And thereby hangs a tale
A DOG MAKES DEVOTION look as it is the best part of life. And why shouldn't it be? This book examines the possibilities. Using dogs as a playful yet powerful image of devotion, AND THEREBY HANGS A TALE gives you a glimpse of what the devoted life is, what it looks like, how it behaves, the possibility of attaining it, the psychologies behind it, and what little work it has to be. A life of pure possibility, life as it should be, as it was designed to be. From the book:
Love was easy. It had no conditions. It was untamed and uncivilized, as love should be. It was immediate and relevant and it had no agenda but itself. And they never seemed to tire of it, time itself being the non-issue it was to them. They took panic and severity from our lives and gave us back animation and color. They extended our playtime. They took the dullness out of things. They imposed their good sense of citizenship and bounce upon us, adding a buoyancy to our lives, elasticity and stretch. They taught us how to bound and bolt from our enclosures. They taught us to be curious, to be explorers, pioneers. They taught us not to care too much what others thought. Always tugging at the kid in me, they kept something young in our house.
AND THEREBY HANGS A TALE:
WHAT I REALLY KNOW ABOUT THE DEVOTED LIFE
I LEARNED FROM MY DOGS
(Harvest House, 2010)