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Dog Psalms: Prayers My Dogs Have Taught Me

Dog Psalms: Prayers My Dogs Have Taught Me

In this companion to Cat Psalms, Herbert Brokering explores the similarities in the relationship between dogs and owners and the relationship between humans and God. His descriptions of well-loved canine attributes—including trusting, pleading, loving, guarding—are followed by prayers that explore these traits in our relationship with God. Whimsical and insightful, Dog Psalms is for readers seeking creative expressions for their faith.

I Nest
I am dog. I nest. I turn and turn to lie down. I know the basket, the rug, the corner, the couch. I make the place my safe nest. I nest like a bird making sure my place is right. I nest where I can see you, feel you near, hear your voice, guard you. I nest in a ritual of comfort, knowing I am now home.

Dear God,
I know my place of rest. It is our place, where I hear you best, where you are near and I am safe. You give me places that are my home, where my spirit is right, mind is right, mood is right. You see me turn this way and that way, inside, outside, until I find my nesting place.
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  • Publisher Fortress Press
  • Format Paperback
  • ISBN 9780806651606
  • Age/Grade Range Adult
  • Dimensions 5.5 x 6.5
  • Pages 64
  • Publication Date June 15, 2004


"Herb Brokering has written a gem of a book, uniting the love and experience of knowing his dogs with the love and experience of knowing his God. The author affirms my long held belief that sharing one's life with a dearly loved dog truly is a spiritual journey. This book, filled with tender wisdom, can give one new eyes with which to see one's dog and one's God."
— Betty J. Carmack, R.N. Ed.D., CT, author of Grieving the Death of a Pet.

" Leave it to the imaginative mind of Herb Brokering to come up with another whimsical way to look at our relationship with God. Dog lovers will enjoy and appreciate the creative way this book compares the traits of 'man's best friend' to the relationship we share with our Lord every day."
— Anne Schoenherr, director of communications, Wheat Ridge Ministries.