Book Review: Blind Hope, by Kim Meeder and Laurie Sacher

Read the first chapter here.

With a sweet dog face like that, who wouldn't buy this book? I'm not even a dog person, and I fell for Mia, the unwanted dog.

This book, written by Kim Meeder, tells the story of Laurie Sacher, a young woman who finds God through the blind, obedient example of her rescue dog, Mia. Blind Hope has beautiful black & white photos sprinkled throughout, and the chapters that focus on Laurie and Mia are touching to the point of bringing me to tears, at times.

I loved how poignant the comparisons were between blind Mia’s trust of her owner and our need to trust a God we can’t see. My favorite quote is from page 127:

It was my dog once again who modeled the truth that if I’m going to know and follow someone I love, it makes little sense to try and accomplish that if there’s a huge gap between us. To truly imitate the movements of another, I need to mirror them as closely as possible. My dog has taught me that it is indeed doable to know someone you can’t see with your eyes.

While I don’t think any of the spiritual insights are going to be major “aha” moments for anyone, they seemed more profound due to the nature of this sweet, blind dog trusting its owner.

Having said all this, I didn’t like the parts of the book where Kim Meeder and Laurie Sacher had conversations. The writing made things seemed forced, and I didn’t believe that the conversations took place in the way they were written. I think the book would have been better had it been written simply as a story from Laurie’s point of view.

Still, I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this book to my friends who, like me, need to feel a nudge toward a deeper trust in God.

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Thanks to the publisher, Multnomah, for providing me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.