Surviving Henry review

Surviving Henry imageAre you prepared to meet a dog who is so uncontrollable, so prone to accidents in the unlikeliest circumstances, and so full of energy that you just can’t help falling in love with him (while simultaneously being glad that he’s not your dog)? If this sounds like an interesting storyline, then you should DEFINITELY pick up ‘Surviving Henry’… Right now, without delay!

Erin Taylor Young has crafted a tale that cannot help impacting anyone who reads it. Overflowing with down-to-earth, laugh-out-loud humor, ‘Surviving Henry’ is unexpectedly seasoned with the tenderness and love, sweetness and grace that only a pet can emanate through your life. Published by Revell in the summer of 2014, the story of Henry the Boxer will bring laughter and tears, while causing you to alternately smile, gasp, shake your head, and groan at the incredible antics of one extraordinary dog.

With amazing talent, Ms. Young engages her readers in a unique, present-tense, first-person point of view to share a candid portrait of loving a dog who turns life upside down the day he comes home. Although primarily a humorous story, ‘Surviving Henry’ gently nudges readers to the truths God reveals to us through our pets. Truths such as living a life of love – even when you don’t feel like it, and persevering – even when you are on the verge of giving up. If you ever feel like your pets are too much work, ‘Surviving Henry’ might be just the lift your heart needs. Or, if you don’t have a pet but love animals anyway, Henry’s story is will touch your heart as well.

Although I can say very little on the negative side about ‘Surviving Henry’, the occasional mention of certain doggie anatomy proved a little uncomfortable, and references to the bodily functions of the same dog seemed slightly too commonplace… But I suppose, in a story about a dog, this is to be expected. Overall, ‘Surviving Henry’ is a delightful, frolicking story about a dog who wreaks chaos in the lives of his family – and ends up teaching them a few lessons along the way. Your only regret after reading this endearing tale will be the final words, indicating the story is over… Unless, of course, Ms. Young’s fans convince her to write a sequel!

“Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.  Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group”.


To learn more about Henry the Boxer check out this adorable book trailer, or visit his website.



2 thoughts on “Surviving Henry review

  1. Thanks so much for taking the time to read and review Surviving Henry! I appreciate your time. And I will confide that there were and are more Henry stories than could fit in one book. A sequel is not out of the question… : )

    • Thank you so much for commenting on my review! I loved every page of Surviving Henry, and I sure hope a sequel (or two!) will soon be in progress… We have two Bernese Mountain Dogs, and can relate to quite a few of Henry’s ‘adventures’ (or disasters!). Thank you for sharing Henry’s story with all of us readers. : )

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