I am a seasonal/part-time pet sitter, and so the title of a new release from Harvest House Publishers immediately caught my attention… “My Hair-Raising and Heartwarming Adventures as a Pet Sitter: A Life of Fun, Fur, and Faith”! Written by professional pet sitter Christi Grace, this book is an anthology of stories about her career of caring for other peoples’ pets when they are away from home – as you can imagine, she has seen a little bit of everything!
Christi clearly has two major talents: compassionately caring for animals, and also writing in a way that points everyday occurrences towards the higher truth of God’s love and grace. Consequently, her book is much like a devotional for animal-lovers, with a Scripture verse and prayer bookending each chapter, and biblical insights woven into her animal stories. Some of the stories are humorous, some are quite sad, and some will simply make you shake your head in wonder.
Overall I enjoyed reading this sweet story from a professional pet sitter. Although I was a bit surprised that a number of the stories seemed to end sadly, I deeply appreciated her words in the last chapter:
“We’ve all heard that saying goodbye is never easy. But what if we knew without a doubt that we would see the one we’re saying goodbye to again. . . As I’ve had to say goodbye to the pets I’ve cared for as well as to my own pets, I’ve been greatly comforted by reading these Scriptures in God’s Word. . . This chapter is dedicated to the pets I’ve had to say goodbye to. . . He used each one to bless me in ways I never could have imagined. And one day, one amazing day, I’ll see them again. That’s my belief.”
I love this. And not only did God bless her in unimaginable ways with the pets she cared for, but now her writing will bless countless others as she uses her love for animals to illustrate God’s truths for her readers. Thank you, Christi Grace, for sharing this book with us. I hope we will hear more from you one day very soon!
This book was provided courtesy of Harvest House Publishers, in exchange for my honest review.