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by Danna Homan

Pub Date: March 9th, 2019
ISBN: 978-1-973656-45-6
Publisher: Westbow Press

A debut illustrated book details God’s love for animals.

Homan’s slim work springs from a sad question that will be familiar to every Christian pet owner: Will I see my cherished friend in heaven? The author asked this question when she lost her miniature schnauzer Sadie in 2014. The dog had only been 8 years old, and, as Homan writes, “I needed to believe that she was in Heaven and that we would see each other again…but I am a Bible believing Christian and the only thing that brings me total peace is the Word of my Father.” Thus began a search for some scriptural evidence that she would one day be reunited with Sadie. The book—which features family photographs of Sadie and colorful, full-page, uncredited illustrations—explores several famous animal passages in the Old and New Testaments. But the core of the author’s earnest case is found in Genesis 9, when God makes a new covenant with Noah. This covenant, Homan maintains, applies not just to Noah and his family, but to all of the animals on the ark as well: “And as for Me, behold, I establish My covenant with you and with your descendants after you, and with every living creature that is with you: the birds, the cattle, and every beast of the earth with you, of all that go out of the ark, every beast of the earth.” In the author’s view, this means that God is promising all animals a place in heaven since they are “the epitome of unconditional love and devotion, forgiveness and complete joy.” A couple of things will be obvious from this simple interpretation. Homan is taking the story of Noah’s Flood literally. And when she refers to animals, she’s clearly thinking of pets rather than a conception of paradise that includes, for example, mosquitoes and roaches. Christian readers who can make these same leaps will feel consoled by the author’s basic, upbeat, and touching reading of Scripture.

A heartfelt but rudimentary attempt to find religious comfort in the face of the anguish of losing a beloved pet.