Stay: Lessons My Dogs Taught Me about Life, Loss, and GraceTitle: Stay
Author: Dave Burchett
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
ISBN: 978-1-4143-9793-1

“As I prepared for the inevitable loss of Hannah, I learned an eye-opening truth: preparing for death is preparing for life. God has revealed so much to me through this unique canine friendship,” Dave Burchett writes in the introduction to his book, Stay: Lessons My Dogs Taught Me about Life, Loss, and Grace.

This two hundred and fifty-six page hardbound targets those who enjoy stories about pets, especially dogs, and how they relate to God. With no profanity or violence, it is geared toward adults, yet mature teens might glean ideas and suggestions regarding life. Using the New International Version of the Holy Bible, the NIV, KNJ, ESV, TLB, NET and The Message are also referenced.

After a foreword by Bart Millard and an introduction, twenty-three chapters explain different characteristics of Burchett’s dogs, complete with black and white photographs, quoted sayings, and written out Bible verses. The ending includes an afterword, acknowledgments, in memory, notes, and the author’s biography.

When Dave and his wife adopted Hannah, a Labrador puppy, he was not prepared for the education regarding the Almighty he received through his beloved furry friend. Having his dear companion for eleven years, he was disheartened when he learned she had an incurable tumor. After the dog’s demise, it took time to allow another dog named Maggie to fill the void in his heart.

While reflecting on being a sports writer for the Texas Rangers, dealing with his wife’s breast cancer, accepting his only daughter dying of a birth defect, understanding his mother’s passing, and watching his grandson grow, he ponders lessons learned from the two special dogs.

Learning how these domesticated creatures live in the moment, run freely in joyful abandonment, lean on others for support when afraid, follow in trust, and have gratitude, forgiveness, and affirmation, the writer correlates how we should approach God as our Master with the same unabashed vigor and adoration.

Like our lovable pets with their attitudes that shake off rejection and disappointment without bitterness, we need sit, stay, abide, and keep our eyes on Jesus as we live our daily lives.

Although the story includes some examples of unrelated events in the author’s life, the concept that we humans should notice are those actions of man’s “best friend” that resemble the need for a closer relationship with our Creator.

Rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

Thanks to Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. for furnishing this complimentary book in exchange for a review based on the reader’s opinions.

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GRAMMARLY was used to check for errors in this review.

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