"The Cat that God Sent"
By Jim Kraus
Meet Petey, your not-so-average cat-on a mission from God
Disillusioned young pastor, Jake Wilkerson, has just arrived at his new assignment in the small rural church of Coudersport, Pennsylvania. Also new on the scene is Petey, a cat of unknown origins and breed-but of great perception.
As Jake sets about doing the business of ministry, Petey's continued interference brings chaos to the community of curiously off and eccentric people-residents like the faith-avoiding veterinarian Sally Grainger and Tassy, a young runaway with a secret. An expert at hiding his fears, Jake wonders if all this-and the cat to boot-is more than he can handle. What is Petey's real "mission"? Perhaps something larger than Jake---or even Petey---can possibly know.
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I was very much a skeptic when beginning to read this book, thinking to myself, "Who wants to read a book where the cat actually speaks, in any fashion, to a human??" Well, I must admit , within a couple of chapters, I was hooked!
This is a very well written book. Although cats do not really communicate all that well ordinarily, the story had me convinced that Petey really did have an important role in Jake's life and he fulfilled that. The characters involved were all very well developed and all had their little quirks that contributed humor and interest to the plot. My emotions were caught up with this young pastor who was starting out and in need of so much support. AND to think- his success all came about due to a cat who cared about him and wanted love in return. They both met the other's needs.
The plot was simple but meaningful. I HAD to finish the book to see how Petey did in his purpose! Did he succeed?
The author was very successful in leaving the reader wondering..... Does God use our pets for His purpose- to help carry out His plan??? This truly whimsical story makes you smile as you discover Petey's purpose in Jake's life.
"The Dog that Talked to God"
ABOUT THE BOOK:
As I do LOVE dogs, I was eager to read this book , to see how Jim Kraus made it believable - that a dog could actually TALK!
I did enjoy this book, however, the fact that the dog actually spoke, in words, aloud, rather put me off, at first. As I read, and the plot developed , I found myself forgetting the quirky beginning, and began to enjoy the true meaning that Jim was trying to get across to the reader.
The characters were realistic and although all had their little quirks, were well developed and believable. Mary, the widow , became my friend and throughout the story, I just wanted to give her a hug and tell her it would be okay. Rufus, the rather strange acting dog, fulfills his purpose in her life. Once he has accomplished God's plan for her, he stops talking.
The plot is slow moving but interesting. Many of the events were a complete surprise, while others were quite predicable.
I found this book enjoyable, as an easy to read story , good for a relaxing few hours.
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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 The Dog That Talked to God. He and his family live outside of Chicago with a sweet miniature Schnauzer and an ill-tempered Siberian cat named (of course) Petey. www.jimkraus.com
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