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Hope Rising: Stories from the Ranch of Rescued Dreams Paperback – August 5, 2003
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A 16-year-old girl, mute since the loss of her parents, speaks her first words-to an abused and emaciated horse. This moment was really the birth of Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch in Oregon, writes Meeder, the founder and operator of the ranch that rescues abused horses and gives disadvantaged children a chance to care for them. Readers will need an entire box of tissues handy for this collection of real-life stories of incidents at the ranch: two tough-as-nails boys minister lovingly to a horse that has, like them, suffered terrible neglect; in an answer to prayer, strangers donate hundreds of dollars so an impoverished girl can have a pony for Christmas. Most stories are emotional, even cloying, though some are comical and a few-such as one about a horse that was rescued too late to avoid being put down-sidestep the obligatory happy ending. The writing can at times be maudlin; far too many people are described as having "hollow eyes," for example, and the vignettes are encumbered by gratuitous adjectives intended to drive home a dramatic punch. Despite the over-the-top writing style, the emotions are real and intense. Readers will recoil from Meeder's gritty descriptions of the devastating neglect of horses and children, then cheer when it seems their interaction provides healing for both. Meeder laces the stories with her testimony of God's faithfulness and providence, making this an earnest and loving gift book for the Christian market.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.
About the Author
Kim Meeder owns and operates Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch in central Oregon with her husband, Troy . Crystal Peaks is a nonprofit organization that rescues abused and neglected horses and pairs them with disadvantaged children, offering the children a place of safety, peace, and learning.
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Truly a MUST READ.
I started reading this book at the request of a new client, one who is building a ranch in New Zealand based on the same passion for children and horses a like. I heard 'Christian book' and I thought hmmmmm - but from the first chapter I felt a great understanding of what my clients need and want to achieve. I can now work with them to build their dreams and enable the dreams of the children to come true.
The special lives these children and horses have lived have not diminished their mutual need for love and affection. The relationships forged will change lives for ever. The honesty of Kim's written word leave no doubt as to the passion she and her his bad have for their cause - their undying faith knows in bounds.
Their program in Bend, Oregon is a blessing and th8s book is just a small insight into a world of love that showcases an equines ability to help heal humans from the inside out with some help from above.