Saturdays with Stella
How My Dog Taught Me to Sit, Stay, and Come When God Calls
By Allison K. Pittman
(Multnomah Books, Paperback, 9781601421395, 176pp.)
Publication Date: August 19, 2008
Other Editions of This Title: Compact Disc
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Sometimes your best four-legged friend is also your best teacher
When you bring a new dog into your home, a wash of great joy can become a trial of perseverance as your furry pal chews, digs, yaps, and yes, piddles her way through every room in the house. Allison Pittman learned this all too well when she adopted a “tiny, shiny puppy of indefinable breed(s).” Stella wasted no time in turning her home upside-down as only a pup can.
As could be expected, six weeks of obedience school covered the much needed basics–sit, stay, come, and down. What Allison didn’t expect was the spiritual benefit she would receive as each Saturday lesson revealed a fascinating metaphor. In this heart-warming, thoughtful, and often hilarious tribute to her beloved Stella, Allison Pittman shares how she came to understand what it means to follow the ultimate Master, including how to:
Sit!–at the feet of Jesus and listen for His voice
Drop It!–and let go of personal agendas
Come!–when it’s time to run in the right direction
Stay!–in God’s presence
In Saturdays with Stella, a slightly neurotic yet curiously adorable canine will not only capture your heart–she’ll show you how captivating you are to God.
Allison Pittman is the author of the three books in the popular Crossroads of Grace series. Before her life as a novelist, Allison spent sixteen years teaching high school English. A founding member and copresident of the Christian Writer’s Group of the Greater San Antonio area, she devotes her time inspiring other writers to work toward their goals and sharpen their skills. Allison lives in Universal City, Texas with her husband Mike, their three sons, and Stella.
“As a dog lover and the owner of a ‘precarious puppy’ named Jake, I fell in love with Saturdays with Stella. I adored the way Allison Pittman took me into her relationship with an insecure dog, reminding me of the importance of accepting God’s love for just who I am. I’m already thinking of a dozen people who will love this book, and I can’t wait to share it!”
—TRICIA GOYER, author of fifteen books, including Generation NeXt Marriage
"Spend a Saturday with Stella, and you’ll have a new friend for life, along with an amazing perspective on what it means to walk with God.”
—SIGMUND BROUWER, author of Broken Angel and Who Made the Moon?
“If only we could all be like Stella—sitting, staying, and coming when our Master calls. Not that Stella is perfect, but though she sometimes regresses (backslides), disobeys (rebels), and wallows in the garbage (don’t we all?), she knows her master and always returns repentant and grateful for grace. Imagine that: a dog for a role model!”
—TAMARA LEIGH, author of Splitting Harriet and Faking Grace
“Humorous examples of Stella’s misconduct and learning lace the pages of Allison Pittman’s book, and each one parallels our relationship with the Heavenly Master. Commands from an
Intermediate Obedience canine class filter into scriptural charges whispered by a loving Father. Allison Pittman has woven a funny, touching, inspirational book. A must-read for those who long to walk with God and not strain at the leash.”
—EILEEN KEY, author of Dog Gone!
“Pittman has dug up a backyard treasure in Saturdays with Stella. Her wit, wisdom, and wagging-of-tales will cause you to laugh, sigh, and sit up in anticipation of the next chapter. Stella captures your heart like Pittman captures God’s truth. She reveals the essence of our need for spiritual obedience yet serves it in a way that makes us beg for more. I highly recommend you reserve a spot for this must read.”
—LINDA GOLDFARB, founder of Triune-Living Ministries, national speaker, syndicated radio talk show host, and columnist
“Saturdays with Stella is a delightful book for dog lovers. Allison Pittman uses the commands that she teaches her dog at obedience school to teach us how to ‘sit’ and ‘wait’ on the Lord. And although we may fail, just as Stella did at obedience school, God’s love and grace are sufficient for us all.”
—SUSAN OSBORN, director of the Christian Communicator Manuscript Critique Service and author of 29 books