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.
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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.
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.
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.
Reviewing BLIND HOPE by Kim Meeder & Laurie Sacher
April 21, 2012
Age: Over 65
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.