The Divinity of Dogs: True Stories of Miracles Inspired by Man's Best Friend

The Divinity of Dogs: True Stories of Miracles Inspired by Man's Best Friend

by Jennifer Skiff


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The Divinity of Dogs: True Stories of Miracles Inspired by Man's Best Friend by Jennifer Skiff

From the bestselling author of God Stories, this “mysterious and faith-inspiring” (Publishers Weekly) book shares the uplifting stories of people who have encountered the divine through their dogs.

The Divinity of Dogs is about the moments we learn something profound about life from an experience with a dog. In this inspiring collection of true dog stories, you’ll hear dramatic firsthand accounts from people whose lives have been transformed by a dog’s love. From everyday blessings to lifealtering miracles, these stories confirm what many of us have always known: dogs are the ultimate gift, sent here to help us on our journey.

You’ll meet Mazie, the Lab who was rescued from a shelter only to return the favor by rescuing her new family; Luna, the Retriever who pulled her person to safety after she collapsed in a field; Little Bit, the Chihuahua who detected cancer in her owner’s breast; Emma, the Rottweiler who stopped a troubled man from taking his life; Bo, the Boxer who helped comfort a mother after the loss of her son; and other amazing, heroic dogs you’ll never forget.

Filled with heartwarming anecdotes, adorable dog photos, and the author’s moving personal story, The Divinity of Dogs reminds us that we’re not alone and will always have joy in our lives as long as we have dogs by our sides.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781451621594
Publisher: Atria Books
Publication date: 08/27/2013
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 319,259
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Jennifer Skiff is an award-winning television producer, journalist, and author of God Stories.

Laural Merlington has recorded well over one hundred audiobooks and has received several AudioFile Earphones Awards, including one for Never Say Die by Susan Jacoby.

Actor Danny Campbell spent six years with the Independent Shakespeare Company in Los Angeles and has appeared on the hit CBS program The Guardian and in the film Greater Than Gravity. He is also an AudioFile Earphones Award-winning audiobook narrator.

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The Divinity of Dogs

  • “I had no reason to live”

    Scott Thornsley

    It was Christmas morning, 1995. My wife had left me in August, and two weeks later, I lost my job of nineteen years. I was alone, without anyone to turn to. Worst of all, no one needed me anymore—my workplace or the wife I loved.

    I’d just gotten my PhD and was looking forward to enjoying the success that would come with it. Instead, the hunt for a new job was futile. Because of my new degree, I couldn’t get the most menial of jobs. Most people said I was overeducated. I felt like a total failure.

    I thought long and hard and came to the conclusion that my life was not worth living. I decided to commit suicide.

    The moment came. I’d decided on a method and was committed to carrying it out. At that very moment, my four-year-old Rottweiler, Emma, bounded into the study. Her leash was in her mouth, which was not unusual. What was unusual was what she did next. She grabbed my hand with her mouth and ferociously pulled me toward the front door, tugging and yanking me out of my chair. She had never done this before.

    There was a hard-falling snow, which would make even the shortest of walks difficult. Her tugging continued. I decided to grant her one more walk.

    Once we were outside, she wouldn’t let me go home. She continued, just ahead, leading me through neighborhoods and school athletic fields. Emma wandered without direction, refusing to let me turn around. A couple of hours passed, and during that time, my mind cleared, and I realized my life was not over. I had much to be thankful for, and someone really did need me—even if it was a female Rottweiler named Emma. There is no doubt in my mind that Emma saved my life that day.

    In the darkest of moments, a dog can make your life worth living.

