Wow, I feel quite privileged to review this new book in exchange for a free copy! Here's my review:
Yes! Another metaphysical book on pets! Author Jim 1537's "When Our Pets Leave Us: Animals in the Spirit World" explicitly intends to offer metaphysical knowledge on what happens to our pets once they pass away. It also seeks to provide comfort to those who are grieving the loss of their animal friends. In so doing, it introduces readers to the ideas that animals (1) lovingly accompany us throughout life in order to teach us spiritual lessons and that they (2) eventually transition into Spirit upon death, where they return to a state of blissful learning. "Pets" is definitely an introductory reader, and it is very well written. It addresses great questions many people ponder about once they bond with an animal through love; and, it does so from a place of genuine respect and compassion for the animal kingdom.
Simply put, "Pets" contributes to a topic that needs to be addressed much more in metaphysical literature than it currently is. To date much has been written on the value and maintenance of human-to-human relationships as well as human-to-environment relationships; but, there still remains a gap in literature on animals, their intrinsic value as God's creations, and their roles as our teachers in life. From reading this small, but sweet book, I feel more connected to my roommate's cat...and more compassionate when he starts meowing -- incessantly, mind you -- for food. Now, I see him and his beady little eyes as quite the companion, often wondering what is going on in his mind at any give moment. Which brings me to my next thought...
Something that I would love to see in a (hopefully soon) follow-up text is a deeper conversation about "how" exactly pets teach us, as well as more examples of the value they can hold for our lives on a personal level. Furthermore, readers can benefit from simple action steps on how we, in turn, can honor our animal teachers on a daily basis as well as on a global level!
Thank you, Jim1537 for so beautifully doing your part to bring a sacred love for animals into mainstream consciousness.
(reviewed 15 days after purchase)