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Joey: How a Blind Rescue Horse Helped Others Learn to See

4.53  ·  Rating details ·  528 ratings  ·  194 reviews
"A touching tale." --Kirkus Reviews

The heartwarming true story of a blind horse named Joey.

At the height of his show career, this beautiful Appaloosa's majestic stature, strength, and willingness to work made him the perfect partner. But when an injury cost Joey his show career, he moved from one owner to the next, ultimately experiencing severe abuse and neglect. A rescue
Paperback, 288 pages
Published May 8th 2018 by Tyndale Momentum
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Michelle Garrett
Feb 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a beautiful true story about how the lives of beautiful, broken people, and beautiful broken horses come together to heal each other. And it is very well done. I can't imagine anyone reading this and NOT becoming emotionally invested in each of the characters. BUT! There's so much more to "Joey" than a good story. As someone who has recently endured a profound loss, and as someone who has recently formed a deep bond with an unusually difficult animal (from whom has come a great deal of ...more
Amanda Tero
May 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I like to balance my reading diet with several non-fiction books. I didn’t know anything about the horse, Joey, when I picked this book to review. But by the time I finished the book, Joey was definitely no stranger. The book takes you along the journey of how Kim Tschirret began her horse ministry, Hope Reins. The first few chapters are more about Kim and Hope Reins than it is about Joey in particular. Then, there is a portion dedicated to Joey’s stable-pal, Speckles. I’d say more or less, the ...more
Mar 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Joey: How a Blind Rescue Horse Helped Others Learn to See is such an inspiring read. Since my daughter is a horse lover and wants to rescue horses when she is older, I was excited to read Joey‘s story. It was heart breaking to see how this poor beautiful horse could be neglected and treated so horribly until he was rescued by the Hope Reins ranch. This facility displays such a true testament to what unconditional love leads to. Though the family struggled, they continue to have faith and not ...more
Lynn Norman
Feb 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow! Once I started this book, I could not stop reading it! I loved it! What a special person Kim is to have the faith to do what God asked her to do and open Hope Reins. And what a special horse God provided to help make Hope Reins so successful in its mission. I wish I could meet Joey! The book so wonderfully tells of the story of Joey, as well as the vision that Kim had to start this wonderful ministry and how God opened doors to make that ministry possible. Joey teaches us all that if we put ...more
Dec 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Kimberly Trautman
Apr 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I started reading Joey at midnight last night as I thought it might help me go to sleep. I ended up reading half the book before I finally, reluctantly decided to get some sleep. I ended up waking up earlier than I normally do. I could not wait to read the rest of the story. I finished it that morning. I could not put it down. I have never cried so much during a story. I had to get up several times to get a tissue and calm down so as not to wake up my husband and 8 children. I was literally ...more
Janet Gregg
Mar 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderful book about love, second chances, following God's lead and letting Him do what needs to be done. if you love horses, children, real people, or just a great story, you will love this book. It is a true story that takes place at a beautiful ranch where I have volunteered for several years.
I received a preview copy from the publisher.
Jennifer Shepard
Mar 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Joey is a deeply moving, powerful and true story of hope sprung from the ashes. I have the great privilege of knowing Joey and Speckles, and my own life has been profoundly shaped by the lessons they taught me, the people they connected me to, and the path of healing we journeyed down - sometimes stumbling, sometimes weeping, sometimes leaping for joy - but always together.

This story, told gracefully and with great care and reverence by its author, holds all the magic of the mysterious bond
Mar 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Jennifer Bleakley did a fabulous job of capturing the essence of who Joey was and how he touched each and every person he met. Even though I personally lived through knowing Joey and being a friend to him, I couldn't put this book down. It is all the BEST things you want in a classic....a great story line, courage, overcoming, compassion, faith, and folks committed to making a difference in this world. Thanks Jen for your tenacity and talent that you lended to Hope Reins and specifically to ...more
Julie Marshall
Mar 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An amazing story of a woman’s dream to help abused children using rescued horses and relying on God to provide all the resources needed – many times overwhelming – to accomplish what God put in her heart. The people, the children, and the horses especially Joey will absolutely touch your heart and make you realize with God you can “do all things.”
Abby Cashen
Apr 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: truth
This book! Where to even start? It was amazing! I was moved to tears by chapter 6 and everything from there was such a beautiful story of healing. This book really captures the heart of Hope Reins.

