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The Divinity of Dogs: True Stories of Miracles Inspired by Man's Best Friend Hardcover – October 23, 2012


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Atria Books (October 23, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451621574
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451621570
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.2 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (292 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #483,166 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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"Reader advisory: Must be read with tissues! You don't have to be a pet lover to fall in love with these stories. The Divinity of Dogs captures the unconditional love and loyalty of dogs and delivers it with one big wet kiss." —Carole Tomko, President of MyDiscovery

"The Divinity of Dogs is a fascinating read - bringing to life the very special, sometimes incredible, aspects of dogs, with whom we have the privilege to share our lives." —Clarissa Baldwin, Chief Executive Officer of Dogs Trust - A Dog Is For Life

“Every dog I’ve had the privilege of knowing has imparted some special lesson, insight or transcendent gift to me. It’s what they do. The Divinity of Dogs captures the essence of dogs and their many gifts to humankind. Wonderful stories.” —Francis Battista, Co-founder of Best Friends Animal Society

“This wonderful book is a treasure trove of fascinating stories that will entertain, inspire, enlighten, and amaze you. Soul-enriching.” —Lewis Regenstein, President of the Interfaith Council for the Protection of Animals and Nature

"I loved this book. The Divinity of Dogs captures the beautiful non-verbal messages between people and their pets. It's a powerful page-turner!" —Debi Boies, co-founder of Pilots N Paws

"Do yourself a favor, read this book, adopt a dog and join the rest of us who know the secret of a happy life." —Karen Rhodes, President, Dogs' Refuge Home

“Jennifer Skiff’s miraculous book is filled with happy dog faces and inspiring stories that touch the canine-human bond.” (Blue Heron Journal)

“It can be easy to lose sight of the humanity we all share when so much turmoil exists over resources and money and power. But with something as easy as a book filled with love stories about dogs, it can be much easier to remember the kind of people we should all strive to be -- the kind who listen to our dogs a little more and the rest of the noise a little less.” (Jenny Block The Huffington Post)

“A perfect read for dog lovers and those wishing to adopt. An uplifting collection of stories about people who have had other-worldly experiences through their relationships with dogs." (Shelf Awareness)

“A fabulous collection of personal accounts of how dogs have helped people. Ranging from near miracles to simply providing love and companionship, these accounts are all heartwarming… a fabulous holiday gift for a dog loving friend or as a party exchange gift at your local dog club.” (Examiner.com)

“This is an uplifting book, perfect for this time of year. Many of these true stories are heartwarming and filled with pure joy - exploring the kind of innocent and absolute joy dogs offer and inspire,” (Chicago Tribune)

“...tells true stories of love, miracles and personal transformations involving dogs.” (Sun Journal (Lewiston-Auburn, ME))

"One of the most inspiring collections of dog stories assembled." (Iron Mountain Daily News (Michigan) )

“This book should come with it's own box of tissues, because, trust me, you won't get through it without needing several. Some stories make you smile through your tears, some bring a tear because of the obvious bond between human and dog, but all of them will touch you in some way.” (Post Journal (Jamestown-NY))

“Tissue alert, but in a good way. This is an uplifting book, perfect for this time of year. All these inspiring ‘touched by a dog’ true stories are heartwarming, and filled with pure joy – the kind of innocent and absolute joy which dogs offer and inspire.” (USA Weekend)

“packed full of inspiring, heartwarming, feel good to your bones stories about dogs and their people, and will definitely warm your heart and give you paws to just how much dogs help, love, comfort, uplift, guide, amaze, inspire and change people’s lives.” (Johann the Dog)

"A beautiful book full of true stories that show us that dogs are that intangible alliance to a higher power, a divinity of sorts; furry angels."  (San Francisco Book Review)

About the Author

Jennifer Skiff is an award-winning television producer, journalist, and author of God Stories. An advocate for animals, she is a Trustee of the Dogs’ Refuge Home in Australia. She lives in Maine and Australia.

More About the Author

Jennifer Skiff is an award-winning television producer, journalist and author. Her #1 Inspirational and #1 Spiritual bestseller, God Stories: Inspiring Encounters with the Divine is published in seven languages. Her runaway hit, The Divinity of Dogs: True Stories of Miracles Inspired by Man's Best Friend, has been on 10 Amazon bestseller lists in the USA and UK since its released in October 2012.

For more than a decade Jennifer traveled the world working as an investigative environmental correspondent for CNN. Her programs promoting animal welfare have aired on The Discovery Channel and networks globally. Among other honors, she's received the prized Environmental Media Award.

Passionate about animals and their welfare, Jennifer works with charities throughout the world to bring relief to abused and abandoned animals. Jennifer is a Trustee of the Dogs' Refuge Home in Australia and of the SPCAHC in the United States.

