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.
Cross Over Troubled Waters
Hope is like the starsalways 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. Its the galvanizing truth that no matter how deep your pain…Gods 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 dont love me… You just say that cuz youre an adult and its kinda like your job. But I know you dont 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, "Im sick and its getting harder and harder to do the things I love!" while her indomitable will shouted back, "Yeah, but Im 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 Id 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 sharesand livesan 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 Id 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 usor it can define us. The choice is uniquely ours." Kim Meeder
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. Kims 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.
Kim Meeders 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.
Meeders 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