Blind Hope: An Unwanted Dog and the Woman She Rescued [NOOK Book]

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An unwanted dog. An emotional rescue.
Two lives forever changed.

Laurie's dreams had been shattered before she came to work at Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch—the ranch of rescued dreams—where broken horses and broken children encounter healing every day. In an attempt to soothe her aching soul, Laurie reached out to save a dog in...
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Overview

An unwanted dog. An emotional rescue.
Two lives forever changed.

Laurie's dreams had been shattered before she came to work at Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch—the ranch of rescued dreams—where broken horses and broken children encounter healing every day. In an attempt to soothe her aching soul, Laurie reached out to save a dog in need. And she soon began to realize that the dog was rescuing her.
 
An inspiring true story told through the engaging voice of Kim Meeder, Blind Hope reveals poignant life lessons Laurie experienced from her ailing, yet courageous canine friend. Despite the blindness of her dog—and her own heart—Laurie uncovered what she really needed most: authentic love, unconditional trust, and true acceptance, faults and all.
 
As Laurie and her dog, Mia, both learned to follow the lead of a master they couldn’t see, Laurie discovered the transforming power of God’s grace even for imperfect and selfish people—and she experienced a greater love than she had ever known.
 
“Love is a bridge that stands firm through difficulties and connects one heart directly to another, not because of how it looks, but because of what it is.”    --Kim Meeder, Blind Hope
 


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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Meeder (Hope Rising) tells the story of an unwanted dog whose forlorn and broken heart and body called out to Meeder'sco-author, Sacher, and how, in their subsequent relationship, the dog became the agent of spiritual rescue to her owner. Together, Meeder and Sacher write about their own meeting and work at Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch in Oregon, where Sacher was moved to take ownership of a disabled pooch that she renamed Mia. In a completely disarming manner, Meeder relates a love story between Sacher and Mia as human and dog grew to trust one another one day, one bump, and one bruise at a time. Meeder parallels their human/canine relationship with the trust and love Sacher develops with God. With humorous and poignant asides, Meeder beautifully bridges the gap between the sad and silly, showing the lovely and forsaken aspects of the individual heart so powerfully that readers will be coaxed into revisiting their understanding of the rescue God readily offers to all. (July)
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Praise for Blind Hope
 
Blind Hope is a powerful story, made even more beautiful by the fact that it is not simply a fairy tale. Kim Meeder creatively recalls for us how Laurie Sacher’s unique interactions with the dog she saved ended up pointing her back to her Savior. In a culture obsessed with reality TV, I pray our hearts can not only be entertained and perhaps touched by this true story, but that we would be changed by it.”
—ANGELA ALCORN STUMP, co-author of The Ishbane Conspiracy
 
“On her ranch in Oregon, Kim Meeder brings wounded horses and broken kids together and sees healing miracles on a regular basis. Blind Hope, a wonderful analogy of how God sees and loves his children, shows how a blind and ill dog named Mia helped to bring healing, love, and acceptance to the young woman who rescued her. Laurie’s statement ‘My dog is blind… and now I see’ is the story of all of us. This book could change your life.”
—LAURAINE SNELLING, author of No Distance Too Far, all the Red River series, and One Perfect Day along with many other novels
 
“I thank God for Kim Meeder—she is one of my heroes! Her passionate love for the Lord, for children of all ages, and for  animals is inspiring. She is thoroughly dedicated to whatever assignment God brings her way, including writing this beautiful account of the special bond between a woman and her dog. Kim brings an ongoing message of hope with this story, and she does it so well.”
—DANAE DOBSON, author of Let’s Walk the Talk
 
“Skidboot opened my eyes to a lot of life and love. After reading about Laurie and Mia, I learned even deeper lessons that our four-legged friends can teach us. This book shows very clearly how God has used dogs to spread his love. Thank you, Kim and Laurie, for sharing this story.”
—DAVID HARTWIG, friend of Skidboot, the world-famous Texas blue heeler, featured in Angel Dogs with a Mission: Divine Messengers in Service to All Life
 