Customer Reviews

This a wonderfully beautifully written collection of dog stories.
Mouse's Mom
This is a book with wonderful, uplifting stories of the miraculous ways dogs support and show unconditional love to humans.
Cathie Miller
Would recommend this book to all dog lovers,and anyone who loves animals.
SHARON STACY

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

43 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Kelly on October 25, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Jennifer Skiff did a superb job in writing about people's amazing experiences with their beloved dogs. It makes you realize that you are not the only one who believes that dogs love you unconditionally!! Similar to Jennifer, dogs have been a part of my life from the very beginning and I truly believe they have an uncanny ability to sense things about you that even your loved ones may miss at times. I was very touched, inspired, and grateful to read stories from people in all walks of life, where dogs were their shining light, savior, or a great comfort in the midst of their dark days. You may need tissues to get through some of the stories but it will warm your heart. I just ordered 10 copies for my dear friends and family that have that special dog in their lives! They will make great Christmas presents!!
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Michele on October 23, 2012
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The Divinity of Dogs is written with a selfless mission~ it is written to tell the tales of so many humans and k9s alike that were touched by an unwavering love we share with our k9 companions. Although tears are shed upon opening the book & of course while reading the book they are NOT tears of sadness that will make one not want to keep reading, but rather tears of an "A-HA" moment, they are tears of understanding, tears of inspiration & tears that someone as insightful, soulful, & kindhearted as Jennifer Skiff is telling the tales of so many brave warriors- the ones we as humans, if tuned in, will continue to learn, grow, and understand life just a little bit more than we "think" we do. Whether your dog is in this book or not the stories told in the book are stories we can ALL relate to and even say "my dog did that... or my dog could have been that dog..." Jennifer allows the reader to understand the dogs in this book tell the tale of ALL dogs as she points out that ALL dogs are divine. Jennifer makes us venerable and aware of the nostalgia that lies within ALL OF OUR DOGS- the same dogs that get us humans though dark days- trying times, and ultimately make our house a loving home. Thank you Jennifer for bring forth such a grand & divine love between man & k9.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Marsha Sharp on October 24, 2012
Format: Hardcover
The perception of what I had in mind when I first chose this book to read was quite a surprise. How the experiences of our beloved pets are written with wit, compassion and tears..... A real inspiration to anyone in the pet world....a well written "make you feel good" book on miracles is certainly man's best friend. Marsha
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By carol bradshaw on November 24, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Finding out in Jan. of 2011 that our story would be included in "The Divinity of Dogs" was truly an honor. Bandit and Jack's story is just one of over 70, and each and every one tugs at your heart, reminds us of a memory, and brings an awareness to the amazing feats and inate ability that dogs have to intertwine their lives with humans. Jennifer's own story of her life and her personal experiences with her dogs lends the link that brings it all together. Each short story could be made into its own book, making it almost impossible to write them all in a lifetime. Instead, the condensed versions whet our appetite for more, and allows us to imagine a little more about each story. The final result lived up to every expectation I had for the past two years, and even more. Adding the availability of the CD of instrumental music in conjunction with the book, is even more comforting. The title of our short story is "He's Our Blessing", but in reality, the entire book is a blessing to those who read it. Like others, I've already bought several copies as gifts, and encourage you to buy one for yourself, and one to share with a friend. A Five Star rating simply isn't high enough!
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Anton on November 25, 2012
Format: Hardcover
The stories in this book really capture the amazement, joy and love we experience with our dogs. As the German actor, Heinz Rühmann, said, "You can live without a dog, but it's not worth it." I had read the reviews so I was prepared for some sad stories, but some of the events described in this book are very disturbing and have left some very unpleasant images in my mind. It contains stories, not only of abuse to animals, but also to human beings. The reverent and even spiritually promising title of this book may attract readers who are not looking for quite so much upsetting reality in a book about pets.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 29, 2012
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This is an amazing book that I could not put down. It warmed my heart, lifted my spirit, and made my eyes fill with tears time after time. I wanted it to never end. By the final page, my lifetime love and admiration for dogs had grown so much stronger, and I have nothing but the highest praise for the genius of an author who bound these tales together into such a wonderful package. I implore anyone who loves dogs to read this - you will find it an incredibly rewarding experience.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Scott Thornsley on November 8, 2012
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Before I begin, I found this book in the "Pet's Section" of Barnes and Noble. It deserves to be in the main table under "New Releases!"

For those who love to read, and love dogs, this is a "must read." We all need to read the serious books, but we also need to read books which uplift our souls, and this is one such book. Even if you already that a dog is man's best friend, this book confirms it. Dogs enrich and enhance our lives, and sometimes allows their owners to learn from them. How tragic that when friends and family fail to love us when it is most important, it is sometimes dogs that come to our rescue and love us unconditionally, which sometimes makes all the difference in the world.

This book can be read and re-read for years. It makes us realize why we brave the cold and snow to take them for one last walk at night, and why we allow them to shake off the rain in our homes and curl up next to us on the sofa. For those of us who know why we love our dogs unconditionally, it is a wonderful reminder that we are not alone.

This is a wonderful read, and the collection of stories was awesome. Some sad, some glad, but all full of love.
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