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The Rainbow Bridge: Pet Loss Is Heaven's Gain
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154 of 157 people found the following review helpful
on June 29, 2007
Based on scripture, Christians believe all creatures have body, soul, and spirit, that Heaven is a very real place, and that God breathed the breath of life and spirit into animals as well as humans. Those who love their pets will find great comfort in this beautiful book, Christian and non-Christian readers alike. Regardless of your spiritual beliefs, the comfort and hope delivered in this book are real and tangible.

Our modern world can be chaotic and frightening. Man's inhumanity to fellow humans is often horrifying, leaving us numb and sometimes cynical. A majority of us find comfort in the unconditional love and devotion of our pets. When a pet dies, we mourn, often losing ourselves in black depression at that loss. Niki Behrikis Shanahan has grieved in such a way and understands our sorrow but takes comfort in the knowledge that lost pets are scampering in Heaven, waiting to be reunited with their human companions. Chapter by chapter, the author offers hopeful solutions to our sadness and loss, offering scriptural proof that animals and humans are important to God and are not truly dead when they die. She encourages us with miraculous stories of near death and death bed visions of animal companions thriving in their heavenly home. Step by step she leads readers out of depression and into the light of hope.

Whether dead or alive, animal companions live in our hearts. They give us joy in a world that is rarely joyful. When they die, their spirit continues to live. That is the author's message in a wonderful book I highly recommend.
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90 of 91 people found the following review helpful
I was excited to hear that Ms. Shanahan had a new book release. I have had the pleasure to read and review her two former works, "There Is Eternal Life For Animals," and "Animal Prayer Guide," and I was truly the one who was blessed. As I settled down to read her new work, I knew this too would be a blessing to me, and everyone who was fortunate to read this work, and I was not disappointed.

In her new book, "The Rainbow Bridge: Pet Loss Is Heaven's Gain," our author again takes us through Biblical proof that our beloved pets are indeed waiting for us on the other side. As always, her research is concise and conclusive and leaves you with the reassurance that God truly is taking care of our beloved pets. However, she goes into some new veins in this work such as sharing how pets were companions throughout history. I found this information to be so interesting that I reread it several times. And I absolutely loved chapter three, "Encouraging and Miraculous Stories." These stories warmed my heart and uplifted me for days. Wonderful. She goes on in Chapter Four to discuss what the Bible says about life after death, Chapter Five deals with overcoming depression and she gives you some helpful advice and aids to implement to help lessen the blow of your loss, and in Chapter 6 she encourages us to look to the future. It is a great feeling and brings much comfort to know that your pet is being well taken care of and is eagerly awaiting the reuniting with you. And her final chapter is given to a Memorial Service that you can hold for your pet, allowing you a way of closure for your loss, and respect to the pet you love.

I would like to state that as far as this reviewer is concerned, I strongly feel that Ms. Shanahan should be given a standing ovation for the work she has done in the awareness that our passing pets are certainly part of our future. She has felt the very pulse of grieving pet owners and carefully applied healing ointment to help mend the broken heart and bring hope and peace through her writings. Her new book is yet just another cooling balm to sooth the troubled soul. I cannot encourage you enough to read every one of her excellent books; you will never be the same. Thank you Ms. Shanahan from the owner of many beloved pets who I know are waiting for me on the other side. I am sure in Heaven when they hear your name, they smile.

Shirley Johnson/Senior Reviewer

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64 of 65 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon February 10, 2008
Niki Behrikis Shanahan's gentle and beautiful book is soothing balm to those who have lost pets they love. I like the way she comforts grieving owners with the assurance their beloved pets are waiting for them on the other side of the Rainbow Bridge and that God is watching over them with tender loving care.

In addition to the beautiful Biblical tone/theme of this book, Ms. Shanahan discusses domesticated animals throughout history and how pets are an important part of countless people's lives. Each such account warmed my heart and added cheer to my day.

Each chapter includes information from the Bible and how it applies to pets and people who love them. This book tackles relevant topics such as depression and how to cope with the loss of a beloved pet. I like the way Ms. Shanahan paints an optimistic face on the future. It IS extremely comforting to think of the pets one has loved and lost awaiting a joyous reunion across the Rainbow Bridge.

Her chapter about conducting a Memorial Service for pets is another way of providing a sense of closure and acceptance.

I salute Ms. Shanahan and would like to join in with another reviewer in giving her a standing ovation. Pets ARE part of life's circle - they are waiting for their owners to join them in a loving reunion across the Rainbow Bridge. Her perceptiveness and loving awareness are to be commended. I say this with tears in my eyes, a heartfelt thank you to Niki Behrikis Shanahan. Thank you and bless you, Ms. Shanahan on behalf of everybody who has loved and lost pets and thanks to this wonderful book countless people can take comfort in the thought of seeing their beloved pets once again. Please read this and share it with somebody. You will be very glad that you did.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on February 20, 2008
This book and it's author, Niki Berakis Shanahan, are truly the gain of all who have ever lost a beloved animal companion. I have read her other books ("There IS Eternal Life for Animals" and "Animal Prayer Guide") as well and they are all wonderfully uplifting and inspirational. "Rainbow Bridge: Pet Loss is Heaven's Gain" was especially so to me, particularly the section dealing with coping with grief and depression. Ms. Shanahan offers very helpful insights and ways of reconciling our moving forward with our lives while keeping our little ones in our hearts and memories. As she states, to recover from mourning does not mean we are forgetting or being disloyal to our animal companions. In a gentle and eloquent writing style, she encourages us to focus our thoughts on Heaven and the positive future God promises all of His creation--including animals.

