The Dog That Whispered  -     By: Jim Kraus
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The Dog That Whispered by Jim Kraus

Professor Wilson Steele thinks it's too late to have a family---but his mother disagrees. When she gives him a black lab named Thurman, she insists the dog whispered to her about grandchildren. Wilson thinks it's hogwash. But he is spending more time with widow Emily and her kids. Could Thurman be encouraging him?

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 336
Vendor: FaithWords
Publication Date: 2016
Dimensions: 8 X 5.25 (inches)
ISBN: 1455562564
ISBN-13: 9781455562565

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Bestselling author Jim Kraus returns with a heartwarming tale about a dog who has people convinced he can talk.

Wilson Steele is a single professor and Vietnam veteran who likes living alone, insisting it's too late for him to have a family. His mother disagrees. When she impulsively adopts a rescued black lab mix, she insists Thurman is special, and has whispered of the coming of grandchildren. Wilson brushes the notion off as fantasy. When his mother learns of her retirement community's 'no pets' policy, she forces Wilson to take the lovable dog. Wilson notices Thurman's growls do sound like words, but he knows he's just projecting his own thoughts on the animal. If Wilson is talking to neighbors on their walks, and spending time with Emily, a widow with three children, it isn't because Thurman encouraged him. After all, everyone knows dogs can't talk...can they?

Author Bio

JIM KRAUS is a longtime writer and editor who has authored or co-authored more than 20 books, both fiction and nonfiction. Jim and his wife, novelist Terri Kraus, and one son, live in the Chicago area with a sweet miniature schnauzer and an ill-tempered Siberian cat.


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Kraus makes Thurman's thoughts come to life in a way that is believable for a dog--altruistic, loyal, simplistic and honest. While the idea of a dog talking is obviously far-fetched, this novel is fun and hits on important issues, namely the mental health of veterans. The Dog That Whispered is a fast yet thought-provoking read.—RT Book Reviews
"Kraus, well known for his animal stories (The Dog That Saved Stewart Coolidge), charms fans again with his latest canine tale...This sweet novel is for readers who love tales of sentient pets, or just well-told, simple stories of redemption and forgiveness."—Publishers Weekly
"This novel is fun and hits on important issues, namely the mental health of veterans. The Dog That Whispered is a fast yet thought-provoking read."—RT Book Review on The Dog That Whispered
"...charming novel...."—Publishers Weekly on The Dog That Talked to God
"Kraus is good."—Publishers Weekly on The Cat That God Sent
"The Dog That Talked to God is a moving and powerful read, inspirational long after the last page has been turned."—New York Journal of Books on The Dog That Talked to God

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  1. Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A delightful novel
    June 29, 2016
    bookwomanjoan
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    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
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    Do you talk to your dog? Does your dog talk to you?

    Kraus has created another delightful novel about an insightful dog who talks. Well, Thurman sort of growls but some people can understand exactly what he is saying. That would include Wilson Steele. He's an English professor with a past that includes horrors from Viet Nam. He'd made such a mess of his life back then that he is convinced God would never forgive him. He is certain too that he must live in solitude, not deserving a family.

    But his mother has other ideas. She impulsively adopts a rescue dog. When the retirement home will not let her keep it, she makes Wilson take him. She knows he could use the companionship. That is the beginning of a relationship that changes Wilson's life.

    I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. It is an entertaining novel about character transformation and healing. Kraus has woven together the lives of several people who need a touch of love and a gentle push in the right direction. Thurman is the dog for the job. He knows exactly the right phrase to growl (or say) to move people toward the place where God can heal them.

    This is a great book for dog lovers. It's great for people who like to read novels showing how God works events to bring people the healing they need and the relationships that enrich them. That God uses a dog is a fun and rewarding aspect of the novel.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of an independent and honest review.
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