It’s a quick, lovely read of meditations on how our relationships with dogs can be a reflection on how we form and grow our relationships with God. This was an especially poignant read for me, as we just put down our loyal, sad-faced lab a few months ago (a topic similarly addressed by Jackson in this book). I especially related to Colon Delay’s piece on “Responding to the Lead,” as well as to Jackson’s piece, “Adoption, Depression, and My Dog Spurgeon,” on the different types of dogs vs. our different styles of worship (says I with what seems to be my mastiff-in-a-mantilla worship style).
In case it weren’t obvious from the one author having dubbed his dog “Spurgeon,” this is a Christian rather than a particularly Catholic book; as most of my blog readers are my fellow papists, I felt that was a caveat worth mentioning. However, I personally found nothing anti-Catholic in any of the reflections herein and feel comfortable recommending it to anyone of any religious persuasion–or none at all. Yes, the spirituality is present, but it’s done with a light and soothing hand. If you’re a cage-aggressive atheist/agnostic, give Dog in the Gap a try. You might even like it.
Dog in the Gap is scheduled for an August 19 release.