Monday, September 8, 2008

Saturdays with Stella

I love this book and I don't even have a dog! My two cats have my husband and I trained, but this is a fun book for anyone to read. I learned when reading Saturdays with Stella, that God is as patient with us as a good owner is with their little doggie, and that most of us exhibit negative traits, like fear, lack of trust, being self-centered that dog trainers deal with.

Sometimes your best four-legged friend is also your best teacher

When you bring a new dog into your home, a wash of great joy can become a trial of perseverance as your furry pal chews, digs, yaps, and yes, piddles her way through every room in the house. Allison Pittman learned this all too well when she adopted a “tiny, shiny puppy of indefinable breed(s).” Stella wasted no time in turning her home upside-down as only a pup can.

As could be expected, six weeks of obedience school covered the much needed basics–sit, stay, come, and down. What Allison didn’t expect was the spiritual benefit she would receive as each Saturday lesson revealed a fascinating metaphor. In this heart-warming, thoughtful, and often hilarious tribute to her beloved Stella, Allison Pittman shares how she came to understand what it means to follow the ultimate Master, including how to:

Sit!–at the feet of Jesus and listen for His voice
Drop It!–and let go of personal agendas
Come!–when it’s time to run in the right direction
Stay!–in God’s presence

In Saturdays with Stella, a slightly neurotic yet curiously adorable canine will not only capture your heart–she’ll show you how captivating you are to God.

Author Bio:

Allison Pittman is the author of the three books in the popular Crossroads of Grace series. Before her life as a novelist, Allison spent sixteen years teaching high school English. A founding member and copresident of the Christian Writer’s Group of the Greater San Antonio area, she devotes her time inspiring other writers to work toward their goals and sharpen their skills. Allison lives in Universal City , Texas with her husband Mike, their three sons, and Stella.

One person who leaves a comment here will be chosen at random, to receive a free copy of this delightful book. You and your dog are guaranteed to learn something within these pages.


Anonymous said...

I'd love to win this one. Enter me, please.

Karla Akins said...

I love dogs! Oh, I hope I win. I have 4 dogs. They are all my sweet fur kids. I can't imagine a life without my dogs: Gretchen, a rottweiler, Frankie a pug, Oskar and old grumpy Dachshund and Chevy a golden doodle.

Joyce Anthony said...

I MUST have this book!!! Being a dog lover anyway, I know I will fall in love with the little one :-)

walk2write said...

I don't have a dog, but I do have a granddog. I'm sure his parents would love this book. It sounds interesting.

cathikin said...

I have often thought about trying to write something, although I'd never get a whole book written, commecting dogs to the Christian life. I've had the pleasure of having a few dogs as family members. Each one had its own distinct personality, but I dearly loved them all. And they were all so loving to us. This should be a good book, funny and making good points as well. Good review.

chassan2 at hotmail . com

Flower said...

I love stories about pets! It looks like a good read and one I will see if the library has. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

What a delightful post! Thanks for inviting me over here, I'll have to stop in more often. Mixing spiritual messages with pet commands was not only cute, it was poignant.

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kerri69 said...

my daughter loves dogs she wants to open a shelter she says i think she would really like this book

Melonie said...

Please enter me. Our dog will have to go to a new home when we move, but I hope that this will help me prepare for the next furry friend that comes into our life when we return to the States.

BTW, thanks for the kind comment on my blog. I do love sending postcards - they are quick, easy, and brighten my day just as much as that of the recipients. :-)

Terra Hangen said...

Thank you all for commenting; especially you dog enthusiasts.
The winner of Saturdays with Stella is Melonie.
Next contest here is for my book, Scrapbook of Christmas Firsts, and the prize is a $200 Christmas gift basket.