Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Saturdays with Stella...and a Giveaway!!

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!!!


cpullum said...

I have a Black Lab and he is so cute! he loves to swim and if he can he will take steaks of the grill!! He even has his own chiar in the office that he actually watches TV on!! He is so much fun and everyone that comes over loves him!

Becky said...

This looks like a really cute, fun book. I will have to put it on my next list of reads.

I just finished reading a great book that was also a fun light read. "Pinch Hitter," by Dean Whitney. The book is about a middle aged man who finally fulfills his dream of making it big in his hometown baseball league. He faces challenges when he becomes visible in the public eye and a family secret is revealed. I fell in love with the characters, and loved the author's writing style. I just wanted to share also- hope that is OK.

Michelle said...

I've had a bit of bad luck with my pets. From dognapping to being in the wrong place at the wrong time to forced euthanasia because my dog was attacked. Though I do have an amusing tale to tell about a pet crawdad I had once..

Anna said...

This sounds like a great book. I haven't had any pets other than fish in a long time because we live in a rental. But I used to keep hamsters when I was in high school, and I had one named Vince who ended up with a huge tumor and the vet couldn't do anything for him. I remember the day it was obvious the poor thing was dying, and I wrapped him in a towel and sat with him all night, just petting him because I didn't want him to die alone. I miss that little guy.

--Diary of an Eccentric


Beckyb said...

I would LOVE to read this too!! How is it that those furry pets can worm their way into our hearts so easily - our Cockapoo, Bella, is a stinker but we still LOVE her!!

Vader's Mom said...

This sounds wonderful (I hopped over from Deena's).

Vader is the pet of my life. He is my first indoor dog and he's made me wonder how I ever did it before. He's the best companion I could ask for and a great entertainer as well.

Quirky Celt said...

Okay, I live in an apartment so I am not allowed to have a dog or cat. But I do have a black bear hamster - and I never thought I would be gaga over a rodent but in the tough times this little fur baby gives me so much pleasure. I had her when she was less than a month old. She will go to sleep in my nighty pocket and never bites! I always think of "All things Bright and Beautiful" when I see her - okay sometimes I sing it to her changing the words to "each little furry hamster" hehehe.

ibeeeg said...

I grew up with a black poodle - small version. Her name was Bridget. I loved that dog.
When I was little, I would think that Bridget would call all her dog friends to come over to our house for a party when we left the home to go elsewhere. I seriously believed she did that!

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Shelly said...

I have 7 special pets. My husband and I raise paint horses, and to me, they are my children. We are sitting at home preparing for the onslaught of hurricane Ike, but we will not leave because we cannot leave our babies. When I've had a bad day, they are here to listen, without judgement. They like me even on my worst days. There is not a day that I don't open the gate after work that they don't acknowledge me by hollering to let me know they know I'm home.