Friday, September 12, 2008

Saturdays with Stella


Allison Pittman

My Thoughts: I absolutely loved this little book. I felt like I was hearing hilarious stories directly from Allison while she unconsciously rubbed Stella's head. Anyone who has ever had a dog will be able to relate to the unconditional love she has for her pet and the unreasonable way she put up with chewed up shoes and piddles on the floor. And underlying the story is an amazing link to the way God loves us...regardless of the mistakes we make. Allison uses simple lessons in dog obedience to reflect the simplicity of Godly obedience. This is one of my new favorites!

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 voiceDrop It!–and let go of personal agendas Come!–when it’s time to run in the right directionStay!–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.

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