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Meeder (Hope Rising) tells the story of an unwanted dog whose forlorn and broken heart and body called out to Meeder'sco-author, Sacher, and how, in their subsequent relationship, the dog became the agent of spiritual rescue to her owner. Together, Meeder and Sacher write about their own meeting and work at Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch in Oregon, where Sacher was moved to take ownership of a disabled pooch that she renamed Mia. In a completely disarming manner, Meeder relates a love story between Sacher and Mia as human and dog grew to trust one another one day, one bump, and one bruise at a time. Meeder parallels their human/canine relationship with the trust and love Sacher develops with God. With humorous and poignant asides, Meeder beautifully bridges the gap between the sad and silly, showing the lovely and forsaken aspects of the individual heart so powerfully that readers will be coaxed into revisiting their understanding of the rescue God readily offers to all.
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Praise for Blind Hope
Blind Hope is a powerful story, made even more beautiful by the fact that it is not simply a fairy tale. Kim Meeder creatively recalls for us how Laurie Sacher’s unique interactions with the dog she saved ended up pointing her back to her Savior. In a
culture obsessed with reality TV, I pray our hearts can not only be entertained and perhaps touched by this true story, but that we would be changed by it.”
—ANGELA ALCORN STUMP, co-author of The Ishbane Conspiracy
“On her ranch in Oregon, Kim Meeder brings wounded horses and broken kids together and sees healing miracles on a regular basis. Blind Hope, a wonderful analogy of how God sees and loves his children, shows how a blind and ill dog named Mia helped to bring healing, love, and acceptance to the young woman who rescued her. Laurie’s statement ‘My dog is blind… and now I see’ is the story of all of us. This book could change your life.”
—LAURAINE SNELLING, author of No Distance Too Far, all the Red River series, and One Perfect Day along with many other novels
“I thank God for Kim Meeder—she is one of my heroes! Her passionate love for the Lord, for children of all ages, and for  animals is inspiring. She is thoroughly dedicated to whatever assignment God brings her way, including writing this beautiful account of the special bond between a woman and her dog. Kim brings an ongoing message of hope with this story, and she does it so well.”
—DANAE DOBSON, author of Let’s Walk the Talk
“Skidboot opened my eyes to a lot of life and love. After reading about Laurie and Mia, I learned even deeper lessons that our four-legged friends can teach us. This book shows very clearly how God has used dogs to spread his love. Thank you, Kim and Laurie, for sharing this story.”
—DAVID HARTWIG, friend of Skidboot, the world-famous Texas blue heeler, featured in Angel Dogs with a Mission: Divine Messengers in Service to All Life
“Kim Meeder takes the reader along on a unforgettable journey with Laurie and her blind dog, Mia. Dog and human bring out the best in each other through hardship and friendship as the bond between the two grows deeper. And the beauty of nature provides the path that Laurie and Mia travel as they experience the ups and downs during teachable moments.”
—JOAN DALTON, founder and executive director, Project POOCH
“Kim Meeder again shares a touching story of how God continues to use all of creation to move in and through our lives. Blind Hope gives us another glimpse into the amazing animal-human bonds that can bring fullness to our lives and move us to reach out to others, to reach out to hope, joy, and authentic love.”
—DANNA L. HARVEY, animal-assisted therapy handler
“Poignant and convicting. I was touched by the way Kim told Laurie and Mia’s story. I hope I can be as open to hearing the voice of God through unexpected ways.”
—DIANE BLOYD KENT, volunteer for Guide Dogs for the Blind
“The human-animal bond is a special connection. Kim Meeder highlights this in Blind Hope as she draws parallels between each one of us and our Savior, Jesus Christ. As Kim says, ‘To trust, listen, and believe takes time and practice.’ She surely knows how to portray an important message of salvation while entertaining and showing life lessons with Laurie and Mia.”
—ROXIEMUDDER, volunteer for Guide Dogs for the Blind

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Multnomah Books; 1 edition (July 20, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1601422806
  • ISBN-13: 978-1601422804
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (218 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #348,806 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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65 of 72 people found the following review helpful By Mike on December 16, 2010
Format: Kindle Edition
As warned by other reviewers this book is not about a dog. The dog story is used as a parable about spiritual awakening. if you are looking for God read it. If you are looking for a good dog story skip it.
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121 of 146 people found the following review helpful By My 2 Cents VINE VOICE on July 30, 2010
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I haven't purchased many books lately, but I made an exception when I saw the cover on this one. I am a big sucker for animal stories. especially ones that can bring a tear to your eyes. So naturally when this book arrive last week I could not wait to read it. It is an easy book to read in one sitting, and that is pretty much what I did.

