Friday, July 30, 2010

98 - Blind Hope: An Unwanted Dog and the Woman She Rescued; Kim Meeder


Blind Hope; Kim Meeder with Laurie Sacher

I haven't purchased many books lately, but I made an exception when I saw the cover on this one. I am a big sucker for animal stories, especially ones that can bring a tear to your eyes.  So naturally when this book arrive last week I could not wait to read it.  It is an easy book to read in one sitting, and that is pretty much what I did.

In case you are not familiar with this book, Kim Meeder tells the story of Laurie Sacher, a broken, troubled, woman who came to work at her ranch, Crystal Parks Youth Ranch in Oregon. Laurie suffered from a food obsession, equating thinness to happiness. She decides to adopt an Austrailian Shepherd mix dog, but when she went to see the dog, it was not the dog she imagined it might be. The dog was skinny and smelly, and had lots of issues. Despite this Laurie took the dog, renamed it Mia, and, little by little, the dog transformed her life.  How did Mia, the blind dog do this? By teaching Laurie life lessons and bringing her closer to God. 

MY THOUGHTS - The story is not what I expected!  I was prepared for a tear jerker story about Mia, the blind dog, but that never happened. Instead of the tears, what hit me in the face was that this book was more about Laurie and her learning to listen to, and follow God. It was very preachy, and  just not the kind of book I would ever enjoy. I was not expecting that. I would not have purchased this book had I realized this from the beginning. My cover attraction did me in this time.  If you do not mind heavily faith based stories, this book might work for you; Mia was inspiring and the photos were great. Unfortunately, I cannot recommend this book.
(Rating - 2/5 stars / personal copy)

10 comments:

  1. I have a copy of this one as well...which I need to have reviewed by tomorrow since it is for a blog tour. Looks like I need to read fast. I just skimmed your review since I haven't yet read it, so I will have to stop back after I have read this one and written my review.

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  2. I've been noticing this around lately. Sorry it didn't work for you. I don't like being preached to/at while I read either.

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  3. I hate preachy books, and that has nothing to do with my faith either. Thanks for the warning, because you know me..I would have been a sucker like you for this cover. Sorry it was a disappointment.

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  4. Sorry this wasn't the book for you. From your description I can see it's not what I was expecting either, so I'll skip it.

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  5. I just reviewed this one today on my Six Sentence post. I did give it a 3 only because I liked the foundation that Kim ran, but it was very preachy!! Too much in my opinion and that was sort of a distraction.

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  6. Diane, sorry this book wasn't what you expected. I thought it would be mostly about the dog too from the description. Hopefully your next book will be fantastic!

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  7. I the one hand, I am glad that the book wasn't a tear jerker, but on the other hand I am disappointed that it is preachy.

    I do not mind a faith based book at all, but I would rather the message be subtle rather than blatant.

    Thanks for the terrifically honest review. The cover art would have done me in as well.

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  8. I hate it when a book misrepresents itself! I don't think I would like this one either. I don't like being preached at. Sorry this one didn't work for you.

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  9. I don't mind books about faith, but I want to know that's what it is going in...Covers don't always tell the whole story unfortunately.

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  10. That is disappointing when you go into a book thinking its one thing, and then it turns out to be something else...and preachy on top of that ugh!

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