Wednesday, July 28, 2010

"Blind Hope" Blog Tour: "Blind Hope" by Kim Meeder and Laurie Sacher

Blind Hope: An Unwanted Dog & the Woman She Rescued
Authors: Kim Meeder and Laurie Sacher
Publisher: Multnomah Books
ISBN: 9781601422804
Genre: Inspirational

About This Book (from publisher):

An unwanted dog. An emotional rescue.
Two lives forever changed.
Laurie's dreams had been shattered before she came to work at Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch—the ranch of rescued dreams—where broken horses and broken children encounter healing every day. In an attempt to soothe her aching soul, Laurie reached out to save a dog in need. And she soon began to realize that the dog was rescuing her.

An inspiring true story told through the engaging voice of Kim Meeder, Blind Hope reveals poignant life lessons Laurie experienced from her ailing, yet courageous canine friend. Despite the blindness of her dog—and her own heart—Laurie uncovered what she really needed most: authentic love, unconditional trust, and true acceptance, faults and all.

As Laurie and her dog, Mia, both learned to follow the lead of a master they couldn’t see, Laurie discovered the transforming power of God’s grace even for imperfect and selfish people—and she experienced a greater love than she had ever known.

“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.”    --Kim Meeder, Blind Hope

Download Chapter 1 Here

My Thoughts:

A beautiful story about unconditional love, hope, faith and healing, "Blind Hope" will tug at your heartstrings. Mia, a rescued dog, teaches her new owner, Mia, about what matters most in life. Who knew that a rescue could bring such enlightenment into another being's life?!

I really did enjoy this book, but at times found the discussions about God a bit much and monotonous. I found the parallels between Mia's relationship with Laurie and Laurie's relationship with God to be very good, but something that I had figured out on my own. I wanted more information about Mia and her life and a bit less about Laurie's discussions with Kim.

The message is really very good and the book is definitely worth reading. Mia alone captured my heart and brought tears to my eyes!!

About the Authors

Kim Meeder is the cofounder and director of Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch, an organization that rescues abused and dying horses and pairs them with children in need. Kim’s first book, Hope Rising, propelled the ranch to win the national Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Award and launched her extensive public/motivational speaking schedule at schools, churches, and governmental conferences across the United States. She and her husband, Troy, have been married for twenty-five years and live in Central Oregon. The size of their family fluctuates each year with the number of horses and kids that they rescue.

Laurie Sacher is a team leader at Crystal Peaks Youth. Laurie graduated from Point Loma Nazarene University in 2003 and taught English as Second Language in Spain before returning to her native California roots to pursue her passion for kids and animals. When she isn't working at the ranch, Laurie enjoys running with her dog, snowboarding, hiking, horseback riding, and spending time in coffee shops with friends.

This book was provided for review by the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group.

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