Bridge Called Hope: Stories of Triumph from the Ranch of Rescued Dreams  -     By: Kim Meeder
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Bridge Called Hope: Stories of Triumph from the Ranch of Rescued Dreams

Multnomah Books / 2006 / Paperback

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Author Kim Meeder is cofounder and director of Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch that rescues abused and dying horses and pairs them with kids who have scars of their own. From this came more than 20 true stories of dramatic renewal and restoration. Be moved by a profound love that can rebuild from the inside out and discover how a hurt so deep can be met with God's love that is deeper still.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 256
Vendor: Multnomah Books
Publication Date: 2006
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.19 (inches)
ISBN: 1590526554
ISBN-13: 9781590526552
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Publisher's Description

Cross Over Troubled Waters

Hope is like the stars—always there, yet shining brightest in the blackest of nights. It is like the dawn, always rising anew. Hope is for everyone, and that includes you. This collection of more than twenty true stories from a ranch of rescued dreams unveils the heart of true strength and the character of genuine courage. Experience for yourself the kind of love and hope that change a person from the inside out. Because sometimes, just believing in someone is enough for them to start believing in themselves. It’s the galvanizing truth that no matter how deep your pain…God’s love exceeds it still.

Sometimes, just believing in someone is enough for them to start believing in themselves…

Without raising his eyes to look at me, in a voice barely clearing the horizon of a whisper, he said, "I know you don’t love me… You just say that ’cuz you’re an adult and it’s kinda like your job. But I know you don’t really love me."

Suffering and blessing balance on the same high wire, each giving stability and depth to the other. The one that we feel the most…is ultimately the one that we give the most.

It was her eyes that gave her away. The conflict of her mortal illness versus her will raged behind them. Her body shouted, "I’m sick and it’s getting harder and harder to do the things I love!" while her indomitable will shouted back, "Yeah, but I’m just a little kid, and little kids should get to ride horses!"

What a relief it is when we begin to understand that it is within our hardships that truth is elevated from our hearts to our heads.

"During the darkest days I’d ever known, I was introduced to the unconditional love of a little horse and a merciful God, and my life has never been the same," says author Kim Meeder. And her book proves that hope is not only for us to keep…but to give.

"Stirring, encouraging, and inspirational, Bridge Called Hope reminds us that hope is heaven sent for everyone, and that we, too, can make a positive difference in others’ lives."
-Eric Close, Actor

"Kim Meeder vibrantly shares—and lives—an amazing story of hope and restoration. A triumph of recovery for wounded hearts!"
-Louie Giglio, Director, Passion Conferences, and bestselling author

Story Behind the Book

"I was moved to write Hope Rising and Bridge Called Hope because, when I needed it the most, someone shared hope with me and it saved my life. During the darkest days I’d ever known, I was introduced to the unconditional love of a little horse and a merciful God, and my life has never been the same. Everything in our life is about choices. We cannot control our circumstances, but we can control how we choose to feel about them. The pain that we feel in this life is certain. What is equally certain is how we choose to feel about the pain. It can destroy us—or it can define us. The choice is uniquely ours." —Kim Meeder

Author Bio

Kim Meeder is the cofounder and director of Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch, an organization that rescues abused and dying horses and pairs them with children in need. Kim’s first book, Hope Rising, propelled the ranch to win the national Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Award and launched her extensive public/motivational speaking schedule at schools, churches, and governmental conferences across the United States. She and her husband, Troy, have been married for twenty-five years and live in Central Oregon. The size of their family fluctuates each year with the number of horses and kids that they rescue.

ChristianBookPreviews.com

Kim Meeder’s Bridge Called Hope is a collection of stories about Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch. Meeder and her husband Troy bought some property in Central Oregon in 1993 and have refurbished the land into a successful horse ranch. Bridge Called Hope testifies to how they have used the ranch as a ministry to children. Kim relates biblical truths to her experiences as a rancher and to the relationships that have formed between the children and her horses.
Meeder writes with a poetic style, employing imagery, similes, and detailed description. She is skilled at writing vivid, emotional scenes. She addresses topics such as anger, love, death, encouragement, physical disabilities, abuse, friendship, and prayer. As the title suggests, the central theme is hope. The book also includes black-and-white photos from the ranch along with quotes from children Meeder has worked with.
Meeder’s writing style and the large amount of stories about female characters may appeal more to women than to men. Bridge Called Hope would make a great gift for mother, daughter, wife, or friend. However, the heart-touching stories of this book may leave a lasting impression on any reader, regardless of gender, and especially on those who love horses and children. – Bridgette L. Oakes, Christian Book Previews.com

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  1. Kansas
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Hope is a bridge that we choose to cross.
    March 21, 2012
    raroeder
    Kansas
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
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    Meets Expectations: 5
    Real stories of how love is the best medicine and how giving hope to the wounded, be they human or animal, goes a long way toward restoration. Bridge Called Hope, is a beautiful book that will pull at your heart and show you that this world is not void of good. It will show you that miracles do happen through love put in action. It will show you that God works in His own way; sometimes through horses. I highly recommend, Bridge Called Hope.
  2. St. Louis, MO
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Love it so much!!!
    March 12, 2011
    eggprof
    St. Louis, MO
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
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    This book is full of miracles. It made my heart glad to read it and I couldn't put it down.
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    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    March 11, 2011
    mandasue
    Camarillo, CA
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    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
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    Such a sweet and heart warming book! I read it in 2 days and then passed it on to my mom so she could enjoy it.
  4. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    April 15, 2010
    Pam Aanas
    What an awesome book of hope and joy. I can't wait to read the next one. If you love animals and kids you know they belong together.
  5. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    March 29, 2010
    J White
    Great book! I love this ministry it's my fav charity at this time. Kim Meeder is inspirational
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