Rescuing Finley by Dan Walsh

A Gift From God

Rescuing Finley by Dan Walsh is a simply beautiful contemporary Christian novel that I read in just one sitting. It is the first book in A Forever Home series and I cannot wait to read the subsequent books.

The novel is written from three main points of view – an army veteran, a young girl in prison and a dog called Finley. All three of them are beautiful souls in need of rescue. Each one of them is a rescuer too.

There is a beautiful relationship between Finley and ‘his’ people. Finley loves unconditionally. He is always excited to see ‘his’ people. He heals and he calms.

The reader is reminded of the character of God in Finley. God rescues us from our situations. He loves unconditionally. He is excited to see us, and God heals and He calms. God is the God of restoration and second chances. We see Him at work within the novel.

There is the theme of PTSD. We see it in the Afghan war veterans. Service dogs are trained to recognize when their person is becoming stressed and to calm them down.

We see the twin themes of forgiveness and repentance. We need to repent of our sins and receive the gift of forgiveness, given by grace.

I really enjoyed Rescuing Finley. It was a book that spoke to my heart and soul, as I witnessed love in action. It is also a beautiful book if you like dogs or animals in general (I am a cat person.)

This is a beautiful book and positively charming.


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