Hope of Heaven for Dog Lovers and Their Pets
Author: Don Diehl
If you have a dog, cat or other pet say a beagle (a class of its own), and ever think about heaven and life after death this book is for you. It is about "hounds, heaven and the hereafter." Even if you do not accept all of the author's dogma (pardon the pun), if you are an animal lover and ever wonder what your pet is thinking (or imagine what they would say to you if they could talk back in a human voice) you will identify with this book. The author takes plenty of liberty in presenting his beagle's persona extra fanciful at times but stays with proof verses on matters of scriptural claims regarding subjects of beginnings, the fall of man, salvation and redemption . . . and eschatology [the part of theology concerned with death, judgment, and the final destiny of the soul and of humankind . . . and in this case, animal kind or the animal kingdom.] But besides presenting the case for an on-going human-animal relationship beyond this life, the book which may come across for some as a Bible study, looks at real life issues albeit sometimes from the viewpoint of a dog with human like perception. This is a book about a lot of things but more than anything else it is a book about a Pilgrim, a "born again" believer in Christ who happens to be a dog lover, believing that he and his dog (a beagle or beagle-mix named "Sadie") will spend eternity together in a place called Heaven. In the mean time waiting and watching Sadie Sue Dog and Loving Master Don are nearly inseparable. When there is necessary parting, both are accused of suffering "separation anxiety disorder" (SAD). They don't know if they like that word "disorder" but there is admission that the two are "happiest" spending time together playing, riding, fishing, hunting, boating and talking about the issues of life and life hereafter. There is seldom disagreement over such things as politics, religion or food choices. Most of the time Sadie Dog is chasing rabbits and treeing squirrels, digging up moles or just digging. There is some disharmony over the digging and Sadie's inner clock. There are holes all over the yard, and an hour before the sun comes up Sadie is sure that's when Master Don is supposed to be up. At that time [and at least one other time during the night] Sadie comes barking. Count on it, at about 2:30 a.m. she wants out to check the yard and take care of business, making sure some varmint hasn't taken over her territory. The day begins about 5:30. Beyond that, the routine is ever-changing. Here is the sharing of life's challenges . . . and conversations between the author and his dog about them. Sadie provides some comic relief when the topic gets too serious.
Author: Susan Wilson
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Rescue comes in unexpected ways for one man and his dog in this moving and redemptive novel, The Dog Who Saved Me, by New York Times bestselling author Susan Wilson Boston police officer Cooper Harrison never thought he'd go back to his hometown, Harmony Farms. But when his faithful K-9 partner Argos is killed in the line of duty, Cooper, caught in a spiral of trauma and grief, has nowhere else to turn. Jobless and on the verge of divorce, he accepts a offer for the position of dog officer in Harmony Farms, leaving the life he spent twenty years building behind. And so he finds himself back where he started. Where his father was once known as the town drunk and his brother outgrew juvenile delinquency to become a drug dealer. Where he grew up as ‘one of those' Harrisons. Cooper does his job with deliberate detachment, refusing to get emotionally invested in another dog the way he had with Argos—until he finds himself rescuing a wounded and gun-shy yellow lab gone feral. Cooper never thought he'd find himself going back in order to move forward, and yet Harmony Farms is the one place where Cooper must learn to forgive and, only then, heal. All with the help of a yellow dog.
Author: Colin Greenland
Publisher: Random House
In his late 40s, in a career and a marriage that have each lost their lustre, Chris Gale is someone to whom life never quite kept its promise. One morning, as he is leaving for work, he hears a song on the radio: a song that transports him back to an altogether better, happier time - the early 1970s, when youth, idealism and music, especially the music of singer-songwriter Helen Leonard, might have chnaged the world. Haunted by a raw sense of loss and a growing resentment at how life has turned out, Chris - goaded on by the mysterious, elusive apparition of the 'Beagle Man' - begins a physical, spiritual and emotional quest. Revisiting old haunts and old memories, he searches for an answer to a question that has haunted him, unanswered, for nearly 30 years: what did Fate hold in store for the woman he devoted himself to so entirely all those years ago - the maddening, mercurial, mischievous Helen Leonard... Witty, elegiac, affecting and, as the narrative unrolls, increasingly disturbing, FINDING HELEN is a novel about the consequences of loss - of innocence, idealism and youth, a novel about memory and obsession, betrayal and forgiveness and what might lie beyond the veil...
Author: Susan Isaacs
Publisher: Smithmark Publishers
Category: Executives' spouses
The day after her lavish wedding anniversary bash, Rosie Meyers gets a big surprise: her nouveau riche husband, Richie, is leaving her for a sultry, sophisticated, size-six MBA. So, when he's found murdered in their exquisitely appointed kitchen, no one is surprised to find Rosie's prints all over the weapon. The suburban English teacher is the prime suspect -- the police's only suspect. And she knows she'll spend the rest of her life in the prison library unless she can unmask the real killer. Going into Manhattan on the lam, Rosie learns more about Richie than she ever wanted to know. And more about herself than she ever dreamed possible.
Or, How to Win Ballgames from Your Couch: A Memoir of a Fan Obsessed
Author: Hart Seely
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
A fan confessional poses arguments that fan rituals and willpower can help favorite baseball teams win, recounting the author's own practices of floor pacing, yelling at televisions, and using "juju energy" to rally the Yankees to victory.
Author: A. G. Riddle
Publisher: Heyne Verlag
Das tödliche Erbe von Atlantis Einst starteten die Bewohner von Atlantis ein genetisches Evolutionsexperiment ... Heute ist unsere Welt eine andere ... Seit 78 Tagen breitet sich die pandemische Atlantis-Seuche mit rasender Geschwindigkeit aus, hervorgerufen durch den mysteriösen Immari-Geheimbund ... Millionen von Menschen sterben ... Die verdeckte Organisation Clocktower versucht im Kampf gegen Immari, das Geheimnis um Atlantis zu lüften ... Auf Malta wird ein Steinsarg aus uralter Vorzeit entdeckt ... Der Schatz von Atlantis kann die Menschheit retten – oder ihren Untergang beschwören ...
Author: Peter S. Beagle
"This overview of Peter Beagle's extraordinary career as a fantasist contains seven short stories and three essays as well as a new preface by the author. It also features the original whimsical Chesley Award-winning cover illustration by talented Bay Area artist Michael Dashow. The Last Unicorn, Beagle's most beloved novel, was an underground bestseller in the late 1960s and 1970s. This collection includes two of Beagle's popular unicorn stories, “Professor Gottesman and the Indian Rhinoceros” and “Julie's Unicorn,” as well as “Lila the Werewolf,” which is anthologized in the Oxford Book of Fantasy, and a tribute to J. R. R. Tolkien, “The Naga.” "