The latest issue of Simple Grace features the heartwarming book The Dog that Saved Stewart Coolidge. We caught up with the book’s author, Jim Kraus, to learn about his beloved dog, Rufus, and how aging has changed his relationship with God
“In the morning, after my first two cups of coffee, I take Rufus out for a walk, usually at 5:15 or so. I know, I know, it is early. But the air is still and the landscape quiet, almost serene,” Jim says. “That’s when I ask God to be with me this day and to keep me open to His direction. That prayer has to be daily because it sets the tone for the day. And then if I know specifically of someone close to me who is struggling, I will ask that God to reveal Himself to them. I don’t always ask for God to fix things, but to help us understand how we fit in His master plan.”
Lately, Jim has been pondering the meaning of Psalm 46:10: “Be still and know that I am God.”
“Our lives are bombarded with news and information and gossip and threats and concerns and warnings and temptations. That’s why my 30-minute walk with Rufus every morning is so valuable. I don’t carry a phone or listen to music—it is just me, the dog and God,” Jim explains. “There are more years behind me than there are in front of me. When we are young, we think our life will go on and on and on. And now that I am older, I know that it doesn’t, so I try to truly appreciate the wonders of each day and each small experience God gives me. Each day is a miracle. A family’s love is a miracle. God’s Word is a miracle. Sharing God’s love is a miracle. And while a good piece of toast with strawberry jam and strong coffee may not be a miracle, we should enjoy it to the fullest."
You can read more about Jim’s new book in the January issue of Simple Grace available at Walmart, Barnes & Noble and other grocery stores nationwide.
The Dog that Saved Stewart Coolidge is the charming story of a bag boy tasked with finding a dog who stole a bone from the grocery. Along the way he discovers the life changing power of hope and love.