The Grace of Dogs: A Boy, a Black Lab, and a Father's Search for the Canine Soul  -     By: Andrew Root
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The Grace of Dogs: A Boy, a Black Lab, and a Father's Search for the Canine Soul

Convergent Books / 2017 / Hardcover

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: Convergent Books
Publication Date: 2017
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0451497597
ISBN-13: 9780451497598

Publisher's Description

In the bestselling tradition of Inside of a Dog and Marley & Me, a smart, illuminating, and entertaining read on why the dog-human relationship is unique--and possibly even "spiritual."
 
Dr. Andrew Root's search for the canine soul began the day his eight-year-old son led the family in a moving Christian ritual at the burial service for Kirby, their beloved Golden Retriever. In the coming weeks, Root found himself wondering: What was this thing we'd experienced with this animal? Why did the loss hurt so poignantly? Why did his son's act seem so right in its sacramental feel?
 
In The Grace of Dogs, Root draws on biology, history, theology, cognitive ethology (the study of animal minds), and paleontology to trace how in our mutual evolution, humans and dogs who have so often helped each other to become more fully ourselves. Root explores questions like: Do dogs have souls? Is it accurate to say that dogs "love" us? What do psychology and physiology say about why we react to dogs in the way that we do? The Grace of Dogs paints a vivid picture of how, beyond sentimentality, the dog-human connection can legitimately be described as "spiritual"--as existing not for the sake of gain, but for the unselfish desire to be with and for the other, and to remind us that we are persons worthy of love and able to share love. In this book for any parent whose kids have asked if they'll see Fido in Heaven, or who has looked their beloved dog in the face and wondered what's going on in there, Dr. Root delivers an illuminating and heartfelt read that will change how we understand man's best friend.

Author Bio

Andrew Root, PhD, is a professor at Luther Seminary whose research explores our most common lived experiences for their theological and even transcendent depth.  A graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary, Dr. Root is often mentioned as one of the leading scholars in youth ministry and practical theology in the world. His 2011 book, The Theological Turn in Youth Ministry, was awarded Book of Merit by Christianity Today in 2012. Known for an engaging presentation style that laces together stories, theological depth, and humor, Root is a sought after speaker at conferences, colleges, and churches around the country.  His latest endeavor includes being the principal leader for 1.2 million dollar John Templeton Foundation grant called "Science for Youth Ministry.

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