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Blind Hope: An Unwanted Dog and the Woman She Rescued

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Who would ever think that an almost-blind mutt could transform a hurting young woman's life? When Laurie adopted Mia, she wanted to show the world how kind and unselfish she was. But her relationship with her defiant dog unmasked Laurie's spiritual ugliness Meeder's lyrical retelling offers hope and healing for wounded hearts. Paperback.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 208
Vendor: Multnomah Books
Publication Date: 2010
Dimensions: 8.00 X 5.19 (inches)
ISBN: 1601422806
ISBN-13: 9781601422804
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Publisher's Description

An unwanted dog. An emotional rescue.
Two lives forever changed.

Laurie's dreams had been shattered before she came to work at Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch—the ranch of rescued dreams—where broken horses and broken children encounter healing every day. In an attempt to soothe her aching soul, Laurie reached out to save a dog in need. And she soon began to realize that the dog was rescuing her.
 
An inspiring true story told through the engaging voice of Kim Meeder, Blind Hope reveals poignant life lessons Laurie experienced from her ailing, yet courageous canine friend. Despite the blindness of her dog—and her own heart—Laurie uncovered what she really needed most: authentic love, unconditional trust, and true acceptance, faults and all.
 
As Laurie and her dog, Mia, both learned to follow the lead of a master they couldn’t see, Laurie discovered the transforming power of God’s grace even for imperfect and selfish people—and she experienced a greater love than she had ever known.
 
"Love is a bridge that stands firm through difficulties and connects one heart directly to another, not because of how it looks, but because of what it is."    --Kim Meeder, Blind Hope
 

Author Bio

Kim Meeder is the author of Hope Rising and Bridge Called Hope. Along with her husband, Troy, she owns and operates Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch in central Oregon. Crystal Peaks is a nonprofit organization that rescues abused and neglected horses and pairs them with disadvantaged children, offering the children a place of safety, peace, and hope. In 2004, Kim received the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Award, one of the nation’s highest honors for public service.
 
Laurie Sacher is a team leader at Crystal Peaks Youth. Laurie graduated from Point Loma Nazarene University in 2003 and taught English as Second Language in Spain before returning to her native California roots to pursue her passion for kids and animals. 

Endorsements

“Blind Hope is a powerful story, made even more beautiful by the fact that it is not simply a fairy tale. Kim Meeder creatively recalls for us how Laurie Sacher’s unique interactions with the dog she saved ended up pointing her back to her Savior. In a culture obsessed with reality TV, I pray our hearts can not only be entertained and perhaps touched by this true story but that we would be changed by it.” — Angela Alcorn Stump, co-author of The Ishbane Conspiracy

“On her ranch in Oregon, Kim Meeder brings wounded horses and broken kids together and sees healing miracles on a regular basis. Blind Hope, a wonderful analogy of how God sees and loves his children, shows how a blind and ill dog named Mia helped to bring healing, love, and acceptance to the young woman who rescued her. Laurie’s statement ‘My dog is blind…and now I see” is the story of all of us. This book could change your life.’ — Lauraine Snelling, author of No Distance Too Far, all the Red River series, and One Perfect Day along with many other novels

“I thank God for Kim Meeder—she is one of my heroes! Her passionate love for the Lord, for children of all ages, and for animals is inspiring. She is thoroughly dedicated to whatever assignment God brings her way, including writing this beautiful account of the special bond between a woman and her dog. Kim brings an ongoing message of hope with this story, and she does it so well.” — Danae Dobson, author of Let’s Walk the Talk

“Skidboot opened my eyes to a lot of life and love. After reading about Laurie and Mia, I learned even deeper lessons that our four-legged friends can teach us. This book shows very clearly how God has used dogs to spread his love. Thank you, Kim and Laurie, for sharing this story.” — David Hartwig, friend of Skidboot, the world-famous Texas blue heeler, featured in Angel Dogs with a Mission: Divine Messengers in Service to All Life

“Kim Meeder takes the reader along on a unforgettable journey with Laurie and her blind dog, Mia. Dog and human bring out the best in each other through hardship and friendship as the bond between the two grows deeper. And the beauty of nature provides the path that Laurie and Mia travel as they experience the ups and downs during teachable moments.” — Joan Dalton, founder and executive director, Project POOCH

