Their Healing Power Author:Various Authors us, to sit quietly by our side and let us know that we are loved, faults and all. In A COMFORTING PRESENCE, we meet animals who make us feel better just by being with us. We meet some of the animals who live in a nursing home and give many of the human residents a reason to feel good about themselves. Van Varner thanks God for the thirteen years... more » his dog Clay in-spired him to meet each day with joy. And Roger Caras intro-duces us to Angie, a very sick little girl, and her devoted dog Sheba, who makes it possible for her and her family to break free from the tyranny of a terrible disease.
LOVE'S LITTLE MIRACLES means exactly what it says. These stories describe how animals can sometimes bring about heal-ings when nothing else can. Like most miracles, the reasons for them are unexplainable, but the people who lived them know they happened. And that's what matters. Anthony Taylor was an alcoholic on his way to losing everything that mattered? his family, his job, certainly his self-respect. Until a kitten adopted him. When John Gulliford, a veterinarian, finds a way to save a hopelessly sick dog, he realizes that some things are more powerful than medicine?namely, love. Susan Chernak McElroy tells us about Ellie, a dog who regularly visited a nurs-ing home and wasn't about to say goodbye to her friend, Fred, who wasn't expected to live more than a few hours.
In all of these stories, one message comes through: ani-mals seem to sense how much we need God's love to keep us whole. And, fortunately for us, he has created animals with the uncanny ability to let us know that we have his love. Unconditionally. --PHYLLIS HOBE« less