The God-Dog Connection
Things I’ve learned about God and Faith from the Dogs and Cats in my life.
After years of observation, author Marti Healy, a devoted animal lover, has found significant faith-based meaning in her pets’ exploits. This wonderfully gentle, non-threatening book leads us to the conclusion that God often speaks to us in mysterious and, in this case, delightful ways.
Marti has been thoroughly enchanted with animals all of her life. She has also had a distinguished career as a professional copywriter as well as a contributing newspaper columnist. During a Bible study class, she discovered a remarkable connection between basic Christian concepts and the observations she’d made over the years about the dogs and cats she has known. This book is the result.
The book consists of 25 short essays or “vignettes,” each beginning with the animal behavior observed, and then the faith lesson that can be drawn from it. The book is punctuated with photographs, some of which taking on an almost hand-colored look.
The God-Dog Connection is particularly popular as a gift book. But perhaps one of the best things about it is that is can be appreciated on many levels.
This book recently received a warm endorsement by well-known actress and animal advocate, BETTY WHITE
, who said or it: "It is always a joy to find a fellow animal lover who not only reads the animals accurately - but listens to them! A lovely book."
Do you love animals?
You’ll love these stories featuring a variety of memorable dogs and cats as they live their lives to the fullest, leaving bits of faith-based wisdom in their wakes.
Are you intrigued with Biblical parables?
Here’s a book that takes the Jesus approach to learning. It reduces often-complex intellectual concepts down to the simple terms of dogs, cats, and a good story.
Are you searching for more in your spiritual life?
Through basic observation of the animals around us, we can learn great lessons of faith, love, hope and more from everyday situations.
Does God really work through our pets?
After reading this book, you’ll be a believer. And the simple stories will delight the entire family.
This is a book for the animal lover, believer or seeker, because it speaks to all levels of understanding. It’s a gentle book that invites you to read one story, then another, then another. From beginning to end, readers of all backgrounds connect with The God-Dog Connection
To order this book please visit your favorite independent bookstore or Amazon.com
, or www.indiebound.org
PLEASE NOTE: Two companion guides are also available for use with this book relative to churches and other small study groups. They are The God-Dog Connection Study Guide, and The God-Dog Connection Pet Ministry.
Please contact Marti directly for more information about these books and programs.
“Well, I sat with the book on the sofa, surrounded by dogs and cats and began to read. I am not exaggerating when I say The God-Dog Connection is one of the most insightful books I have ever picked up. Author Marti Healy is so in tune to the lessons that we can learn through our pets and to God’s lessons as well. What a simply marvelous analogy at the end of each chapter! So many of them made me smile. I read the whole thing. I didn’t want to. I wanted to savor it -- maybe read a chapter a night -- but I couldn’t stop reading. I am going to be reading this many more times in the days ahead and I am planning to get out my trusty yellow highlighter and mark some special parts that spoke to me in a particular way.”
~ Pam Burns, Blackwood, NJ
“The God-Dog Connection is an inspirational and uplifting testament to the faith, wisdom and hope to be discovered in our animal companions. No matter your faith or the depth of your commitment, this is a book sure to connect with animal lovers as well as those seeking a simpler, more meaningful link to God's goodness and grace. So find yourself a comfortable chair, a quiet hour and settle back with this delightful little gem. The adventures of Sparkey, Butch, Katie and the entire cast of 4-legged characters will warm your heart, rekindle your spirit and strengthen your faith in a higher power; a power that works in mysterious but also enchanting and sometimes humorous ways! Keep this little treasure of essays close at hand for whenever your heart hungers for a heaping serving of spiritual reaffirmation. I hope my heartfelt words of praise will encourage another animal lover, another believer, to pick up a copy and enjoy it, be touched by it and learn from it, just as I have.”
~ Sandra Tatsuno, Dennis, MA
“Perhaps a good number of us who have chosen to live our lives in the company of animals realize how very blessed we are. Yet author Marti Healy opens the door to the spiritual dimension of lessons our animals can teach us in The God-Dog Connection. Being passionate in my affinity for dogs and sincere in my quest for a better understanding of the meaning of life, I was instinctively drawn to this book by its title, yet soon after delving into its pages, I realized Ms. Healy was able to find and describe much of the essence of what was locked within my own heart. Her style is that of a friend you have known all your life. Her ability to seek wisdom and truth is awesome. This is simply a lovely book complete in its presentation, which would make a cherished possession for any animal devotee.”
~ Rachel Johnson, Geneva, IL