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Blind Hope: An Unwanted Dog and the Woman She Rescued

3.85  ·  Rating Details ·  398 Ratings  ·  76 Reviews
An unwanted dog. An emotional rescue.
Two lives forever changed.

Laurie's dreams had been shattered before she came to work at Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch—the ranch of rescued dreams—where broken horses and broken children encounter healing every day. In an attempt to soothe her aching soul, Laurie reached out to save a dog in need. And she soon began to realize that the dog
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Published July 20th 2010 by Multnomah (first published 2010)
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Pamela Barrett
Nov 12, 2009 Pamela Barrett rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is inspirational and challenging. Kim and Laurie tell a story that had me asking “How much do we really want to sacrifice to help others?” I loved Kim’s other 2 books—Hope Rising and A Bridge Called Hope—this one had a different feel to it, because it is about Laurie, one of the volunteers at Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch who became a member of the staff. The other books were about the children and horses they rescue at the ranch. Laurie, rescues a very sick, neglected dog who then helps h ...more
I haven't purchased many books lately, but I made an exception when I saw the cover on this one. I am a big sucker for animal stories. especially ones that can bring a tear to your eyes. So naturally when this book arrive last week I could not wait to read it. It is an easy book to read in one sitting, and that is pretty much what I did.

In case you are not familiar with this book, Kim Meeder tells the story of Laurie Sacher, a broken, troubled, woman who came to work at her ranch, Crystal Parks
Oct 09, 2014 Tima rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Laurie is a broken soul who rescues a broken dog. The book is a conversation between Laurie and Kim as they talk about how Mia, the dog, has rescued Laurie.

I read the brief description on the website before choosing to review this book. Like many other readers I was surprised to find this was a book about a woman's spiritual journey and very little about a dog. This wouldn't have been so bad if the writing style had been clearer. The format is conversations between the two authors and it was so
Jul 13, 2011 Melodie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spiritual
This is the story of one woman's spiritual journey as she adopts and learns to care for and love a neglected,sickly dog.As she struggles to forge a loving nurturing relationship with the broken spirit of the dog, Mia, she draws parallels between what she is trying to accomplish with Mia, and her relationship with God.
Over all this is a very heart warming story with some good spiritual insights.Where the book fails is with the conversations she has with her good friend that operates a faith-bas
Jan 10, 2015 Stacie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked the message of this book. It's both uplifting and thought provoking, which is a difficult combination. To make you critically evaluate your behavior without feeling frustration at your failings is not easy to do, but I think the author captured it. The language and writing style are a little flowery, and for a jaded old cynic like myself, that can be off-putting. But overall, I enjoyed the story and found insights which I can apply, and that's ultimately the purpose in a book like ...more
May 11, 2012 Theresa rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2012

Okay, I absolutely must stop choosing books that I know from the beginning have a slim chance of being a finished product that I enjoy, but the premise is something that I want to like. In this case, the book is called Blind Hope, and it is subtitled, An Unwanted Dog and the Woman She Rescued. I like animals (sometimes in little doses at a time, and mostly when I have no responsibility for them, but still...I like them), and I especially like hearing about connections between humans and animals.
Jul 14, 2012 Charlene rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I chose this book to read for Blogging for Books as my first free book to review. Knowing it was a true story, I procrastinated for a long time because I just didn't want to read a tear jerker. After coming to the realization that I have always instilled in my children that they must meet all their commitments and live up to their promises, I picked up the book. To be given a book for free in exchange for a review is the same as a handshake agreement and I needed to live up to my commitment. Tha ...more
Beverly Frisby
Nov 27, 2010 Beverly Frisby rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Blind Hope: An Unwanted Dog and the Woman She Rescued"

Book blurb:

An unwanted dog. An emotional rescue. — Sometimes the life you save may be your own. — Laurie had her own shattered dreams before she came to work at Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch, the ranch of rescued dreams where broken horses and broken children encounter healing every day. Reaching out to save a dog in need, Laurie soon realized that the dog was rescuing her.
An inspiring true story told through the engaging voice of Kim Meeder, Bl
May 10, 2014 Kristin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
I expected more from this book in that it was less about the dog and more about the woman and how the relationship with her dog paralleled her relationship with Christ. 'Blind Hope' is told from the perspective of Kim Meeder, who runs a ranch for rescued horses and rescued souls, and conversations she had with her friend Laurie, who rescues Mia the dog. Laurie was one of those lost souls when she began volunteering at the ranch, eventually working her way to paid employee status, but still felt ...more
Mar 22, 2011 Melissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Blind Hope - An Unwanted Dog & the Woman She Rescued by Kim Meeder and Laurie Sacher is the book I will be reviewing. I got this book because I am a huge animal lover. This book arrived yesterday and I could not wait to read it. It is a true story about Laurie and her dog Mia. Mia was a rescue dog. She was an Australian mix dog that was around nine years old. Laurie had not seen Mia before she went to rescue her she had only heard about her through her work (this was a good thing for Mia). O ...more
Nov 19, 2010 Camille rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 3-stars
I received this book from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group. I am under no obligation to write a positive review, just an honest one.

