Why Dogs Are written by Tana Thompson, illustrated by Marita Gentry
Why Dogs Are is the story of how a dog teaches lessons to a child. It discusses the concept of God’s love and how someone without the ability to see or hear can comprehend it. A finalist in the non-profit Indie Book Awards, all of the profits from book sales go to charities that train and support therapy dogs. The book is first in a series called “Love Unleashed.”
When I first received Why Dogs Are,
I was excited. Why Dogs Are is a high-quality, beautiful, hardcover children’s book, filled with absolutely incredible illustrations that any child will love. (In fact, there are a couple of books also illustrated by Marita Gentry that I would love to get my hands on! Particularly The Gigantic Sweet Potato, The Cajun Cornbread Boy, and New Orleans Mother Goose. Can you tell I’m from the South?)
However, it didn’t take long for my excitement to be replaced with disillusion. Fraught with bad theology (God doesn’t know how to show his love to the deaf and blind? God needs help from rainbows and dogs?) and inconsistencies, Why Dogs Are left a lot to be desired.
We know from Scripture that Christ, through His atonement on the cross, was the greatest gift, greatest expression of love, God has given to us (John 3:16, Romans 5:12-15, Galatians 3:28). The beauty of his gift is that it is for all people, regardless of whether they can see or hear, where they live, their gender, or the color of their skin! And while we know that every gift, including dogs, are from God (James 1:17), it would be wrong to ever think that God was helpless, or that His power was somehow tied to an animal that He created (Genesis 1:1-31). Also, Why Dogs Are attempts to explain the origins of dogs with an utterly false story,a story that blatantly contradicts Scripture (Genesis 2:19-20). It is for these reasons that I would strongly caution parents against giving Why Dogs Are to their children.
Overall, I found Why Dogs Are to be a disappointment, and would sadly have to give it a “D”.
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