Sunday, December 12, 2010

Blind Hope by Kim Meeder and Laurie Sacher

Animal lovers will not deny the remarkable connection that forms between pets and their owners. Kim Meeder portrays this bond in her book, Blind Hope: An Unwanted Dog & the Woman She Rescued (2010). While operating Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch, Meeder is united with a woman named Laurie Sacher. For much of her life, Laurie attempts to mask her true self by taking on various masquerades. Trying to persuade herself of her own kindness, she decides to adopt a needy dog that she imagines to still be grand and beautiful. As she first sets eyes on the dog her original visions are replaced with an underweight, blind, diabetic dog. Reluctantly, Laurie adopts the dog. Through much struggle, an amazing relationship develops between Laurie and her dog, named Mia, which eventually brings her to accept Christ as the Savior.

Laurie’s story, told through the perspective of Kim Meeder, is touching and heartbreaking at times. The relationship between Laurie and Mia is so well-depicted that it can honestly be felt by the reader. Although I had expected the book to focus more on Mia instead of her owner’s conversion, I was not disappointed. The book shows how God uses different methods to bring people to faith. While overall an amazing book, Blind Hope did have one small shortcoming with respect to dialogue. Laurie’s dialogue is conversational and realistic. However, some of Kim’s responses are too rote and unbelievable. At many times, it seems as if Kim’s responses are performed and impersonally. Nevertheless, I highly recommend this book to others interested in conversion stories.

Note of Disclosure: "I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review."

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