“Kim Meeder takes the reader along on a unforgettable journey with Laurie and her blind dog, Mia. Dog and human bring out the best in each other through hardship and friendship as the bond between the two grows deeper. And the beauty of nature provides the path that Laurie and Mia travel as they experience the ups and downs during teachable moments.”
—JOAN DALTON, founder and executive director, Project POOCH
 
“Kim Meeder again shares a touching story of how God continues to use all of creation to move in and through our lives. Blind Hope gives us another glimpse into the amazing animal-human bonds that can bring fullness to our lives and move us to reach out to others, to reach out to hope, joy, and authentic love.”
—DANNA L. HARVEY, animal-assisted therapy handler
 
“Poignant and convicting. I was touched by the way Kim told Laurie and Mia’s story. I hope I can be as open to hearing the voice of God through unexpected ways.”
—DIANE BLOYD KENT, volunteer for Guide Dogs for the Blind
 
“The human-animal bond is a special connection. Kim Meeder highlights this in Blind Hope as she draws parallels between each one of us and our Savior, Jesus Christ. As Kim says, ‘To trust, listen, and believe takes time and practice.’ She surely knows how to portray an important message of salvation while entertaining and showing life lessons with Laurie and Mia.”
—ROXIEMUDDER, volunteer for Guide Dogs for the Blind
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781601422811
  • Publisher: The Doubleday Religious Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 7/20/2010
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 299,110
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Kim Meeder is the author of Hope Rising and Bridge Called Hope. Along with her husband, Troy, she owns and operates Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch in central Oregon. Crystal Peaks is a nonprofit organization that rescues abused and neglected horses and pairs them with disadvantaged children, offering the children a place of safety, peace, and hope. In 2004, Kim received the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Award, one of the nation’s highest honors for public service.
 
Laurie Sacher is a team leader at Crystal Peaks Youth. Laurie graduated from Point Loma Nazarene University in 2003 and taught English as Second Language in Spain before returning to her native California roots to pursue her passion for kids and animals. 


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It was seventeen degrees. Earth, snow, and sky converged into a milky emissary, whispering a timeless message of hushed peace. It was January in Central Oregon, and a glorious ice fog had coated every blade and branch with a one-inch layer of spiny rime. The frozen filigree embellished everything with its delicate crystal creations. Muted light shrouded all living things, now held captive in the icy embrace. The silent landscape murmured the promise of deep, abiding rest.
 
For me that rest would have to wait. I turned my truck off the dirt road that stretches north of Tumalo Reservoir and parked in the snow. From this access point, a wide wilderness invites adventurers to explore its latticed tangle of forgotten logging roads. I stowed my keys in a zippered pocket in my black running jacket and pulled on a pair of stretchy gloves. Soon my friend would meet me here for a long Sunday afternoon jog. Laurie and I were training for a marathon, her first and my tenth.
 
From the cab of my truck, I reveled in the peaceful setting. Weary from a heavy week of work, my heart welcomed the refuge of quiet. The small hiatus of silence soon was invaded, however, by the growing excitement of my dog, a Queensland blue heeler. She whined in anticipation, willing me to open the truck door to one of her favorite activities: a run in the snow with her mom.
 
Like all true ranchers, I never go anywhere without my faithful dog. Seven, or Sevi for short, is my third hand and foot and the thinking half of my brain. I’m sure she would finish my sentences if she could talk—and do a much better job of it! Dogs that live with us—really live with us—often know their human friends better than we know ourselves.
 
The comfort of my truck’s heater subsided, and brittle barbs of frigid air prickled through the glass. I snuggled my hat down over my ears and zipped up my jacket under my chin.
 
When I stepped out of the truck, cold air engulfed me like an unseen wave. With my first quick breaths, I inhaled what felt like a million needles of ice. The assault on my throat and lungs drove me to hoist my collar even higher to cover my mouth. While waiting for Laurie, I followed my prerun regimen, gearing up to spend a few hours in significant cold. I alternated jogging in place with pogo jumps to remain loose and warm. Sevi jumped around me in ecstatic leaps. Her chorus of happy yips beckoned me, as if to say, “Hurry up! We have a wonderful world to explore!”
 
