Book Review: Surviving Henry

6 Aug

723569You don’t always know what you’re getting into when you bring home a puppy. Enter Henry, a boxer who suffers from Supreme Dictator of the Universe Syndrome. He vandalizes his obedience school, leaps through windows, cheats death at every turn, and generally causes his long-suffering owner Erin Taylor Young to wonder what on earth she did that God would send this dog to derail her life.

Through his laugh-out-loud antics and escapades, Henry will steal readers’ hearts. Anyone who has ever owned a dog, especially a canine catastrophe like Henry, will enjoy this lighthearted book about a dog who brings new meaning to the concept of unconditional love.

UnknownErin Taylor Young has a remarkable gift for making her readers laugh out loud even as she’s delivering hard truths about living a life of faith. Her down-to-earth writing style invites readers into the books that God has given her and sends them away refreshed and assured that we’re not in this gig alone. Her first humorous nonfiction, Surviving Henry: Adventures in Loving a Canine Catastrophe, will release in August, 2014.

Erin has written for Today’s Christian Woman, Thriving Family, Outdoor Guide, and Midwest Outdoors. In 2013 she received a Higher Goals award from the Evangelical Press Association. She was a finalist in the 2012 Genesis contest and a category finalist in the Phoenix Rattler 2011-2012 writing contest for her contemporary fiction.

Erin resides in Oklahoma with her well-meaning husband, their polar-opposite sons, and a noncompliant dog. When she isn’t writing or rescuing the dog from mortal danger, she works in a library where she gets to wander among books.


My Impressions:

My sweet Boston Terrier aka The Best Dog EVER has had her moments — chewing furniture, peeing in the house, chewing furniture, rolling in dead stuff, chewing furniture — but she is the best dog I have ever owned. But dogs, like people, are an investment of our time, talents and, yes, money. In her book Surviving Henry: Adventures in Loving A Canine Catastrophe, Erin Taylor Young details the often hilarious moments in dog-rearing.  I am a long time dog owner and the wife of a veterinarian and have just about heard it all. But Young’s experiences with her charismatic and frustrating Boxer take the prize. From puppy-hood, through the rebellious adolescent age to adulthood, Henry taxed even the most committed owner’s patience. Tempted to give up on Henry, Young states she heard a small voice telling her to stay the course. And in the end, she can honestly thank God for Henry. In talking about the kind of love it takes to be Henry’s owner, she voices a universal truth — It’s choices and challenges and changes that are about you and not the other person. It’s embracing — no embodying — the notion of unconditional giving. Of mercy. Of commitment. Fun and laugh-out-loud funny, Surviving Henry is a quick read that will appeal to the dog lover. I liked it — check it out!


Audience: all ages

(Thanks to Revell for a review copy. The opinions expressed are mine alone.)

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2 Responses to “Book Review: Surviving Henry”

  1. Erin Taylor Young August 9, 2014 at 12:02 am #

    Thanks so much for reading and reviewing Surviving Henry! I appreciate your time!

    • rbclibrary August 9, 2014 at 8:18 am #

      You are welcome. And thanks for stopping by!

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