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Bridge Called Hope: Stories of Triumph from the Ranch of Rescued Dreams [Kindle Edition]

Kim Meeder
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Cross Over Troubled Waters

Hope is like the stars—always there, yet shining brightest in the blackest of nights. It is like the dawn, always rising anew. Hope is for everyone, and that includes you. This collection of more than twenty true stories from a ranch of rescued dreams unveils the heart of true strength and the character of genuine courage. Experience for yourself the kind of love and hope that change a person from the inside out. Because sometimes, just believing in someone is enough for them to start believing in themselves. It’s the galvanizing truth that no matter how deep your pain…God’s love exceeds it still.

Sometimes, just believing in someone is enough for them to start believing in themselves…

Without raising his eyes to look at me, in a voice barely clearing the horizon of a whisper, he said, “I know you don’t love me… You just say that ’cuz you’re an adult and it’s kinda like your job. But I know you don’t really love me.”

Suffering and blessing balance on the same high wire, each giving stability and depth to the other. The one that we feel the most…is ultimately the one that we give the most.

It was her eyes that gave her away. The conflict of her mortal illness versus her will raged behind them. Her body shouted, “I’m sick and it’s getting harder and harder to do the things I love!” while her indomitable will shouted back, “Yeah, but I’m just a little kid, and little kids should get to ride horses!”

What a relief it is when we begin to understand that it is within our hardships that truth is elevated from our hearts to our heads.

“During the darkest days I’d ever known, I was introduced to the unconditional love of a little horse and a merciful God, and my life has never been the same,” says author Kim Meeder. And her book proves that hope is not only for us to keep…but to give.

“Stirring, encouraging, and inspirational, Bridge Called Hope reminds us that hope is heaven sent for everyone, and that we, too, can make a positive difference in others’ lives."
-Eric Close, Actor

“Kim Meeder vibrantly shares—and lives—an amazing story of hope and restoration. A triumph of recovery for wounded hearts!”
-Louie Giglio, Director, Passion Conferences, and bestselling author

Story Behind the Book

“I was moved to write Hope Rising and Bridge Called Hope because, when I needed it the most, someone shared hope with me and it saved my life. During the darkest days I’d ever known, I was introduced to the unconditional love of a little horse and a merciful God, and my life has never been the same. Everything in our life is about choices. We cannot control our circumstances, but we can control how we choose to feel about them. The pain that we feel in this life is certain. What is equally certain is how we choose to feel about the pain. It can destroy us—or it can define us. The choice is uniquely ours.” —Kim Meeder

From the Trade Paperback edition.

Editorial Reviews

About the Author

Kim Meeder is the cofounder and director of Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch, an organization that rescues abused and dying horses and pairs them with children in need. Kim’s first book, Hope Rising, propelled the ranch to win the national Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Award and launched her extensive public/motivational speaking schedule at schools, churches, and governmental conferences across the United States. She and her husband, Troy, have been married for twenty-five years and live in Central Oregon. The size of their family fluctuates each year with the number of horses and kids that they rescue.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1521 KB
  • Print Length: 258 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B009I9014O
  • Publisher: Multnomah Books (December 30, 2008)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #388,695 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Broken horses, broken kids, healing for both November 2, 2006
Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch is a place of hope and healing. In this sequel to the best-selling Hope Rising, Kim Meeder continues her stories of hope and healing at the non-profit Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch, a place where broken horses and broken kids rediscover life and living.

The stories in A Bridge Called Hope are all true. Some are funny, many are heartbreaking, but hope is present throughout. As abused horses and damaged kids discover each other through their common pain, special relationships are forged and the baby steps toward wholeness begin.

Highly recommended.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heart-touching stories leave a lasting impression February 28, 2007
Kim Meeder's Bridge Called Hope is a collection of stories about Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch. Meeder and her husband Troy bought some property in Central Oregon in 1993 and have refurbished the land into a successful horse ranch. Bridge Called Hope testifies to how they have used the ranch as a ministry to children. Kim relates biblical truths to her experiences as a rancher and to the relationships that have formed between the children and her horses.

