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Dog That Talked to God

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Recently widowed Mary Fassler buys a Miniature Schnauzer, Rufus, and her world is turned sideways in the midst of her grief. It seems that Rufus speaks. And not just to her. He also talks to God. When Rufus begins sharing advice that could result in major changes, Mary gets the feeling the pooch might not be steering her in the right direction. Or, is she just afraid to ta...more
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Published February 17th 2012 by Abingdon Press
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Vicky Patterson
You can all read the other reviews to see what this book is about. As a multi-dog family, I often wonder what they are thinking. I also talk to them as if they are human and wonder if they understand me.

This book touched me on so many levels. I lost my dad nearly 20 years ago and went through my own period when I was angry with God. Much like the main character in this story, I had someone on my side praying me back. I also had a dog get hit by a car and suffer a broken leg. As he was an older...more
Kathryn
Jul 30, 2012 Kathryn rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Kathryn by: Riverwalk Books
Shelves: 2012
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. And, I have to say I'm amazed the author, Jim Kraus is a man. He wrote so well through Mary the main character. I also liked how Mary talked to the reader like she was in my living room having coffee. Mary's in her 40s which was nice, too. Not too preachy, just a good solid summer read.
Vannetta Chapman
This was an extremely well written book. I was skeptical, a little, because of the title ... but Jim Kraus does an excellent job weaving the life of this little dog, the life of his owner, and our spiritual lives together into the thread of a very good story.

I immediately bought his next book on my kindle!
Victor Gentile
Jim Kraus in his new book “The Dog That Talked to God” published by Abingdon Press takes us into the life of Mary Fassler.

From The Back Cover: Sometimes the least expected can be the most amazing

Recently widowed Mary Fassler buys a Miniature Schnauzer, Rufus, and her world is turned sideways in the midst of her grief. It seems that Rufus speaks. And not just to her. He also talks to God.

When Rufus begins sharing advice that could result in major changes, Mary gets the feeling the pooch might not...more
Ruth Hill
I had hoped I would like this book better than I did, but unfortunately, it was not to be. I love dogs, and the beginning of the book was fine. However, once our heroine had Rufus (the dog) "talk," I really lost interest. I know that we tend to think that our animals talk, but this was just too much for me to accept.

There were some points of the book that did interest me. I was intrigued when Mary first got Rufus. And then about the middle of the book, there was an area that certainly got my at...more
Dianna
This is the story of a woman who is trying to cope with the death of her small son and husband in an accident. After living alone for a few years, she decides to get a puppy. She has lost faith in as well as is angry with God. She cannot makes herself pray anymore.

I related completely to this since I lost everything I ever owned to hurricane Katrina. I stopped praying and was very angry with God.

The puppy she got speaks, but only to her and only at night when they take walks. He is her soundin...more
Heather
I couldn't even finish this book. I'm a dog lover and typically enjoy books about dogs,so I thought this one was up my alley. I was wrong. I just couldn't connect to the main character. I felt nothing for her and had a general feeling of indifference towards the story. I think my problem with this book stems from the nature of the first person narrative. The main character/narrator is female, but yet I felt like I was reading a story told by and about a gender neutral individual. There was nothi...more
April Dawn
The Dog Who Talked to God is beautifully written novel. It was perhaps the truest piece of fiction I've ever read, as all of us can identify with the main character, Mary, who has all but abandoned God after she believes God has abandoned her, when tragedy befalls her. Now all alone with only her dog, the story is a touching reminder that it is no coincidence that "God" spelled backwards is "dog". For those of us who have wondered why bad things happen to good people, and where God is when these...more
Teresa
All in all, this was a good read; it told an uplifting tale. I had a bit of trouble early in the story, trying to empathize with the main character, Mary, but stuck with it. She grew on me. I never had trouble liking Rufus, though. He was endearing from the start. Even as a young dog--he had an old soul. It was always interesting hearing what he had to say to Mary--but what was better were the things he left unsaid. Lots of room to wonder and ponder about the big questions in life.

