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|Title: Blind Hope: An Unwanted Dog and the Woman She Rescued|
By: Kim Meeder, Laurie Sacher
Number of Pages: 208
Publication Date: 2010
|Dimensions: 8.00 X 5.19 (inches)|
Weight: 6 ounces
Stock No: WW422804
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. Lauries 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 Meedershe 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 Lets 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 Mias 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
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 Lauries 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 Lauries experiences to the reader and also encouraging the reader to examine their own lives right along with Laurie.
About halfway through the book, Lauries 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 doesnt 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 Mias blindness, Laurie realizes just how blind she has been to God. Because of this blind dog, Laurie commits her life to Christ. This books 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
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