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Recently widowed Mary Fassler buys a Miniature Schnauzer, Rufus, and her world is turned sideways in the midst of her grief. It seems that Rufus speaks. And not just to her. He also talks to God. When Rufus begins sharing advice that could result in major changes, Mary gets the feeling the pooch might not be steering her in the right direction. Or, is she just afraid to taRecently widowed Mary Fassler buys a Miniature Schnauzer, Rufus, and her world is turned sideways in the midst of her grief. It seems that Rufus speaks. And not just to her. He also talks to God. When Rufus begins sharing advice that could result in major changes, Mary gets the feeling the pooch might not be steering her in the right direction. Or, is she just afraid to take the leap and discover something she desperately needs? Only Rufus...and God...knows....

Title : The Dog That Talked to God
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ISBN : 9781426742569
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Number of Pages : 336 Pages
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The Dog That Talked to God Reviews

  • Vicky Patterson
    2019-05-19 02:01

    You can all read the other reviews to see what this book is about. As a multi-dog family, I often wonder what they are thinking. I also talk to them as if they are human and wonder if they understand me. This book touched me on so many levels. I lost my dad nearly 20 years ago and went through my own period when I was angry with God. Much like the main character in this story, I had someone on my side praying me back. I also had a dog get hit by a car and suffer a broken leg. As he was an older dog, it was nearly a year before he recovered. I was able to identify with the main character as she worked through her problems.However, it was the sweet dialogue of a dog talking about his discussions with God that made my eyes well up with tears - many times. Even now. If you believe in God and believe that angels are His messengers then it probably wouldn't be much of a leap for you to think that dogs can be His agents as well. After all, dog is God spelled backwards. Coincidence? I think not. Godincidence. Definitely.

  • Heather
    2019-05-27 02:58

    I couldn't even finish this book. I'm a dog lover and typically enjoy books about dogs,so I thought this one was up my alley. I was wrong. I just couldn't connect to the main character. I felt nothing for her and had a general feeling of indifference towards the story. I think my problem with this book stems from the nature of the first person narrative. The main character/narrator is female, but yet I felt like I was reading a story told by and about a gender neutral individual. There was nothing feminine in the character's voice. I kept forgetting she was female - even when she describes meeting and falling in love with her husband. I don't want to be sexist and assume this is because the author is actually male, but I'm pretty sure it has something to do with it ;)

  • Kathryn
    2019-05-25 23:55

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. And, I have to say I'm amazed the author, Jim Kraus is a man. He wrote so well through Mary the main character. I also liked how Mary talked to the reader like she was in my living room having coffee. Mary's in her 40s which was nice, too. Not too preachy, just a good solid summer read.

  • Vannetta Chapman
    2019-05-13 01:40

    This was an extremely well written book. I was skeptical, a little, because of the title ... but Jim Kraus does an excellent job weaving the life of this little dog, the life of his owner, and our spiritual lives together into the thread of a very good story.I immediately bought his next book on my kindle!

  • Joy Gerbode
    2019-05-02 22:34

    Ok, for the first half of the book I was thinking ... what horrible writing ... this woman is delusional ... and this book is not very interesting. Except for the dog ... he was cute from the beginning. When the dog was hit by a car (but survived) my thought was ... oh good, maybe now the story will get better. It did, actually, and I enjoyed the last half of the book. The title of the book finally made sense to me, the woman seemed to be "finding herself" and was a much more interesting and understandable person, the problems seemed more real, and the incidents, while somewhat surprising, were pleasant to read.

  • Carolyn Vandine west
    2019-05-04 00:56

    I wanted to like this book more than I actually did. Nothing terrible, was well written but it just didn’t grab me. I won’t give away the storyline, but it just wasn’t my cup of tea. I think for most people it will be an enjoyable read.

  • Judy Manning
    2019-05-10 19:59

    Speaking to GodThis is a lovely story. It is sad yet it is inspiring at the same time. It was hard to put the book down.

