3 out of 4 stars
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A dog's purpose is to balance Mother Earth. Some, with a higher purpose, are sent to teach humans about unconditional love. Puck is one such dog. His human is named Minnie. Life after life, they find each other until they each learn the ultimate lesson—to become one with God. Follow Puck and Minnie through each life and watch as they teach each other in Puck and Minnie: All That Is by Suzanne J. Warfield.
The book aims to show the divine purpose of dogs and their unconditional love. It comes in at about 100 pages and is in the third-person perspective. With a small amount of language and adult themes, I would recommend the book for older teenagers or adults.
First, it's important to note that the book is rife with spiritualistic tenets. It's never stated exactly which religion the book follows, but it seems almost Buddhist. There is reincarnation. Francis is discussed as being "The Holy One." The book discusses God being in everyone and everything. There is a divine purpose for every soul without a single one being lost. An example of one such belief is on page 91. "I saw things more clearly now, too; how suffering was necessary for growth to occur, and that not a single Soul would ever be lost when on the Path to become one with All That Is, who always provided everything needed to come Home." Atheists might not appreciate the subject matter nor would proponents of religions that don't adhere to these principles.
Moving past that, I loved Puck and seeing how he loved Minnie with all his heart. I enjoyed the lessons he learned and taught. The story crossed several different periods, and the author excelled at setting the scene. Even the dialogue was realistic, including vernacular when appropriate. I was able to fully immerse myself in the plot.
Furthermore, I liked the multiple eras that the book is set in. It started off at the time of early man. Then, it moved to the Native American resettlement. It even covered civil rights and the KKK. I appreciated that the author included such difficult topics. While the author doesn't shy away from tough subject matter, there were no gratuitous details. However, this might be triggering to those that have experienced traumas such as rape or abuse.
My biggest issue with the book is its depressing nature. At every turn, Puck and Minnie are going through some difficulty. It isn't just minor problems, either. I understand the author's goal—to show everything works together in the end. Still, it makes the book too heavy at times. I feel that there need to be a few additional lighter moments interspersed in order to strike the proper balance.
Owing to the specific audience that this caters to as well as the heaviness of the book, I give Puck and Minnie: All That Is 3 out of 4 stars. I recommend it to those that enjoy spiritual books that focus on reincarnation, forgiveness, and becoming one. Dog lovers would especially enjoy this, providing spirituality isn't an issue.
Puck and Minnie All That Is
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