The Legend of Ten-Gallon Sam and the Perilous Mine

This second biblical allegory/Western book in the "Heroes of Promise" series by the Miller brothers is published by Warner Press, Inc.

The Legend of Ten-Gallon Sam and the Perilous Mine is written for kids ages 4 to 7. The age range reflects readability and not necessarily content appropriateness.

Plot Summary

The White Rider tells a Western couple that they will have a baby boy. Their boy, Sam, will be strong as long as he wears the White Rider's hat. What the White Rider says comes true. When Sam is old enough, the White Rider asks him to stop Phil the banker from tricking the people of Promise, Sam's town. Sam thwarts Phil's scheme to rob people of their farms through a shady livestock trade. Over time, Sam begins to like Phil's niece, Delilah, who is into fashions. To keep her affection, he buys a new suit that comes with a new hat. Immediately, Delilah burns his old hat, and before long, Phil kidnaps and holds Sam in a secret mine. Without his hat, Sam is powerless. When Sam tells the White Rider he's sorry, the White Rider gives him a new hat, and Sam's strength returns. To stop Phil and his gang, Sam collapses the mine with himself and all of Phil's gang inside.

Christian Beliefs

This is the story of Samson told as a Western allegory.

Authority Roles

Sam's parents prayed for him long before he was born. The White Rider takes care of His people in the city of Promise.

Other Belief Systems


Profanity/Graphic Violence

Cows are killed, Sam hurts coyotes and people who get in his way, but the illustrations are well-handled. In the end, Sam, Phil and all of Phil's gang die. Nothing inappropriate is shown in the illustrations.





Discussion Topics

If your children have read this book or someone has read it to them, consider these discussion topics:

  • Discernment helps people make wise decisions.
    When did Sam need discernment?
  • Why do you think Sam let Delilah talk him into buying a new suit and hat?
  • Who could give Sam the wisdom he needed to make good choices?

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