  • Victor Gentile
    2019-05-26 22:41

    Jim Kraus in his new book “The Dog That Talked to God” published by Abingdon Press takes us into the life of Mary Fassler.From The Back Cover: Sometimes the least expected can be the most amazingRecently widowed Mary Fassler buys a Miniature Schnauzer, Rufus, and her world is turned sideways in the midst of her grief. It seems that Rufus speaks. And not just to her. He also talks to God.When Rufus begins sharing advice that could result in major changes, Mary gets the feeling the pooch might not be steering her in the right direction. Or, is she just afraid to take the leap and discover something she desperately needs? Only Rufus…and God…knows.“The Dog That Talked to God” reminded me of the old Disney movies, you know the kind the used to make when Walt Disney was alive. Rufus is a joy and I wish that I could have a dog like him. Mary is a complicated human being, aren’t we all?, and God wants to heal her damaged heart and uses Rufus to accomplish this. “The Dog That Talked to God” is about grief and how not healing from grief can cause a person not to move forward and fulfill destiny. Mr. Kraus has given us a wonderful story where he can explore the pain of losing your spouse and child and how we blame God and withdraw, both from Him and the world. To heal from this kind of trauma it takes the love of God but we have to let Him. Sometimes it takes a Rufus to accomplish this. Besides if you are a dog lover you already know you talk to your dog and doesn’t it seem that your dog understands? ”The Dog That Talked to God” is a highly enjoyable adventure. I look forward to more from the talented Mr. Kraus.If you would like to listen to interviews with other authors and professionals please go to where they are available On Demand.To listen to 24 hours non-stop, commercial free Christian music please visit our internet radio station www.kingdomairwaves.orgDisclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Group. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

  • Ruth Hill
    2019-05-12 18:34

    I had hoped I would like this book better than I did, but unfortunately, it was not to be. I love dogs, and the beginning of the book was fine. However, once our heroine had Rufus (the dog) "talk," I really lost interest. I know that we tend to think that our animals talk, but this was just too much for me to accept.There were some points of the book that did interest me. I was intrigued when Mary first got Rufus. And then about the middle of the book, there was an area that certainly got my attention. And her entire discussion of her love life and views on dating were pretty intriguing.I really struggled with the fact that she continued to have Rufus pray to God for her. Eventually, that stops, but I felt like Mary never truly finds her faith again. The gospel message is truly lost in this book. It is neat that God brings along "signs" to show her that she is doing the right thing.The book is clean, and the message is pure. For that reason alone, many people will probably enjoy the book. Rufus is certainly a cute, smart dog, but I just struggled to truly embrace this book.I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated in any way, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.

  • Dianna
    2019-05-10 23:00

    This is the story of a woman who is trying to cope with the death of her small son and husband in an accident. After living alone for a few years, she decides to get a puppy. She has lost faith in as well as is angry with God. She cannot makes herself pray anymore. I related completely to this since I lost everything I ever owned to hurricane Katrina. I stopped praying and was very angry with God. The puppy she got speaks, but only to her and only at night when they take walks. He is her sounding board for questions she would like to ask God. She decides to sell her home and move to the shore, but only after the dog Rufus, says God approves.Okay, so it's far fetched, but still a good read. She was very lonely and he was her companion. Read it to see how it all turns out.

  • April Dawn
    2019-05-20 18:44

    The Dog Who Talked to God is beautifully written novel. It was perhaps the truest piece of fiction I've ever read, as all of us can identify with the main character, Mary, who has all but abandoned God after she believes God has abandoned her, when tragedy befalls her. Now all alone with only her dog, the story is a touching reminder that it is no coincidence that "God" spelled backwards is "dog". For those of us who have wondered why bad things happen to good people, and where God is when these horrible things happen, this novel provides a happy ending and a valuable lesson- only by letting go of the bruises of the past can we enjoy the blessings and beauty that surround us in the now and in the future.

  • Teresa
    2019-05-20 01:49

    All in all, this was a good read; it told an uplifting tale. I had a bit of trouble early in the story, trying to empathize with the main character, Mary, but stuck with it. She grew on me. I never had trouble liking Rufus, though. He was endearing from the start. Even as a young dog--he had an old soul. It was always interesting hearing what he had to say to Mary--but what was better were the things he left unsaid. Lots of room to wonder and ponder about the big questions in life.I liked the larger story behind it all. A human's struggle with faith when she feels as though God has betrayed her.