“Kim Meeder again shares a touching story of how God continues to use all of creation to move in and through our lives. Blind Hope gives us another glimpse into the amazing animal-human bonds that can bring fullness to our lives and move us to reach out to others, to reach out to hope, joy, and authentic love.” — Danna L. Harvey, animal-assisted therapy handler

"Poignant and convicting. I was touched by the way Kim told Laurie and Mia’s story. I hope I can be as open to hearing the voice of God through unexpected ways." — Diane Bloyd Kent, volunteer for Guide Dogs for the Blind

“The human-animal bond is a special connection. Kim Meeder highlights this in Blind Hope as she draws parallels between each one of us and our Savior, Jesus Christ. As Kim says, ‘To trust, listen, and believe takes time and practice.’ She surely knows how to portray an important message of salvation while entertaining and showing life lessons with Laurie and Mia.” — Roxie Mudder, volunteer for Guide Dogs for the Blind

ChristianBookPreviews.com

In the inspirational true story Blind Hope by Kim Meeder and Laurie Sacher, readers are shown a prime example of how a dog can change a person’s life for good. Whereas this abused, blind, and disobedient dog may have its issues, so does its new owner, Laurie, and they work together to overcome these problems. The author’s purpose is to reveal just how much an unwanted dog can teach someone about God by trusting its owner and not giving up.

After adopting this dog, Laurie finds herself comparing her relationship with God to the relationship that her dog (whom she names Mia) has with her. Laurie begins to learn about biblical truths, such as trust, belief, faith, and surrendering completely, all because of her dog Mia. This book jumps around a lot from past to present, and it is told from the perspective of Laurie’s best friend, Kim. Through the next several months, Laurie explains to Kim all of the lessons she has learned from this dog whenever she has a chance. Kim Meeder, co-owner of Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch in Oregon, does a great job of relating Laurie’s experiences to the reader and also encouraging the reader to examine their own lives right along with Laurie.

About halfway through the book, Laurie’s life suddenly changes as Mia is diagnosed with canine diabetes. The veterinarian informs Laurie that Mia is going blind and is also slowly dying. The news devastates Laurie and within the next month, Mia is blind. Even though things seem hopeless with Mia, Laurie doesn’t give up on her. She teaches Mia how to listen to the sound of her own voice and go out in public without running into anything. Through Mia’s blindness, Laurie realizes just how blind she has been to God. Because of this blind dog, Laurie commits her life to Christ. This book’s main focus seems to be on the unconditional love that God has for us and that no matter how long we try and run away from Him, he is always there for us in the end. A verse that reminded me of this is Romans 8:38-39, “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (NIV)

Overall, Blind Hope is filled with great spiritual insight and important lessons that we all need to exercise in our own lives. This touching story between Laurie and her dog, Mia, is one to remember. The only weakness seems to be in the dialogue itself, but if you can get past that, this book is a great story for dog lovers of all kinds. – Jonathan Hausler, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com

Publisher's Weekly

Meeder (Hope Rising) tells the story of an unwanted dog whose forlorn and broken heart and body called out to Meeder'sco-author, Sacher, and how, in their subsequent relationship, the dog became the agent of spiritual rescue to her owner. Together, Meeder and Sacher write about their own meeting and work at Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch in Oregon, where Sacher was moved to take ownership of a disabled pooch that she renamed Mia. In a completely disarming manner, Meeder relates a love story between Sacher and Mia as human and dog grew to trust one another one day, one bump, and one bruise at a time. Meeder parallels their human/canine relationship with the trust and love Sacher develops with God. With humorous and poignant asides, Meeder beautifully bridges the gap between the sad and silly, showing the lovely and forsaken aspects of the individual heart so powerfully that readers will be coaxed into revisiting their understanding of the rescue God readily offers to all. (July) Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Blind Hope
 
