Giveaway: A Dog’s Purpose – A Novel for Humans

A Dog's Purpose

A Dog's Purpose on Amazon (affiliate link)

I’ve always been drawn to stories told from the human perspective, deeply valuing an author’s nuanced exploration of human emotion as captured by keystrokes and poetic phrasing. Never would I have imagined myself engrossed in a story told by a dog, as much as I love my dogs.

A Dog’s Purpose, a Novel for Humans by W. Bruce Cameron is different. At the 2010 BlogPaws conference in Denver, I received a free copy in my swag bag. Otherwise bookless, I began to read it on the plane ride home and was deeply surprised.

Surely, you’ve heard about this New York Time’s best seller, also winner of Goodread’s 2010 Top 5 Fiction Award. If you haven’t read it yet, it’s clearly time you grab a copy of A Dog’s Purpose on Amazon (affiliate link). Or, more fun still, enter to win yourself a free copy in paperback below!

ABOUT THE BOOK

As the website describes:

A Dog’s Purpose tells the story of a dog who finds himself reincarnated and decides there must be a reason, a purpose he must fulfill, and until he does so, he’ll continue to be reborn. The story is narrated by Bailey, a wise and funny dog who is very much…a dog.

I didn’t expect to like Bailey’s perspective, feeling it might read as childish. At times, it does. But that’s also where the magic happens.

Bailey has a dog’s penchant for the here and now, although he remembers “before” as well, with no clear vision of the future. Author Cameron embraces this narrative device without apology not only to portray our common – perhaps even realistic – perception of a dog’s thought process, but also to deliver elements of surprise in a refreshing way. There is no guessing what might lie around the next bend.

Bailey lives many lives, from the product of a puppy mill, to that of a stray, to the perfect loving companion for a fun-loving, growing boy, to a search and rescue dog saving lives and more. Although you know this now, I have given nothing away.

There are hardships and loving relationships that will pluck symphonies from your heart stings, again and again. All the while, the story illustrates that the lives (and deaths) of dogs are as unique as those of human beings, and that they too must find their purpose.

The lessons learned are anything but childish. In fact, this book is not always an easy read, sometimes treading dark places that must be worked through with each turn of the page. But these page-turning moments are always met with tremendous reward and well worth your time.

If you’re settling in for an end-of-summer staycation, hanging poolside with the kids (like me), crack open this little gem. It won’t disappoint. Clearly, DreamWorks sees this too. A Dog’s Purpose will soon be a major motion picture.

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GIVEAWAY!

US and Canadian residents: Leave a comment on this post below telling me what you might like about this book. Do so before 11:59 PM (ET) Sunday, August 14, 2011 and you’ll be entered into a random drawing to receive a paperback for your own end-of-summer staycation!

Have you already read it? Win it as a gift for the dog lover in your life! Just drop a note about what you loved most. But don’t give too much of the story away!

Best of luck to you all! I’ll announce the winner Monday, August 15th, in the comments section below.

Comments

  1. LoriFrench says:

    Would love to have the opportunity to read this! If I love it, I have been looking for good books to give as “thank you” gifts to my clients!

  2. rhopple2010 says:

    I very much believe a few of our dogs have been sent…maybe reincarnated…by previous dogs we have loved. I would LOVE this book! 🙂

  3. Cathy Jurewicz says:

    It is a great book, what a good read. both heart breaking and heart warming all in one. All dog owners will understand and should read.

  4. ArtisticInterpretations says:

    It sounds wonderful! I already believe that we carry on until we’ve gotten it right, that our ultimate purpose is the attainment of elightenment.

    (I’m just not sure that I have been able to create an account with livefyre or be logged in … here’s hoping)

    Teresa

  5. Michele L Edgell says:

    wonderful wonderful book!!!!

  6. @LoriFrench That’s a fabulous idea! I was thinking of dropping a few in some stockings this year too!

  7. @rhopple2010 I have always felt the same way about people too. I’m not so sure we could gain enough knowledge in this single lifetime to be complete. In fact, I think that idea is rather limiting. 🙂

  8. @rhopple2010 I have always felt the same way about people too. I’m not so sure we could gain enough knowledge in this single lifetime to be complete. In fact, I think that idea is rather limiting. 🙂

  9. @ArtisticInterpretations You and me both! And not to worry. You’re entry made it in just fine. 🙂

  10. @ArtisticInterpretations You and me both! And not to worry. You’re entry made it in just fine. 🙂

  11. kimbuckjr says:

    This is the 3rd time I’m going to attempt to leave a comment. Every time I try to ‘sign-in’ I get booted and my comment disappears. UGH!

    I would truly enjoy reading this book, especially since it’s told from a dog’s perspective. How funny! I just love all cats and doggies!

    I hope I win, I hope I win, I hope I win!

    kimbuckjr@yahoo.com

  12. kimbuckjr says:

    This is the 3rd time I’m going to attempt to leave a comment. Every time I try to ‘sign-in’ I get booted and my comment disappears. UGH!

    I would truly enjoy reading this book, especially since it’s told from a dog’s perspective. How funny! I just love all cats and doggies!

