Tuesday, March 20, 2012

The Dog That Talked To God by Jim Kraus

Hey There!

You know I would have to read it, because it is a dog... and he is talking to God. Hence the book name The Dog That Talked To God. Rufus is a toy or miniature Schnauzer. (A breed that I have a hard time spelling their name!) The start of this book starts out with Mary. I need to tell you that because for a while I wasn't sure exactly who was telling this story. Dogs, and my dogs are one of my passions. Thus I have to enlighten you a few things first before I continue about this interesting book.

I knew Jim Kraus had done his research on how most AKC breeders tend to place their dogs because of all the details he put in this book. Being among those who carefully raise and screen new owners for my pups I feel it important to tell you that gone are the happy days when we could let people come to our homes. The sin that destroys so many has leaked over into even this realm. So if you are ever getting a puppy, be it AKC  or anything else, please do not be upset if the breeder tells you that you can't come to their house. That aside, all is quite well. You simply must adjust this story to being in a bit of a day-gone-by when it was still safe to let a possible new owner come to your home and meet the parents of the puppies and see your home, etc. To anyone who thinks this is a safe practice in today's world - think again! Now back to Rufus.

Mary soon finds out that Rufus (who she had fixed!) can talk. He talks to her, and he talks to God. Naturally, of course, our animals talk to God. Did anyone ever really doubt that, or did that though never cross their minds? God has sent Rufus into Mary's life to help her find her way out of where she has been. She has been in grief, despair, separated from God, close to compromise and much more. Mary is in the worst darkest, most lost period of her life. Being a writer with published books is a cold comfort to waking up alone with your husband and son gone. It is even colder if you feel like you can't talk to God because He allowed your family to leave Earth. But a dog's perspective isn't quite the same as ours. Rufus's conversations with Mary have great impact on her life, but is Rufus really talking to God, or is Mary just loosing the last bit of her sanity?

The ending was good, but left me a bit sad. That is my only other "complaint."
O.k. I am up way to late, I had to bath a few of my own canines tonight and I feel a deep need to hug my dogs while I pray.


This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
The Dog That Talked To God
Abingdon Press (March 2012)
Jim Kraus


Jim Kraus grew up in Western Pennsylvania and is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh. He attended the Paris-American Academy in 1971 and has spent the last twenty years as a vice-president of a major Christian publishing house. He has written more than 20 books and novels (many with his wife, Terri). His book, The Silence, was named as one of the top five releases in 2004 by the Christian Book Review website. He is also an award-winning photographer. He and his wife and 14-year-old son live outside of Chicago with a sweet miniature schnauzer and an ill-tempered Siberian cat.

A wonderfully quirky, heart-breaking, heart-warming and thought-provoking story of a woman's dog who not only talks to her, he talks to God.

Recently widowed Mary Fassler buys a miniature schnauzer, Rufus, and her world is turned sideways in the midst of her grief. It seems that Rufus speaks. And not just to her. He also talks to God.

Mary has no choice except to believe Rufus, the miniature schnauzer, who claims to speak to the Divine.

The question is: Will Mary follow the dog's advice, and leave everything she knows and loves? Is this at the urging of God? Or is it something else?
Will Mary risk it all or ignore the urgings of her own heart?

If you would like to read a chapter excerpt from The Dog That Talked To God, go HERE.

The book link is: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1426742568 

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