"Blind Hope is a powerful story, made even more beautiful by the fact that it is not simply a fairy tale. Kim Meeder creatively recalls for us how Laurie Sacher’s unique interactions with the dog she saved ended up pointing her back to her Savior. In a
culture obsessed with reality TV, I pray our hearts can not only be entertained and perhaps touched by this true story, but that we would be changed by it."
—ANGELA ALCORN STUMP, co-author of The Ishbane Conspiracy
 
"On her ranch in Oregon, Kim Meeder brings wounded horses and broken kids together and sees healing miracles on a regular basis. Blind Hope, a wonderful analogy of how God sees and loves his children, shows how a blind and ill dog named Mia helped to bring healing, love, and acceptance to the young woman who rescued her. Laurie’s statement ’My dog is blind… and now I see’ is the story of all of us. This book could change your life."
—LAURAINE SNELLING, author of No Distance Too Far, all the Red River series, and One Perfect Day along with many other novels
 
"I thank God for Kim Meeder—she is one of my heroes! Her passionate love for the Lord, for children of all ages, and for  animals is inspiring. She is thoroughly dedicated to whatever assignment God brings her way, including writing this beautiful account of the special bond between a woman and her dog. Kim brings an ongoing message of hope with this story, and she does it so well."
—DANAE DOBSON, author of Let’s Walk the Talk
 
"Skidboot opened my eyes to a lot of life and love. After reading about Laurie and Mia, I learned even deeper lessons that our four-legged friends can teach us. This book shows very clearly how God has used dogs to spread his love. Thank you, Kim and Laurie, for sharing this story."
—DAVID HARTWIG, friend of Skidboot, the world-famous Texas blue heeler, featured in Angel Dogs with a Mission: Divine Messengers in Service to All Life
 
"Kim Meeder takes the reader along on a unforgettable journey with Laurie and her blind dog, Mia. Dog and human bring out the best in each other through hardship and friendship as the bond between the two grows deeper. And the beauty of nature provides the path that Laurie and Mia travel as they experience the ups and downs during teachable moments."
—JOAN DALTON, founder and executive director, Project POOCH
 
"Kim Meeder again shares a touching story of how God continues to use all of creation to move in and through our lives. Blind Hope gives us another glimpse into the amazing animal-human bonds that can bring fullness to our lives and move us to reach out to others, to reach out to hope, joy, and authentic love."
—DANNA L. HARVEY, animal-assisted therapy handler
 
"Poignant and convicting. I was touched by the way Kim told Laurie and Mia’s story. I hope I can be as open to hearing the voice of God through unexpected ways."
—DIANE BLOYD KENT, volunteer for Guide Dogs for the Blind
 
"The human-animal bond is a special connection. Kim Meeder highlights this in Blind Hope as she draws parallels between each one of us and our Savior, Jesus Christ. As Kim says, ’To trust, listen, and believe takes time and practice.’ She surely knows how to portray an important message of salvation while entertaining and showing life lessons with Laurie and Mia."
—ROXIEMUDDER, volunteer for Guide Dogs for the Blind

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  1. Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    God bless All the animals
    November 12, 2012
    LyonsLady
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This is a true story and these are my favorite types to read, especially ones that I can relate to and this one is exactly that. When I saw the cover of this book and read what it was about I just had to get a copy to read...

    We have rescued 2 dogs and a cat, so I can understand exactly what Kim and Laurie have shared in this wonderfully written story of how this precious dog and woman were both very blessed to meet and share their lives together...

    What a special treat (no pun intended) how they share exactly what I say often "God will and can use anything and everything to get out attention"...this true story is proof...

    This is so easy to read and keeps you wanting to turn the next page to see what happens next. Love the honesty that Laurie is not afraid to share.

    Anyone at the age of 5 and up would enjoy this easily written book...which I find so refreshing because sometimes books can be so wordy and long that sometimes they are never read through to the end...this one is not!!! And it is for everyone who has OR has not have had the blessing of having a pet of ANY kind...

    How Kim & Laurie share Gods Love through this sweet precious dog just rekindles my love for God and our fur babies....

    Truly a MUST read for enjoyment and to share Gods Love to those who do not know HIM. I will be sharing this book with my sister in law who has 4 rescued Beagles and pray she will draw closer to God with me.

