In the inspirational true story Blind Hope by Kim Meeder and Laurie Sacher, readers are shown a prime example of how a dog can change a person’s life for good. Whereas this abused, blind, and disobedient dog may have its issues, so does its new owner, Laurie, and they work together to overcome these problems. The author’s purpose is to reveal just how much an unwanted dog can teach someone about God by trusting its owner and not giving up.
After adopting this dog, Laurie finds herself comparing her relationship with God to the relationship that her dog (whom she names Mia) has with her. Laurie begins to learn about biblical truths, such as trust, belief, faith, and surrendering completely, all because of her dog Mia. This book jumps around a lot from past to present, and it is told from the perspective of Laurie’s best friend, Kim. Through the next several months, Laurie explains to Kim all of the lessons she has learned from this dog whenever she has a chance. Kim Meeder, co-owner of Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch in Oregon, does a great job of relating Laurie’s experiences to the reader and also encouraging the reader to examine their own lives right along with Laurie.
About halfway through the book, Laurie’s life suddenly changes as Mia is diagnosed with canine diabetes. The veterinarian informs Laurie that Mia is going blind and is also slowly dying. The news devastates Laurie and within the next month, Mia is blind. Even though things seem hopeless with Mia, Laurie doesn’t give up on her. She teaches Mia how to listen to the sound of her own voice and go out in public without running into anything. Through Mia’s blindness, Laurie realizes just how blind she has been to God. Because of this blind dog, Laurie commits her life to Christ. This book’s main focus seems to be on the unconditional love that God has for us and that no matter how long we try and run away from Him, he is always there for us in the end. A verse that reminded me of this is Romans 8:38-39, “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (NIV)
Overall, Blind Hope is filled with great spiritual insight and important lessons that we all need to exercise in our own lives. This touching story between Laurie and her dog, Mia, is one to remember. The only weakness seems to be in the dialogue itself, but if you can get past that, this book is a great story for dog lovers of all kinds. – Jonathan Hausler, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
An unwanted dog. An emotional rescue. Two lives forever changed.
Laurie's dreams had been shattered before she came to work at Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch—the ranch of rescued dreams—where broken horses and broken children encounter healing every day. In an attempt to soothe her aching soul, Laurie reached out to save a dog in need. And she soon began to realize that the dog was rescuing her.