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Vendor: Authentic Media
Publication Date: 2014
Author Jan Dunlap was suffering increasingly severe bouts of anxiety after a medical misdiagnosis slapped her in the face with an acute realization of the tenuous nature of human life. A degreed theologian, Jan found her personal faith in God and His promises severely shaken and her enthusiasm for life being replaced by growing fear and debilitating insecurity. Then a rescue-shelter black lab-mix by the name of Gracie came into her life as her daughter's new pet, and Jan determined to do whatever it took to provide both her daughter and the dog with the sense of security she herself no longer felt.
She quickly discovered, however, that Gracie had her own agenda, and it was all dog. From chasing squirrels to jumping fences to the occasional roll in dead fish, Gracie taught Jan that life is for living, not dreading. As she began to realize that Gracie was helping her manage her anxiety, Jan also came to a new awareness of how a loving God provides healing through His own works of creation. Part memoir and part medical exploration of the truly healing gifts that God freely offers us through our interaction with animals and nature, Saved by Gracie is a story of God's redeeming love revealed at the paws of a dog.
Author: Jan Dunlap
Located in: Chaska, Minnesota
Submitted: April 22, 2014
Tell us a little about yourself. I'm the mother of five grown children, wife, author, speaker, former college professor, and advocate for engaging with nature. I grew up as an Army brat, living around the US and in Germany, but I've called Minnesota home since 1982.
What was your motivation behind this project? When I realized that spending time with our adopted rescue dog was helping me overcome my anxiety issues, I wanted to share my experience with others in hopes it might help them manage anxiety, or at least remove the stigma from having anxiety issues.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? I hope they gain an appreciation for the divine design of God's creation and how it can heal us emotionally, physically, and spiritually. I hope it offers anxiety sufferers another way to heal.
How were you personally impacted by working on this project? My faith in God was deepened, I learned to overcome my anxiety, I learned about the scientific research that affirms how good animals are for us, and I lost 15 pounds walking our dog! I'm now amazed when I speak with readers about how so many of us suffer from anxiety and are afraid to talk about it, which makes us all feel isolated.
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? The Bible inspires me every day with its wisdom and practicality. Richard Louv's books about nature healing are a big influence on my own life and interests.
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: I love connecting with readers at my website jandunlap.com and welcome speaking engagements. My website is designed to make you smile, and I hope visitors sign up for my monthly newsletter at the bottom of my home page to keep up with me and Gracie!
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