“I was just enjoying how much Sadie was enjoying the walk,” McRae said. “The thought occurred to me: I wondered if this is how God feels to give me joy.
“It kind of opened up a new way of thinking about God’s love for me. Then I started observing her behavior, and the book came out of that.”
What My Golden Retriever Taught Me about God ($11.99, P&R Publishing, 2010), chronicles McRae’s year-long spiritual journey with Sadie.
McRae said you can learn a lot about God from a pet, and it’s an idea many churches across the nation have implemented by creating pet ministries that visit nursing homes. Some even offer pet food pantries and pet-friendly church services.
“I didn’t really decide to write a book about Sadie,” said McRae, a member of First Presbyterian Church of Jackson who works in the corporate communications department of Baptist Medical Center.
“That was just the process of what God was teaching me at the time. He used a dog to do it. For someone else, it might have been a car or a job experience. God uses many things.”
While walking her sister’s 10-year-old golden retriever, DeKalb native and author Rhonda McRae had a spiritual epiphany.