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    Lessons from Lad: What My Dog Taught Me About Life, Love, Leadership and Loss

    By Christine Nicole Ferris

    When Christine Ferris unexpectedly had to part with her beloved sixteen-month-old rough collie named Lad, it was the death of a dream. When she asked God why, the answer came with two words: Lad...

    Publisher
    Redemption Press

    ISBN
    9781646458103

    Publication Date
    January 16, 2024

    US Price
    $23.99

    Page Count
    126

    About the book

    When Christine Ferris unexpectedly had to part with her beloved sixteen-month-old rough collie named Lad, it was the death of a dream.

    When she asked God why, the answer came with two words: Lad lessons. From her experience in living with a unique and memorable dog, Ferris shares lessons that teach us trust, dealing with trials, learning discipline, and the gifts of pain and loss.

    Lessons from Lad invites you to let Lad leave a few lasting paw prints on your heart. 

    About the author
    Ten years of participation in the Elkhart County 4-H program cultivated Christine Nicole Ferris’s love for public speaking and canine training, two passions that have shaped her life and career as a canine leadership trainer. The founder of Trustee Training Services, she is a John Maxwell certified trainer, speaker, and coach, and she uses her relationship with her golden retriever Trustee to illustrate leadership principles. Christine and her husband David live in north-central Indiana and together teach leadership with a K9 component, investing in their community, public schools, and libraries as K9 therapy teams.

    Reviews

    Lad, a rough collie, was a dream come true. Christine had dreamed of owning a rough collie and naming him Lad since she was twelve. Over twenty-five years later she held her Lad for the first time, and she learned to treasure him more than any other animal she had ever owned. But when Lad was unexpectedly snatched away from her fourteen months later, she felt overwhelming grief. Christine says, “Losing Lad wasn’t just the death of a dog, it was the death of a dream.” When she asked God why, two words came softly to her heart . . . Lad lessons. 

    Right away she began writing down truths life with Lad had taught her. In fifty-two lessons, Christine Ferris shares the lasting legacy Lad left in her heart. While she describes them as a “gift of loss,” the lessons learned from Lad are joyful, heartfelt, and have much wisdom to impart. From the fourteen memorable months Christine Ferris spent with Lad, she shares what she learned about keeping your paws clean, telling yourself no, treasuring today, leaning into discipline, and inevitable loss. This book invites you to let Lad leave a few lasting paw prints on your heart. 

    Lessons from Lad offers a unique window, gleaned through Lad’s daily journey, into the everyday triumphs, trials, teachings, and tragedies of life. Each lesson is practical and helpful as we navigate the terrain of life, and we, too, endeavor to point others to Christ. 

    Dr. David B. Smith
    Al Smith Ministries 

    About the book

    When Christine Ferris unexpectedly had to part with her beloved sixteen-month-old rough collie named Lad, it was the death of a dream.

    When she asked God why, the answer came with two words: Lad lessons. From her experience in living with a unique and memorable dog, Ferris shares lessons that teach us trust, dealing with trials, learning discipline, and the gifts of pain and loss.

    Lessons from Lad invites you to let Lad leave a few lasting paw prints on your heart. 

    About the author
    Ten years of participation in the Elkhart County 4-H program cultivated Christine Nicole Ferris’s love for public speaking and canine training, two passions that have shaped her life and career as a canine leadership trainer. The founder of Trustee Training Services, she is a John Maxwell certified trainer, speaker, and coach, and she uses her relationship with her golden retriever Trustee to illustrate leadership principles. Christine and her husband David live in north-central Indiana and together teach leadership with a K9 component, investing in their community, public schools, and libraries as K9 therapy teams.

    Reviews

    Lad, a rough collie, was a dream come true. Christine had dreamed of owning a rough collie and naming him Lad since she was twelve. Over twenty-five years later she held her Lad for the first time, and she learned to treasure him more than any other animal she had ever owned. But when Lad was unexpectedly snatched away from her fourteen months later, she felt overwhelming grief. Christine says, “Losing Lad wasn’t just the death of a dog, it was the death of a dream.” When she asked God why, two words came softly to her heart . . . Lad lessons. 

    Right away she began writing down truths life with Lad had taught her. In fifty-two lessons, Christine Ferris shares the lasting legacy Lad left in her heart. While she describes them as a “gift of loss,” the lessons learned from Lad are joyful, heartfelt, and have much wisdom to impart. From the fourteen memorable months Christine Ferris spent with Lad, she shares what she learned about keeping your paws clean, telling yourself no, treasuring today, leaning into discipline, and inevitable loss. This book invites you to let Lad leave a few lasting paw prints on your heart. 

    Lessons from Lad offers a unique window, gleaned through Lad’s daily journey, into the everyday triumphs, trials, teachings, and tragedies of life. Each lesson is practical and helpful as we navigate the terrain of life, and we, too, endeavor to point others to Christ. 

    Dr. David B. Smith
    Al Smith Ministries 

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