The Raven and the Dove, The Big Fish, and The Stubborn Donkey: Stories of Animals from the Bible (Paperback)

The Raven and the Dove, The Big Fish, and The Stubborn Donkey: Stories of Animals from the Bible By Sandy Eisenberg Sasso, Roy DeLeon (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Sandy Eisenberg Sasso, Roy DeLeon (Illustrator)
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From the snake in the Garden of Eden to the lost sheep in Luke’s parable, stories about fish and birds, rams and goats abound. We read about them, but they have no voice of their own.  Here we allow the raven and the dove on Noah’s ark, the big fish that swallowed Jonah, and the donkey on which Balaam rode, to be the narrators of their own stories, to inform us and help us to re-imagine our stories. We learn something about the intrinsic value of all living beings, and something about ourselves. 

About the Author

Sandy Eisenberg Sasso is the best-selling author of In God's Name, God's Paintbrush, Cain and Abel, and other books. She is a rabbi and earned her Doctor of Ministry degree from Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis, where she lives and works.

Roy DeLeon is an Oblate of St. Benedict, a spiritual director, a workshop facilitator focused on creative praying, an Urban Sketcher, and a professional illustrator. In addition to illustrating The Pope's Cat series, he is also the author of Praying with the Body: Bringing the Psalms to Life. He lives in Bothell, Washington, with his wife, Annie.

Praise For…

“Sandy Eisenberg Sasso has a gift for sparking religious imagination in children—and in the rest of us. In her new book, three iconic biblical stories are told from the animals’ perspectives and new life and meaning is breathed into them. The unwilling raven, the whale who describes Jonah as a ‘bitter pill,’ and the donkey who knows herself to be her master’s ‘greatest asset’ are a delight. Fresh, funny, and wise, this book is a treat.” —Jennifer Grant, author of Maybe God Is Like That Too and A Little Blue Bottle

“A donkey who would appreciate it if her owner, Balaam, thanked her once in a while. A giant fish who complains that swallowing Jonah gave him indigestion. Combine this with a clever collaboration between a raven and dove on Noah’s ark and you have a delightful reimagining of biblical tales from animal perspectives. Sandy Eisenberg Sasso writes with verve and insight, giving readers much to enjoy.” —Jacqueline Jules, author of The Generous Fish and Never Say a Mean Word Again

“In these wise and witty tales, animals invite us to look through their eyes for a fresh view of some familiar stories. A big-hearted whale, a perceptive donkey, and the pragmatic partnership of raven and dove teach us about new life, compassion, and the true nature of blessing. Through her playful yet respectful handling of biblical texts, Sasso reminds us that God speaks in surprising ways, and that we still have much to learn from other creatures. Perfect for reading aloud, this collection is sure to spark laughter and deep wondering among adults and children alike.” —Laura Alary, author of Breathe: A Child’s Guide to Ascension, Pentecost, and the Growing Time and Read, Wonder, Listen: Stories from the Bible for Young Readers

“Biblical characters are far from being perfect people. Thankfully, animals come to the rescue in Sandy Eisenberg Sasso’s re-envisioning of three classic stories. No longer mere sidekicks, creatures take center stage as the heroes of these beloved tales, making sure we look in unexpected places for a fresh point of view.” —Rabbi Mychal Copeland, author, I Am the Tree of Life: My Jewish Yoga Book

“In these new stories, Sandy Eisenberg Sasso engages familiar biblical texts with her imagination and ears attuned to the ways God speaks through a dove, a raven, a fish and a donkey.  Children of all ages have the chance to wonder about how God waits for us hoping we will find ways to ‘make a life worthy of blessing.’” —Rev. Dr. Elizabeth Caldwell


Product Details
ISBN: 9781640606630
ISBN-10: 1640606637
Publisher: Paraclete Press
Publication Date: October 19th, 2021
Pages: 64
Language: English