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Flash: The Homeless Donkey Who Taught Me about Life, Faith, and Second Chances

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The heartwarming tale of an irrepressible donkey who needed a home--and forever changed a family.
Rachel Anne Ridge was at the end of her rope. The economy had crashed, taking her formerly thriving business along with it. She had been a successful artist, doing work she loved, but now she felt like a failure. How would her family pay their bills? What would the future hold?
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Hardcover, 256 pages
Published May 1st 2015 by Tyndale Momentum (first published April 24th 2015)
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Sherri
Nov 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: christian-living
I laughed...and cried.through.this.book. I also asked if we could get a donkey.

This is about life lessons...yes, through living with and "watching" a donkey. When we slow down enough and listen to His quiet voice we can hear the lessons he's teaching us. It made sense in the authors life. What is He speaking through to you in your life?

I lost it and couldn't finish the chapter about Beau and Flash for a day or so. You'll know when you get there...
Natalie Vellacott
Apr 23, 2016 rated it it was ok
I gave up on this biography about a stray donkey that "forever changed a family."

I thought it might be interesting and was intrigued as to how an animal could transform a family spiritually. But apart from the first few chapters when the sudden arrival of the donkey into this family's driveway when they had no money caused an interesting dilemma, I found the book boring.

It is more of a self help manual about life lessons with occasional references to the donkey. The writer is watching the donk
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Chrissie
This is not for me.

The writing does not appeal to me. I keep substituting other words for those that have been used. I keep exclaiming, "Get to the point!" Words heaped upon words, but little is said.

I picked this up to read about a donkey. The book is instead about the author's own identity crisis.

When lines from the Bible began to be recited, I knew for sure the book was written for someone other than me.

The audiobook narration by Nan McNamara had me annoyed too.

I do think the cover is cute!
Amanda Geaney
Jun 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I may have been born and raised in the city, but I’ve always been a country girl at heart. When my husband’s job moved us to Arkansas two years ago, we bought a little plot of land in the country. Out here, removed from the hustle and bustle, is where I have found a wondrous peace. As we have transitioned to a simpler way of life, I have also began to notice God at work in and around me more acutely. I believe that is why Rachel Anne Ridge’s book Flash: The Homeless Donkey Who Taught Me about Li ...more
Mazzou B
Jun 03, 2015 rated it really liked it

As I began this book, I had no idea what to expect. I am not so much of an animal lover that I want a book to be entirely about the spiritual side of a donkey! I also wasn't looking forward to a book full of an owner's praises concerning her prize pet.

However, all my pre-conceived notions were to fade as I read simply the first two chapters of this endearing book. Partly an autobiography of Rachel's life, party a biography of a donkey's life, and partly a devotional, this book is sure to not on
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Mackenzie
How come this book isn’t getting more attention?! This is great for the whole family, while still being super intriguing and so inspiring! This definitely strengthened my walk with God!
Tracy
Dec 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was so sweet! I can totally understand why my friend, Vanessa, recommended this book to me. It was right up her alley. It was about faith, life, and animals and even had book club questions at the end. Score!
Nathan Albright
Jan 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: challenge-2020
This book is in the genre of books where a clueless and comically inept person, in a fit of temporary insanity and generosity of spirit, agrees to take care of a rescue animal and proves herself to be not particularly good at it, but comical enough about it to become a published author.  Although the author includes plenty of biblical quotes and comments--and it should be noted that the Bible has a lot of good things to say about donkeys, some of which is included here--this book is more about t ...more
Sarah Nessler
Jul 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing! There are no words to describe this book other then that. I am so glad that I came across this book although I am not sure how I did but boy am I glad, overjoyed, and many others feelings that I did. This book is faith based, has really cool animals and people and many life lessons within. I have learned so much and I can honestly say that I would get a donkey in a heartbeat if I could. To me while reading this book Flash became an icon in my life. Although sad at parts it gave true gli ...more
Relyn
Jan 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: memoir and/or donkey lovers
Recommended to Relyn by: sorta awesome podcast
Shelves: memoir
Relyn Rating: 4.5 stars

I heard about this book on the Sorta Awesome podcast. And, I have a weird thing about donkeys. Funny thing is, my friend, Nancy, recommended it ages ago, but I missed it. Too bad, I could have enjoyed the book much earlier.