*I received an advanced readers copy from the author.
lady ansel
May 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone who enjoys true stories about animals.
Recommended to lady ansel by: Celebrate Lit
Shelves: net-galley-read
This is the true story of Joey, a broken horse who brought healing to others.

The story of Joey is one that you will need a box of tissues or a handkerchief close by. I cried both happy and sad tears as I read about all the lives that Joey touched and the way he helped heal everyone he came in contact with. I was filled with awe as I read this inspirational story, filled with faith both human and animal.

Throughout the story of Joey, Jennifer mentions having blind faith which is definitely not
Apr 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
At the height of his show career, this beautiful Appaloosa’s majestic stature, strength, and willingness to work made him the perfect partner. But when an injury cost Joey his show career, he moved from one owner to the next, ultimately experiencing severe abuse and neglect. A rescue group found Joey nearly dead from starvation—and blind.

Then he came to Hope Reins—a ranch dedicated to helping hurting kids who had been abused, emotionally wounded, or unwanted. By teaching these children to care
Heather Bunzey
May 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
To be honest, I had trouble connecting to the book in the first few chapters but as I read on I loved it! The book is a reminder to all of us that God uses many avenues to write our stories, bringing true hope and real healing to the brokenness in our lives. And as we give ourselves to serve others who are in need, He can continue writing and healing our own brokenness many times finding that we gain more ourselves than we feel like we can give to others. I love this book and applaud the work ...more
Apr 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"He had taught all who knew him what it meant to find beauty in brokenness, purpose in pain, light in darkness." Crying during the prologue does not bode well for me, and I'm now firmly attached to Joey. What an exceptional horse and an inspiring story of hope. If you love animals and true stories of overcoming adversity, Joey will steal your heart, too.

I received an advanced reader copy from the publisher.
Robin Winfrey
Apr 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful story of redemption and healing, uplifted my spirit! Story is beautifully told, thank you Jennifer Bleakley!
Apr 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Warning - this is a brutally honest review from a person in love with this book

I was honored to be a part of the amazing book launch team for 'Joey' and as such, I was sent a copy of the book to read before it was published. Let me tell you, I read the book in 3 days and the only reason I didn't read it in one day was because of school.

(No spoilers here, just a plot summary)

It is a true story that tells the tale of a rescue horse and former champion jumper who tragically became blind because of
Nicole Ball
Apr 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book will surely grab at your heart strings. It's written with such beauty and detail that you feel as if you are right in the moment with the people and horses. I usually read at night because of my busy Mom life and once I got to a certain point I would wake up in the middle of the night to read more. That my friends is a true sign of an amazing book. Even if you knew nothing about horses or even liked them, be prepared to fall in love with precious Joey.
Suzanne Belnap
Apr 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was very impressed with how well written this story of “Joey” was. Jennifer did an excellent job of keeping the reader engaged and wanting more. Being a volunteer at Hope Reins since just after Joey’s passing, I have been affected greatly by the healing power of our Lord especially when we put a hurting horse together with a hurting child. I personally have felt this healing power in my own life while out at Hope Reins.

Jennifer tells the story of “Joey” and the children whose hearts he touched
Apr 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Jennifer captured the true essence of Hope Reins in the tender story of Joey. It has been a tearful read filled with sad stories of hurting children, broken families and dedicated volunteers. It also reflected new healing and hope for each who came to know Joey.

In his life of suffering, Joey remained trusting, gentle and warmhearted to each who met him. He brought new life to Speckles who became Joey's eyes and Joey became a faithful companion.

