Dirty Paws and Divine Intervention: New Book from Joan Wester Anderson Challenges Readers to Rethink Their View of “Angel Dogs”

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Angelic Tails is a collection of true stories from ordinary people who believe that God has graced their lives through angel dogs. Each of the 30 stories challenges readers to reconsider their conception of angels.

One afternoon, New York Times bestselling author Joan Wester Anderson came across the story of a woman who believed she had been protected by an angel dog. An angel dog? Nonsense, thought Anderson. Yet that initially “ridiculous” idea has turned into Anderson’s latest book, which will be published by Loyola Press this April.

Angelic Tails: True stories of heavenly canine companions is a collection of accounts from ordinary people who believe that God has graced, and even saved, their lives through dogs. Each of the 30 stories challenges readers to rethink their conception of angels, just as Anderson did before she ever considered writing Angelic Tails. Says Anderson, “Honestly, I had to ask the Holy Spirit for discernment in this matter. I was reluctant to accept the idea that dogs could be angels. In hindsight, I realize that I was putting limits on how God should take action in our world.”

The carefully vetted stories in Angelic Tails prove that many people—a retired Air Force Colonel, an eighteen-year-old girl, a saint from the nineteenth century—readily accept muddy paws and cold noses as one way in which God provides comfort, consolation, and protection in people’s lives.

Recent American Veterinary Medical Association surveys have revealed that nearly half of pet owners consider their pets to be family members, and Trendsspotting—in researching 50,000 daily tweets—discovered that people tweet on their dogs more than on any other “relative” except for their moms. Then this from Baylor University's Institute for Studies of Religion: More than half of all adults, including one in five who say they are not religious, believe they have been protected by a guardian angel during their lifetimes. Given Americans’ high regard for their pets along with a strong belief in angelic intervention, Anderson’s new book is likely to strike a chord with a significant portion of the population.

As part of their marketing efforts for this book, Loyola Press is offering an autographed copy of Angelic Tails to the first 500 people who purchase the book from the Press’s website, http://www.loyolapress.com/angelic-tails-special-autographed-copies.htm

Joan Wester Anderson has been writing and speaking about angels since 1992. She is the author of the national best seller Where Angels Walk and has written a total of eight books on angels and miracles. Affectionately known as the “Angel Lady,” she is a frequent guest on radio and television talk shows around the country. Joan and her husband live in Prospect Heights, Illinois.

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Angelic Tails
True Stories of Heavenly Canine Companions
By Joan Wester Anderson
Loyola Press
PUB DATE: April 2011
ISBN 978-0-8294-3543-6
7 5/16” x 7 7/16” Paperback, 232 pages, $14.95

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