We Love Books At The Ranch Pen


Here at the Ranch Pen, we love books whether they’re the old fashioned paper kind, the electronic reader kind, or the audiobook. One I’ve been re-reading in audiobook format, and can’t recommend enough, is C.S. Lewis’ classic, The Screwtape Letters.  Brilliant.

Another type of book I recommend are the graphic novels for children called the Illustrated Classics. These books are classic literature in an abridged, comic book format that appeals to kids. Books like The Call of the Wild, Oliver Twist, The Scarlet Letter, Kidnapped, and even the story of the guy with the big honker, Cyrano de Bergerac, are broken down in a way kids remember and helps them untangle the original classics later on.

Recently I was honored to receive a pre-release copy of my writer friend, Erin’s, book Surviving Henry to read and review.

Surviving Henry is in bookstores as well as online at Amazon and Barnes and Noble where you can grab a copy for yourself or to give as a gift. 


From the back cover:

Sometimes you seek out love. And sometimes it broadsides you.

You don’t always know what you’re getting into when you bring home a puppy. You hope for laughs and cuddles, long walks and a wagging tail. And sometimes you get . . . Henry.

Henry is a boxer who suffers from Supreme Dictator of the Universe Syndrome. He vandalizes his obedience school, leaps through windows, cheats death at every turn, and generally causes his long-suffering owner Erin Taylor Young to wonder what on earth she did wrong that God would send this dog to derail her life.

But this rogue torpedo of a dog wasn’t sent to torment his owner–well, not just to torment her. Through all the hair-pulling and questioning of her own sanity, Erin learns something very powerful from Henry, a dog who brings new meaning to the concept of unconditional love.

Through his laugh-out-loud antics and jaw-dropping escapades, Henry will careen into your life and steal your heart.

Erin and I compared naughty dog stories throughout the time she was working on Surviving Henry, so some of the events I already knew about, but I laughed out loud anyway. Erin is hilarious and a super nice lady who I’m sure never deserved a dog like Henry. I’m a dog person, but the book is really for anybody who has been tempted to give up on a dog, a spouse, a kid, or any other difficult individual one is committed to. And Erin quoted me in her book…I’m so excited! Watch for the rancher friend unfortunately experienced in electric shocks.

As always, thanks so much for reading. Until next time, God bless all y’all and enjoy Casting Crowns tearin’ up their awesome song, Thrive.


*These artists don’t necessarily endorse my blog, I just love their music


5 thoughts on “We Love Books At The Ranch Pen

  1. Thanks SO much for the review and the kind words, Danni! And the quote of you in the book is one of my favorite parts! : )

    • You are so welcome, Erin. I really enjoyed Henry’s book and hope it goes great guns. I have his female counterpart at my house and am thinking about piggy-backing on your book with my own, “Nellie’s Putting Me In The Poor House Before They Come To Take Me Away Ha Ha”. ;D

  2. I want to read Surviving Henry! You’ve interested me. There will probably be some similarities with our special dog, Hank, and all our other dogs. Can’t wait to try it out. Also… I loved the song. Really good.

    • Hank has his problems, but not on the same par as Henry, which you will see when you read it. Yikes.
      And that is the coolest song. I loved it. It’s a good thing since it got stuck in my head.

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