Maggie's Legacy

Lessons in Spiritual Obedience Learned from My Border Collie

Non-Fiction - Animals
180 Pages
Reviewed on 12/29/2022
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Author Biography

Ordained healing evangelist Sallie Dawkins is an award-winning author of Christian genre books. She is passionate about seeing people healed and freed to enjoy abundant life in Christ. Her newest series begins with Maggie's Legacy. Adopted from a local shelter as a puppy, Maggie grew to become a faithful companion serving alongside Sallie in ministry. Their testimony inspires others to triumph over challenges and serve as God's couriers delivering the healing power of Christ's love throughout the earth.

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Reviewed by Essien Asian for Readers' Favorite

When Sallie Dawkins set out to get a pet for her child, she did not realize that it would be the beginning of an eight-year spiritual journey that would completely change her outlook on life and her approach to matters of the spirit. God used a beautiful border collie that she named Maggie to open her eyes to all the aspects of worship and meditation that she was either getting wrong or taking for granted. Her relationship with Maggie grew to a point where there were several lessons she picked up from their shared experiences and it eventually transcended what you would expect of the bond between a canine and a human. Maggie's Legacy: Lessons in Spiritual Obedience Learned from My Border Collie is her heartwarming story.

Maggie's Legacy may be a book about a dog but it reads more like a daily devotional manual. Sallie Dawkins uses a unique style in telling her story by picking instances concerning her border collie from her memories and comparing them to her personal experiences with her maker. What makes it even more interesting is the way she uses Biblical verses to support her points. The inclusion of a section with soul-searching questions in each chapter allows the reader to do some thought-provoking introspection concerning the topics in the book. It provides a spiritual panacea for those who feel lost on their journey. When you combine that with the history and care tips for a border collie, you get a dose of spiritual enlightenment unlike any other. Dawkins deserves plaudits for this unusual book.

Adanna Ora

Often people refer to dogs as being a man's best friend. This is a result of their friendship, commitment, and unconditional love. Who would have thought that pets could also be a source of spiritual blessings? In her book, Maggie's Legacy: Lessons in Spiritual Obedience Learned from My Border Collie, Sallie Dawkins describes her bond with her dog, Maggie. She utilizes her interaction with the dog to illustrate God's unfailing love for us and how He may communicate with us via the seemingly trivial things in our everyday lives. The book offers advice on how to handle pets and deal with their occasionally troublesome behavior. Each chapter includes contemplation questions that can be used in prayers or as diary entries. It also adds verses to back up the author's points and a short prayer section. Dawkins provides interesting information on this special breed of dog and their training methods, which will aid in the development of a satisfying and enduring relationship with them.

This book has taught me so much. Everyone should be cognizant of and open to God's unusual methods of communicating His messages. I adored how the author guided us through this journey with her dog, highlighting how she overcame the challenges they experienced, while also never letting us forget the lesson God was attempting to convey. Maggie's Legacy was written in plain, understandable words. The author's selection of verses from various Bible translations aids in our understanding of what God is expressing in that context. Most importantly, Sallie Dawkins instructs her readers on how to develop a strong spiritual bond with God and His word by drawing on her personal experience. Maggie's Legacy is a book I'd suggest to any Christian who wants to deepen their faith. If you happen to also be a pet lover, you have an added advantage. This book is specially packaged for you and I hope that it blesses you as much as it blessed me.

Diana Lopez

Maggie's Legacy: Lessons in Spiritual Obedience Learned from My Border Collie explains how to reaffirm your faith by caring for your pet. Sallie Dawkins shares anecdotes with messages of reflection starting from the day she adopted her pet dog, Maggie, to their final moments together. Maggie developed with love and good guidance, and in the process, Sallie grew spiritually. It was difficult initially because there were insecurities, but as these were resolved Maggie soon became part of the family. Each chapter has a section with biblical quotations and another with questions to reflect on, aimed at improving our relationship with pets. Sallie evidences her faith from a practical perspective because she put the teachings of the Bible into practice as she cared for Maggie. The relationship was also strengthened by good communication.

Sallie Dawkins narrates her experiences in a relaxed and friendly manner. She took special care with the format and presentation of the book. I liked the fact that she included actual photographs of Maggie at the beginning of each chapter. The lessons are helpful and convey messages of gratitude, forgiveness, and accepting mistakes. Sallie examines the process of acquiring knowledge and how to obtain answers by using positive affirmations. In addition to being an inspirational work, it also includes extra content relating to fun facts about border collies, as well as dog training basics. Maggie's Legacy is the story of a beloved pet's life in which Maggie demonstrated her constant loyalty to the end.