Blind Hope

24 Jul

An unwanted dog. An emotional rescue.
Sometimes the life you save may be your own.

Laurie had her own shattered dreams before she came to work at Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch—the ranch of rescued dreams—where broken horses and broken children encounter healing every day. Reaching out to save a dog in need, Laurie soon realized that the dog was rescuing her.
An inspiring true story told through the engaging voice of Kim Meeder,
Blind Hope reveals poignant life lessons Laurie experienced from her ailing, yet courageous canine friend. Despite the blindness of her dog—and her own heart—Laurie uncovered what she really needed most: authentic love, unconditional trust, and true acceptance, faults and all.

As Laurie and her dog, Mia, both learned to follow the lead of a master they couldn’t see, Laurie discoverd the transforming power of God’s selfless love even for imperfect and selfish people—and she experienced a greater love than she has ever known.

“Love is a bridge that stands firm through difficulties and connects one heart directly to another, not because of how it looks, but because of what it
is.”              -Kim Meeder, Blind Hope

Kim Meeder is the cofounder and director of Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch, an organization that rescues abused and dying horses and pairs them with children in need. Kim’s first book, Hope Rising, propelled the ranch to win the national Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Award and launched her extensive public/motivational speaking schedule at schools, churches, and governmental conferences across the United States. She and her husband, Troy, have been married for twenty-five years and live in Central Oregon. The size of their family fluctuates each year with the number of horses and kids that they rescue.

Laurie Sacher is a team leader at Crystal Peaks Youth. Laurie graduated from Point Loma Nazarene University in 2003 and taught English as Second Language in Spain before returning to her native California roots to pursue her passion for kids and animals. When she isn’t working at the ranch, Laurie enjoys running with her dog, snowboarding, hiking, horseback riding, and spending time in coffee shops with friends.


My Impressions

Kim Meeder and Laurie Sacher present a heart-warming story of an unwanted dog, rescued and loved back to health.  But the rescue of Mia takes a back seat to the rescue of Laurie Sacher’s life. Blind Hope is more than a dog story, it is a tale of God using the foolish things of our world to teach those who view themselves as wise. Mia, a neglected, ill and blind Australian Shepherd, came into Sacher’s life just when she needed her.  Sacher rescued Mia to make herself feel good; to prove to herself she could be a good person.  But Sacher soon finds out that God has other plans.  He wants her to be not a good person, but a child of His.

My husband is a veterinarian and works with a number of rescue groups in our area. Daily we see dogs and cats who are crying out for love and a good home.  Some of these animals can be saved, others cannot. But everyday, more than hurt animals, my husband sees hurt people crying out for love and a place to belong. The truth is, all of those people can be saved. Blind Hope is the type of book that can reach out to those people.  I highly recommend this book and will place a copy in the waiting room of my husband’s office.

Highly Recommended.

(Thank you to Multnomah Publishers for a copy of Blind Hope for review.  The opinions expressed are mine alone.)

To buy a copy of Blind Hope, click here.

To learn more about Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch, click here.

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