Blind Hope is the true story of Laurie, written from Kim's perspective.

Laurie decides to rescue an Australian Shepherd but Mia is not the dog she expected. Mia on top of having a horrible life living under a rusty car and being severely under weight, has terrible diabetes, loses and eye from blindness, and loses sight in the other eye shortly thereafter.

At firs
Jennifer Defoy
Since I love animals I was again destined to fall in love with this story. And since one of my dogs just happens to be an Aussie I was even more attached to Mia's story.

Not a whole lot of information was given about Mia's background, other than she was malnourished and was living under a rusted out car. But the story doesn't really need her background info as she creates such a great story without it.

Mia could easily have been put to sleep, and even though Laurie's intentions in saving Mia mig
Blind Hope is a story about a woman's religious awakening to the Christian god, and the dog she rescued was the catalyst. The authors follow Laurie's thoughts, emotions, and changes as she develops a relationship with the dog, Mia, and God.

The writing style was just on the edge of purple prose with many evocative descriptions of scenes. My favourite is describing a winter scene: “The frozen filigree embellished everything with its delicate crystal creations.” Many of the scene descriptions have
Aug 20, 2012 Becky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the true story of Laurie Sacher, and the way her life changed after adopting a small dog that had lots of problems. Laurie had expected a dog that would be nice looking, and she was hoping to get kudos from other people for adopting a dog. Instead she got a dog that had been abused, looked awful, smelled worse and was very sick. Despite all that, Laurie brought the dog, Mia, home.

The story takes place in Oregon where Laurie works at a ranch owned by Christians. The ranch takes in horses
Aug 11, 2012 Sylvia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Laurie's dreams had been shattered before she came to work at Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch—the ranch of rescued dreams—where broken horses and broken children encounter healing every day. In an attempt to soothe her aching soul, Laurie reached out to save a dog in need; she began to realize that the dog was rescuing her.
Blind Hope reveals poignant life lessons Laurie experienced from her ailing, yet courageous canine friend. Despite the blindness of her dog—and her own heart—Laurie uncovered what
There’s the most gorgeous dog on the cover of Blind Hope by Kim Meeder and Laurie Sacher, so how could I resist it? The book is a lovely inspirational story of a woman who rescues, and is rescued by a dog. Author Kim Meeder owns and operates Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch in central Oregon, and Blind Hope is the true story of Laurie Sacher, one of the team leaders there. Events are told through conversations between Kim and Laurie, during hikes on beautiful rural trails, long rides on gloriously resc ...more
From My Blog...[return][return]A story of unconditional love and faith, Blind Hope by Kim Meeder and Laurie Sacher is about how an unwanted dog was able to change Laurie’s life. When Laurie first arrived at Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch she was a broken woman, yet appeared to have it all while inside she was close to empty, imprisoned by her obsession with food and her false belief that thinner equals happy, just one of the societal beliefs that guided Laurie in the beginning. As she began to volunt ...more
Jul 14, 2010 Cassandra rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
Blind Hope is the story of a broken woman who rescues a blind dog. At first, Laurie believes her dog Mia is the one being rescued. However, she slowly realizes that her dog is actually the one doing the rescuing.

The great - I loved all the photos. Each chapter begins with a photograph of Mia and Laurie. The photographer deserves huge kudos as the pictures are absolutely stunning.

The good - In a world full of books which are labeled Christian but contain a watered down message, Blind Hope deliver

This book had me choked up from start to finish – I dare you to read this one and NOT cry!

Blind Hope is the heartwarming story of a young woman, Laurie, who rescues a needy dog. As it turns out, “Mia” rescues Laurie right back and teaches her about life and God in some very unexpected ways. I could identify with so many of the points made in this book and was able to “get” the concepts of how Laurie’s relationship with Mia often caused her to see her relationship with God in a brand new light.

Dana Rongione
Sep 14, 2011 Dana Rongione rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Blind Hope is the story of an unwanted dog and the woman she rescued. Mia is an abused canine in need of a good home and lots of love. Laurie is a lost female searching for peace and answers to questions she can't seem to put words to. When Laurie decides to adopt Mia, she hopes to find contentment in the fact that she has reached out to one less fortunate. What she discovers, however, is that Mia is the one doing the rescuing.

