Friday, August 1, 2014

Surviving Henry

Surviving Henry (Aug 1st - 8th)

Sometimes you seek out love. And sometimes it broadsides you.

You don't always know what you're getting into when you bring home a puppy. You hope for laughs and cuddles, long walks and a wagging tail. And sometimes you get . . . Henry.

Henry is a boxer who suffers from Supreme Dictator of the Universe Syndrome. He vandalizes his obedience school, leaps through windows, cheats death at every turn, and generally causes his long-suffering owner Erin Taylor Young to wonder what on earth she did wrong that God would send this dog to derail her life.

But this rogue torpedo of a dog wasn't sent to torment his owner--well, not just to torment her. Through all the hair-pulling and questioning of her own sanity, Erin learns something very powerful from Henry, a dog who brings new meaning to the concept of unconditional love.

Through his laugh-out-loud antics and jaw-dropping escapades, Henry will careen into your life and steal your heart.

My Impressions: 
Hysterical book that is so encompass the life of dogs and their owners alike.We all have this lovely picturesque view of what it will be like to own a dog and how great and obedient they will be to their master. (laughing) Reality is the dogs own us. We obey them,placate to them and pray they will at least pretend we are the master when company comes over. As a boxer owner of two, I could relate to this book. Boxers are too smart for their own good. Curious, loveable and wonderful defenders of family you cannot help but adore them and accept them as they are into your family. Our dog Jack follows my youngest around the house  and neighborhood no matter where he goes. He is the most loving and kind boy in the world-unless you mess with my son then you see his other side.

I loved reading about Henry's Supreme Dictator of the Universe Syndrome. I needed a really good laugh and this book gave me that while at the same time walking us through how dogs provide humans with companionship, love, friendship, and a shoulder for difficult days. Beautiful story that just happens to be hysterical at this family expense. Easy book to recommend to all those that own a dog or are thinking about letting one adopt them.

Erin Taylor Young is a humor writer who works in a library, where she gets to wander among books. She has written for Today's Christian Woman, Outdoor Guide Magazine, and MidWest Outdoors. A finalist in the Phoenix Rattler 2011-2012 writing contest and in the Genesis 2012 contest for her contemporary fiction, Erin lives in Oklahoma with her well-meaning husband, two polar-opposite sons, and a noncompliant dog. Find out more at

Disclaimer:  I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review from Baker Publishing via  Revell Blog Tour.
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