So God Made a Dog Book Review

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

In April I mentioned a devotional book I was a part of and promised I’d let you know when the book with my dog devos, So God Made a Dog, came out. Well. Here it is! So excited to hold this book and read not just the eleven devotions I wrote, but all the other dog-lovers’ devotions about the various dogs we each have shared our lives with.

Fifteen different writers contributed a total of ninety different dog devotions to show us that just like humans, every dog is unique and has lessons to teach us. In reading these devotions, if we look closely, we see stories of compassion, stubbornness, loyalty, grace, honor, and strength. Traits our dogs exhibit which can have a spiritual meaning for us all.

On the pages of So God Made a Dog are stories which are funny, poignant, and sweet. They touch hearts and make us laugh. They are stories which need to be read more than once.

In my devotions I write about Bear, Kirby, Buckshot, Samantha, Shadow, Shang, Timothy, and the Iditarod sled dogs. These dogs all hold a special place in my heart. Because of that, I hope you’ll pick up a copy of So God Made a Dog, and learn what made each writer feel their dog’s story needed to be told.

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I wish you well.


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Refuse To Let Satan Discourage You

bing imagesby Sandy Kirby Quandt

Perhaps you are, or have been, in a place where you have questioned whether you are doing what God wants you to do.

If this is really what I’m supposed to be doing, then why is it so HARD? Could it be all the voices telling me I’m not good enough, strong enough, capable enough just might be correct? Is this all a waste of time? Should I give up?

I’ve had those thoughts off and on during various times, and especially throughout this writing journey I’m on. During those times it’s good for us to remember the prophets of the Old Testament. They worked so hard at what God called them to, yet often felt like it wasn’t making a bit of difference.

bingThe prophets became discouraged. They faced hardships. They were attacked and threatened. In all of this, they ran to God and cried out to him. Perhaps we should, too.

A friend reminded me Satan doesn’t like for anyone to do God’s will, no matter who they are, or what they’re doing.

Satan’s not happy when victories are won that further the Kingdom of God here on earth.

Satan goes out of his way to make our lives miserable. If he can get us to quit, feel defeated, or beat ourselves up over our lack of ability, he’s won and does a happy dance.

Satan would love for us to say, “This is too difficult. I quit.” BUT greater is HE who is in us, than he who is in the world. Amen?

Do you think Satan makes us feel discouraged because we’re doing the job God wants, and Satan’s running scared when he realizes what will happen if we succeed?

I’d love to hear your thoughts on the subject. Leave a comment below. If you think others would appreciate reading this, please share it through the social media buttons.

I said to myself, “I’m completely worn out; my time has been wasted. But I did it for the Lord God, and he will reward me.” Isaiah 49:4 (CEV)

I wish you well.


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Right now I’m in the process of preparing several pieces of writing for submissions to contests and conferences. One of the things I’m preparing is a proposal for a devotional book based on my blog posts.

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