Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Book Reviews-The Dog That Talked to God & The Cat That God Sent


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. 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.


As I was reading this book, I wished that my dogs could talk! This book was quirky, cute and I loved it. There is a lot of Spiritual truths in the book that come from Rufus, the dog!

It was really a great story about Mary, who is stuck and grieving the loss of her husband and child. You see her struggling to move forward yet not knowing exactly how to do this. Enter Rufus, the dog she adopts and brings home.

I do believe that animals can help us so much. No, they don't actually talk, but they can give us a glimpse into the Lord's unconditional love and we see this between Mary and Rufus. It's such a sweet story and I really enjoyed it! I think you will, too!!


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.


Another adorable book about a precious animal! I so enjoyed this book, too! One of the first novels I read as an adult were the "Cat Who" books by Lillian Jackson Braun. This book reminded me a lot of those novels and I just loved it.

I really liked the relationship that develops between Petey, the cat, and Pastor Jake. Petey helps Jake to seek God in situations and I loved his interaction with the people in Jake's life, too.

This is a sweet book that I really enjoyed and I highly recommend it!

*These books were provided to me for my honest review by LitFuse Publicity Group


Jim 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.

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Blessings - Julie

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