I feel I have a fairly good grasp of Christian Literature due to having exposure to most of it in my upbringing. At it's best, in my opinion, the genre is represented by well-written (if not a little preachy, natch) stories filled with relatable, well-spoken characters possessing a strong moral compass. This wasn't it's best.
I wanted a sweet, inspirational story about a decrepit, blind dog and her loyal owner that may or may not draw subtle parallels between the dog listening to her owner to stay safe and the owner listening to her god to stay safe. You know...what the description TOLD me the book was about. Instead, I got a devotional parable.
Laurie Sacher is woefully guilted into adopted a wretched dog that somehow reminds her of her own wretched self. The dog (Mia) has no guidance from a master and therefore has no direction/purpose in life. Laurie feels same (although she had a loving, solid, middle class upbringing and no troublesome disabilities whereas Mia was abused, neglected and starved) and, throughout the story, works through her own depression and self esteem issues as she teaches Mia to trust her in the face of a crippling disease.
Thanks. I coulda figured out that's where you were going with the story on my own, but nooooo, you had to go and spell it out for me EVERY OTHER PARAGRAPH. I really just wanted to read a story about a dog. Mia's story lends itself beautifully to inspirational apperception without having to make The Message so ridiculously overt. I mean, really- I'm a sucker for a sad sack animal story (and can usually overlook any problem with said story), but this was too much.