In matters of life, dogs just get it. Sevi has taught me volumes more than I could ever hope to teach her. When it comes to demonstrating qualities like respect, forgiveness, and obedience and expressing emotions like love, joy, and peace, my dog operates on a level I can only hope to attain. Few creatures know how to maximize the moment better than a dog.
 
Sevi’s example constantly reminds me that ten minutes ago is already in the past, so why think about the future when right now is just so much fun? Her exuberance for life shows me how to really enjoy the rich and simple pleasures found within each moment of my days.
 
Sevi and I persisted in our frigid dance until Laurie arrived. Her white car was almost invisible against the pallid backdrop of the wintry High Desert. After a quick hug, Laurie and I agreed on our time frame and what trail to explore. The breath from our brief conversation froze into thin veils, drifting above us like drowsy angels. Not wishing to stiffen in the deep cold, Laurie retrieved her dog, Mia, and the four of us set off.
 
Sevi and Mia collided in a jubilant canine hug and then bounded up the trail ahead of Laurie and me. Our once relaxed breath now rose behind us in measured white puffs. Shoulder to shoulder, like twin steam engines, we chugged over a crunchy mantle of frozen snow. Every stride took us deeper into a pristine realm of winter wilderness.
 
One metered breath at a time, our voices soon merged with the serene environment. Like a smooth stone skipping across a mirrored pond, our dialogue bounced from one subject to another. After several miles, I noticed something else between Laurie’s words. Because the rhythm of her voice had maintained a steady flow, I hadn’t been aware of it earlier. It wasn’t until Mia missed the turnoff onto a narrow, frozen logging road that I heard it—Laurie’s voice calling her straying dog back to her side.
 
All during our run, Laurie had been guiding Mia with voice commands that barely punctuated our conversation. Laurie achieves this weaving of dialogue and instruction with such intrinsic skill I had all but forgotten that she does it for one reason: Mia is almost completely blind.
 
It wasn’t until Mia bolted in the opposite direction that Laurie finally stopped and backtracked, calling out to her wayward friend. Unsure of how to help, I watched as Mia crashed through the frozen brush. She clambered over logs and tripped in a dense tangle of underbrush. Finally, overwhelmed by an icy prison she couldn’t see, Mia stopped. A tinge of concern crept into my heart as Mia began to move again, turning in tight circles. She swung her head back and forth in an effort to locate her master. Laurie waded into the wintry snarl and broke through to where Mia was trapped. With gentle hands, Laurie turned her blind dog back in the direction of the correct path, and together they started out again.
 
I could hear Laurie’s low voice guiding her courageous dog. “Easy, easy…step up, that’s it. Here…here. Good girl.” In unison they crunched up the trail toward me.
 
Laurie and I often run together, but I still admired their interaction as they trotted up to rejoin Sevi and me. Laurie resumed our run and conversation as if nothing more than a comma had passed between us since our last words.
 
Mia fell in right behind us, following the sound of our feet drumming over the frozen layer of earth and snow. I doubted  that any onlooker would have been able to detect that Mia is blind. By tucking in at Laurie’s heels, Mia relaxed behind a shield of protection she could sense but not see.
 
As long as Mia stayed close enough to hear Laurie’s muted commands—and obeyed them—she was able to navigate an unknown world. Yet the moment Mia stopped listening to her master and chose instead to wander, everything changed. Once Mia was separated from Laurie, her world quickly compressed into a dangerous and lonely place.
 
Mia was following the sound of her master’s footsteps. Her previous experiences had taught her that this was a sound she could trust. A sound that kept her safe.
 
I smiled at Laurie and pointed a gloved thumb over my shoulder at her dog. My words were measured out between breaths. “What faith…to follow a master…you cannot see.”


