Thursday, April 11, 2013

A Cat Named Mouse: The Miracle of Answered Prayer

Mouse is a cat that’s aptly named because she’s small and gray and looks a lot like a mouse. When Mouse goes missing, the whole family searches for her. They enlist friends, family and neighbors to help in the search. But, most of all, they call on God to bring their cat home.

When Mouse is eventually found, the family doesn’t just let things end there. They then shout their “good news” from “the rooftops” by telling everyone that Mouse has been found. They change the poster they had put up that said “Cat Lost” to proclaim the good news: “Cat Found”.

Anna Alden-Tirrill, author of many devotional books for women, uses this true story, A Cat Named Mouse: The Miracle of Answered Prayer, to teach many valuable lessons. Number one, we should love God above all. Number two, we should trust in Him no matter what. Number three, we should praise Him whether things are going our way or not. And, number four, we need to believe that all things are possible with God’s help.

Except for a picture of Mouse at the beginning of nearly every chapter, and a few other pictures of her scattered throughout the text, the illustrations seem to be a mixture of special fonts used to make phrases like “Let’s just praise the Lord” and low-quality reproductions of actual photographs.

What I Like: As mentioned there are a lot of good lessons to be learned from reading this book.

What I Dislike: There were a few things I didn’t like about the book. First, there are a couple of typos in the text. It’s not a big deal, but I thought I would mention it. Second, some of the photo reproductions were very poor quality. And, the narrative is supposed to be that of 12-year-old Annie, but her voice does not come across as being authentic.

Overall Rating: Despite those things, I give the book a rating of “very good” because of the overall message.

Age Appeal: 9-12.

Publisher Info: White Cottage Publishing Company, 2012; ISBN: 9781885831200; Paperback, 190 pages, $14.95.


Kathy Cassel said...

The cat on the cover certainly isn't small and gray???

Christine M. Irvin said...

Good point, Kathy C. Actually, Mouse she is described as having gray and brown stripes (I forgot that part - sorry), but the girl that named her thought she looked like a mouse. The mother thought told the daughter the cat was a "tabby" cat descended from tigers. The daughter liked that distinction, thinking tigers were like royalty, so she added the word Princess to her name. The cat's full name is Princess Mouse but everyone called her Mouse.