God's Messengers: What Animals Teach Us about the Divine

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Extraordinary True Stories of Animals Who Reveal the Presence of God

GOD'S MESSENGERS: What Animals Teach Us about the Divine

"...offers a profound exploration of questions that have been ponder by the greatest philosophers, sages, and mystics of all time. Yet the questions in this book are asked and answered from a unique perspective, through the eyes of our animal friends and the deep connection we share with them."

--from the Foreword

Combining deeply spiritual questions with endearing "tails" from the animal world, God's Messengers will appeal to those seeking the mystical in the everyday. Allen and Linda Anderson, authors of the bestseller, Angel Animals (Plume, 1999) have gathered heartwarming accounts of everyday people who have been touched by the divine. Divided into four sections, the stories cover timeless issues such as Love, Wisdom, Courage, and Comfort.

Each story answers questions such as:

• Does God Heal Hurting Hearts?

• Are Prayers Answered?

• Why Do Bad Things Happen?

• Is There a God?

• Is There a Heaven?

• Does God Help Us Be Heroic?

Throughout God's Messengers, wild and domesticated creatures such as cats, dogs, horses, ferrets, dolphins, hamsters, birds, llamas, squirrels, and even iguanas teach humans about health, compassion, and unconditional love. The book offers a unique message that when people pray to God, they often don't realize that the answer they receive are being delivered by God's messengers -- the animals.

Listen and learn from:

• Wee Boy, the hamster who took violent inner-city students on a journey from hate and fear to love and friendship

• Fitness expert, Richard Simmons, shares a touching story of 'spotted angels,' the Dalmatians he's sure are with his mother in heaven

• Rose-Marie, a chemotherapy patient whose dog, Teddy, pulled the hair out of her own tail in an act of divinely guided empathy

• Sean, an autistic boy who forged an incredible healing bond with his ferret, Rocky

Without being tied to any one system of belief, God's Messengers pioneers a leading edge of spirituality to help people recognize love and blessings that are all around in their homes, backyards, and in nature. In addition to the inspiring stories and observations by the authors, the book contains meditations and exercises to provide readers with questions, quotes, and activities to help them recall and reflect significant spiritual turning points in their own lives.

Praise for God's Messengers:

"As a lifelong animal lover, it is a delight to see them celebrated in such a positive way. You and your pet will enjoy reading this together." --Betty White, actress/author

"To speak of 'lower' animals is both arrogant and blasphemous. All traditional peoples have viewed animals as messengers and mediators of the divine, which is a lesson we need to re-learn. God’s Messengers is a bold reminder that consciousness takes many forms and is not restricted to humans." --Larry Dossey, MD, author of Healing Beyond the Body, Reinventing Medicine, and Healing Words.

"There simply cannot be enough books on the topic of humans, animals, and that sacred connection. God’s Messengers is a welcome addition to the growing collection of such books. It is a wonderful collection of stories guaranteed to make you think, make you feel, and make you grateful that God put such a grand world of wonderful companions and teachers here to join us on our Earthly journey. As I’ve said before, sometimes God’s handprint is a paw." --Susan Chernak McElroy, author of Animals as Teachers and Healers

"As the Bible reveals, animals are complete and man is not. Animals required no instructions from our Creator. Angels are messengers sent to teach and direct us so that we may achieve completion and learn to love. Indeed, animals are angels. Read this wonderful book and learn to live a complete life." --Bernie Siegel, MD, author of Love, Medicine & Miracles and Prescriptions for Living

"Allen and Linda Anderson understand the power of our animal connection, that animals give us unconditional love, truth, and spiritual fulfillment. God’s Messengers: What Animals Teach Us about the Divine opens our eyes to the possibilities available to every one of us at any moment. Savor each story, rich in spirit, and learn from our blessed creatures how precious life really is." --Jackie Waldman, author and speaker, The Courage to Give and Teens with the Courage to Give, and America, September 11th: The Courage to Give, and Teachers with the Courage to Give

"This sensitive book shows what is so obvious, but what so few people see: that animals can be spiritual messengers and comforters and such a grace for us -- and that God uses animals to help us all along our way. Thank goodness Allen and Linda Anderson are documenting this beautiful part of life for all to witness." --Kristin von Kreisler, author of For Bea: The Story of the Dog Who Changed My Life

"Animals truly are angels upon the earth, as Allen and Linda Anderson so beautifully remind us in their wonderful book, God's Messengers. Their heart-opening stories are inspirational, and remind us to take wonderful care of our animal friends." --Doreen Virtue, Ph.D., author, Messages from Your Angels and Angel Therapy

"The Andersons celebrate our relationship with animals and explain why we often feel spiritually connected with them. God's Messengers is an inspiring compilation of stories, pictures and anecdotes that warm the heart and feed the soul." --Mary Hessler Key, Ph.D., author of What Animals Teach Us and The Entrepreneurial Cat

"God's Messengers awakens us to the truly divine essence of our animal companions and their remarkable devotion to humanity. This is a book to savor and share!" --Judith Guggenheim, After-Death Communication researcher & co-author of Hello From Heaven!

"Great artists spend their lives searching for ways to express different aspects of themselves, informing and changing other people's lives through creative acts. The otherwise unfathomable nature of God, the Creator of all creators, can be glimpsed through the living works of art we call animals¹. In God's Messengers, Allen and Linda Anderson gracefully explore how we connect with the soul of the divine through soulful connection with our animal companion beings, who in this book, emerge as messengers of immense beauty, humor, compassion, courage, inspiration, and love." --Linda Kohanov, author of The Tao of Equus

"God's Messengers is remarkable. You have created a work of art that had me in tears a good deal of the reading. Not that it made me sad, but for the truth of it - that God is right here, so tangible, so loving and real in those incredible spiritual beings, the animals. I have known this since I can remember, since I talked to bugs when I was a little kid (I wasn't allowed to have cats or dogs for a long time). I knew without any doubt that all beings are sacred - and God has been so evident to me, in the animals, the trees, the plants, the insects... and here you have spelled it all out, what my heart has known for over 50 years, for all to read. I am very impressed! A beautiful, vitally important book!" --Rita M. Reynolds, author of Blessing the Bridge: What Animals Teach Us About Death, Dying, and Beyond and founder/editor of laJoie, The Journal in Appreciation of All Animals

Details About the Book

GOD'S MESSENGERS: What Animals Teach Us about the Divine

By: Allen and Linda Anderson

Publication Date: October 20, 2003

ISBN: 1-57731-246-5

Price: $14.95 Trade Paper

Pages: 256, 6" x 7.5"

Publisher: New World Library

Distributed by Publishers Group West

Contact:

Allen & Linda Anderson

(952) 925-3309

angelanimals@angelanimals.net

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