When I was a little girl, my Dad (who was 61 years young when I was born), wanted me to read two books. This was one of them. The Hills of the Ozarks always remind me of being a little girl with my Dad. We would go fishing together. Once when we were wading into waters that were neck high to me, I said to him, "Daddy, as long as you hold my hand, I'll go anywhere and do anything!!" The faith of a child.....The Shephard of the Hills is such a great book in so many ways. I LOVE the faith of the story and the truths we see of, "Walking to a different drummer". There are so many good books out there with emphasis on so many cultures. For me, the "simple" is often the best. In nursing school they said, "Always go back to the basics then you can build your knowledge from there." This book lays an excellent "basics of life" and what's even better is you can see the cabin and the ampitheater and Sammy's "lookout" in those them hills! It was a great book when it was written and it still is. Harold Bell Wright is a good Author. I have all his books except one and would have it but it is cost prohibitive. Happy Reading all!