This book is meant to exhort children to cherish life in both the good and bad times of life. It is a story of how a puppy loses her good friend the pony and becomes very despondent.
She even considers jumping in the big river and going over the waterfall. Fortunately, a kind and wise old owl helps her regain life-sustaining hope. She is also befriended by an elderly Clydesdale horse. In time, the puppy regains joy in her life.
The story ends when she is an old dog reflecting on her wonderful life and the value of
cherishing life each day.
“Mr. Solomon . . . stopped me from jumping in the big river and going over the waterfall when my heart was broken . . . My father taught me that we must always cherish life.”
In this thoughtful children’s book, Dr. Patrick Hunt exhorts children to cherish life in both the good times and bad times. He uses animals to tell this story so young children can grasp the value of cherishing life.
“How the Puppy Learned to Cherish Life,” it’s story and warm pictures, are the perfect addition to any home, church, or school.
HOW THE PUPPY LEARNED TO CHERISH LIFE by Patrick Hunt appeals to reading children. The story of Molly, a Border collie puppy, brings hope to despairing children. The allegorical story gives to well-adjusted children joy and encouragement. Parents and adults who read the story will find insight into God’s plan for the salvation of humankind as the story is told in meaningful symbolism. The story is an animal parable of the saving power of the Gospel. I would recommend this book to be read by caring adults to children. Reading children will find the story meaningful to bring joy and hope in difficult times in life. Mike Fleenor, Congregational Care Pastor at First Presbyterian Church; Florence, South Carolina.
“How the Puppy Learned to Cherish life” by Dr. Patrick Hunt and believes it speaks to every young person who might question their own life and the situation they find themselves. The book is well written, easy to understand with exceptional illustrations. It will have a profound influence on shaping our youth and influencing their lives in a positive way. ~ Nancy Lee. She has owned and operated “Dolly Dears” for more than 30 years. She designs original doll clothes for 18 inch dolls like the American Girl doll. She has served and got to know many young girls and their parents through the love of dolls and dressing dolls with an extensive variety of her outfits. Her doll clothes are presented on the internet at www.shop.dollydears.com and at trade shows throughout the South.
This book is meant to provide hope -- not just temporary hope. It is intended to provide a life-sustaining hope. This is desperately needed for our time. It is required because the great tragedy in our time is that countless people are taking their lives and/or others’ lives. While many lives are lost because of mental illness, alarming numbers perish because they simply lost hope. This hopelessness, particularly in the young, may come from factors such as bullying, abuse, violent rage, loneliness, emptiness, hedonism, drugs, family neglect, disease, economic difficulties, or unfulfilled expectations. Moreover, we now have the overwhelming stresses associated with covid- 19.
I personally know what it means to cherish life. On July 3, 1998, at age 41, I had a massive heart attack that reminded me of how very fragile life can be. From that time forward, I’ve made a deliberate choice to never take life for granted again. Life. I cherish it.
I have come to learn that the pathway of happiness is a journey that is not only a “good idea,” but it’s God’s best idea for you. But therein lies the challenge: how does one get there . . . and remain there? We must make a choice.
The experience of life is filled with daily choices that will lead to distinctive paths. But in making the best choices and taking the best paths, what are the best options that are available, to you, the reader? I’ve come to believe that experience is not the best way forward to success. I believe guided experience is the most effective way. Fortunately, Dr. Patrick Hunt is that guide. His compass is the Scriptures of the Bible. Jesus, the Light of the world, pierces even the darkest path. “Pat” has laid out a clear course of action as he invites the reader not to only hear about the pathway of happiness, but he shows you how it is possible to make the right choice that will lead you there.
“The Pathway of Happiness: Cherish Life and Live Nobly” is a treasured guidebook that is equally thought provoking and practical as well. Doctor Hunt has placed his focus on two essential keys to have the best experience on the pathway of happiness. In his own words,
I believe life must be cherished and lived nobly. When we do these two things, we walk on the pathway of happiness. It is my sincere hope that this book will help you find that pathway for your life.
Pat has done his fine work by carefully writing this book so that it will encourage you. Now, it’s time for you to get to work and begin to put into practice these timeless principles as you learn what it’s like to live on the pathway of happiness.
Denny Bates, DMin (Leadership)
Writer, Quality Life Coach, Story Coach