Monday, March 12, 2012

The Dog That Talked to God by Jim Kraus

Do you ever just want to read a good novel? A novel that keeps your interest, has nothing bloody or scary? A novel that has great characters, a good plot and a tear jerking ending? If so, this is the one for you.
Mary lost her beloved husband and son to an automobile accident four years ago. She is mad at God so she is not talking to Him. She still has the pain and she can't move on.
She decides to buy a schnauzer, a warm body to have close by. She names him Rufus and they enjoy their walks in the evening.
Then, one night, Rufus speaks, out loud, to Mary. He not only speaks to her, he speaks to God too. Through Rufus, Mary begins to see her way to healing. It is a slow process and there are some mistakes along the way. But Rufus is there to help her, even to the point of being willing to give his life to keep her from harm.

What a delightful book. I am usually frustrated when a male author writes with a female lead character. But Kraus did an excellent job.
Strictly speaking, there is no Jesus in this book. There are plenty of references to God, however. And the point is clear. Life is only “right” when one is in an honest relationship with God.
This book kept my interest from cover to cover. I loved the theological issues that Rufus and Mary deal with. Rufus talked to God once a week, like the animals do. What wisdom he got in those conversations.
Be sure to have a tissue nearby when you get close to the end of the book. You'll happily need it.

Jim Krause is a longtime writer and editor who has authored or coauthored twenty books, both fiction and nonfiction. Jim and his wife, novelist Terri Kraus, have one son and live in the Chicago area.

Abingdon Press, 330 pages.

Go here for the Abingdon Press product information and a look at the first chapter.

I received an egalley of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review. The opinions expressed are my own.
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