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Table of Contents

The Humble Beginning xiii

Prologue: The Sound of Trust 1

1 The Rescue 9

2 The Facade 19

3 The Choice 33

4 The Calling 39

5 The Lesson of Love 53

6 The Diagnosis 63

7 The Three Things 73

8 The Light 87

9 The Walk 95

10 The Storm 103

11 The Purpose in Proximity 119

12 The Gift of Joy 129

13 The Bridge of Trust 139

14 The Closet 151

15 The Hope 167

Epilogue 173

Acknowledgments 179

Notes 181

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  • Posted December 10, 2010

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    Awesome Read

    Blind Hope, by Kim Meeder and Laurie Sacher was such an amazing story. I could not put this book down, I was done with this book in a day and a half if that. It is about a rescued dog and her master. The dogs name is Mia, and Laurie comes to find out that after she takes the dog she rescued to the vet, that she has diabetes and she is going blind. Although Laurie goes through many trials with her new pet, Laurie is able to learn more about herself and her relationship with the Lord. Her dog helps her to see things through a whole new light. This is a story that is very meaningful and heart warming. I would recommend this book to everyone. This is a story that leaves you with a great feeling, and allot to think about. This book is about compassion and having God be in control of your life, instead of you trying to control your life on your own. It made me take a look at my own relationship with God, and how I needed to change myself. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the Waterbrook Multnomah book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 1, 2010

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    Blind Hope by Kim Meeder and Laurie Sacher

    I love reading books about animals and this one is no different. "Blind Hope" captured my heart from cover-to-cover. Laurie is reliving her life through this book.

    The story opens as she dreams of getting the perfect dog. She had her heart set on getting a beautiful tri-colored Australian shepherd mix. Instead the dog she adopts has a dull, tangled coat, is skinny and has bad breath. At first thought, Laurie did not want this dog, but decided to take it so it would not appear that her loving compassion was only a facade.

    As the story develops Laurie shares her search for anything that would fulfill her, anything that would give her life meaning. I could feel for her, as I know how it is to want to fit in but not quite making it. She had been running away from God, trying desperately to "fit in" in this world. Because of the actions of her dog, "Mia", she begins to gain perspective.

    My heart began to sink as I read about the many complications Mia has, from an aggressive form of canine diabetes, to cataracts and blindness.

    There is so much in this story that I could relate to. I was that child who pushed against my parents guidance, testing the limits of my freedom. I even found myself doing that with God. I believe this book is all about trust. Just as Mia solely trusted Laurie, God wants us to solely trust Him.

    I would recommend this book to anyone who loves animals, or is trying to find their place in life.



    You may purchase your copy through WaterbrookMultnomah.com


    Thank you Waterbrook Multnomah for my free review copy.

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  • Posted June 29, 2010

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    An unwanted dog. An emotional rescue. Sometimes the life you save may be your own.

    Warning: This book will completely change your life for the better and will require a healthy dose of tissues as well. This is the heartwarming story of Laurie Sacher who decides to adopt a dog one day without seeing the dog first. When she shows us the dog is not at all what she expected, she is reduced to half her body weight, has bad teeth and horrible breath and smells horrible. Yet deciding to leave the dog where she is, isn't something Laurie can do if she is being honest with herself. She decides to adopt this broken down dog because she can relate to feeling like a broken down person herself.

    Over time, Laurie finds that when she spends time with her dog Mia, she discovers the life she has been missing with God is revealed to her in the time spent with Mia, from unconditional love and forgiveness to peace in the midst of a storm. Overtime, Laurie begins to see a parallel between her life with Mia and her life with God. I don't want to spoil the remainder but I can honestly say, this book has changed how I see my own personal relationship with God know and how I can live free from my emotions and be at peace with God.

    I received Blind Hope by Kim Meeder and Laurie Sacher compliments of WaterBrook Multnomah for my honest review. I can't recommend this book enough to my fellow bloggers who love animals and want to experience a life changing relationship with God. I would easily rate this one a perfect 10+.

    If you would like more information on this book, the author and where to purchase a copy, please click on the link below:

    http://waterbrookmultnomah.com/catalog.php?isbn=9781601422804


    Laurie had her own shattered dreams before she came to work at Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch-the ranch of rescued dreams-where broken horses and broken children encounter healing every day. Reaching out to save a dog in need, Laurie soon realized that the dog was rescuing her.