I liked the la...more
Lavada Dee
This was a different story from what I usually read. Although I read a variety of genre's I don't think I would have picked this one up. A friend actually brought it over for me. And I'm so glad. For one thing it's written in first person from a woman's point of view. It works, so well that if you didn't know the author was a man you'd never guess on your own. It's listed as an inspirational and is a very good depiction of our struggles. Especially when tragedy strikes and life is a less then go...more
Lisa Carter
Quirky and yet anyone who's ever experienced suffering and loss will find themselves unexpectedly moved in this bittersweet, honest examination of one character's raw grief, doubts and anger coupled with God's unending love for each soul.
Karen & Gerard
The Dog That Talked to God by Jim Kraus is about a woman named Mary who decides to get a dog for companionship after her husband passes away. She names the dog Rufus and what a tale tale they tell! This book starts out a bit slow, but stick with it. I loved Rufus and I grew to like Mary too as the book went on. It has some good stuff that I did not see coming and a great ending! It's worth the read!
(Gerard's review)

The Dog That Talked to God by Jim Kraus is about a bitter widow who blames God fo...more
Teri Argo
I don't know, I just never got into this book. It was okay, but it wasn't like....gotta keep reading, gotta keep reading....
Toledo (T.J.)
For dog lovers, a cute format for a story of a woman finding herself after a tragic loss. Well done.
Kristin
Another super cute cover in this collection of books by Jim Kraus! I will admit—I’m not much of a dog person nor am I much of a fan of first person perspective so I’m not too shocked that I didn’t enjoy it as much as “The Cat That God Sent” This book was an “okay” read but I thought it had a lot of room for improvement and was pretty unrealistic. I really did have high hopes for this story but I was a bit disappointed.



Mary Fassler has lost her husband and her son in a tragic accident. In an at...more
Linda
I really enjoyed reading this book. It's an easy, quick read that incorporates humor along with the serious side of the story. At first it was a bit strange to have a talking dog, but once you get use to it it almost seems natural! I liked the way the author, who is a man, wrote the story as a woman. I kept forgetting that Mary was not the author but a fictional character. I think I would like to read more of Jim Kraus's books.

In thinking about this book later, I would like to add to my review t...more
Hector Sosa
I normally don't do fiction books. This book got my attention because I grew up in a house with two miniature Schnauzers. I was intrigued about a dog that talked to God. I was not disappointed!

The author did a good job of portraying the ups and down of normal like. I still feel the lump in my throat when I think about the heart-felt romantic interactions and when they had to break up the relationship. The dog was well integrated into the story, and brought back a lot of memories from my time wit...more
Laura
Title: THE DOG THAT TALKED TO GOD
Author: Jim Kraus
Publisher: Abingdon Press
March 2012
ISBN: 978-1426742569
Genre: contemporary

Recently widowed Mary Fassler buys a Miniature Schnauzer, Rufus, and her world is turned sideways in the midst of her grief. It seems that Rufus speaks. And not just to her. He also talks to God. When Rufus begins sharing advice that could result in major changes, Mary gets the feeling the pooch might not be steering her in the right direction. Or, is she just afraid to tak...more
Marianne
Jim Kraus is not only a great writer, he also thinks outside the norm, and, is a dog person. Has your dog ever talked to you? Yes? See, that is not fantasy, it is reality. Well, maybe dogs do not talk in audible words, but those of us that have dogs are sure to see the expressions of Rufus in the actions and looks of our own dogs and it is not that much a stretch of our imagination to figure that dogs talk. We all know how intellegent these friends of ours are. Now that I have told you that, I w...more
Lisa
Disclaimer: I am not at all a fundamentalist Christian and therefore not at all the book's target demographic. Therefore, in some ways, I really have no business at all reviewing this book. Since I actually took the time to read the entire book dall the way through, you bet I'm going to write one anyway.