I loved this memoir of faith, family, and a homeless donkey. Rachel Ann Ridge writes with heart and compassion. I laughed out loud several times as I read the book. I might have teared up a time or two, as well. Best of all, her book had me writing in m
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Suzanne
Sep 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-reads
The story of Flash and the family who adopted him touched my heart with its blend of the simple and profound. I became vested in the tale and felt like a member of the family watching, laughing and crying from the sidelines.

Flash proved to be a pure blessing for their family, making a deep impression just by being his humble, plodding self.

I loved reading about the love and gentle treatment they showed him, instead of the harshness he seemed to expect, transforming him into a beloved family me
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Jim Bullington
Who knew that the arrival of a stray donkey could revive the spiritual life of a whole family. it makes you want to fence your yard and build a shed. An absolutely delightful book.
Karen
Jun 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
So glad this book was shared with me. The lessons from animals are so often overlooked
Alina
Mar 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book was good. Nothing not to like.
I’ve read other books with the same message, just presented differently, so I was not as amazed by this book as some other reviewers have been. Did it make me want a donkey as a pet? Yes! I also laughed and cried as I reflected on my own life through Rachel’s life experiences. And I agree with her... “ I wish that Last Times would come with big signs that say, “This is the Last Time.” Then you would know that you should savor them, no matter how inconsequ
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Jackie
Apr 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! If you love animals especially donkeys you will really enjoy this book and the spiritual life lessons this funny donkey brought to the author. (It also made me want to own a donkey 😂)
Michelle
Feb 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
What a delightful book! Ridges is a talented author with a wonderful ability to see life lessons in seemingly normal and unimpressive experiences. She certainly has a talent for “looking at interruptions as possibilities and seeing inconveniences as opportunities for God to work”... a mindset she says was modeled by her parents. I discovered this book after stumbling onto an article she posted on her blog (which was also great), and I’m so glad I took the time to read it. It motivates me to look ...more
Laura Hix
May 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-reviews, reviews
Flash! The Donkey is so incredibly special
So special there is going to be a complete web chat about him May 5th,
He has his own Facebook page - Go tell him hello!
his own twitter feed -you really need to go check him out!
and of course videos! Find him on YouTube!
as well as his own book that you can go purchase on Amazon
Flash: The Homeless Donkey, Who Taught Me About Life, Faith and Second Chances
what a fantastic little book about this incredible donkey. He really does nothing very special except b
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Paula Vince
This is one of the best books I've read so far this year. My kids were asking me how I could be laughing one moment and crying the next. I think the story of Flash and the family who adopted him touched my heart with its blend of the simple and profound. Maybe it's because my family is at a similar stage to theirs, making the Ridges easy to relate to.

Rachel and Tom were struggling to keep their family afloat financially, working hard and spreading themselves too thin. They prayed for a sign of G
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Joanne Viola
May 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
OK, so sometimes my reasoning has no sense of reason. At all. And when it all works out for my good, I am beside myself.

Such is the case with the book I recently had the sheer delight to read. I wanted to be on this launch because I absolutely loved the cover of the book. Besides, I was more than a little curious as to what I could possibly learn from a donkey :) I gave you fair warning about my lack of reasoning.

