Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Book Review: Blind Hope

I'm sure you as my readers know by now, I love animals and am a sucker for them...especially dogs so when I saw this title, the cover and the synopsis of Blind Hope, I knew I had to read it. I was very excited to receive it from Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing Group and started reading it right away. 

The Synopsis:

An unwanted dog. An emotional rescue.
Two lives forever changed.

Laurie's dreams had been shattered 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. In an attempt to soothe her aching soul, Laurie reached out to save a dog in need. And she soon began to realize that the dog was rescuing her
An inspiring true story told through the engaging voice of Kim Meeder, Blind Hopereveals 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 discovered the transforming power of God’s grace even for imperfect and selfish people—and she experienced a greater love than she had 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

The authors
Kim Meeder is the author of Hope Rising and Bridge Called Hope. Along with her husband, Troy, she owns and operates Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch in central Oregon. Crystal Peaks is a nonprofit organization that rescues abused and neglected horses and pairs them with disadvantaged children, offering the children a place of safety, peace, and hope. In 2004, Kim received the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Award, one of the nation’s highest honors for public service. 
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. 

I have to say there are many feature I loved about this book, the fact that it was based on a true story and the real pictures included. You can visualize yourself there with them as they went through their own respective ordeals. I think Meeder is very commendable for what she did and as a result of that, her relationship with Sacher and Mia (the dog) led to the salvation of both a blind dog and a child. It was very touching and well worth the read. A word of caution though, some people may find this book a tad too preachy. I know, near the end, it was definitely getting that way for me and that took some of the enjoyment off the book. Although I thoroughly appreciate the goodness of God in my life, I do not feel the need to mention it constantly throughout the book and then it comes on especially strong in the last 10-20 pages. Overall though, it was a beautifully written book and I am happy for them the way things turned out.  It is a very quick read being only 178 pages so it only took me about an hour to read. I would recommend it for any animal lovers. Its very inspirational and I'd give it a 4.5 out of 5. 

Until next time,

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Waterbrook Multinomah Publishing Group for the purpose of this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed are MY OWN.

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