    Emma & Scott

    North East Rottweiler Rescue & Referral

  • Table of Contents

    Introduction 1

    Love: Embracing the Gift 7

    Comfort: Soothing the Soul 33

    Intuition: The Theory of Truth 67

    Healing: Restoring the Balance 103

    Gratitude: Appreciating Home 147

    Loyalty: Dependability with Kindness 195

    Passing: The Wisdom of Knowing 219

    Compassion: Understanding with Empathy 259

    Forgiveness: Acceptance Without Judgment 291

    Afterword 317

    Acknowledgments 323

    Contributor Index 325

    Photography Credits 326

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    The Divinity of Dogs: True Stories of Miracles Inspired by Man's Best Friend 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
    LeeG23 More than 1 year ago
    Anyone who has ever had his heart warmed by a wet nose will fall in love with this book from page one. In The Divinity of Dogs, author Jennifer Skiff artfully arranges an assortment of tales like so many mosaic tiles to create an affecting portrait of the mysterious bond that exists between dogs and their humans. Some of the stories are sweet and touching; others are emotional and wrenching--but all are brimming with heart. Pieces of the author’s own tender tales are woven throughout the book, lending both cohesion and an additional note of authenticity to the work. Like the relationships it celebrates, this book, too, seems possessed of a magical power to inspire and transform. Grab a copy—and a box of tissues—today and enjoy!
    JulieS60 More than 1 year ago
    "The Divinity of Dogs" is an inspirational collection of stories of unconditional love and loyalty between people and their dogs. I recommend keeping tissues near while reading! The message is clear that the world is a better place because of these divine creatures!
    BrendaVI More than 1 year ago
    This is an amazing book that I could not put down. It warmed my heart, lifted my spirit, and made my eyes fill with tears time after time. I wanted it to never end. By the final page, my lifetime love and admiration for dogs had grown so much stronger, and I have nothing but the highest praise for the genius of an author who bound these tales together into such a wonderful package. I implore anyone who loves dogs to read this - you will find it an incredibly rewarding experience.
    Nana2Livi More than 1 year ago
    This is a wonderful and heart warming book! Anyone who loves dogs will enjoy it.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    This amazing book is packed with absolutely fantastic stories about man's best friend. I am so impressed that I am leaving 50% of my estate to two local shelters that go the extra mile to find pets a good home.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    The Divinity of Dogs reminds us of many things ~ That miracles happen every day and that DOG is GOD spelled backwards .. for a reason .. This is a fabulous gift, for others or yourself. The perfect reminder that our dogs are here for many reasons and not per chance. Do NOT miss this beautiful book and share it far and wide for the world will be a better place for each person who is touched by these stories.
    Deaf_Mom_Of_Words More than 1 year ago
    A big fat bowl of chicken soup for the soul. A ton of inspirational, heartwarming and true stories to make you smile, laugh, and cry. A must read if you are a dog lover, dog owner or simply looking for something to read beyond the scope of human relationships. Each short story had me anticipating what the next one would bring. Curl up with your dog a blanket and a box of tissues as this book will surely fill your soul with awe and leave you begging for more. Get the music CD to go with it, your dog will love it.
    mwos More than 1 year ago
    The Divinity Of Dogs is a phenomenal book! I found reading this book to be a journey and also inspiring. Reading the experiences of peoples lives, what dogs are capable of and what can happen when the two are brought together was amazing. I also learned from this book. I just can't say enough about this book and I too wonder if there will be a sequel. I hated to put this book down and was sad to see it come to an end.
    stephanieclemons More than 1 year ago
    The Divinity of Dogs is absolutely amazing. If you love dogs, you will love this book! And if you aren't already a dog lover, you very well may be after reading it! This book is heartwarming, heartbraking, and inspiring, all in one. I cannot remember ever reading another book that made me both laugh and cry as much as this one. Don't forget the tissues, you will need them! And you may just want to run out and rescue a few more dogs yourself after by the time you finish. I know I do!
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    I'm 80 years old and I can't tell you the last time I read a book. BUT my daughter gave me Jennifer's book, The Divinity of Dogs, and I read it from cover to cover in two days. I absolutely loved it! The stories were short and interesting. I was reminded again and again of the different dogs I have had throughout my life. Some of them I had completely forgotten about until reading this wonderful book. Don't know if I'll read any more books, but if I do, I don't think they could possibly be as good a read as The Divinity of Dogs! Is it too soon to hope for The Divinity of Dogs - Part II??? Sincerely Thomas G. Baldwin Owatonna, Minnesota USA
    dog-lover2 More than 1 year ago
    Reading this book was like eating a hot fudge sundae. It was a wonderful journey that left me feeling good at the end. Fantastic read!
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    carolbradshaw More than 1 year ago
    Finding out in Jan. of 2011 that our story would be included in "The Divinity of Dogs" was truly an honor. Bandit and Jack's story is just one of over 70, and each and every one tugs at your heart, reminds us of a memory, and brings an awareness to the amazing feats and inate ability that dogs have to intertwine their lives with humans. Jennifer's own story of her life and her personal experiences with her dogs lends the link that brings it all together. Each short story could be made into its own book, making it almost impossible to write them all in a lifetime. Instead, the co
    pearlsgirls2 More than 1 year ago
    Tender, moving, amazing! Jennifer Skiff captures the voice of our divine canines and tells their stories. You will never look at any dog again without knowing he/she has a purpose for us unsuspecting humans! Fabulous gift and keepsake. Love it, love it, love it!!!
    Blissdog More than 1 year ago
    This is a must read book for dog lovers everywhere!
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    This book is amazing and pulls on so many emotions! This is absolutely perfect for any dog lover! I hope there is a sequel to this book since I love how the author weaved the stories into a wonderful book like this. Can't say enough good things about this book!!