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Good Boy, Achilles!

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Good Boy, Achilles! is based on the idea that, because we human beings are flawed and fouled-up, God has given dogs the task of helping us along. The story opens on a small farm somewhere in the Southeast, where a boy named Jeremy discovers that his family's dog, Ginger, has finally given birth to her long-awaited puppies. Ginger explains to her puppies that they must leav ...more
Paperback, 136 pages
Published September 26th 2016 by WestBow Press
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Sharyn Dowd
Feb 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Good Boy, Achilles! is written for young readers, but Good Boy, Achilles! by Eddie Ellis
at 70 I thoroughly enjoyed it. For those of use who grew up with Rin Tin Tin, the story of a boy and his dog and their perilous adventures is addictive. It's a great read with carefully drawn characters and setting. But what I like best about this book is the portrayal of the inner life of the dogs in the story. I am certain that Ellis is correct about the way he imagines how dogs think and feel (don't be skeptical--see recent work on animal
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Michele Arduengo
Sep 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Genre: Christian, Children’s Literature
Disclosure: I am a friend of the author, and this book was sent to me free of charge to review.

There are good books, and there are books full of goodness. Good Boy, Achilles has the unusual distinction of being both. The premise of the book is that the special relationship between humans and domestic canines is a divine Gift to help us navigate the joys, troubles and distresses of life. Each dog is specially made, to love, protect and guide its special huma
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Evan Sherar
Dec 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I read the majority of this book with my own dog sleeping right next to me, and the two of us could not have enjoyed it more! Though it is written as a children's book (8-10 yo or there abouts), I think the story is quite meaningful for pet-lovers of all ages. It is truly a heart-warming story with valuable lessons, and gives a positive look at farm life from both human and canine perspectives. I would highly recommend this book to anyone. In addition to enjoying a great story, you find yourself ...more
Stephen Case
Jan 17, 2017 rated it liked it
Darwinian evolution did something to theology. Suddenly it became much less straightforward to see humanity as the center of the created order. Man was not the apex of creation but rather a species that happened to have had a series of successful random adaptations. More importantly, perhaps, nature red in tooth and claw put to the question the idea of humans as somehow mediating between God and the world in a chain of being where the higher animals were below us (and in our care) and the angels ...more
Rondi Olson
Aug 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Dog books seem to fall into one of two categories, feel-good or tear-jerkers, but this book is a little bit of both.

I'm not sure how to classify "Good Boy Achilles!". Officially it is a children's book, and the main point-of-view character is 8 years old, but sometimes the story is told from the mother's point-of-view, and other times from, well, I'll get to that in a minute. Not that I think having the variation distracts from the story. To the contrary, I think it's an enjoyable read for those
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Terri Jones
Jan 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is the heart-warming story about a boy named Jeremy and his dog. The story is based on the premise that, because people are flawed and fallen, God has given dogs the task of helping us along. Jeremy's parents have told him that they must find homes for all of Ginger's puppies, but the boy and his favorite pup have become fast friends. He is heart-broken when Achilles is given away and determined to find a way to get him back. While the book is intended for upper elementary/middle school rea ...more
Iris Chacon
Dec 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Excellent story for young readers and dog lovers. This sweet and heartwarming tale takes its place in the ranks of classic boy-and-his-dog titles like Old Teller and Where the Red Fern Grows. An original facet of this novel is the understanding Achilles has of God's plan for his life. In portions of the book which are told from the puppy''s POV, the author inspires humans to try harder to follow their Lord's example in living for others.
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Eddie Ellis is a life-long dog lover who grew up in the orange groves of central Florida. He is an ordained United Methodist minister and a professor of New Testament. Ellis earned a BA in English from Stetson University and an MDiv from Asbury Theological Seminary. After serving as a pastor for several years, he felt called to a ministry of teaching and returned to school for the necessary traini ...more