Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Blind Hope: An Unwanted Dog and the Woman She Rescued by Kim Meeder and Laurie Sacher

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 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 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

My Review:
This small book tells about Laurie Sacher, a staff member at the Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch in central Oregon, who rescues a dog, Mia. In various life lessons, Mia teaches Laurie how to better relate to God. For example, Mia becomes blind and must listen for Laurie's voice to avoid the pitfalls around her. So too, spiritually blind Laurie must listen for God's voice.

It's simply written as conversations between Laurie and the author and can be read in an hour or two. Since most people relate easily to dogs, the spiritual lessons could nicely serve as devotionals.

Thank you to Melissa Sturgis at WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for my review copy.

If you'd like to read the Prologue, click here.


bermudaonion said...

This sounds great! I do believe we can learn so much from animals if we make an effort to.

SierraBella said...

As a friend of the authors & the ranch, I love reading all the reviews. Thank you for yours.

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