ewes to match the Waverly plaid wallpaper, matching curtains and blue carpet. She had no idea what she was in for...
While dealing with orphan lambs, tail cuttings and foot rot, Sharon began to experience firsthand the amazing truths buried in the many Scriptures referencing God as our Shepherd. Through hilarious, heart-tugging stories, the author tells how those truths radically changed her life and brought her closer to our hard-working, sweat-stained, real-life Shepherd--Jesus.
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Studio: Thomas Nelson
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.1" Width: 5.3" Height: 0.6" Weight: 0.37 lbs.
Release Date Oct 14, 2008
Publisher Thomas Nelson
ISBN 0849920043 ISBN13 9780849920042
Reviews - What do customers think about Heaven Has Blue Carpet?
Our Good Shepherd Jan 21, 2010
I am yet to meet a follower of Jesus Christ who does not have a very special place in their heart for Psalm 23. Most of us can recite it by heart from our Sunday school days. Yet, Sharon Niedzinski, in her book `Heaven Has Blue Carpet,' truly opens our eyes to the treasure to be found in the analogy of the sheep and his Shepherd that flows throughout the pages of scripture. The book's sub title states that this book is a `sheep story by a suburban housewife' and whilst the cover of the book is very unassuming, it does not prepare you for the experience of discovering the intimacy and dependence that resonates from the text: `The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want.'
Sharon skillfully takes you into her world of sheep herding and through her `shearing shed, good grain' on the job training experience and `chew on this' leaves you in appreciation and reverend worship of our Good Shepherd. It is funny, exhilarating, and informative, you almost feel like a part of the adventure. As I read this book I truly wanted to visit this farm and see with my own eyes the beautiful landscapes she describes and the sheep that had brought such wonderful revelation of the love of God for me.
I think of the parable Jesus tells Peter about gratitude and how the person who is forgiven much loves much. When we have been in church for a while, we have a tendency to lose sight of the depravity of man and we perhaps do not love as we ought to. Sharon 's story about Joey took me back to my depravity. Who would have thought that we could learn so much about humanity from sheep? What I loved most about this book is that it allows you to see our Shepherd and how he could leave the ninety nine sheep in search of the one that was lost. I too am persuaded that `Heaven has Blue Carpet.' What a wonderful opportunity to fall in love with Jesus all over again. A must read for all who love the Lord with an undying love.
Insightful and interesting Nov 3, 2009
I really liked this book. As a suburbanite who knits, I wanted to read up on sheep farming out of curiosity. She raised sheep for meat and not for wool, but much of what she goes through is probably what wool sheep farmers also have to face.
Even more importantly, she gives insights into what sheep and shepherding are really like and draws parallels with Christianity and Christ, and that really touched me as I read this book. I didn't know any of the things she mentions about sheep, and so everything was new and interesting to me.
She has scripture passages interspersed in her stories to make points about how her experiences can be applied to a Christian's life. Most of the passages are very appropo and insightful, although near the middle and end of the book, sometimes I didn't quite see the connection between the prose and the scripture, and sometimes the scripture was a bit too much (I prefer less scripture and more prose when I read a book, that's just my personal preference). Also, sometimes her prose got a bit preachy near the ending, but that might be simply because she's trying to speak to people who are not Christians.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to any Christian I know. The insights she gives into the parallels between sheep and Christians are fantastic.
Heaven has Blue Carpet Oct 2, 2009
This was one of the best books I have ever read. Besides learning all sorts of interesting things about sheep, I learned how much we humans resemble them in our behavior. It brought out the connection between a sheep and his shepherd and us and our Shepherd, Jesus. A friend lent it to me and I loved it so much I bought 2 from this site, one to keep and reread (I always need reminders) and one to pass on. The book itself was in pristine condition. Thanks, this site!
cute book Apr 23, 2009
not wowed by it, it is a cute afternoon or two read about a woman who paints a nice picture of hearding sheep and compares them to her christain walk. I admit I didn't find a lot of humor in it but the concept as a Christain was good overall. Very simple and an easy bedtime read.
Maybe I expected too much from the book but i felt that it lacked something for me anyway. While there are some good points and antidotes I didn't feel the book was as good as I had hoped.
The only reason I gave it five stars is becaue I felt that it was not my cup of tea but I could see how someone else would be delighted by the author and the message.
cute book Apr 23, 2009
I enjoyed the book but it was a bit fluffy for my taste. The author paints a rosey picture of hearding sheep while expounding on Christain princicipals (the sheep are stubborn and willful where part of this anaology comes in)
I found it a cute "chick book" and while I was not wowed by it , it is a good way to kill an afternoon or two. Not too heavy handed but I admit I had a hard time finishing it.