If you read one adult non-fiction book this year, make it Saturdays with Stella: How My Dog Taught Me to Sit, Stay, and Come When God Calls by Allison Pittman. Seriously. This is has to be in my top 5 books read this year, easily and I need for you all to head to your library or bookstore and pick this one up. You'll laugh hysterically on almost every page and if you are anything like me, you'll find a personal message pertaining to your relationship with God by the end of each chapter.
Stella is a special dog that just ended up in Pittman's life, completely by accident, but she certainly made herself at home. When Pittman and Stella begin attending obedience school to learn the basics in good doggy etiquette, Pittman found herself learning how to obey her own Master at the same time-God. We get to see how both Stella and the author learn to sit, drop it, come, leave it, etc., each submitting to their own masters.
I'm going through a bit of a rough time in my family life right now and this book was exactly what I needed to read. I was able to laugh out loud at Stella's slight mistakes (or major mistakes as we see in the form of a raided trashcan), but I was also able to see that I need to continue to obey God, that He really does have a plan for me and my family. So many passages connected straight to my heart...for instance:
"My Master tells me, 'Come to me...I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls' (Matthew 11:28). What could possibly be more wonderful than that? Yet too often my heart is tied up in knots of apprehension and anxiety. Yes, I know the peace of coming alongside Jesus and casting my cares upon Him, but all too often such surrender comes in the final move of a spiritual wrestling match."
That was one of the more serious passages, but it struck me. Many of the other parts that hit me were funny, but I was still able to connect to how I feel right now in my life. Honestly, this book is amazing, I can't wait to give it to all my family and friends this Christmas...and to YOU now!!
To enter to win a copy of Saturdays with Stella, leave a comment on this post by Friday night at midnight, telling me about a special pet of yours. Stella was obviously a very special pet to the author, my Shae is the best dog in the world to me....I want to know about your special animal, past or present. If you link to this contest on your blog, you get 5 extra entries. Wahoo!!!