The Dog that Whispered

Reviewed by: Ceil Carey, Co-president of ECLA and long time book discussion leader



Title: The dog that whispered

Author: Jim Kraus

Publisher: Faith Words

Publication Date: 2016

Format: Paperback

Length: 320 pages


The dog that whispered is a sweet yet deep book. Wilson Steele is a writing professor whose mother foists an unwanted dog upon him. Thurman, the dog in question, seems to talk in low growls that can be translated as words. He is really a main character and “speaks” to more than one of the others in the story. Wilson has done some unforgivable things in Vietnam (in his eyes) and his need of forgiveness is tantamount. But Hazel Jamison’s search for her father, a man she never had any thought of, begins when she finds a wedding photo of her mother and a man in uniform, marked Our Wedding. As Professor Steele searches for the forgiveness he craves yet feels is unattainable, he is being prepared for an encounter with Hazel as she is on her quest. The book unfolds slowly, much like savoring a sweet treat.


Rating (1 to 5)


Suggested Audience

Adult fiction readers, both men and women

Christian Impact

The topic of forgiveness of oneself is strong in this book, Vietnam being the main issue.

Additional notes

Contains discussion questions.

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The Dog That Whispered

About Ceil Carey

The Evangelical Church Library Association, founded in 1970, is a fellowship of Christian churches, schools, and individuals.

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