    An inspiring true story told through the engaging voice of Kim Meeder, Blind Hope reveals poignant life lessons Laurie experienced from her ailing, yet courageous canine friend. Despite the blindness of her dog-and her own heart-Laurie uncovered what she really needed most: authentic love, unconditional trust, and true acceptance, faults and all.

    As Laurie and her dog, Mia, both learned to follow the lead of a master they couldn't see, Laurie discoverd the transforming power of God's selfless love even for imperfect and selfish people-and she experienced a greater love than she has ever known.

    "Love is a bridge that stands firm through difficulties and connects one heart directly to another, not because of how it looks, but because of what it is." -Kim Meeder, Blind Hope

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2013

    !!! Great book!!!!!!

    This book has taught me so much about hope, love and God. There are so many powerful statments that just touched my heart. This book got me very emotional. Sometimes its hard for me to picture God, but this book gives me a great picture. My foster dog actully taught me about Gods love and apparently Im not the only one. Having a loyal dog at your side can teach you so much. This is a GREAT book about a lost girl and how a dog lead her back home to God. Tottaly read it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2012

    Swirly

    Oooooooooooooooooooooooooooopppppppppppppppsssssssssssssss.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2012

    Loved this book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I love dog stories and miracle stories so i loved this one, not to be cruel but i think the dog should have died. It would have made it much more sad...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2012

    All about trust, faith and moving forward.

    I was intriged and delighted with the underlying theme in this book and wish I had a dog that I could share such a relationship with. Kudos to the author for putting out a positive story of this ladies journey. SB8S

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  • Posted April 27, 2012

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    Great story Laurie's dreams had been shattered before she ca

    Great story
    Laurie's dreams had been shattered before she came to work at Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch—the ranch of rescued dreams—where broken horses and broken children encounter healing every day. In an attempt to soothe her aching soul, Laurie reached out to save a dog in need; she began to realize that the dog was rescuing her.
    Blind Hope reveals poignant life lessons Laurie experienced from her ailing, yet courageous canine friend. Despite the blindness of her dog—and her own heart—Laurie uncovered what she really needed most: authentic love, unconditional trust, true acceptance, faults and all.
    As Laurie and her dog, Mia, both learned to follow the lead of a master they couldn’t see. Laurie discovered the transforming power of God’s grace even for imperfect and selfish people. Laurie experienced a greater love than she had ever known.
    Blind Hope is not what I expected, but better than expected. I love stories about pets that in the end teach you about the love of God. This story of a mangy, abused blind dog who transformed a young woman's life and led her to understand God's love.
    A very touching story about faith, love and hope. This is a good read. An abused and homely dog brings so much joy and happiness to his new owner. Laurie understands her own life so much better because of things she learns through her dog and his handicaps.
    I enjoyed reading it on a pleasant afternoon and would recommend this special story to all pet lovers and anyone who enjoys a good story about how animals teach humans.
    I received this book from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing in their blogging for books program for my review.

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  • Posted April 21, 2012

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    Kim Meeder took an abandoned rock quarry in Oregon, rebuilt its

    Kim Meeder took an abandoned rock quarry in Oregon, rebuilt its landscape and purpose into a shelter for rescued horses. From that came a ministry that pairs caring for the recovering horses with children in need. Called Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch, Kim and husband Troy rely heavily on trained volunteers to keep their dream functioning. Laurie Sacher, one volunteer who stayed on to become an employee, found her very life change as she settled into life at Crystal Peaks.

    Kim narrates this short, but powerful book of Laurie's acceptance of God's love and care, all because she adopted a battered, extremely ill dog. Renamed Mia by Laurie, the Austrialian sheepdog looked nothing like the beautiful, long haired specimen that Laurie imagined would become her new companion. Instead Mia was underweight, had halitosis, needed to have an infected eye removed, and needed insulin injections daily. But from the first full face lick, Laurie could not turn away from her new family, and such began the daily lessons and analogies Laurie learned. When Mia became totally blind, the two trained so Mia would follow her master's voice. Lesson: "What faith . . . to follow a master . . . you cannot see." When vets gave Laurie a way out from the responsibility and cost of caring for such an ill animal, the woman saw instead another lesson: "Love is not a feeling but a choice."


