The Cat That God Sent and The Dog That Talked To God by Jim Kraus

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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

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
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

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.

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9 Responses to “The Cat That God Sent and The Dog That Talked To God by Jim Kraus”

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  1. Mary Bearden
    Twitter: mmbear5

    Hi! Got your message and I can’t remember your email and I guess that goes to show how much we rely on the computer remembering it for us and don’t need to look at it!

    I am scared silly when all the Mother’s Day Giveaways end because some of them had several new sponsors and I have no idea how to get in touch plus one PR Agency had 3 different companies spread out on 3 of them.

    I hate to do it but I will have to leave an email in their General Email box or Contact Me and hope that they will get it to the right person who handles the giveaways or at least know to send it to the PR Agency.

    I have been scrambling to get my new email to all the more important companies like Tomoson, Bzz Agent, MyBlogSpark, and lots more. It will take me a long time to find everybody. I used to get around 200 to 300 emails a day and now I am lucky if I get 100. I can’t figure out if they are re-routing them or what? Looks like they would do all of them that way if that is what they are doing or they may have grabbed my outgoing so it did not reach the people.

    I did have some winners this week that never answered my emails and some were regular winners so I had to leave messages on their FB and they told me that they did get the emails but I never got them. So, they have to be getting the ones coming in or both.

    I will never know how many review opps I have lost because I will never get that email. Well, I guess maybe in some ways it was a good thing for me to slow down some but I wanted it on my terms, not to be forced to slow down.

    By the way, I reviewed this one, too! Did you get the Dog one also? Since I lost all my saved emails telling me what to do with each book review, I just went ahead and did them both at the same time. Litfuse has them together on their site so I just copied whatever they had. I have about 5 books that were sent by the author themselves and that will be tricky trying to find out their emails when the reviews are up. What a mess!

    Anyway, gotta get back to work but wanted you to have the new email. Email me sometime this weekend and we will catch up. Especially since all my shows are over until the fall. Sure will miss Revenge and Red Widow and Once Upon A Time. That is the only day of the week that there is something good to watch all night long!

    Talk to you soon,

  2. Joyce says:

    Jim Kraus sounds like a person I would love to know! His stories sound refreshing and delightful! I’m going to look for these books.

  3. Melissa B
    Twitter: RecentBooks

    Both of these books sound wonderful! =)
    Thanks for the reviews!

  4. Ineke Kruger says:

    I put your review on The dog that talked to God on my blog. Hope you don’t mind

  5. Reta says:

    Now you’re talking as I would love to read both books; and I agree with you that the cat pictured on the jacket resembles Legend. These books will be on my light reading list for summer after your review.


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