The Cat That God Sent ~ Review

The Cat That God SentThe Cat that God Sent
By Jim Kraus

Pastor Jake Wilkerson is suffering from doubts.  Having lost his last position because of his questions and lost faith, Jake is determined to guard his secret.  But Jake isn't the only one hiding something is Couderspot, PA.  First there is Emma Grainger, the local Veterinarian who is hiding a secret that has filled her heart with guilt and regret.  Then there is Tassie, a young runaway who finds herself dumped in the middle of nowhere when her boyfriend throws her out of the car and takes off.

When you throw in Petey a cat who's on a mission from God.  Things are about to get shook up.  Petey has been sent by God to help a town find God in ways that they never imagined.  Pastor Jake will rediscover his faith and touch the heart of a community.  More than that Petey is about to save a life that no one knew needed saving and he is going to revive the Church of the Open Door.

Sometimes miracles come in small packages and Petey definitely is an answer to prayer.  Pastor Jake just hasn't prayed for his miracle yet.

The Cat That God Sent is a story of second chances and restoration.  The story is seen and told from Petey, Jake, and Emma's point of view.  It touches on the issues on teen pregnancy, abortion, abandonment, and doubts.  These issues are dealt with in a thoughtful manner.  We are told in the Bible we can be visited by angels and not be aware of it and Petey is Jake's angel disguised as an injured abandoned cat.

I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.


Jake Wilkerson, a disillusioned young pastor who is an expert at hiding his fears, takes on a new assignment in a small, rural church in Coudersport, Pennsylvania. It’s a far piece from anywhere and full of curiously odd and eccentric people, including Emma Grainger, a single woman and veterinarian who dismisses all Christians as “those people,” and Tassy, a young runaway with a secret.
His first day on the job, however, Jake is adopted by Petey, a cat of unknown origins and breed, but of great perception. Petey believes that he is on a mission from God to redeem Jake and bring him and his quirky friends back to the truth.


Jim Kraus


Jim Kraus is a longtime writer and editor who has authored or co-authored more than 20 books, both fiction and nonfiction. His best-selling humor book, Bloopers, Blunders, Jokes, Quips, and Quotes, was published by Tyndale House Publishers, sold more than 40,000 copies and inspired several spin-off books. Jim, and his wife, novelist Terri Kraus, and one son, live in the Chicago area.
Also residing with them is a sweet and gentle miniature schnauzer named Rufus. Coincidently, Rufus is also the name of the dog in Jim’s recent book, The Dog That Talked to God. “What a coincidence,” Jim said. “What are the odds of that happening?” They also share space with an ill-tempered Siberian cat named Petey. Coincidently, Petey is the name of the cat in Jim’s most current book, The Cat That God Sent, by Abingdon Press.
Jim recently was awarded a Master of Writing Arts degree from DePaul University. “Now, I am able to write more better,” Jim said. (Yes, that is supposed to be humorous.)
Passionate about writing, Jim loves to create true-to-life characters. “I tend to be the one at the party that is on the edge of things–observing how folks act and react. Plus, I’m not that crazy about people in general–so it works out fine.” (Again, it’s supposed to be funny.)
Visit his website at www.jimkraus.com.
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