    Soon she was facing her own weaknesses and hang-ups. She realized she had been caught up in a negative self-image, focusing on her body and her popularity, frequently embracing new causes and lifestyles, only to run when anything or anyone challenged her. She described her faith as only strong enough to get her a place with other believers, but never having any substance of its own. All that changed through her role as Mia's caregiver. And as the title shows, it was the blind dog who helped the woman SEE.


    Told as if Laurie is telling Kim her story as the two friends hike, ride, and ski over several months, the book is rich with powerful one-liners that echo our relationship with God. However, I found that format of revealing Laurie's transformation a tad contrived. I know that Kim is already a published author who has told other stories of change from the ranch, but since Laurie is an adult, I felt the whole book would have had more power if she had told the story. I would recommend the book to anyone who is an animal love or to those who seem to be floundering a little. I received a copy of this book for review purposes from the publisher. Opinions are my

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  • Posted April 14, 2012

    Blind Hope

    I had the opportunity to review Blind Hope written by Kim Meeder and Laurie Sacher. Kim Meeder owns and operates Crystal Peaks a Youth Ranch in Oregon. Crystal Peaks is a nonprofit organization that rescues neglected and abused horses to help children.



    Blind Hope is about Laurie Sacher and her journey with her dog, Mia. Laurie adopts an Australian Shepered dog, but when she goes to get the dog, it is much different that she expected. The dog is thin, smelly and has some needs. Despite the dogs imperfections, Laurie decides to take the dog and rename it "Mia." As the story continues, we see how "Mia" transforms Laurie's life by bringing her closer to God. Mia, the dog is blind and through Lauries relationship, she discovers God's grace for imperfect people and imperfect dogs.Blind Hope: An Unwanted Dog and the Woman She Rescued

    This book is not what I expected it to be.. It is so much more. I love that Mia transformed Laurie's life. I love when God shows up in the most unexpected places. This book was very easy to read and could be read in an afternoon sitting. It is inspiring. This book is more about Laurie's spiritual journey and less about Mia, the dog, which surprised me.

    Thank you Waterbook publishing for allowing me to review this. I was not required to give a positive review.

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  • Posted April 10, 2012

    I guess reading this I thought it was something different than


    I guess reading this I thought it was something different than it ended up being. It is more about Laurie reconciling her spiritual relationship with God more than the relationship of Laurie and a dog. If you are not looking for a spiritual book then this isn't the book. I thought the book could have been more detailed and glossed over certain things. It's worth a read though!
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2011

    inspirational

    Great book-- found it at a bookstore while on a trip and love it.

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  • Posted May 10, 2011

    An unexpected rescue

    Abused animals are rescued daily, desperately searching for basic love and care. Rarely do we expect to find that the human rescuer is, in fact, "rescued" by the animal they have saved. It's the same idea as realizing that our "pet" is truly a family member that can never be replaced.

    Laurie and Mia are a pair that cannot be separated. After rescuing Mia from a home that had so many problems that an under-nourished dog was the mildest of them, Laurie carefully nurses Mia back to health and life. Only as time went on and Mia was faced with new challenges, did Laurie realize that Mia was teaching her about life and nursing her back to emotional and spiritual health.


    Mia is amazing, teaching not only Laurie but others to trust in your unseen Master, for a loving one never steers you wrong. It's a story of a woman in need of rescuing finding her self in God's love as she saves a dog. Acceptance and pure love are at the heart of Laurie and Mia's story.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this galley from Waterbrook Multnomah through the Blogging for Books program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2011

    Blind Hope

    I love this book!! This book captured me because I am such an animal lover. In the book, Laurie get this dog "Mia" which is not by any means beautiful; her coat is tangled and she does not smell that great. As the story progresses Laurie see how her relationship with God has been lacking. Through her relationship with Mia , Laurie gains a new outlook on God. Some parts of this book made me cry, but it is so wonderful! It is pretty short so you can finish it in a few sitting.
    I received a free copy from Waterbrook Multnomah, but this is my own personal opinion.