I would highly recommend reading the Joey book and
Apr 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I read the whole book in one night because I couldn't put it down! This is not just a "feel good" book; it's a true story about a ministry that God is using right now. The thing about this book that drew me in the most was the honesty. It's not a story where everything goes smoothly and everything works out in the expected way. God asks us to trust Him when we are full of fear and worry and doubt. It's hard to remember that He is good and in control when we think everything is failing and no ...more
Mike Sisco
Apr 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I started to read Joey on a rainy Sunday afternoon and just could not stop. Yes, I will admit I was emotional many times throughout the book. Ok so I was crying! Jennifer did an amazing job of describing what goes on behind the scenes. How each day decisions are made for the benefits of these precious children and horses. Joey was special and Jennifer captured how God does not make mistakes. How he takes bad circumstances and makes Hope and true healing possible! This book is a must read it will ...more
Quincy D Wylupek
Apr 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
First, let me say that you definitely don't have to be a horse person to really enjoy this book. Yes, it's about a horse. Kinda. Really, Joey is the center piece of a tapestry of stories about a good and loving God who weaves lives together to bring healing and hope to just about everybody who was ... and still is ... involved with Hope Reins. Joey is a gentle read. It's a book to help you unwind from a hectic day -- just make sure you have a box of tissues nearby ... Because what God does ...more
Apr 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a beautiful story of love and hope!!! JOEY is the story of healing through relationship. It is the beautiful story of a rescue horse and the people he loved and who loved him. Never would I have thought that I would enjoy a book about a horse so much, but it is so well written and I feel as though I know Joey, even though I never met him. I laughed reading the stories of the antics of Joey and his horse friends. I cried reading the pages of loss and grief and even happy tears at the ...more
Margot Wiseman
Apr 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
To start things off I have to say this book isn't my usual go-to genre. So reading it was a new experience for me, and it was definitely a delightful one. Jennifer Bleakley has a gift with the way she writes, in that she beautifully conveys the heart behind Hope Reins and the relationships formed because of it.

In this book you will experience the stories of three different women and their own unique relationship with Joey; and the way Joey's relationship with the children who go to Hope Reins,
Karen Vitantonio
Apr 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As strange as it may sound at first, this memoir about a horse was the most touching book I’ve read in a very long time. I can see why this author was compelled to write this story, and I’m so glad she did. I received an advance reader copy from the publisher, and once I started I didn’t want to put it down. As expected, I fell in love with Joey but what I didn’t expect was how much I would care for so many others in Joey’s story. It would be hard to pick a favorite character. Through them I was ...more
Mar 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is such a fantastic book!! I didn’t expect to cry while reading a book about a horse, but guess what? I cried more than once! Bleakley has done an amazing job of connecting the reader to Joey, a blind horse who was rescued from horrible conditions and given a second chance at life. Joey becomes an equine therapy horse at Hope Reigns and helps children (and adults) work through the traumas they have endured in their lives while bonding with Joey. Hope Reigns is an incredible ministry and I ...more
Mar 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
There are just so many good reviews on this beautiful story of love, blind faith and trust Children and horses.
that this one will probably put mine to shame.
(I recommend a box of tissues beside you of course for you'll need them).
I fell in love with Joey. Joey is a hero for many people and including me.
I also love Joey cause he's a horse. Horses are my favorite animals and I have always wanted a horse. But I never got one. I guess God had his reasons.
Joey has made me see the many blessings
Elizabeth Love Kennon
Mar 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I just finished Joey, and am still wiping my eyes. Jennifer did an incredible job of pulling back the veil to reveal the magic and healing that can happen in relationship with a horse. It's a gift that not many get to experience, and she takes us to the heart of it all, allowing us to participate in the hope and healing that happens at Hope Reins, where Joey touched so many lives.
I would recommend this book to anyone who loves horses, is diving into their own healing journey, or helping others
Ron Weisenfeld
Mar 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Jennifer Bleakley This was an incredibly inspirational book about a woman who steps out in faith and starts an equine ministry to help emotionally challenged kids and one of the rescue horses she took in. joey is a blind horse that suffered incredible abuse but turned out to be a comforting influence on many of the kids who attended sessions at Hope Reins as well as the many volunteers and staff at the ranch. I received a copy of this book from the publisher.
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Jennifer Bleakley, who has worked as a child and family grief counselor, earned an undergraduate degree in biology from Florida Southern College and a master's degree in mental health counseling from Nova Southeastern University. Jennifer leads a women's Bible study in her hometown of Raleigh, North Carolina, and speaks to audiences about God's great grace and his delight in using ordinary people ...more
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