The lyre and the lambs … A review


Lyre & Lambs

Sydney Avey’s sequel to The Sheepwalker’s Daughter masterfully walks the reader through the winding path of relationships, faith, and discovery. Set in the sixties, tradition clashes with modernity in one neighborhood. Difference erupted in opposition.

Dee’s mother’s home burned to the ground in The Sheepwalker’s Daughter. Tradition burned.

Dee’s daughter, Valerie, built a modern glass house in its place. After it was built, Dee and her husband, Roger, moved in with Valerie and Andy; two couples living in a glass house. Difference crystalized.

Soon, Father Mike asked the couples if his  “sensitivity group” of at-risk young men could meet in the glass house. Neighbors paced their dogs by and peered through the glass at the boys in their circles during the “sensitvity” meetings.

Then, one-by-one young relatives make their home in the glass house. One from New York. Another from Navarre, a Spanish province. The third from Israel.

Two couples … two generations; three young people … three very different cultures … all living in one very modern house that the neighborhood glared into. Mix with that regular gatherings of noisy young men, and the neighborhood erupts in anger; demands from a City Councilman, angry town hall meetings, and threats become the norm.

Why did we kill Christ? He offered something good, but we couldn’t get past the challenge to be different. If I understood why people are so dead set against what looks different, I might understand what’s behind our neighbors’ opposition to everything we do.

With these clashes, Dee examines her traditional thinking and her judgments of her neighbors, her mother, her daughter, Father Mike, one young man, and herself. The “what if” questions bombard her mind.

One day, a body is found in glass house’s backyard, and life in the glass house unravels.

Lord, I can’t imagine how this will all work out, but You are good. I will watch you work these disasters together for our good, in the way that only You can. Give me courage to face this day.

With the letting go, comes freedom.

The Lyre and the Lambs is an enjoyable read for pleasure and for an insightful look at how we sometimes judge differences.

Avey has included thoughtful discussion questions at the end of the novel as well as resources for parents and concerned friends.

I will incline my ear to a proverb;
I will solve my riddle to the music of the lyre. Psalm 49:4

I finished reading and stopped to reflect upon the book’s particularly poignant title. Insightful.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from HopeSprings Books, an imprint of Chalfont House Publishing, in exchange for my honest review.

My prayer

Our Great Shepherd, thank You for leading Sydney Avey as she walked us through the sixties, turmoil on one street, and the growth of Christians as they dealt with their storms in their lives. Bless Sydney with many more books that glorify You. Bless the readers who encounter Sydney’s books, and give them the insight that You would have them glean from Sydney’s writings. Thank You for The Lyre and the Lambs, dear Lord.

Do you call God Daddy?






Daddy found his artistic abilities in his retirement.








But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law, so that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. Because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” Therefore you are no longer a slave, but a son; and if a son, then an heir through God. Galations 4:4-7

Isn’t it marvelous that God has given us mothers and fathers? They nurture, cuddle, and carry us when we are babies. They teach, provide, and protect us when we are children and teens. They advise, babysit, and befriend us when we are adults.

Fathers are unique. When all is right, Christian fathers give us a glimpse of our Father in heaven. They provide for their families. They protect their families. They lead their families. They receive honor.

I called my father “Daddy.” Jesus called His Father, “Daddy – Abba.”

Paul writes to the Galations that “God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!”

We can call the God of the universe “Abba.”

My prayer for you

Abba, thank You for Your lovingkindness, Your provision, Your protection, Your leading. May Your love penetrate fathers today and work in families today. We honor You. We thank You, Abba, Father.

Have you called Almighty God, Daddy? Did that change your perspective of God?

The Sheep Walker’s Daughter … A reflection upon choices

The Sheep Walker's Daughter by Sydney Avey

Loss, secrets, history, meaning, and spirituality. The Sheep Walker’s Daughter intertwines Basque history, the landscape of Northern and Central California, and the Basque region of Spain.

Sydney Avey weaves gold and silver threads of mothers and daughters into a family tree, a tapestry of the Tree of Life.

Dee seemed to be on auto-pilot until her mother died and new people entered her life. With the new relationships, came questions about Dee’s choices, her mother’s choices, and her daughter’s choices.

As I read this book, I thought about the secrets still existing in my family history. I thought of the choices I have made, the choices my mother made, the choices her mother made, and how those choices influenced our families, our history.

With loss, comes reflection,

“The things we leave behind aren’t important. What’s important are the memories we carry forward and what we do because of them.”

With the revealing of the secrets, comes a blossoming of opportunities, freedom, and reflection.

What are you waiting for? An invitation? What am I waiting for? I’m waiting for something.”

The Sheep Walker’s Daughter is a great read that can be read for sheer enjoyment, AND it can catapult the reader into examining the choices she has made, the relationships she has nurtured, and the relationship she has with God.

I highly recommend this book.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from HopeSprings Books, an imprint of Chalfont House Publishing, in exchange for my honest review.

My prayer for you:

Father, thank You for Sydney Avey and her thoughtful reflection upon the choices women make and how they impact our relationships with others and with You. May the readers of The Sheep Walker’s Daughter reflect upon their choices and be blessed.

May the Lord bless you and reveal the secrets of your family history and unfold the rich tapestry that you have woven.