Saturday, May 25, 2013


Meet Petey, your not-so-average cat—on a mission from God

Disillusioned young pastor, Jake Wilkerson, has just arrived at his new assignment in the small rural church of Coudersport, Pennsylvania. Also new on the scene is Petey, a cat of unknown origins and breed—but of great perception.

As Jake sets about doing the business of ministry, Petey’s continued interference brings chaos to the community of curiously off and eccentric people—residents like the faith-avoiding veterinarian Sally Grainger and Tassy, a young runaway with a secret. An expert at hiding his fears, Jake wonders if all this—and the cat to boot—is more than he can handle. What is Petey’s real “mission”? Perhaps something larger than Jake—or even Petey—can possibly know.

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Be sure to check out Jim’s The Dog That Talked to God which was nominated as an ECPA book of the Year (2013).

Publishers Weekly said, “Judge this book by its cover… and be charmed.” 
“The Dog That Talked to God is a moving and powerful read, inspirational long after the last page has been turned.” – New York Journal of Books
“Jim Kraus has written a funny, heartfelt novel in the tradition of Garth Stein and John Grogan. For a long time dogs have been man’s best friend. It only made sense one would finally come along to save our souls.”Rob Stennett author, Homemade Haunting and The Almost True Story Of Ryan Fisher
“I loved this story. Quirky and unusual, this unique tale wove a spell around me and drew me in. It wasn’t what I expected at all, and when I turned the last page, it left me wanting more.” — Ane Mulligan, senior editor Novel Rocket
“Anyone who has loved a pet knows the sense of connection, of deep familiarity and acceptance, and even of a possible spiritual awareness. In The Dog That Talked to God, Jim Kraus offers a hard-to-put down story of Rufus, a miniature schnauzer who make a giant difference… Kraus has created an enjoyable and often hilarious read. Highly recommended.” — Congregational Libraries Today

Jim Kraus grew up in Western Pennsylvania and has spent the last twenty years as a vice president of a major Christian publishing house. He has written more than twenty books and novels, including the best-selling The Dog That Talked to God. He and his family live outside of Chicago with a sweet miniature Schnauzer and an ill-tempered Siberian cat named (of course) Petey. 

Reader review . . . 

Jake Wilkerson is the new pastor in Coudersport.  Single, he moves into the parsonage alone, but not for long.  A stray cat arrives in his life and attaches himself to the lonely young man.  The veterinarian, Sally Grainger, names the cat Petey, and soon everyone in town is talking about the new pastor and his cat.  Petey is not the only stray in town, however; Tassy, a runaway, shows up on the parsonage doorstep looking for a place to stay.  Fortunately for all involved, Petey is a cat on a mission.

This book contains all the elements I need:  a small town, somewhat eccentric characters, and a cat.  The people of Coudersport, including the members of Jake's congregation, are realistic.  They are like the people I have known and attended church with my entire life.  The author captures the feel of small-town life and the intricacies of small-church politics very well.  I know some readers will get too caught up in the theology of a cat being used of God, and some very literal-minded folk will be bothered by the idea of Petey's conversational skills, but put all of that aside and enjoy the book.  Anyone who has ever poured their heart out to their cat, as I have, will have no problem.  

5 stars

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the Litfuse Publicity Group<> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”  




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