I am apparently supposed to identify with the main character, Mary Fassler, since we both have vaginas, but Mary Fassler is shallow and prissy and I don't identify with her at all. In fact, I'm i...more
Karen Korb
About The Book: Recently widowed Mary Fassler buys a Miniature Schnauzer, Rufus, and her world is turned sideways in the midst of her grief. It seems that Rufus speaks. And not just to her. He also talks to God. When Rufus begins sharing advice that could result in major changes, Mary gets the feeling the pooch might not be steering her in the right direction. Or, is she just afraid to take the leap and discover something she desperately needs? Only Rufus...and God...knows. Think you might like...more
Peg
This ebook was a good mix of being both funny and sad. Even though the author is male, it's written in the first person from a woman's point-of-view.

I've always felt there was some sort of spiritual life for animals so was delighted to read how the dog in this novel, Rufus, had a spiritual relationship with God. When he started talking to his owner, Mary, his "advice" to her regarding her anger with God due to the tremendous loss of her husband and son, and how she should go on with her life, wa...more
Kathleen (Kat) Smith
Mary Fassler has a unique friend in her dog Rufus. Having recently lost her husband and son in an accident with a drunk driver, Mary has been blaming God since it has happened. At first Mary didn't notice much about Rufus that was unusual when she adopted him from his breeder. He was the runt of the litter and Mary felt lead that Rufus was the perfect dog for her.

One night while taking him out for a walking, she posed a general question to her dog like all of us have asked our pets at one time o...more
Jalynn Patterson
About the Book:

Recently widowed Mary Fassler buys a Miniature Schnauzer, Rufus, and her world is turned sideways in the midst of her grief. It seems that Rufus speaks. And not just to her. He also talks to God. When Rufus begins sharing advice that could result in major changes, Mary gets the feeling the pooch might not be steering her in the right direction. Or, is she just afraid to take the leap and discover something she desperately needs? Only Rufus...and God...knows. "Jim Kraus has written...more
Andrew
The main character, Mary Fassler is an editor and writer. Her husband, Jacob and her son get into a terrible car accident and is tragically killed. She decided to adopt a dog named Rufus. She soon discovered that her dog can have conversations with her. Rufus begins to talk to her about her dating life and how it's time to get back out there and try to find love again.

I would recommend this delightful book to anyone who is a dog lover or who enjoys pets. I have grew up with dogs my whole life an...more
Jim B.
This is not a genre I'd normally read, but I was looking for free books on Amazon and the cover caught my eye. Schnauzers are one of my favorite breeds, so I had to check it out.

The author writes well, so no worries there. If you enjoy slow meandering stories this might be up your alley. As for me, I found the pace painfully slow, but it has other redeeming qualities which I will get to after my other criticisms.

The dog, Rufus, talking to god was intriguing, but underutilized. I was expecting s...more
Lindsey Silvestrini
I did not expect to enjoy The Dog that Talked to God as much as I did. I’m a realist, perhaps to a fault, so the idea of a dog talking to God was not something I thought I could wrap my brain around. When I saw that on the cover above the giant picture of a dog it said “Judge this book by it’s cover…and be charmed” I was even more sure that this was not a book for me.

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t have anything against dogs. I just don’t particularly want to read an entire book about one. Lucky for...more
Create With Joy
The Dog That Talked To God tells the story of Mary Fassler – a woman whose world is turned upside down when her husband and son are tragically killed in a terrible automobile accident. Lost in grief, she stops talking to God.

One day, she adopts a Miniature Schnauzer named Rufus. Imagine Mary’s surprise when she learns that Rufus can talk! Rufus doesn’t talk to just anyone though – just to her – and to God! And, based on those conversations she starts having with Rufus, he has a lot of ideas on...more
Tisha
Good premise and I liked it initially. The flow of the writing was quite good....no awkward sentences or obvious typos or grammar mistakes that can so often interrupt the enjoyment of an otherwise good book. I thought the way the main character approached the issue of the accident that yanked her husband and son from her world was a very good replication of how we go through the grief cycle within ourselves. I ended up only getting through 44% of the book, however, before I was through. The two...more
Tonya
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