I had hoped I would like this book better than I did, but unfortunately, it was not to be. I love dogs, and the beginning of the book was fine. However, once our heroine had Rufus (the dog) "talk," I really lost interest. I know that we tend to think that our animals talk, but this was just too much for me to accept.
There were some points of the book that did interest me. I was intrigued when Mary first got Rufus. And then about the middle of the book, there was an area that certainly got my attention. And her entire discussion of her love life and views on dating were pretty intriguing.
I really struggled with the fact that she continued to have Rufus pray to God for her. Eventually, that stops, but I felt like Mary never truly finds her faith again. The gospel message is truly lost in this book. It is neat that God brings along "signs" to show her that she is doing the right thing.
The book is clean, and the message is pure. For that reason alone, many people will probably enjoy the book. Rufus is certainly a cute, smart dog, but I just struggled to truly embrace this book.
I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated in any way, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.
Great book, but I'd change the title... I bought it before and it made the circuit so much I lost touch of my original. So, bought another to send to my friend who lost her husband. The book brings consolation to the hurting, but in all things Our Father is the All in All.
Jim Kraus in his new book "The Dog That Talked to God" published by Abingdon Press takes us into the life of Mary Fassler.
From The Back Cover: Sometimes the least expected can be the most amazing
Recently widowed Mary Fassler buys a Miniature Schnauzer, Rufus, and her world is turned sideways in the midst of her grief. It seems that Rufus speaks. And not just to her. He also talks to God.
When Rufus begins sharing advice that could result in major changes, Mary gets the feeling the pooch might not be steering her in the right direction. Or, is she just afraid to take the leap and discover something she desperately needs? Only Rufus...and God...knows.
"The Dog That Talked to God" reminded me of the old Disney movies, you know the kind the used to make when Walt Disney was alive. Rufus is a joy and I wish that I could have a dog like him. Mary is a complicated human being, aren't we all?, and God wants to heal her damaged heart and uses Rufus to accomplish this. "The Dog That Talked to God" is about grief and how not healing from grief can cause a person not to move forward and fulfill destiny. Mr. Kraus has given us a wonderful story where he can explore the pain of losing your spouse and child and how we blame God and withdraw, both from Him and the world. To heal from this kind of trauma it takes the love of God but we have to let Him. Sometimes it takes a Rufus to accomplish this. Besides if you are a dog lover you already know you talk to your dog and doesn't it seem that your dog understands? "The Dog That Talked to God" is a highly enjoyable adventure. I look forward to more from the talented Mr. Kraus.
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The story of Mary, a recent widow and Rufus the dog that becomes her companion and sounding board from GOD. Mary is going through a very difficult time of her husband and son being killed in a tragic car accident. As she gets Rufus she starts to realize how much in life you consider material and self centered issues and what is really the purpose of what GOD wants for you. When Mary and Rufus go for walks, that is when she talks to Rufus and then one day and everyday after Rufus starts to answer her back, sometimes he will even ask her questions. that leaves Mary to face reality. It made me smile, as a dog person you sometimes in life look at your own dog and wonder what they are thinking. This book gives a take on what they are thinking, many times I have made my own mind up as to what they are thinking, but this story puts it into perspective.
I would recommend this delightful book, it is different and so enjoying. If you are a dog lover, you will LOVE this book and if you are not a dog lover you will get a whole new insight on dogs, GODS creations and maybe become a dog lover. Everyone should read this book.
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Jim Kraus is not only a great writer, he also thinks outside the norm, and, is a dog person. Has your dog ever talked to you? Yes? See, that is not fantasy, it is reality. Well, maybe dogs do not talk in audible words, but those of us that have dogs are sure to see the expressions of Rufus in the actions and looks of our own dogs and it is not that much a stretch of our imagination to figure that dogs talk. We all know how intelligent these friends of ours are. Now that I have told you that, I will tell you that I found this book hard to connect to. Perhaps it was only that the Point of View was first person, and that is a personal thing. This fact does not stop me from picking up another one of his books and enjoying it. The story is well told, and completely realistic (well, i think that even those readers that are not dog lovers will think that, except for that little bit about a dog being able to talk in human voice that humans can understand). Jim does a great job of bringing out the aspects of grief....from being angry at God, to closure.
Thank you to Litfuse Publications who provided a free book in exchange for an honest review. A positive critique was not required. The opinions stated are my own.