Joel A. Robitaille


As a teenager, Joel Robitaille began writing when he was inspired by such books as "Catcher in the Rye," "Fifth Business," and "The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz." At 22, Joel wrote his first book, "November in White Sands." As the son of a pastor, Joel grew up in a home that encouraged spiritual exploration and growth. These are predominant themes in his writing. Joel also works with people who have severe mental illness, which ties in with his interest in mental health and the transforming power of forgiveness and compassion - especially toward one's self. His characters tend to slant towards being on the dysfunctional side, but regardless of their moral baseline they're always on an upward trajectory; let's just say they're never boring.

Joel lives with wife, three sons and two dogs in the Midland/Penetanguishene area. He's a long suffering Cleveland Browns and Toronto Maple Leafs fan.

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A Dog's Religion
You set the price! Words: 70,960. Language: English. Published: May 4, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Religious
In dogs, Grant recognized an extraordinary irony: each one has the potential to be the perfect conductor of unconditional love, and yet they are reliant on fate as to whether or not that love ever finds an object. By advocating for lonely dogs at the local shelter, Grant is able to find a sense of purpose and fulfillment, but it comes with a heavy emotional toll that may cost him his girlfriend.

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