The author shows a deep understanding of trust, healing, and of a God who loves us and never gives up on us!Touching and inspiring, she brings to life the charactersthe owners, volunteers, children and horsesin a way that you feel you know them and feel their emotions!
She weaves together the stories of these people and animals in a masterful way, showing the universality of the theme of brokenness and valuethat so many people suffer a type of brokenness and feel they devalued as a result, but that our value is not in our "perfection", but is inherentand best comes out as we allow ourselves to step outside our own internal pain and connect with others.
She illustrates one of the great wonders of lifethat it is through our weaknesses and brokenness that God uses us to do His work, it is through these weaknesses and trials that he teaches who we are, who He is, and teaches us to be patient with ourselves and show grace and patience to others.
What a wonderful book from a gifted inspired writer who feels and understands the love of an everpresent God, and is able to convey this love to others through this powerful story! It was such a wellwritten, engaging read! The book makes you want to meet the horses and draws you into lives of so many relatable people! One of my favorite reasons to read Christian fiction or nonfiction stories is how it inspires me or reminds me of a Scripture.
By the second half,
You keep in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.
(Isaiah 26:3) was on repeat in my mind.
I love the real aspect of grappling to go from worry and trust to trust and faith.
I love seeing God in the intimate details that make up the complex big picture.
So engaging, easily recommendable.
Okay, no more words to say the simple, I love JOEY
Thank you for sharing him with us! “A Touching Tale.
” ―Kirkus Reviews
The Heartwarming True Story Of A Blind Horse Named Joey.
At The Height Of His Show Career, This Beautiful Appaloosa’s Majestic Stature, Strength, And Willingness To Work Made Him The Perfect Partner.
But When An Injury Cost Joey His Show Career, He Moved From One Owner To The Next, Ultimately Experiencing Severe Abuse And Neglect.
A Rescue Group Found Joey Nearly Dead From Starvation―and Blind.
Then He Came To Hope Reins―a Ranch Dedicated To Helping Hurting Kids Who Had Been Abused, Emotionally Wounded, Or Unwanted.
By Teaching These Children To Care For Rescued Animals, The Hope Reins Staff Were Convinced They Could Reach Kids With Love And Hope And Show Them That We Are Never Forgotten By God.
But Could The Financially Struggling Ranch Afford To Take Care Of A Blind Horse That No One Else Wanted? Could Joey Somehow Learn To Trust People Even Though The World Had Hurt Him So Badly? And What Would Happen―to Joey, The Kids, And Hope Reins―if They Failed?
A True Story Of Friendship Destined To Become A Classic, Joey Will Touch Your Heart And Reveal The Power Of Finding Light In The Darkness.
I was honored to be a part of the amazing book launch team for 'Joey' and as such, I was sent a copy of the book to read before it was published.
Let me tell you, I read the book in 3 days and the only reason I didn't read it in one was because of school.
It is a true story that tells the tale of a rescue horse and former champion jumper who tragically became blind because of abuse and neglect from a previous owner.
Joey finds his way to a therapy center for kids and horses alike, a place called Hope Reins where they rescue horses and train them to be 'equine counselors' for the kids who come to Hope Reins for therapy.
Once Joey arrives (with another horse who plays a big part in the story) he begins his long training to get him ready to help the kids, even though he is blind.
Through his blind trust (literally) he touches kids and adults alike, from a small girl who won't talk to the volunteers at Hope Reins, helping to teach people what it means to truly trust wholeheartedly.
To avoid any spoilers (we all know how annoying that is) I will just say that from the moment you pick up this book you will find it practically impossible to put it down until you finish it.
Even for people who aren't necessarily horse enthusiasts, it is a touching story, and I will warn you that there is a big possibility of ugly crying once or twice.
Even if you don't usually go for nonfiction animal stories, I highly recommend that you read this book as it is published.
Besides being a story of an amazing and sometimes humanlike horse in his ability to sense emotions, it is a story of how a horse left to die because of his physical impairment helps everyone he meets to find healing and peace, and he can do the same for you through this amazing testimony of his too short life.
In summary, GO PREORDER THIS BOOK!!!I promise you won't be disappointed.
DISCLAIMERI received an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher for being part of the launch team for this book.
A beautifully written book about determination, faith, and healing! One of the most heartwarming true stories I have read in a long time.
The chapters flow like silk from one to another.
It is a book that you just don’t want to end! Definitely a must read for anyone seeking an inspirational story about hope, the healing of a child’s heart, a beautiful blind horse, and amazing people!
I received a digital copy of the book from the publisher.
I don't know much about raising or training horses but this book simply made me sad.
It didn't appear that the trainers knew enough about horses.
How sad that Speckles was being forced to train while he was in excruciating pain.
Shouldn't trainers make sure that their horses are in tiptop condition before trying to teach them techniques??Shouldn't they learn to identify it when a horse is in pain? And then to let Joey mourn all by himself, to the point of just standing alone for weeks on end, was unbearable to read.
Surely there must be compassionate ways to help a horse through the mourning process.
The concept of a horse healing ministry is wonderful but I think that more highly qualified trainers, and more compassion toward the horses, are in order.
I would not recommend this book.
To be honest, I am not a horse person.
The only horses I've ever really read about were in Louis L'amour westerns.
BUT, that has changed now! I've just finished reading "Joey: How a Blind Rescue Horse Helped Others Learn to See" by Jennifer Marshall Bleakley (daughter of two of some of our best friends in St.
Petersburg, FL, Bill and Julie Marshall).
Joey will bless you as you read his true story.
God will call you closer to Himself as you open your heart to the possibility that He desires to help, save, and restore broken and hurting people for His joy of purpose! Other than the Bible, Joey is now the only book ever that I have read every word from cover to cover.
In regards to the Group Discussion Questions in the back of the book, I answer YES to #13 and #16! May you enjoy this book and discover the value of living 2 Corinthians 1:34!
Amazing true story about an amazing place! The overriding theme of Hope Reins and Joey the book is there is nothing outside of the Lord's power to redeem! Thank you Jen Bleakley for launching this story of Hope to a large audience for the glory of the Lord! I pray this amazing story gives true Hope to all who have the privilege of reading it! You do NOT want to miss this precious and true story!!! Je suis ravie, produit de très bonne qualité, arrivé vite, rien à redire !
As expected, I fell in love with Joey but what I didn’t expect was how much I would care for so many others in Joey’s story.
It would be hard to pick a favorite character.
Through them I was reminded that we are all in need of healing, and this story about others who continually learned (and relearned) to trust again was amazingly powerful on a personal level.
I highly recommend this bookyour heart will definitely be touched.