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  • Posted March 23, 2011

    You will get something great out of reading this book.

    Blind Hope - An Unwanted Dog & the Woman She Rescued by Kim Meeder and Laurie Sacher is the book I will be reviewing. I got this book because I am a huge animal lover. This book arrived yesterday and I could not wait to read it. It is a true story about Laurie and her dog Mia. Mia was a rescue dog. She was an Australian mix dog that was around nine years old. Laurie had not seen Mia before she went to rescue her she had only heard about her through her work (this was a good thing for Mia). Once Laurie arrived at the dreadful location to rescue Mia (aka Angel at the time) she was taken aback by the looks of Mia. Mia was not attractive like Laurie had anticipated her to be. She was also in need of food, bath and some breath freshener. The words Laurie used to describe the dog were "Wretched Creature" It was not long until Mia had a new name and started to teach Laurie about a blind faith. Laurie had grown up in a world were she went to church but she says in the book "she had mistaken God for a church, a group of people and a set of rules." Laurie begins to see the inner beauty that comes from Mia but also the outer ugliness of Mia reminds her of herself on the inside. It is not long before Mia teaches her that" love is not a feeling but a choice" Mia also lead Laurie back to God. She has strayed for so long. What I learned from this book is that we are always looking for those big moments to hear from God. We want him to fix us when we are lost. He wants to fix us too but sometimes the fixing comes in a not so pretty package and with bad breath. I thought of my dog that has bad breath and I though about how much happiness and love he brings to me and how his love is unconditional. I realized God did that. He gave us these simple animals to teach us lessons. Laurie and Mia's story made me realize this. This book made me cry; it made me laugh and taught me that Love is a choice and that God loves me unconditionally like the dogs he brings into our lives. I also found it ironic that Laurie rescued a dog originally named angel .If you are not an animal lover get this book. You can learn from it as well. I have to say there are so many good points in this book I got out the high lighter. I recommend this book. The book is an easy read as well. It is a short book with only a total of 178 pages.

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  • Posted March 2, 2011

    not worth your time

    I recently read Blind Hope, An unwanted dog and the woman she rescued by Kim Meeder and Laurie Sacher. The true story of a woman who adopted a dog and how she learned lessons about God and His love for her seemed promising. And if you are willing to put up with amateurish writing, false sounding conversation, awkward transitions from first, to second, to third person, and cheesy predictability you will find some good truths. But I don't recommend it.

    There was one quote from the book that resonated with me- enough so that I actually posted it on facebook. "The grass isn't greener on the other side- it's greener where you water it. It's greener where contentment flows." I really like this twist on how many of us feel- that if only we can get there- wherever there is, we will find joy. This reminder that we create our own joy, by pouring ourselves into what we have now was a good one.

    Now that I've given you the highlight of the book you don't have to read it.

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  • Posted February 23, 2011

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    God shows us his love in all of creation - even the 4 legged creation

    Summary: Laurie decides to adopt a 9 year old Australian Shepherd mix from an at risk family situation. The dog has obvious health issues and some not so obvious. But Laurie is in for the lesson of her life. She sees herself with different eyes through her relationship with her dog, and also sees the trail back to a God who she's sure has forgotten her. Laurie's story is told through her relationship with Kim Meeder, boss, mentor and friend also owner of the Crystal Peaks Ranch - a place where broken horses have found new lives.

    What I Liked: I love the lessons God teaches us. I love it even more when we become aware that he is at work around us and look through a different lens to see what he has for us. This book is the story of brokenness, of God's Grace and an animal story - all rolled into one. I have had many dogs touch my life in different ways. I loved that Laurie shared bits and pieces of her many attempts to find meaning in her life. Amazingly enough, it was a dog as broken as she was that led her back to God. This is a beautiful story of finding God. And also of a girl and her dog.

