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God's Messengers: What Animals Teach Us About the Divine

by Linda Anderson (Author), Allen Anderson (Author), Allen Schoen (Foreword)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly
Anyone feeling nostalgic about the sentimental angel books of the 1990s will
appreciate this collection of animal stories, a follow-up to the Andersons' book
Angel Animals. Through nearly 70 vignettes, the authors attempt to answer the
classic theological questions: Is there a God? Why do bad things happen? And
does God reunite us with loved ones? Some stories are moving and well told; two
of the best are "Ferrets Are Made of God," in which an autistic boy gains
confidence through the love of his pet, and "A Hamster's Legacy," where chaotic
sixth-graders learn to care for others. Many of the sketches are tributes to
animals-dogs, cats, horses, dolphins, snakes, squirrels, you name it-that
rescued or comforted or inspired their humans. Others veer into silliness,
though who wants to argue with someone who believes her late beloved dog is
sending messages from beyond? As the authors point out, "Animals have a talent
for bypassing the mind and going straight to the heart." All the stories are
purpose-driven, either including a lesson or followed by personal questions for
reflection: "What if the messages in dreams aren't merely workings of our
subconscious minds or the result of what we ate before bedtime? Has an animal
communicated with you in a dream about a matter of great importance?" Though
much of this book's spirituality would appeal to anyone with romantic views of
God and nature, some of its more imaginative accounts overstep the beliefs of
any traditional religions.

Best Friends Magazine Nov./Dec. 2003
"... Pick up several copies as gifts for all... animal lovers on your list. Yes,
it really is that good!"

Product Details

Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: New World Library (September 26, 2003)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1577312465



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