Way of the WolfWay of the Wolf by Martin Bell
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is one of those books that I could see reading again and again. Since it’s a collection of short stories, sermons, songs and poems, I’ll say what I thought about each of them.

Barrington Bunny – This is a classic little story and the one that I first heard – the one that made me want to get this book. It is sad, but reading it now, as an adult, I can also see the positive side of the story. As a child, I thought that the other animals were cruel to Barrington. Now, I can see that they just didn’t expect his kindness towards them.

The Secret of Stars – I love that he included music with this (and the other pieces of music in this book). I’d like to see if I can play this at some point, to get a better feel for it.

Noel – the Lone Ranger – I found this piece to be sort of a mixture between poetry and prose. I like it, but it was a bit unexpected in places.

What the Wind Said to Thajir – This story was just plain amazing! Possibly, my favorite in the book.

Incarnatus – Another song that I think I’d have to hear to truly appreciate.

Hunger and Hurricanes – This reads more like a sermon than a story. I found it very interesting and thought provoking.

Where are the Nine? – I’ve often wondered about this and… I loved this take on that story in the Bible. Really quite cool.

How the Demons Captured Amy and What Happened Then – This was an interesting story. I wonder what happened when Amy finally went home…

Apparition – This is just a very good example of free verse poetry. I thoroughly enjoyed it and the message it had.

Walls and Things – Another song… I like the lyrics, but I really need to hear it to know whether I like it or not.

The Boy Who Lost His Magic – This story is just… really powerful and deep. The ending just resonated with me for quite some time after reading it.

On the Death of Colin Stuart – Having recently lost someone very dear to me… this piece really spoke to me. This is something that people should read at funerals, perhaps substituting the name of the deceased.

Wood, Nails and Colored Eggs – The whole sermon was really powerful in its message. I burst out laughing at the image at the very end, though. It was so completely unexpected and wonderful.

Come Gather, Children – Such an awesome message! So true! I really need to be able to hear these songs.

Rag-Tag Army – This… is just too perfect!

The Wheat and the Tares – I really enjoyed this. The parable of the Wheat and the Tares was always an odd one for me. I like this view on it.

Now, Therefore, Tiger – The imagery here was so powerful! I very much enjoyed this poem.

Counterquestion – This essay/sermon it really thought-provoking. For someone like me, who has trouble giving straight answers sometimes, it’s something of a wake-up call.

Brand of the Tiger – This is a song and I’d need to hear this to judge it properly. However, I like the idea of it.

The Porcupine Whose Name Didn’t Matter – This story is so sweet. It made me cry, not because a character died at the end, but because it touched on what it means to be and have a friend.

Some Gospel Themes – These are verses from the Gospel that the author used as inspiration for the stories. All of them were familiar enough to me that I only needed to read the first line to remember them.

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