Overview A collection of uplifting stories as witnessed on the author's horse ranch recounts such events as a broken-spirited child's return to trust and the rehabilitation of a mistreated horse. Original.
Publishers Description Kim Meeder has seen horses go where no one else can tread - stepping through the minefield of a broken child's soul in a dance of trust that only God can understand. From a mistreated horse to an emotionally starved child and back again, a torrent of love washes away their barren places. Kim's ranch is a place where this miracle happens over and over again. It is a place where the impossible flourishes, where dreams survive the inferno of reality - a place where hope rises. Where Wounded Spirits Run Free Follow a horse where no one else can tread, through the minefield of pain that surrounds a broken child's soul. From a mistreated horse to an emotionally starved child and back again, a torrent of love revives their barren places. In the presence of unconditional love, a mute girl speaks for the first time. A defiant teenager teaches a horse to trust again...and opens his own heart to love. A rescued horse gives a dying man his last wish. A battered girl finds love and protection in the friendship of a battered horse... Come visit a place where the impossible flourishes, where dreams survive the inferno of reality--a place where hope rises.
From Publishers Weekly A 16-year-old girl, mute since the loss of her parents, speaks her first
words-to an abused and emaciated horse. This moment was really the birth of
Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch in Oregon, writes Meeder, the founder and operator
of the ranch that rescues abused horses and gives disadvantaged children a
chance to care for them. Readers will need an entire box of tissues handy for
this collection of real-life stories of incidents at the ranch: two
tough-as-nails boys minister lovingly to a horse that has, like them, suffered
terrible neglect; in an answer to prayer, strangers donate hundreds of dollars
so an impoverished girl can have a pony for Christmas. Most stories are
emotional, even cloying, though some are comical and a few-such as one about
a horse that was rescued too late to avoid being put down-sidestep the
obligatory happy ending. The writing can at times be maudlin; far too many
people are described as having "hollow eyes," for example, and the vignettes
are encumbered by gratuitous adjectives intended to drive home a dramatic
punch. Despite the over-the-top writing style, the emotions are real and
intense. Readers will recoil from Meeder's gritty descriptions of the
devastating neglect of horses and children, then cheer when it seems their
interaction provides healing for both. Meeder laces the stories with her
testimony of God's faithfulness and providence, making this an earnest and
loving gift book for the Christian market. (Aug.) Copyright 2003 Reed
Citations And Professional Reviews Hope Rising by Kim Meeder has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Christianity Today - 12/01/2003 page 65
Publishers Weekly - 06/30/2003 page 75
CBA Retailers - 08/01/2003 page 36
Christian Retailing - 08/25/2003 page 16
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Studio: Multnomah Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.27" Width: 5.19" Height: 0.7" Weight: 0.55 lbs.
Release Date Aug 5, 2003
Publisher Multnomah Books
ISBN 1590522699 ISBN13 9781590522691
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More About Kim Meeder
Kim Meeder is the cofounder and director of Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch, an organization that rescues abused and dying horses and pairs them with children in need. Kim's first book, Hope Rising, propelled the ranch to win the national Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Award and launched her extensive public/motivational speaking schedule at schools, churches, and governmental conferences across the United States. She and her husband, Troy, have been married for twenty-five years and live in Central Oregon. The size of their family fluctuates each year with the number of horses and kids that they rescue.
Reviews - What do customers think about Hope Rising?
Beautifully written story Nov 14, 2008
Hope Rising is a beautifully written book about the rescue of horses and more importantly the "rescue" of children and adults with physical, emotional or mental handicaps. I just ordered her newest book and can't wait to read it too.
Tears for the Second Chance Jul 20, 2008
It has been a very long time since I cried all the way through a book. With pleasure. I read half of it in one sitting, unwilling to break the spell of the stories and emotions it contains. For the horses and the children portrayed in the book this remarkable woman's life is a testimony to the value of faith and love. For the rest of us, we can take inspiration and do our best to do what we can to bring change and healing in our own spheres. Hope Rising: Stories from the Ranch of Rescued Dreams
Extremely Inspiring Jul 16, 2008
This book took me a little longer than normal to finish because I had to put down between stories as it kept tearing my heart out. The stories of healing and compassion are so very heartwarming but it was the author's own story of overcoming tragedy and how she managed to turn her life into one of servitude to broken souls is what truly captured my attention. Many people would have sunk into a deep depression and a life of "why me?" but she instead turned it around to help others and if she got a little preachy I was able to brush it off because it seemed like her faith was something that helped her get through the rough days. This was a very inspiring book and I hope she someday writes a book based on her life and her struggles to get where she is today.
Don't let your wife see you cry when you read this book. Jun 18, 2008
To all of us men that grew up not knowing how to cry (and being ashamed if we did), it is probably best not to get this book. Otherwise, you will shed tears and it will touch your life.
If you can overcome that, make sure you get the next book that Kim Meeder wrote after this one.
Finally, if you are going to say how great these things that the Meeders' organization is doing, don't just spell it out here. Support what she is doing!
powerful, honest, truthful and spiritually uplifting Jun 12, 2008
I loved this book and could not put it down. It tore at my heart strings and lifted my spirits. To the author, Kim ..Thank you for such an honest and incredible book. Even more importantly thank you so much for what you do at Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch. I have every intention of visiting and supporting your cause. I was so moved by the heartache and the triumphs of each story, each life and each journey. There was so much honesty and thoughtfulness in each recount of each chapter. To be able to capture the power of the human spirit (in even small packages) and the willingness to still be magnificent .. (in the "angels in horse hair") was such an amazing thing to witness. Thank you for noticing, thank you for sharing and thank you for sharing it with others.