    What a JOY JOY JOY!!!!!!!

    I ask Yahweh to continue to use Laurie & Kim by writing more books to share Gods Love and for His Glory. And Him blessing all the ministries HE leads you in and through. In Jesus Matchless Name AMEN.

    Please visit their web site: www.crystalpeaksyouthranch.org

    I received this book free from Waterbrook Press to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 55
  2. Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    May 20, 2012
    Phronsie Howell
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Who knew that you could learn so much from a pet, even if it isn't your own! I really enjoyed this book. I love the openness in Kim's writing and I am thankful that Laurie let her share the story. Mia is such an inspirational little dog, I just wanted to love on her the whole book! The story of Laurie and Mia is amazing. I found myself nodding in agreement/understanding at several points throughout the book. Highly recommend this book, but don't expect to come away with dry eyes!

    Disclaimer: I received this book for free from Waterbrook Multnomah in exchange for an honest review.
  3. Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    A real tear-jerker
    April 27, 2012
    jnjdet
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I think there were tears in my eyes by the end of the prologue and they didn't go away either. This was a beautiful story of a dog being rescued as well as a woman who learned about who she was and who God is through rescuing a dog. You know the saying "God works in mysterious ways", here's a great example. I loved how she understood her relationship with God through the relationship she had with her blind dog. Her blind dog had to trust that her master was leading her the right way. It was all about trust and obedience. When Mia, her dog, thought she could find her own way without listening to her master's voice, she ended up being wounded by running into something. She would finally give up doing it on her own and go the way the voice was telling her to go. Such a great picture of how it is with us and God wants us to trust and obey Him. I thoroughly enjoyed the story. There were some awkward interludes between Laurie and Kim that threw me off when reading and seemed unnecessary to the story. But other than that, this is well worth the read - as long as you are prepared for some tears.

    I received this book free from Waterbrook Multnomah in exchange for my review.
  4. Eugene OR
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great read
    April 27, 2012
    Misty
    Eugene OR
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I do not read a lot of books because they do not hold my interest, but I read this book in less than 3 days. Did not want to put it down. Such a wonderful story and such a good message. Bought copies for my church library and have loaned my copy out to friends. Recommend reading for all my friends.
  5. WI
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Reviewing BLIND HOPE by Kim Meeder & Laurie Sacher
    April 21, 2012
    BevK
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    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    From beginning to end, this true story will grab your heart, instruct, and along with tears, make you smile and say "God IS good and all-caring--all creatures great and small.' This is the story of an unwanted dog and the woman she rescued. The authors are located in Oregon at a ranch that generally takes in abused horses and along with that, youngsters who need help as well; the two working together, heal each other.

    Important issues that are brought out in good taste include the hidden inner anguish this girl has put herself through. She was raised in a loving, good Christian home that attended church regularly, but as she describes her 'fall' all parents need to be watching for the signs she lists: joining the rebellious crowd where 'no one is ever at fault', moral code slackens, blaming others for what she didn't want to change; did not take responsibility for her own choices, changing her clothing from modest to tight and revealing and wore heavy, dark makeup. She matched her internal pain with external piercings.

    The dog the girl is rescuing is dirty, unkempt, and sickly -- soon the dog goes blind, and she has to train it to get along without injuring itself. She concludes that much of the dilemma she has with the dog is the same as what her parents once had with her i.e., how does she allow the dog to learn from her own mistakes without being harmed by them... now she understands how hard it must have been for her parents when she had more selfish desires than sense. In the training of her dog she sees that it was not words that changed her actions but the consequences. Pain.

    All her life she has faked knowing things just to please people and make friends, including her relationship with God. She finally understands she needed to pursue her relationship with God, for real. Previously she believed nothing was her fault, that things just 'happened' to her so she was the victim and had no responsibility to change.

    The beauty in the story is when she concludes with the thought that no one ever warned her that when you rescue a dog, the life you save might be your own.

    The book is filled with photos of the girl and the dog, and is beautiful to read. I highly recommend this book for all parents to read as well as teens and young adults. It can help those having difficulty as well as those put in authority to teach.

    "I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review." and was not required to give a positive review.
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