Blind Hope: An Unwanted Dog and the Woman She RescuedHere's the basic idea of the book:
"Meeder (Hope Rising) tells the story of an unwanted dog whose forlorn and broken heart and body called out to Meeder'sco-author, Sacher, and how, in their subsequent relationship, the dog became the agent of spiritual rescue to her owner. Together, Meeder and Sacher write about their own meeting and work at Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch in Oregon, where Sacher was moved to take ownership of a disabled pooch that she renamed Mia. In a completely disarming manner, Meeder relates a love story between Sacher and Mia as human and dog grew to trust one another one day, one bump, and one bruise at a time. Meeder parallels their human/canine relationship with the trust and love Sacher develops with God. With humorous and poignant asides, Meeder beautifully bridges the gap between the sad and silly, showing the lovely and forsaken aspects of the individual heart so powerfully that readers will be coaxed into revisiting their understanding of the rescue God readily offers to all."
Thank you to WaterBrook Multnomah for providing this book for review.
The author of the book, Kim Meeder, is the founder of Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch, a faith-based organization which started from a desire to rescue horses and soon grew as a sanctuary for young people. Kim has written two other books of stories from the ranch and how it has touched lives. This book was a departure in that an entire book was devoted to Laurie's journey.
Laurie sacher is a team leader at Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch. Laurie graduated from Point Loma Nazarene University in 2003 and taught English as a Second Language in Spain before returning to her native California roots to pursue her passion for kids and animals. Listen to this well-done video:
There is a beautiful bond with Mia and Laurie. Words cannot explain the depth of God's love for Laurie as she reaches out to rescue a dog. Yet Kim Meeder and Laurie Sacher beautifully express the journey of one girl letting go and unselfishly caring for her dog who is slowly going blind.
How many of us are animal lovers who enjoy reading about animals? Add to the mix, real down to earth lessons of life, full of up and down struggles and a real genuine acceptance between a girl and her dog. The two just seem to influence one another in a heartwarming, transformed relationship of love. You'll easily finish this sweet book in a short time but it will leave you with lasting impressions of love and friendship. 5 stars! My favorite part is:
"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."
“You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me.” — C. S. Lewis