Psalm 27:1

The Lord is my light and my salvation—
whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life—
of whom shall I be afraid?

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

The Cat That God Sent Book Review

SUMMARY:  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, Pensylvania.  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 Emma 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.

REVIEW:  This was an interesting book.  Being that I'm not much of a cat person, I wasn't sure what to expect but I was pleasantly surprised.  The main human characters of the book - Jake, Tassy and Emma - were each hiding a secret that they did not want anyone to know about it.  Once the secrets are revealed, healing was able to finally take place.  I like how Petey bring about change in the small church Jake pastored, change that was desperately needed.  This change helped Jake discover his true calling and brought needed healing to many lives.  Petey's character was well written.  He did not speak directly to God but the Holy Spirit helped guide Petey in doing what needed to be done.  While he also did not speak directly to Jake with human words, Petey communicated in meows, growls, and purrs to make his ideas and wishes known and made it seemed totally believable. 
    This is a good book that is great for some summertime and vacation reading.  I highly recommend it.  A discussion guide is included for anyone reading this in a book club or just on their own.

This book was provided by Litfuse Publicity Group for review without compensation.

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.

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