In case you are not familiar with this book, Kim Meeder tells the story of Laurie Sacher, a broken, troubled, woman who came to work at her ranch, Crystal Parks Youth Ranch in Oregon. Laurie suffered from a food obsession, equating thinness to happiness. She decides to adopt an Austrailian Shepherd mix dog, but when she went to see the dog, it was not the dog she imagined it might be. The dog was skinny and smelly, and had lots of issues. Despite this Laurie took the dog, renamed it Mia, and, little by little, the dog transformed her life. How did Mia, the blind dog do this? By teaching Laurie life lessons and bringing her closer to God.

MY THOUGHTS - The story is not what I expected! I was prepared for a tear jerker story about Mia, the blind dog, but that never happened. Instead of the tears, what hit me in the face was that this book was more about Laurie and her learning to listen to, and follow God. It was very preachy, and just not the kind of book I would ever enjoy. I was not expecting that. I would not have purchased this book had I realized this from the beginning. My cover attraction did me in this time. If you do not mind heavily faith based stories, this book might work for you; Mia was inspiring and the photos were great. Unfortunately, I cannot recommend this book.
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30 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Bluegrass Mama on July 29, 2010
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Blind Hope, An Unwanted Dog and the Woman She Rescued by Kim Meeder and Laurie Sacher is a touching, true story of a mangy, abused blind dog who transformed a young woman's life and led her to understand God's love. Through Mia's life, Laurie recognized how she had been like Mia in her relationship with God. At first, Mia didn't want to listen to her master, and would struggle and run into many obstacles. But with time, the relationship blossomed and Mia began to listen to and follow her master's voice. Their love for each other became unconditional. Laurie realized that she had to spend more time with God and develop her relationship with Him so she could fully trust him. And she understood how much God loves her, even when she goes down the wrong path.

I had a rescue dog that really taught me a lot about life and God, so I loved this book! I think dog lovers everywhere will appreciate it, as well, but I really recommend this book to anyone. The messages in this book are powerful and will make you think about your relationship with your master. It is a quick and easy read and is written by both Laurie, and her boss and friend.

I was provide a copy of this book from Waterbrook Multnomah for review purposes.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Bonnie "Buff Puff" on January 9, 2012
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I purchased this book knowing it was a spiritual story but I was also hoping it was an inspirational dog story as well. Plus, I was really moved by the cover and the jacket write up.

I was severely disappointed on both accounts.

The spiritual lessons, as relayed by the author, Kim Meeder, were so simplistic and so neatly wrapped up in a bow that I had a very difficult time relating to Laurie's pain and struggles and resulting, supposed, spiritual revelations.
Every scenario regarding Laurie and Mia was just a little too neatly packaged to fit into the spiritual lesson that the author was trying to impart. Instead of being inspired, to me, Laurie came across as shallow and self absorbed and her spiritual growth seemed quite simplistic and trite.

I also kept wondering how the author could have the patience to listen endlessly to Laurie go on an on about herself and her "inner revelations". Kim Meeder must be an extremely patient woman but, as a reader, I was totally bored with their long "talks" and pat spiritual insights.

As for the dog part of the story, I was horrified with how Laurie treated Mia and could never, ever recommend this book to anyone who loves dogs.

I too had a dog that was rescued, had been mistreated, had numerous health issues and was blind. Maybe I am a crazy dog lover, but I could never imagine leaving my dog as often or for as long as it seemed Laurie left Mia to go for her long horse back rides, skiing jaunts or spiritual talks with Kim.
I kept wondering, where is Mia during all this soul searching?

And, the absolute clincher for me that made me truly dislike this book, was Laurie's actions when she thought Mia was dying. Mia had been ill and Laurie knew things were gravely serious.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Gary L. Madsen on January 10, 2011
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Thanks to Waterbrook Multnomah for my review copy of Blind Hope: An Unwanted Dog & The Womena She Rescued by Kim Meeder and Laurie Sacher.

I picked this book because I enjoy true stories about animals, and their owners. I would have to say that my favorite part of this book is the beautiful photography, and I truly enjoyed the sections of the book about the dog and her relationship with her owner, but did not enjoy the way the story was relayed. The book is filled with written conversations between the authors, and the sequence of events are tough to follow. I found myself skipping ahead and not wanting to finish. If you are looking for a heartwarming, quick read, this is your book.
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