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Reviewed by Bernadette Longu for Readers' Favorite
The title of this book, A Dog’s Collar, is misleading if you are not aware of the fact that Catholic priests call the white collar they wear their 'Dog Collar.' Author Sam Knupp has taken a very sensitive topic and turned it into a beautiful story that will have you laughing and smiling in parts and then crying in others. A Dog’s Collar is about Sam (Samuel), a hospital chaplain, who is just over 6 feet tall, built like a linebacker, and rides a big motorbike. The time period of this book is the modern day, but it could take place anytime in any town. The author starts the book very unusually, but it piques your interest, and then you are hooked and find yourself reading until the end, even through the tears. This is a must-read.
A Dog’s Collar by Sam Knupp brings to life how important it is to the dying, the injured, and the uncertain that there is a resident chaplain on call in the hospital they are admitted to, not only for the patients but for the staff as well. The compassion, understanding, and humanity portrayed in this book make you believe in the world again. This is one of the most interesting, page-turning books I have read. It made me realize how disinterested we have become in the suffering of others, especially those facing the death of a loved one, whether it be self-inflicted, by accident, or through illness. The importance of a resident chaplain in a hospital really hit home and it is something we do not have anymore. Sam Knupp, thank you for a wonderful book and for making me realize that God is always listening; we have just forgotten to listen in return. A book well worth reading. It is a page-turner in its own right, written from the heart.