(Book review) Joey: How a Blind Rescue Horse Helped Others Learn to See


Reviewed byJ. Hanna, a Professional Writing major at Taylor University

 


Introduction

Title: Joey: How a Blind Rescue Horse Helped Others Learn to See

Author: Jennifer Marshall Bleakley

Publisher: Tyndale Momentum

Publication Date: May 2018

Format: Print Book

Length: 257 pages

OVERVIEW

In Joey, Jennifer Marshall Bleakley tells the heart-wrenching and beautiful story of a ranch ministry that stepped out in faith and accepted the care of a blind horse named Joey. Challenge after challenge awaited the ranch owner, Kim, and her trusted friends, Lauren and Sarah, as they endeavored to care for Joey. Things that a seeing horse would have no trouble with became major obstacles as they learned how to help this horse navigate his surroundings. After creative solutions, such as wind chimes around his paddock, Joey finally felt safe enough to wander. That safety created all sorts of new struggles with his pasture-mate, Speckles, a horse who faced debilitating joint pain as a result of neglect.

But the challenges were accompanied with many blessings, none of which could have predicted. Joey’s blindness allowed him to reach troubled children more effectively than other horses at the ranch, helping one girl find her voice, one boy feel less alone, and countless others feel the love of God.

Bleakley follows Joey’s caregivers through the story of how they acquired him, how they cared for him, and how he helped keep the ranch from sinking under as they hit difficult financial times. It’s an uplifting story of faith, love, and trust.

ASSESSMENT

Rating (1 to 5)

5 stars

Suggested Audience

This book would be suitable for horse-loving Christians ages thirteen and older looking for beautiful stories of how God has worked in the lives of countless people (and even animals).

Christian Impact

This book puts the reader face to face with the internal struggle of trusting God and stepping out in “blind” faith. Joey presents story after story of God’s faithfulness.


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