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Stay : Lessons My Dogs Taught Me about Life, Loss, and Grace
by Dave Burchett


Overview - Amazing (Furry) Lessons from a Dog's Life
You'll be enthralled by this story of a man and his lovable Labrador retriever, Hannah, and what their canine friendship can show us about life, grace, and long walks in the park.

Hannah was Dave's best friend.
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Overview
Amazing (Furry) Lessons from a Dog's Life
You'll be enthralled by this story of a man and his lovable Labrador retriever, Hannah, and what their canine friendship can show us about life, grace, and long walks in the park.

Hannah was Dave's best friend. He couldn't imagine starting a day without her tail wagging an energetic greeting, her body wiggling with sheer gratitude when her food dish was filled, and her unbridled enthusiasm for tennis balls. (How she fit three tennis balls in her mouth at once he'll never know.)

So when Dave first learned of Hannah's cancer diagnosis, he decided to take whatever time he had left with Hannah to cherish the moments and capture his thoughts in a journal. As he wrote about his canine friend, he soon realized that Hannah was an able (and furry) mentor of faith, grace, kindness, and forgiveness. The lessons were invaluable: from being present to trusting the master. When Hannah lived well past the expected time frame, Dave started to see that the insights he was gaining were more than just journal entries about a family pet. Through Hannah's antics, God was preparing Dave for life itself.

You won't want to miss this heartwarming tale of a dog who knew how to live . . . and showed her owner how.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781414397931
  • ISBN-10: 1414397933
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
  • Publish Date: February 2015
  • Page Count: 256
  • Dimensions: 8.38 x 7.17 x 0.83 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.94 pounds


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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2015-01-19
  • Reviewer: Staff

When television sports director and writer Burchett (When Bad Christians Happen to Good People) and his wife, Joni, learned that their Labrador retriever, Hannah, had cancer, they chose a treatment that would give them as much time as possible with the dog, who had been their best friend through Joni’s own cancer diagnosis. Burchett also started journaling, and the end result is a collection of thoughts on a life of faith in Christ learned through Hannah and her eventual successor. Beginning each short chapter with a journal entry about his canine companion, Burchett also draws on biblical passages, observations about how dogs approach life, and a few well-chosen quotations to reflect on what a life of faith looks like. Specific subjects include being present in the moment, freedom, trust, and learning one’s name and identity. As Burchett notes, his is no universal spirituality, but specifically Christian. Burchett’s lessons mined from loss will resonate, reminding readers of the trust and simplicity dogs model. Agent: Don Jacobson, D.C. Jacobson and Associates. (Feb.)

 
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