I’m sure you’ve heard the adage that God works in mysterious ways. Have you ever wondered just how mysterious those ways can be? If so, check out The Cat That God Sent and The Dog That Talked To God by Jim Kraus!
These two novels will delight both animal and non-animal lovers alike and make a perfect addition to your summertime reading list. They also make great selections for book clubs as they come with discussion questions in the back of the books.
Both books are available from their publisher, Abingdon Press. The Cat That God Sent or The Dog That Talked To God: which book do you want to read first?
The Cat That God Sent by Jim Kraus – Book Review
The Cat That God Sent tells the story of Jake Wilkerson – a single young pastor who has left his last church under mysterious circumstances. On the day he shows up for his new pastoral assignment at a small, rural church in Pennsylvania, hoping for a fresh start, he encounters a stray cat – a Siberian/Maine Coon Mix who (unbeknownst to Jake) believes he is on a mission from God!
Even though Jake has never owned a pet – his mother would never allow such a thing – Jake decides to keep the cat, who Emma, the town vet, names Petey during his visit for an injured paw.
Although Jake had hoped for a low-profile existence in his new pastorate, he soon learns that his role as the new pastor in a small town has thrust him into the spotlight and made him a celebrity of sorts. He also learns there is no privacy and no secrets in a small town. The tongues of Coudersport cannot help but wag when Petey starts showing up for his Sunday morning sermons – when a young runaway named Tassy ends up on Jake’s doorstep – and when Emma the single vet begins digging into his past!
I loved the cover and appreciated the many humorous moments throughout the book. I particularly loved Petey the cat (who is the spitting image of my Maine Coon, Legend!)
The Dog That Talked To God – Book Review
The Dog That Talked To God tells the story of Mary Fassler – a novelist whose world is turned upside down when her husband and son are killed in a terrible automobile accident. As a result of her loss, her faith suffers a terrible blow, and she stops talking to God.
One day, she adopts a Miniature Schnauzer named Rufus. Imagine Mary’s surprise when she learns that Rufus can talk!
Rufus doesn’t talk to just anyone though. Rufus talks to his owner, Mary, and to God! Before long, Mary and Rufus are regularly conversing – and Mary discovers that Rufus has lots of ideas on what she needs to do to get past her grief and to move her life forward.
Will Mary step outside of her comfort zone and heed the advice of her dog? Is the advice that Rufus offers divinely inspired, or the ruminations of a lonely woman?
This heartwarming story was nominated as an ECPA Book of the Year (2013). I thoroughly enjoyed this story, and I’m sure that you will too!
About Jim Kraus
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 book, Bloopers, Blunders, Jokes, Quips, and Quotes. He and his family live outside of Chicago with a sweet miniature Schnauzer named Rufus and an ill-tempered Siberian cat named Petey.
For More Information:
- Visit Jim Kraus’s website.
- Visit Jim Kraus’s Book Tour Page.
- Visit The Cat That God Sent on Amazon.
- Visit The Dog That Talked To God on Amazon.
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Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from Litfuse Publicity to review. I was not compensated or required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.
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