Church of the Dog

A good friend gave me Church of the Dog by Kaya McLaren (Penguin, 2008) and gushed about it was her new favorite book and she was buying copies for all her friends.  I smiled and thanked her, hoping that I sounded enthusiastic, yet knowing that I didn’t have time to read right now, between canning and looking for a real job, etc.

Well, the minute I opened the front cover, just to see what it was about, I was hooked.  Maybe it’s because I have dogs. Maybe it’s because she’s a teacher and she writes about that, or a stained glass artist and writes about that, or very spiritual with a capital S.  Okay, so Spiritual.  That’s with the capital S.  And I love that!

Or perhaps it’s because she ties four fascinating life threads together and in the end you feel like you know and love the characters, and life has changed for you just one little bit.

Maybe it’s all of the above.  I highly recommend that you read this, even though I don’t think I’ve mentioned what it’s about. . . except that Mara leaves one life and becomes part of another and in the process seems to change everyone she comes into contact with. (Energetically and otherwise).

It’s described as radiant, uplifting, magical, whimsical, comforting and heartbreakingly true . . .

Now it’s my new favorite book! If you’re my closest friend, don’t get it because I might send one your way.  And that’s all I’m going to say. I don’t want to spoil it for you . . .

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