Flash: The Homeless Donkey Who Taught Me about Life, Faith, and Second Chances by R
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Rachel McMillan
Apr 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is just the book I wanted to read! As an avid fan of Flash on social media, it was one of my most anticipated books of the year. And, golly, this donkey makes me grin from ear-to-ear. Indeed, my cheeks hurt from smiling as I heard how Flash trod over and revamped the life of Rachel Anne Ridge and her family. Full of soft, endearing life lessons from a donkey deemed "worthless", Flash is the perfect metaphor for the Creator's ability to use the most unusual treasures to expel light in our da ...more
Donna
Jul 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh what a delightful, wonderful book. As an avid animal lover I was looking forward to reading about Flash the donkey, but this book is so very much more. The author uses little Flash as a reflection of her own spiritual journey, and the wisdom and truth that flows from her pen is priceless. I was expecting an animal story, and was shocked and surprised, and delighted to find my own story written between the lines. If you've ever felt that you are not enough, not pretty (or handsome ) enough, no ...more
Clare O'Beara
I liked this true tale of an abandoned donkey who showed up in a Texas driveway. The householders had lost their work in the economic crash and didn't want to take on more responsibility. But the kids pestered them to keep the easy-care donkey in the paddock.

Rachel saw Flash come back to health, and his attitude and adventures made her feel better about herself. Flash didn't see why he should not run with tall horses. He blazed his own trails, chased mares too tall for him, had his own ideas ab
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Roger
Aug 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Five stars are not near enough for this amazing book. It was recommended to me while I was in CCU waiting open heart surgery and it did more to help with my stress and anxiety levels than anything other than the scriptures.

This little physical battle is my own Flash and now I am asking God to show me the lessons I need through this journey instead of trying to get through it.

Thank you so much for this wonderful little book. You will not be sorry for reading it.
Catherine
May 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Beautiful Story

Absolutely loved this beautiful story. So many life lessons to be learned through flash. A must read for all ages.
Rachel
Jun 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
a beautiful tale of a donkey who was almost overlooked but became the center of a family who needed him the most .

God has a sense of humor.
Catherine Rose
Jul 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Sorry the book was over, I loved it so much and I too want to adopt a donkey after reading this book. I already plan on reading it again!
Michelle Kaderly Welsh
Mar 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
I laughed at this donkey that had materialized in Ridge’s driveway one night and planted himself in a firm place in her home and heart. But soon I needed a box of tissues. Back and forth I went as the pages turned, and I became infatuated with a donkey.

Flash turned out to be a God-sent blessing to the Ridges. Rachel Anne Ridge shares eleven lessons that Flash taught her. Her observations struck a relatable chord in my heart.

Have you ever questioned your value and wondered who sees you or if what
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Ramarie
Jul 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult-fic-nonfic
For whatever reason, I found this to be good "medicine" for me at this time (CORONAVIRUS!!) and I'm glad I happened to find it while doing inventory (aka weeding) of the church library's collection. I mean, the idea of an animal changing someone's life is definitely nothing novel (think Bob the cat or Dewey the cat), but I think I'm a sucker for those. This book, though, was written from a Christian perspective and tied in spiritual lessons that, again, weren't particularly earth-shattering but ...more
Gaynor
Jan 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
A charming memoir respecting the impact a stray donkey had on the lives of a family. Busy and overwhelmed by life, the family thought they were rescuing a donkey but the reality was he was there to rescue them. The story of ‘Flash’ spans some of the family’s most difficult and stormy times, deeply spiritual the author describes it as God showing up in their life in an unexpected way, and that the ‘donkeys’ that show up in our lives are actually extraordinary gifts in disguise.

To quote; 'Through
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Kristen
Jun 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
If there is one takeaway from Flash, it leaves no doubt that God really does have a sense of humor. Acts 15:8 says, "God knows peoples hearts..(NLT)". He certainly knew the hearts of the Ridge family by bringing them an unexpected gift of a stray donkey. Flash, the donkey, becomes a "ministry of presence" as he just plods along in the pasture. And, as Rachel takes time to observe and be still, the donkey she falls in love with connects her to God's love and care through his antics such as his br ...more
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