Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Animal Lovers Take Note...

The Dog That Talked To God (from the back cover)

Sometimes the least expected can be the most amazing! 

Recently widowed Mary Fassler buys a Mininiature 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.

When Rufus begins sharing advice that could result in major life changes, Mary gets the feeling the pooch might not be steering her in the right direction.  Or is she just afraid to take a  eap and discover something she desperately needs?  Only Rufus -- and God -- knows.

The Cat That God Sent (from the back cover)

Meet Petey, your not-so-average cat -- on a mission from God.

Disillusioned young pastor, Jake Wilkerson, has just arrived at his new assignment in the small rural church of Coudersport, Pennsylvania.  Also new on the scene is Petey, a cat of unknown origins and breed--but of great perception.

As Jake sets about doing the business of ministry, Petey's continued interference brings chaos to the community of curiously off and eccentric people--residents like the faith-avoiding veterinarian Emma Grainger and Tassy, a young runaway with a secret.  An expert at hiding his fears, Jake wonders if all this--and the cat to boot--is more than he can handle.  What is Petey's real "mission"?  Perhaps something larger than Jake--or even Petey--can possibly know.

My thoughts...

Ok, let's just get this out of the way.  The dog on the cover is ADORABLE, although I may be a little biased to the breed!  We do, in fact, have a miniature schnauzer in our household, with 2 living next door at my parents as well!  And the cat...while I am not normally fond of long-haired breeds, the color and markings are so similar to our cat that this cover intrigued me as well!

Once past the covers, the inside of each book had my fullest attention also!  I loved the interaction between the humans and the animals, and the story lines both flowed so freely.   The characters were very well developed, and the writing structure was excellent too.  Having never read a Jim Kraus book before, I wasn't sure what to expect.  But let me tell you, Kraus knows his stuff!

Jim Kraus, author of more than twenty books and novels, has spent the last twenty years as a vice president of a major Christian publishing house.  When it comes to cats and dogs, he has first hand experience; his family has a sweet miniature Schnauzer and an ill-tempered Siberian cat!

I give this book 4 stars and would highly recommend them to any animal lover!  When picking up a copy for yourself, make sure to get a few to keep on hand as they would make wonderful gifts!

**I received these books in exchange for my honest opinion**

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