Ms. Shanahan's work is blessed and her books are a must-read for all pet owners and animal lovers. I very highly recommend them all!!!
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
For anyone who has ever lost a beloved pet companion, THE RAINBOW BRIDGE: PET LOSS IS HEAVEN'S GAIN by Niki Behrikis Shanahan is a source of comfort, hope and encouragement that the reader will want to revisit again and again during the difficult days ahead.

While reading this wonderful book, you will come away with the feeling that Ms. Shanahan is sitting right there beside you, sharing in your pain and sorrow, as she relates to you the inspiring true story of her own personal loss and redemption after the passing of her beloved cat, Pete.

Give this book to anyone who has lost a pet, and you will be giving them a two-fold blessing: Not only will they will receive the peace and assurance of knowing with certainty that their pets are in the presence of God and that someday they will be re-united with them again in Heaven, but they will also learn of God's loving plan to help them overcome the devastating pain and depression that accompanies the loss of a pet.

Ms. Shanahan's book shows us many wonderful and special ways that we can forever memorialize our pets while at the same time offering us the strength and courage to one day love again.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on June 6, 2008
This book was such a great comfort and confirmation in regards to the reuniting of all my beloved pets I have had. I miss the ones I have lost and this book gave me that extra comfort knowing I will be back with my pets...forever. I loved the first book "There is Eternal Life for Animals". It was such a great reference with Bible Scriptures to back up how God loves all his creatures and they will not be forgotten. Then "Animal Prayer Guide" was a great follow up for praying over my pets I now have. This newest book has so many famous and reliable people backing up the scriptures and also confirming what I always believed in my heart that my pets will be in heaven with me.It is great to know I am not alone in believing this. Thanks to Niki for gathering up the information in a third book. The Rainbow Bridge: Pet Loss Is Heaven's Gain This is a must to own and a real comfort to share with others. Bless you, Niki for taking the time to write another great book.
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32 of 37 people found the following review helpful
In May 2008 I lost an amazing animal and this loss book was one of the first books I read in trying to find comfort and solace in the loss of such an amazing beloved creature. I am not overly religious, although I do believe in God and am a spiritual person. While this book was comforting at times, I found it was also a bit hard to read with many citations to the bible in order to prove the existence of animals having souls and Divine Spirits. That said, I take my hat off to Nicki as her passion and love of animals is well and truly felt and that alone is comforting. After reading this book I read Animals and the Afterlife by Kim Sheridan and I found this much more enjoyable and uplifting.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on June 3, 2008
This book bought me much needed comfort and compassion after the loss of my cat "Thumpy". I was amazed at how many times animals are mentioned in the Bible scriptures and they are truly part of are afterlife. I also enjoyed reading about the near death and out of body experiences, this is so amazing and touching. The author Niki Behrilis Shanahan writes from her own experience of loss with much compassion and understanding .All her books are wonderful reading and very fascinating, healing balm for a broken heart. I have also bought a few for friends. Thank you Niki for writing this book and God Bless you! We will see our furbabies again!!

I also highly recommend these items I found helpful:
There is Eternal Life for Animals

Animals In Heaven? Dvd! Dr. Jack & Rexella Van Impe

Animal Prayer Guide

Who Says Animals Go To Heaven? A Collection Of Prominent Christian Leaders' Beliefs In Life After Death For Animals

Animals and the Afterlife: True Stories of Our Best Friends' Journey Beyond Death

The Three Lives of Thomasina

Do Dogs Go To Heaven? Eternal Answers for Animal Lovers
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on December 1, 2007
I Ordered This Boook when My 19 Year Old cat Passed away On 11/28/07. I am thoroughly depressed, and cant stop crying. This Book has Helped me somewhat I Must Say. It Helps to THINK of HIM IN HEaven, in a Better PLace, and Also Having read a Few Stories from people with NDE, that saw their Own Pets. It does My Heart Good, to Think he is there, waiting for me.That he is HAPPY, Not sad. I Miss Him so Much, But this Book did Help me quite a Bit. I will Take it one day at a Time, And I will keep reading and re-reading this Book. I feel it is a GREAT Book to help people like Myself , who Lost their Best Friend. God BLess You BANDIT, I LOVE YOU and MISS YOU BOY!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on January 4, 2009
I lost my dog who was 15 ½ (had her since she was 3months old) on Dec 11 2008. We knew it was getting to be her time and I should have let her go months before. I ordered this book and it ended up arriving on the evening of the 11, after she had gone to live in Heaven. I had previously read the book Will I see Fido in Heaven? I had always believed that animals had souls/spirits and would be in the after life. This book brought me much comfort and still does since its been such a short time. At least every other day I've been reading passages and reading some of the prayers in the book. I know for sure that I will be reunited with my beloved dog one day, as well as any other pets that pass on before I get there. I have three parakeets that are currently up there too.

It truly amazes me when people say animals don't have souls that they don't go to Heaven. When its all to clear by the scriptures of the holy bible that they do. At the end of Will I see Fiod in Heaven? The author says the question should be "Will Fido see you in Heaven?" Animals are innocent and sinless so they get into Heaven and don't have to do anything to get there. Where as people must accept Jesus and repent for their sin be baptized in the name of the trinity.
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