  • Lavada Dee
    2019-04-30 23:33

    This was a different story from what I usually read. Although I read a variety of genre's I don't think I would have picked this one up. A friend actually brought it over for me. And I'm so glad. For one thing it's written in first person from a woman's point of view. It works, so well that if you didn't know the author was a man you'd never guess on your own. It's listed as an inspirational and is a very good depiction of our struggles. Especially when tragedy strikes and life is a less then good. I would highly recommend it.

  • Lisa Carter
    2019-05-27 02:35

    Quirky and yet anyone who's ever experienced suffering and loss will find themselves unexpectedly moved in this bittersweet, honest examination of one character's raw grief, doubts and anger coupled with God's unending love for each soul.

  • Teri Argo
    2019-05-06 00:56

    I don't know, I just never got into this book. It was okay, but it wasn't like....gotta keep reading, gotta keep reading....

  • Toledo (T.J.)
    2019-04-28 01:35

    For dog lovers, a cute format for a story of a woman finding herself after a tragic loss. Well done.

  • Mary N
    2019-05-02 22:58

    There were alot of grammer and just missing word errors. To be written by an editor and author I was disappointed. The biggest thing that upset my sense of connecting is when in the end she meets a man with a similar past only his wife died 4 years ago it says the first time, with the main character losing her side and son 5 years earlier... Then suddenly it says man's wife died 5 years ago.. Like the next week!! I don't like inconsistencies! But the story was good and I did finish the book, outside of being irritated.

  • Sharon Samms
    2019-05-02 23:33

    The Dog That Touched my HeartOnce again, Jim Kraus has the ability to use his love for animals to touch my heart through his stories of their knowledge and closeness with God. If you love God, animals and/or both and you're in need of inspiration, read Jim's books. He has a way of helping you get to where you need and want to be.

  • Maureen D.Hunter
    2019-05-27 00:35

    InterestingInteresting plot. By the end of the story I felt that the dog did not actually ever speak, but he was the vehicle that moved her life forward from terrible tragedy. His companionship and love helped her to let go of her anger and move on with her life. I thought the ending wrapped up a little too happily ever after for real life.

  • Patricia Reynolds
    2019-05-11 22:36

    Sweet ReadVery enjoyable book, but nothing like I expected. Funny, sad, and some what peculiar, but held my attention until the end. The lesson is there, but the book is never "preachy". A nicely written story of over coming hard ship and learning to put your trust in God. Recommend!

  • Kristy
    2019-04-30 18:53

    I loved the idea of it...that God would use her dog to get through to her when she was too broken to turn to Him herself. I wasn't a fan of the whole book though; some of it seemed to drag along too much.

  • Pat
    2019-05-10 19:44

    Good book for someone surviving a lossEasy, light read. Nice pace not too slow or fast. Commentary on her writing skills interwoven throughout got a bit old. Came to a rather clipped ending. Seemed to need some more substantial explanation for why the dog was talking.

  • Michael Brennan
    2019-04-30 20:37

    Good ending, slow buildup.Took a long time to get going. Really liked the last 1/3 of the book. Definitely felt like a female author, autobiography even. Great insight into how a dog processes information, very believable.

  • Anne Sessions
    2019-05-17 21:38

    An enjoyable readThis book is quick and enjoyable. It looks at loss and a relationship with God. This is presented through the whimsical idea of the talking dog.

  • Stacy Novrit Brown
    2019-05-20 18:47

    This is my favorite book of all time!

  • Robbie
    2019-05-24 20:48

    A very different kind of book for me, but completely enjoyable and heart warming!

  • Kathy Hassig
    2019-04-29 00:48

    Loved this BookOnce I started reading this book it was hard to stop. I really didn't want it to end. Make sure you have plenty of Kleenex especially for the ending.

  • Yvonne M Wilt
    2019-05-15 23:00

    Great storyHeart wrenching. Makes me look at animals differently. I do believe they speak to God. Happy ending. Believable. Open your heart, God is waiting.

  • Stephanie
    2019-05-16 20:50

    Oh my goodness. What a wonderful book. It touches every emotion one has and takes the reader away from the cares of the day.

  • Delinda Mauney
    2019-05-20 02:37

    I loved this book. Seems a little quirky at first but God spoke through a donkey!!!! This is a light hearted, fun book about finding yourself, man's best friend and moving closer to God when times are rough and learning to remain in His arms through the good times also.