Monday, September 08, 2008
Saturdays With Stella by Allison Pittman
Saturdays with Stella
Allison Pittman is the author of the three books in the popular Crossroads of Grace series. Before her life as a novelist, Allison spent sixteen years teaching high school English. A founding member and copresident of the Christian Writer’s Group of the Greater San Antonio area, she devotes her time inspiring other writers to work toward their goals and sharpen their skills. Allison lives in Universal City, Texas with her husband Mike, their three sons, and Stella.
Sometimes your best four-legged friend is also your best teacher
When you bring a new dog into your home, a wash of great joy can become a trial of perseverance as your furry pal chews, digs, yaps, and yes, piddles her way through every room in the house. Allison Pittman learned this all too well when she adopted a “tiny, shiny puppy of indefinable breed(s).” Stella wasted no time in turning her home upside-down as only a pup can.
As could be expected, six weeks of obedience school covered the much needed basics–sit, stay, come, and down. What Allison didn’t expect was the spiritual benefit she would receive as each Saturday lesson revealed a fascinating metaphor. In this heart-warming, thoughtful, and often hilarious tribute to her beloved Stella, Allison Pittman shares how she came to understand what it means to follow the ultimate Master, including how to:
Sit!–at the feet of Jesus and listen for His voice
Drop It!–and let go of personal agendas
Come!–when it’s time to run in the right direction
Stay!–in God’s presence
In Saturdays with Stella, a slightly neurotic yet curiously adorable canine will not only capture your heart–she’ll show you how captivating you are to God.
Get your copy here.
Angie's Take: Having a mildly neurotic dog myself, I can totally relate to the concept of this book. I think sometimes we over think things. We believe that life lessons have to come from deep, wise places. We forget that God's creation speaks to us. In fact, the Bible says that if no one worships the Lord that the rocks will cry out to worship him. His creation. The waters, birds, weather and animals all know the creator. If we just look at the gifts God has given us, loving neurotic pets included, it's amazing the whispering we will hear from the Holy Spirit. I love that Allison Pittman recognized the message of God's creation in the pet she was given dominion over.