Book Review(s): The Cat That God Sent and The Dog That Talked to God

17 May

CatGodSentCover-e1363390500620Meet 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 Sally 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.

DogTalkedToGod-e1363390849241Recently 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. When Rufus begins sharing advice that could result in major changes, Mary gets the feeling the pooch might not be steering her in the right direction. Or, is she just afraid to take the leap and discover something she desperately needs? Only Rufus…and God…knows.

JKraus-144Jim Kraus grew up in Western Pennsylvania and has spent the last twenty years as a vice president of a major Christian publishing house. He has written more than twenty books and novels, including the best-selling The Dog That Talked to God. He and his family live outside of Chicago with a sweet miniature Schnauzer and an ill-tempered Siberian cat named (of course) Petey.

My Impressions:

Looking for humor, a dog (or cat) story, or just a good read filled with a strong message of God’s love and grace? Then look no further! Pick up Jim Kraus’s books The Cat That God Sent and The Dog That Talked to God. Much more than just animal tales, these books will touch your heart and your funny bone.

The people in both of these books have a little trouble communicating with God. They are hurting, doubting and grieving. So it is no wonder they need a little help from the four-footed, furry friends in their lives. I laughed out loud at the observations by Petey the cat and the innocent remarks of Rufus the dog. I also shed a tear when the message of grace, provision, and love was shared so sweetly through the pages of the books.

These two are must reads for the animal lovers in your life. Or for those who need a reminder that God is indeed there and listening.

Highly Recommended.

To read what other reviewers are saying, click HERE.

(Thanks to LitFuse and NetGalley for my copies of these books. The opinions expressed are mine alone.)

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