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Title: 'Stay'

Amazing (Furry) Lessons from a Dog’s Life

Author: Dave Burchett

ISBN No.: 9978-1-4143-9793--1

Publishing Date: Feb 2015

Availability in London: Creation Bookstore and the Mustard Seed.

Price: $23.99 (may require special order)


About the book
You'll be enthralled by this story of a man and his lovable Labrador retriever, Hannah, and what their canine friendship can show us about life, grace, and long walks in the park.

Hannah was Dave’s best friend. He couldn't imagine starting a day without her tail wagging an energetic greeting, her body wiggling with sheer gratitude when her food dish was filled, and her unbridled enthusiasm for tennis balls. (How she fit three tennis balls in her mouth at once he’ll never know.)

So when Dave first learned of Hannah's cancer diagnosis, he decided to take whatever time he had left with Hannah to cherish the moments and capture his thoughts in a journal. As he wrote about his canine friend, he soon realized that Hannah was an able (and furry) mentor of faith, grace, kindness, and forgiveness. The lessons were invaluable: from being present to trusting the master. When Hannah lived well past the expected time frame, Dave started to see that the insights he was gaining were more than just journal entries about a family pet. Through Hannah’s antics, God was preparing Dave for life itself.

You won't want to miss this heartwarming tale of a dog who knew how to live ... and showed her owner how.

Endorsements
Steve Brown, Founder of Key Life Network
Dave Burchett has written a truly wonderful book. I don't know when I've shed so many tears, laughed so much, and been moved as deeply. It's not just because I'm a lover of dogs (I am), but because this book is profound, refreshing, biblical, and true. It "smells like Jesus!" Read it and give it to everyone you know. They will rise up and call you blessed.

Joni Eareckson Tada, Founder of Joni and Friends International Disability Center
When you're in a fierce battle against breast cancer, be on the lookout for people—or pets—through whom God delivers His most heartwarming encouragement. My friend Joni Burchett was in the cancer battle for her life, but God blessed her with His warm, personal touch through the pawprints of her Labrador retriever, Hannah. But this isn't any "dog story." This is a book filled with courage, yet tenderness; bravery, yet gentleness. I highly recommend Stay to anyone who is looking for a fresh and unusual touch from the Lord!

Publishers Weekly
When television sports director and writer Burchett (When Bad Christians Happen to Good People) and his wife, Joni, learned that their Labrador retriever, Hannah, had cancer, they chose a treatment that would give them as much time as possible with the dog, who had been their best friend through Joni’s own cancer diagnosis. Burchett also started journaling, and the end result is a collection of thoughts on a life of faith in Christ learned through Hannah and her eventual successor. Beginning each short chapter with a journal entry about his canine companion, Burchett also draws on biblical passages, observations about how dogs approach life, and a few well-chosen quotations to reflect on what a life of faith looks like. Specific subjects include being present in the moment, freedom, trust, and learning one’s name and identity. As Burchett notes, his is no universal spirituality, but specifically Christian. Burchett’s lessons mined from loss will resonate, reminding readers of the trust and simplicity dogs model.

Bali Lynch, John Lynch's golden retriever
You can count on one opposable thumb how many books hold my interest. But Dave Burchett has written an incredible piece that describes what we've been trying to model to you all about God’s grace, His astonishing love, and what life feels like when humans discover who He’s remade them to be, even on their worst day. And the pages smell like a freshly cut lawn. I gotta get my master to read this!