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  • Posted June 6, 2012

    Wasn't all that great

    I kept hoping the book was going to go in a different direction. Was really disappointed/shocked in the story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2012

    Great Story of Love and Devotion

    This is a wholesome and inspiring read about two vagabonds in search of their own dreams. I found it heart warming and at times thrilling, and always well told and riveting. Dog lovers will like this book, too.

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  • Posted May 1, 2011

    Awesome Read--Coming of Age Novel

    This was a really good read! I was pulled into the novel almost immediately as Brent begins his life story, starting with his difficult home life and his flight from all he's known in order to save his dog. This is a true coming of age story in which love conquers all, and I was enamored by it.

    This story mainly deals with Brent and the Preacher's travels all over America, setting up revivals, "counseling" women, transporting illegal immigrants, and caring for Gracie-a high strung, male dog that likes to bite. What I really enjoyed about this novel is that Brent, having run off with the Preacher prior to completing middle school, is unaware that the Preacher is actually a crook--just like many revival preachers were back in the day. Brent is oblivious, and the dramatic irony of the situation is phenomenal. I really enjoyed watching Brent mature over the years and become aware of his surroundings, slowly pushing the Preacher in the right direction-to redemption-creating the wonderful theme of change and love.

    While this novel takes place in the present day, I found myself transported back to the past when revivals were big, especially in the south, and time seemed to move slower. While life is difficult, the Preacher and Brent do seem to live a more carefree life than those of us conforming to society and nine to five jobs, and I loved reading about Brent and the Preacher's triumphs and failures as they travel the United States. I really enjoyed this aspect of the story; it is extremely well written and the visuals were perfect! Four stars.

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  • Posted April 7, 2011

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    The love of a boy and his dog

    This was a very interesting story to read. It is from the perspective of a young boy named Brent who has a mom that doesn't pay much attention to him and has numerous boyfriends. The biggest element of the story is about the boy and his love of his Rottweiler Gracie. One day when Brent's mom was having a big fight with her current boyfriend, he left with his dog and went to a revival and met a Preacher. The preacher ended up agreeing to let Brent and his dog stay with him and they started traveling and putting on revivals all over. This is where all the adventure begins because the preacher has all these other sideline things he does that are mostly illegal. Due to the love of this boy and his dog the preacher does start to change some of his bad habits and things improve.

    I received a copy of this book to read and review from the author. My review is not biased by the fact that I was given this book. I HONESTLY read and review any book whether bought or given to me. That being said, the reason I agreed to read this book was because it was about dogs and I happen to have 2 dogs myself and enjoy reading about people and their relationships with dogs. However, I struggled with enjoying this story. First off, I had a hard time with the story being written in a young boy's perspective, it was slow and he didn't go in to depth in anything, which I guess would be true to the age. I was so aggravated with the boy's mother and then with the preacher that I just wanted to scream. I kept waiting for some huge turn around in the book and some life changing moment when things would improve but it just really never happened for me. I was disappointed in the ending and conclusion of the story and wished things were more life changing or that it showed what long term affect all of this had on Brent.

    Although I didn't quite enjoy the story, I do think there are others out there that would enjoy it. It would be suitable for a younger age group, 12yrs and up or so, and also for dog lovers. The strongest element of the story was about love. Love that the boy had for his dog and the preacher and how having a strong love could conquer all the bad in your life. I just really had a hard time with connecting to the story.

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  • Posted March 28, 2011

    Beautiful Story of Love and Grace

    Gracie and the Preacher

    T.L. Peters
    5 Stars

    This is a wonderful story that shows how love can conquer all things. Brent Everett has one love in his life and that's his dog Star. A mistreated mixed breed Lab/Rottweiler mix shows as much love back to his owner. Really on his own most of the time as his mother always seems to be busy at the time, Brent and Star just happen to wander into a tent revival meeting. Let's just say this is where his adventure begins. With problems at home Brent talks the preacher into letting him and Star hit the road with him. He agrees on one condition, that he name the dog Grace which actually turns out to be Gracie. Now what kind of name is that for a boy dog. Brent whom has since changed his name to Bill soon learns that the preacher has many sidelines mostly illegal , but the more they travel the more the preacher changes some of his ways.

    From breaking Gracie out of the pound and acquiring another dog named Hope in the process, wild cross country rides and troubles with smugglers and shootouts, Brent finally returns hope to see his mother. Now re-married Brent has a decision to make Stay at home with his mother and her new husband or go back to the life that he has been use to for the past few years.

    This is such a heartwarming story of love and devotion. Not only how a young boy and his dog can take a worn out street preacher that is about as illegal as they come and change his life around but how this preacher who has lived his life on the road with no one to worry about but himself, can fall so hard for this pair and take them under his wing. Though out the book the main theme is love along with having some faith ,grace and hope which all win out over the face of adversity. As I read the book it reminded me a whole lot of the movie "Leap of Faith" about a traveling "con man" preacher.

    I would recommend this book for all to read.

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  • Posted March 6, 2011

    A touching story of a boy and his dog. Excellent!

    This is an old fashioned kind of coming-of-age story put in a contemporary setting. The characters all have plenty of flaws, but I ended up empathizing with them anyway. There's a lot of good stuff here too about rescuing dogs from difficult situations. It also treats the whole illegal immigration situation from a compassionate perspective. All in all, the story has an emotional tug that kept me reading right to the happy end. Highly recommeded.

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