The Cat That God Sent by Jim Kraus is the first book about a cat that I have read in years that didn’t make me cry. It is a heartfelt novel that deals with some tough issues, but doesn’t get too sappy.

Jake Wilkerson is a pastor that has left a large church to come to work at a small country church in Pennsylvania. He arrives to find a cat hanging around. He starts feeding the cat and names him Petey. Little does he know that Petey was sent by God to help him. Despite being a pastor, Jake has lost his faith. Petey is there to help him find it and along the way, he helps so many. Petey attendsevery Sunday service which leads to more people going to church to see the cat that attends services.

Jake meets Emma, a veterinarian when he brings Petey to get his injured paw checked. He also meets a young woman named Tassy who was abandoned by her boyfriend and ends up living in a trailer on the church property.  Through Jake these two women meet and are also helped by Petey.

There are a couple parts that are sad like when Petey thinks of his past. I was pleased that I didn’t cry once during the book. I love to read anything with a cat in it, fiction and non-fiction, but I prefer to skip tear jerkers. This is a wonderful life-affirming novel that would be a great read anytime of the year, but especially at the holidays. I would also like to note that there are questions in the back for book clubs or religious groups.

The Cat that God Sent is published by Abingdon Press and is available at Amazon: The Cat that God Sent

ISBN: 978-1426765612

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