Growing Closer to the Lord Through Man’s Best Friend

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Author shares stories about relationship with dogs and God in new book

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“With the spiritual themes woven into the stories, people will find encouragement knowing that there is someone else who shares their feelings, emotions and seeks answers to the mysteries of life,” says Ellerbe.

According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, more than 63 percent of all American households own a pet. Pet owners hold deep love and strong relationships with them, as if they were their own kin. Dog is God Spelled Backwards: Lessons I Have Learned From My Dogs About My Heavenly Father (and Other Stories that Have Struck My Fancy) (published by CrossBooks) by author Michael Ellerbe showcases the lessons he has learned about God through his relationship with his dogs.

In Dog is God Spelled Backwards, Ellerbe shares a number of anecdotes about the bond he shares with his four dogs. Biscuit was the first to come into Ellerbe’s life in 2000. Soon after, his baby brother Catfish arrived. Blueberry (also known as Blue) was added to the pack in July 2006, and Highway (Princess Sac-a-Mud) was found and rescued on the roadside. Ellerbe entertains readers with humorous stories of the fun they’ve shared and how through them he has grown closer to the Lord.

“With the spiritual themes woven into the stories, people will find encouragement knowing that there is someone else who shares their feelings, emotions and seeks answers to the mysteries of life,” says Ellerbe. “God so loves us and does have a plan for us.”

Dog is God Spelled Backwards is a book in which readers can find amusing, uplifting and encouraging stories to read at their own pace. It will be of great interest for people who love their pets and enjoy reading about humans and their dogs.

About the Author
With a keen sense of humor, Michael Ellerbe never takes himself too seriously. An ordained Baptist preacher, he has captured in words some of the more laughable moments in life in this book. Ellerbe has received national recognition for his extremely effective work in designing and implementing reentry programs for incarcerated populations in Louisiana. In 2010, he was named a Purpose Prize Fellow, an honor given to those individuals who are giving back to society at a time in their lives when most would be preparing for retirement. Retirement is not in Ellerbe’s vocabulary. This is his first book. All proceeds from book sales will go to the nonprofit Ellerbe founded Refined By Fire Ministries, Inc. to further the outstanding work the organization continues to do in the area of reentry programs for incarcerated, ex-offenders and their families.

CrossBooks, a division of LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention, is a Christian publishing imprint committed to bringing more Christian voices into the publishing industry. Established authors, first-time authors, and authors anywhere in between can meet their goals and fulfill their vision for their books by publishing with CrossBooks. CrossBooks’ innovative style of publishing blends the best of traditional and self-publishing. While our authors contribute monetarily to cover the cost of publishing, we maintain a strict moral and quality standard that every manuscript must meet for us to publish. For more information on publishing your Christian book with CrossBooks, log on to crossbooks.com or call 1-866-879-0502.

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