Blind Hope has it all: a rescue ranch, a rescued mutt, and the transformation of the rescuer.
Kim Meeder and her husband Troy own Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch in Oregon, which serves horses and children that have experienced abuse and neglect. Rescuing horses evolved into a ministry of rescuing people and dreams. Equine therapy at its finest, I suppose.
The ranch has an active volunteer program and sometimes volunteers are hired on as staff. Such is the case of Laurie Sacher. Blind Hope tells the story of how Laurie picked a dog no one would ever want, nurtured her through unexpected illness, accepting Mia's eventual blindness, and training Mia how to experience life in spite of her disability. You can't help but root for this dog!
Along the way, Laurie learns lessons about herself and her relationship with God. The book is sometimes written as dialog between Kim and Laurie and this comes across as awkward at times. Is this really what their conversations were like? I didn't always buy it. The chapters with Laurie's story told plainly in third-person form worked better for me.
There are pictures of Mia and Laurie interspersed throughout the book, which I appreciated. While the descriptions of Mia are rich, I loved being able to see her personality come alive through the photographs. That alone made me wonder whether I could take time off of work and go volunteer at the ranch!
This was a quick read while I was on the plane from Chicago back to Nashville. I knew I was taking a risk by reading a dog book on the plane. And yes, that risk was warranted. You might cry at some point or another while reading, not just because of what Mia the mutt goes through but because of all that Laurie learns about herself along the way. The lessons God teaches Laurie are lessons we can all benefit from.
Dog lovers will especially enjoy reading about "an unwanted dog and the woman she rescued."
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