Blind Hope is the touching true story of the special relationship bet
Christy Lockstein
Jun 25, 2010 Christy Lockstein rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Blind Hope by Kim Meeder and Laurie Sacher is the latest volume about the wonderful things going on at Crystal Springs Youth Ranch which brings together abused horses and at-risk children for some amazing healing. Laurie, a team leader at the ranch, adopts an abused Australian shepherd, Mia, sight unseen and at first regrets the decision. Mia's rotten teeth make every lick from her pure torture from the terrible breath. She's also underweight and dirty with thick matted fur. But Mia's sparkling ...more
Nov 30, 2010 Donna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Sliding to a stop, Laurie planted both of her poles and looked at me thoughtfully. ‘My sweet blind dog had helped me understand that in every sorrow, fear, and loneliness, whether I could see Him or not, God has always been with me.” pg. 102

A storm filled woman and an unwanted dog form a partnership of love and life-changing lessons. Laurie wanted to do adopt a dog. She thought she had found the perfect, cute dog in a home that didn’t want her. Instead when she arrived, she found Mia, a dog wit
Erin Cataldi
I naively assumed that this book would be about a poor rescue pet that overcomes all odds to survive, basically I thought I was getting myself into a tear-jerker where the dog dies at the end. That wasn't the case, in fact it was quite the opposite. There is a rescue dog, but instead of the woman saving the dog, the woman is saved by the dog (emotionally, not physically).

A mangy, bad breath, diabetes ridden dog (soon blind) slowly takes over Laurie's heart and helps Laurie realize that she's be
This is a very sweet story about how a rescued dog helps a woman find her way back to God.

Laurie is a broken woman who adopts a broken dog, Mia. She soon learns that Mia is sick with diabetes, and that she's going blind. As her dog learns to trust her and follow her lead, Laurie learns a lot about how we are to trust God. When Mia is completely sightless, Laurie learns what exactly faith is. Following a Leader you cannot see, and trusting that Leader completely, is what faith is. The lessons La
Sep 07, 2010 Amy rated it did not like it
Shelves: reviewed
While well-written, Blind Hope: An Unwanted Dog & the Woman She Rescued by Kim Meeder and Laurie Sacher was, well, typical. The book amounts to a “Christian Soup for the Soul” story about a woman who adopted an emaciated Australian Shepherd mix. The bits about the dog, Mia, and her relationship with owner Laurie were interesting, heartwarming, and beautiful. However, the story was broken up by written conversations between Meeder and Sacher which ruined the flow of the tale.

I imagine the det
Kristine Coumbe
I love books on animals so I was excited to read this book. Blind Hope did not disappoint.

It starts out with a friendship between the author owner of a youth and horse rehabilitation ranch called Crystal Peaks youth ranch and one her workers named Laurie. The author Kim Meeder talks how she and her husband started the ranch and how Laurie came to work with her. As their friendship grows through walks together Laurie reveals her life story and how she got an abused Austrailian Sheep Dog named Mi
Mar 20, 2011 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a very simple read just a nice relaxing book. While it was predictable in what was going to happen in the book it was still an enjoyable read.

I enjoyed Alexia and her very normal life that many teens living here in the US are living everyday. She is down to earth while being smart and like most smart girls the target of the popular girls in school. She gets whisked away into the fantasy life of superstar Kari Kingsley to be her double since Kari does not perform well in public as she i
Aug 24, 2014 Monica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I LOVE this book. I have given away copies to so many of my animal loving friends who are searching for God in their lives. Laurie is a volunteer at a rescue and the book is written by her and the manager of the rescue. She is looking for a dog to make herself feel and look like a better person than she is. But somehow she ends up with an ugly, loser blind dog who changes her life.
I've had a blind dog so I know the feeling of having someone trust me for absolutely everything. It's a powerful, a
Feb 11, 2014 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Animal lovers (as well as tenderhearted folks everywhere) will love Blind Hope: An Unwanted Dog and the Woman She Rescued. It's the story of Laurie, a young woman who has struggled her entire life, as told by her friend Kim. Laurie has a dog, Mia, who has a multitude of health issues, one of which is being blind. As she helps Mia through her struggles, Laurie comes to see that there are many parallels between her relationship with Mia and God's relationship with us.

This was a quick, easy read. I
Melissa ♥ Dog Lover ♥ Martin
This book touched my heart. When I first saw it I wanted to read it because it was about an Aussie. I miss my Aussie who was taken by cancer so I thought this would be a really great book. I didn't even read what it was about other than the front, about an unwanted blind dog and the woman she rescued, and it sounded good enough to me.

This is about a woman rescuing a dog in a horrible situation. She probably didn't have that many more days left until she was rescued.

This is a story about a woma
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Kim Meeder is the cofounder and director of Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch, an organization that rescues abused and dying horses and pairs them with children in need.

Kim’s first book, Hope Rising, propelled the ranch to win the national Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Award and launched her extensive public/motivational speaking schedule at schools, churches, and governmental conferences across the United
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