Wednesday, March 21, 2012

CFBA Book Review: The Dog That Talked To God

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.

I seriously, truly enjoyed this book!  If you are a dog lover you will too!  Do you ever find yourself talking to your dog?  I do, and sometimes I wonder what he would say if he could talk back, sometimes I'm glad he cannot.

Well, Rufus is one dog that CAN talk, or is Mary just losing her mind?  Rufus seems to know just what to say and when to say it.  He has a way of making Mary think, and Mary has quite a bit to work through in her life.  She is very lonely, which is of course why she got Rufus in the first place.

This book isn't just a happy book, there is a great big bit of sadness surrounding Mary due to the death of her husband and son.  As with everyone who has suffered a great loss, Mary struggles each day to overcome her grief, she struggles with church, she struggles with the mundane...and Rufus, well, he's going to help her, and even before he begins to talk, you'll see his healing powers!

Dog lovers beware, you're going to fall in love.  Non-dog lovers, you may change your mind when you give this little guy a chance!

*I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for review from CFBA


1 comment:

  1. I am not a dog person, but my son got a golden lab two years ago. It is the first dog in my whole life that I am not afraid of. I would not have a inside dog, but I like them outside. They are good watch dogs and also, I talk to him through the kitchen window when I wash dishes. I might try this book sometime.


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