Meeder writes with a poetic style, employing imagery, similes, and detailed description. She is skilled at writing vivid, emotional scenes. She addresses topics such as anger, love, death, encouragement, physical disabilities, abuse, friendship, and prayer. As the title suggests, the central theme is hope. The book also includes black-and-white photos from the ranch along with quotes from children Meeder has worked with.

Meeder's writing style and the large amount of stories about female characters may appeal more to women than to men. Bridge Called Hope would make a great gift for mother, daughter, wife, or friend. However, the heart-touching stories of this book may leave a lasting impression on any reader, regardless of gender, and especially on those who love horses and children. - Bridgette L. Oakes, Christian Book
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable and inspiring May 29, 2007
This book gives us a little window into the author's amazing life and a life of hurting horses and children. It is sad and inspiring at the same time. You get to "see" hurting horses and kids have a chance at really living. Wouldn't miss it. The first book is awesome too. Just by getting the books you are helping to support something great.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bridge Called Hope May 21, 2007
Kim Meeder's ability to convey each short story whether of a horse and child, the journey of life, or of spritual growth through her own eyes is truly a gift.

Her first book, Hope Rising, that I received from a dear friend of mine, had me hooked instantly and looking for more. My friend and I are now living further away from each other than we ever imagined, however we are still connected through Kim Meeder's latest book, Bridge Called Hope.

Thank you Kim for keeping two friends connected, and for inspiring me deep within not only for my love of horses, but for rekindling the love for my family, my husband and son!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing and Wonderful books! April 12, 2008
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Both Kim Meeder's books are wonderful...miraclous in fact! I bought them both and it's probably the best books I have ever purchased!Names of the books are: Hope Rising and Bridge Called Hope. Would recommend them to anyone an d everyone!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Horse Interactions March 2, 2008
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This collection of stories about how horses and humans can interact will touch the most hard-hearted among us. Not only do the stories relate the astounding human/ horse miracles that can take place, they also follow the author's walk of faith, doing the very things God has called her to do, putting everything on the line at times. For anyone who loves horses, or even those who don't, this book will inspire readers to look differently at animals in general and wonder what further things they can tell us. Reverence for all life should follow. Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars horses and kids February 10, 2008
Kim has a real flair for using words in her books and gives God the glory as she tells about the horses and the kids that they have reached.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A book for all horse-lovers. May 27, 2009
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This book is a story of a special ranch for unloved and neglected horses and how they came to be saved. It is also a story of a special ranch for special children and the horses who work with the children providing a special bond for the child and the horses.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Liked it
I liked it but sometimes Kim can be a tiny bit overdramatic
Published 6 days ago by Kangi
5.0 out of 5 stars Love It!
This book, along with the first of the series, "Hope rising" are some of the best books I have ever read. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Olivia
5.0 out of 5 stars Horses and kids - how can it get any better?
Love her books!! Love her message!! Always inspiring and brings me to tears. I wish I had gotten a hard copy to share.
Published 3 months ago by Marilyn McCraw
5.0 out of 5 stars Hope - bridge we need
Shows God healing, loving And using his creation that has been abused wounded or diseased to bring to restoration to another in need of the same. Awesome
Published 5 months ago by Donna
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
Kim Meeder is a great Author. God has given her a special gift to have love and compassion for children and animals.
Published 5 months ago by Karlene Hatley
4.0 out of 5 stars Kim Meeder is an easy read
If you love stories of people and the healing power of horses it is a good read. Kim is very religious and sometimes sounds a bit like a preacher, but still I very much enjoyed the... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Elise van Hijfte
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE
love, love, love this book! Heartbreaking, heart-lifting, inspiring, encouraging. For anyone who loves animals, especial horses. For Christians and non-Christians. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Just didn't grab me.
As did all of the other books about horses that I've read, this book just couldn't hold my interest. Sorry.
Published 15 months ago by Jane A DeShone
5.0 out of 5 stars my girl
this was for her more word 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 - 1v 2 3 4
Published 17 months ago by robert jennings
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredibly inspiring book!
Kim Meeder has a wonderful talent for telling heart-wrenching stories in a way that touch your heart to its very core. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Laura
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