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book-cover-flash-white-224x300OK, so sometimes my reasoning has no sense of reason. At all. And when it all works out for my good, I am beside myself.

Such is the case with the book I recently had the sheer delight to read. I wanted to be on this launch because I absolutely loved the cover of the book. Besides, I was more than a little curious as to what I could possibly learn from a donkey πŸ™‚ I gave you fair warning about my lack of reasoning.

Flash: The Homeless Donkey Who Taught Me about Life, Faith, and Second Chances by Rachel Anne Ridge was a joy to read. From the time I opened the cover, I fell in love with this donkey. Or maybe it was his love for life which drew me in. I’m not sure, but this much I know, Flash was a natural born teacher and I learned from his simplicity.

Flash is a stray donkey who just shows up one day and never leaves. He wins the hearts of this family and inspires them to dream, to take challenges, and to grow in their faith.

Flash made me laugh. He made me cry. He also brought me to an awareness of God and His deep love for us all.

I may never forget the night I stayed up way later than I should have to read these words of comfort …

“God’s presence is always with us, even when we can’t feel or see Him. Even when we can’t understand our circumstances. And though we might try a million other ways to fill our voids and find shelter from our storms, there is no substitute for the real thing. Only God can be our true source of refuge.

How many times do we stand outside in the cold when shelter is so close at hand? Sometimes all it takes is a few more steps – and then we are in His arms, encircled in His care and carried by His comfort.” (page 57)

Shelter. Sanctuary. Refuge. A safe haven. True sanctuary is what we find in our God. In Him alone.

And that is one of many lessons I learned from this sweet animal. But see for yourself how sweet he is …

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Rachel Anne Ridge weaves a story with ease, enveloping the reader with each word infusing encouragement. Every page is a delight. The only regret you will experience is when you come to the end of the book as your heart will still want more.

So here’s the fun part … The publisher is letting me give away a copy of “Flash” to one of you. Leave me a comment in which you share the name of a beloved animal in your life – present, past or even a fictional animal. How easy is that? So don’t miss out for you will surely want to read this book. This giveaway will close on Friday, May 8th. I will share the name of the blessed winner on Monday, May 11th.

Please Note: The giveaway has been closed. I will announce the winner by Monday. Thank you to all of you who entered!

Using random.org, the winner was Sharon Carlson.  I want to thank each of you for entering and for sharing your stories. I hope you will be able to get a copy of this book for yourselves as you will be so glad you did. Thank you!

****Tyndale House Publishers provided me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I am disclosing this as required by Federal Trade Commission.

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