As any pet lover knows, a wagging tail or a tender purr can soothe the soul after a hard day. And sometimes, the presence of dogs and cats in our lives can do even more. In these delightful books, Callie Smith Grant collects stories that celebrate the dogs and cats in our livesstories that touch our hearts, renew our spirit, and show us how God created these creatures for unique purposes. Well-known authors, as well as new voices, share their inspirational true stories of these otherwise ordinary cats and dogs whose presence in the lives of humans make them remarkable. Each book also includes interesting sidebars, memorable quotes, and helpful hints for living with dogs and cats. The stories are warm, captivating, and ideal for a good curl-up-and-read or for a gift to any pet lover.
|Publisher:||Baker Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.60(d)|
About the Author
Callie Smith Grant is the editor of The Cat in the Window and The Dog Next Door. She is also the author of several nonfiction books for young readers and adults as well as many animal-themed stories and poems that can be seen in Guideposts anthologies and in magazines such as Small Farmer's Journal.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
“The Cat in My Lap” is a special set of short, true stories about people who love cats and the cats who choose them. After reading it, I am convinced more than ever that the Lord chooses the pets He wants us to care for, knowing that the pet will be more than a furry friend, but rather evidence of God’s grace and love in the life of the person owned by the cat. Inside the pages of this collection of cat-tales this reader found more than 20 heartwarming true stories of the cats that loved and blessed their people exactly as they needed, penned by 23 authors who write for various publications, primarily for the Christian market. The stories have been collected by Callie Smith Grant, who includes a story of her own. This collection is in memory of her mother, and was formerly published as “A Dickens of a Cat”. For a cat lover such as myself, Callie Smith Grant has shared a must-read, even though I am typically not one who reads short stories. Whether one enjoys short stories or like me, longer novels, this is a book that a cat lover doesn’t want to miss. The collection was a more than pleasant surprise to this reader. Each author shares a memorable event or series of events with their cat(s) that made a difference in the author’s faith, life, and/or endurance of a time of trial. Sidebar quotes include those by famous authors such as Mark Twain and Cleveland Amory about these wonderful fur babies and a fitting Haiku is part of each story. There is also an elegant yet haunting picture of the cat of the tale in gentle grayscale tones. From the cat who became the best therapist for anorexic child to a tiny kitten trapped in a storm drain, each of these stories shows the love of a cat, the leading of almighty God, and the person or people who were changed as a result of the soft, furry face with gentle, healing purrs. This book is a keeper, also a wonderful gift; one can see their own pets in light of the pets in this book. When one thinks that the Lord is no longer caring for them, or if one has said a heartbreaking goodbye to the furry love of their life, it is time to pick up a cup of coffee or tea, the favorite cat or warmest memories, and this book. This crazy cat lady read some of the stories after sobbing goodbye to two of her best cats within three days, and was trying to settle a wary, formerly feral kitten into the house, and can promise that these stories can help sooth even the one with an aching heart. I highly recommend this book to those who love God and cats, and have experienced (or want to experience) the healing grace that the Lord sends on four paws. “The Cat on my Lap” can be enjoyed by adults of any age, including young adults. Some stories may even be read with or to children ages 10 and older. Callie Smith Grant, thank you for this beautiful collection – a labor of love and a gift to each reader! With a grateful heart, I received a copy of this book through a Goodreads contest. All opinions are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.
Touching stories of cats and how they affect the lives of those they chose to live with.