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Rescuing Sam, an abandoned puppy, gave Helen hope she might at last have a dog of her own. But Sam is put in kennels, and Halen discovers he'll die in a week unless she can buy him back. With no money, saving Sam is impossible. Yet Helen knows he's meant to live.
The days tick away, and Helen feels desperate. Then a wild storm brings a tree crashing to the ground, and Helen faces an even greater tragedy than the death of a puppy.
Meeting serious problems with only faith and prayer becomes very real for Helen.
Alistair Brown is the President & Dean, Professor of Missional Theology, Northern Baptist Theological Seminary, Lombard, Illinois. He was previously the general secretary of Baptist Missionary Society having served in Scotland as a Baptist pastor.
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"I thought this was a very interesting story and enjoyed reading it very much. My favourite chapter was seven because Helen had collected ten pounds which started her saving up to buy the dog. I can relate to this because I had waited for a pet for a long time." The whole story appealed to me because it was about the love of a little girl for a dog and the sad fact that many people nowadays treat dogs in the same way that happened to the dog in the book. I also appreciated the little girl's trust in God and the way she brought her every day problems and concerns to God in prayer.
Emma Finlay, age 12, Scottish Baptist Magazine
This is the delightful story of a puppy abandoned by its owners in the most cruel way and rescued by a schoolgirl who set her heart on having it for her own. There were seemingly insurmountable problems to be faced before this could be achieved but gradually by faith and prayer they were overcome and Sam was saved. Some might think that things just do not happen quite in this way, but so long as it is accepted as a story it brings a good spiritual message. Both adults and children will read it with interest and profit and be moved by some of its happenings and possibly, as I was, be reminded of Anna Sewell's children's classic Black Beauty. Amongst much of the rubbish offered to children in these days, here is a little gem.
W M Moss, English Churchman
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