    What I didn't Like: The format of the book - the story being told through the eyes of Kim Meeder bothered me a little. While it served as a good vehicle for the lessons that Laurie was learning about God, I thought that Laurie's own voice might have made the story a little more powerful.

    Overall: I really enjoyed this book. As a dog and animal lover (I enjoyed Kim Meeder's other books), I have often myself see the hand of God through the life of his creations. Laurie's mistakes and hurts laid out humbly on the table of this book struck a cord in my own life.

    Rating: 4.5 stars. This is a nearly perfect read for me. Love it!

    Note: Book provided for review by the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group. All opinions expressed are my own.

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  • Posted February 23, 2011

    Highly recommend

    This is an inspiring book about a relationship between and woman and dog. Laurie is on a journey to truly find out who she is and in search of unconditional love. Mia, the dog, teaches her what it is to love completely. Mia has physical problems that challenge Laurie to look at situations from a different perspective because she has to figure out how to take care of a dog that is slowly going blind. Laurie relationship with Mia leads her closer to God as she yearns to know if God loves her unconditionally with her many faults. The story inspires all people to seek God and know that he loves everyone unconditionally and will never leave no matter how difficult the situation seems.

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  • Posted February 19, 2011

    I'd give it no stars if I could

    Anyone who knows me knows that I'm a sucker for a good dog story. I just love 'em, even though, I know the dogs usually die and then I get all sad and weepy. So I was really, really looking forward to reading Blind Hope: An Unwanted Dog & the Woman She Rescued. The back of the book hooked me. It sounds great, it really does, but this book was seriously lacking in everything.

    To be honest, there was really nothing about this book that I liked that much, except for maybe the pictures of the dog, Mia, who really is a pretty dog. And at its core, I liked the story, but there were so many problems with how the story was told that I couldn't focus on Laurie and Mia's journey. As I used to tell the kids who I tutored in college, what you're saying is getting lost in how you're saying it.

    First of all, it's just an awkward, awkward set up. The basis of hearing Laurie's story of pain and heartache is done via Kim, and then what Laurie learns is told through Laurie's conversations with Kim. The biggest problem I have with this is the way these conversations start. They are so forced and strange that it's so hard to believe that anyone would ever speak like this in real life. It's clear that the author has an agenda and a story to tell, and she hasn't mastered the art of easing into the story skillfully.

    I'm interested in hearing Laurie and Mia's stories, but told through Kim, they come across as weird and bulky. But even more than that, I feel like we never get to know Laurie, which is incredibly important to this book because it's Mia who rescues Laurie - how can we, as readers, see that happen when we never really know what Laurie has struggled with? It's hard to share difficulties in our lives, but when you're writing a book that's based around someone or something saving you, you need to share what you're being saved from. The best we get are vague descriptions sprinkled throughout the book.

    It's just so painful to read over and over and over again. It's very formulaic, too -- it typically happens at the beginning of each chapter. I wish I could recommend this book, but I unfortunately cannot.

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  • Posted February 19, 2011

    God is Love!

    Blind Hope, by Kim Meeder and Laurie Sacher, is a sweet story about a blind dog and her ability to change a woman just by being present in her life. I enjoyed reading this story as I have a very big heart for dogs in need of rescue. I have two dogs that I have adopted. My babies do not have any problems, they simply did not have a home. By letting them into my life, my life has changed because of who they are and how they love unconditionally. This is what Laurie Sacher, one of the authors found to be true with her dog Mia.

    The story is written much like a memoir, which threw me off at first and actually kept me a little disinterested in the story itself. But once I started reading, I fell in love with this dog Mia and who she was. Also, interwoven in the story is the message that God is always with us, that God forgives all of our faults (just as a dog would), and God is ever loving no matter what our past might look like. It was a true reminder of God's love and grace. And sometimes, just that message alone makes a book worth reading.

    "No one ever warned me that when you rescue a dog, the life you save just might be your own!"

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