    I hope I win, I hope I win, I hope I win!

    kimbuckjr@yahoo.com

  13. kimbuckjr says:

    This is the 3rd time I’m going to attempt to leave a comment. Every time I try to ‘sign-in’ I get booted and my comment disappears. UGH!

    I would truly enjoy reading this book, especially since it’s told from a dog’s perspective. How funny! I just love all cats and doggies!

    I hope I win, I hope I win, I hope I win!

    kimbuckjr@yahoo.com

  14. @kimbuckjr I’m sorry you had trouble signing in, and VERY happy you entered! Wishing luck to you and all who enter!

  15. Amy@GoPetFriendly says:

    Please don’t count me in the give away – I just wanted to say thanks. I forgot I had this book, and I’m going to pull it out now and dig in (with the dogs, but minus the kiddie pool).

  16. julesmelfi says:

    I have heard GREAT things about this book – I would love to read it 😉 Cute photo!!

  17. julesmelfi says:

    I have heard GREAT things about this book – I would love to read it 😉 Cute photo!!

  18. shivathedog says:

    I would think writing a book from a dog’s perspective would be incredibly challenging. I often have no idea what is going on in my dog’s head. Trying to come up with a whole storyline would be impossible. I’d love to find out how Mr. Cameron was able to pull this off!

    Also, we haven’t had a summer here in Nova Scotia. Just depressing rain storm after depressing rain storm. A book like this may help cheer me up!

    Does that sound pathetic enough?

  19. wantmorepuppies says:

    Oooh, I loved The Art of Racing in the Rain, so I think I’d enjoy the fact that the book is from the dog’s perspective! My MiL just read this one and recommended, so it’s on my reading list…

  20. kolchakpuggle says:

    Can Canadian’s enter? I’ve been wanting to read this for a while and it always seems to slip my mind when I am at the book store! I loved the Art of Racing in the Rain (which is written from Enzo the dog’s perspective) and I write my blog from Kolchak’s perspective a lot of the time, so I always have fun seeing how other writer’s interpret the canine narrative. I am also intrigued by the idea of re-incarnation. I’d like to beleive we get a second, third or more chances to get it right, if we need them!

    (PS – thanks @shivathedog for Tweeting this! I had missed the original post!)

  21. @kolchakpuggle@shivathedog Excellent news! Canadians are eligible. I’m sorry I didn’t mention it. I just remedied the post to reflect that. Best of luck!!

  22. @wantmorepuppies I’ll have to read Art of Racing in the Rain. So many people are talking about it!

  23. @shivathedog I agree! I have a hard time writing a story line for people. Sorry to hear about your weather. Maybe your staycation becomes a winter holiday by a fire? I could get into that one myself … you know … after summer is over. Warmth is always the key, no matter the source. 🙂

  24. @shivathedog I agree! I have a hard time writing a story line for people. Sorry to hear about your weather. Maybe your staycation becomes a winter holiday by a fire? I could get into that one myself … you know … after summer is over. Warmth is always the key, no matter the source. 🙂

  25. @julesmelfi Thanks about the photo. You wouldn’t believe what it took to get that shot. 2 sittings, two angles, readjusting the towel, a bag of treats, dogs trudging through the water. It was all great fun to make!

  26. @julesmelfi Thanks about the photo. You wouldn’t believe what it took to get that shot. 2 sittings, two angles, readjusting the towel, a bag of treats, dogs trudging through the water. It was all great fun to make!

  27. @Amy@GoPetFriendly Glad to remind you! And who needs a kiddie pool when you’ve got rivers and lakes? You, of all people, are allowed a go-cation!

  28. @Amy@GoPetFriendly Glad to remind you! And who needs a kiddie pool when you’ve got rivers and lakes? You, of all people, are allowed a go-cation!

  29. mistressofthehounds says:

    I’m interested in reading this because I want to see how the author handles telling the story from the dog’s POV. I’m going on vacation in early Sep – it would be my lakeside read!

  30. @mistressofthehounds I love the idea of a lakeside read!! Wishing you luck!

  31. Frankie Michelle Thompson says:

    one of the best books I have ever read!

  32. I’m interested in this read, recently adopted a chocolate lab from Joplin. I could use some help getting into his head 😉

  33. DawgBlogger says:

    I is a very lovely book, I enjoyed reading it.

  34. @LLpirate Wow. Congrats on the Joplin rescue! Those poor animals sure have been trough the ringer. Good luck in our drawing!

  35. @DawgBlogger I really like the way Cameron describes a puppy’s interpretation of their new world. In many ways, that wide-eyed curiosity carries through all stages of each dogs’ life.

  36. According to random.org, the method by which our winner was chosen, the lucky @LoriFrench will receive a lovely paperback copy of A Dog’s Purpose. Congratulations, Lori! Email your address to kim at thisonewildlife dot com and I’ll get that sent right out to you!

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  37. @LoriFrench Congratulations! You’re the lucky winner of A Dog’s Purpose – A Novel for humans! Email your address to kim at thisonewildlife dot com and I’ll get that sent right out to you. Cheers!

  38. Kim Clune says:

    Congratulations to our lucky winner, Lori French!

  39. LoriFrench says:

    @Kim Clune Thank you!! I am very excited about this!! <3 email address, coming! 🙂

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