Flash was an irresistible donkey with gigantic ears and a deafening bray. Yet this was the very animal that God used in the life of Rachel Anne Ridge to teach her valuable life lessons. Who knew that a stray donkey could make such an impact on a family, but that is exactly what happened.
One night, as Rachel and her husband were driving home after a long and discouraging day at work, they came upon this stray donkey in their driveway. In a split second, a decision was made that would change the rest of their lives. Instead of ignoring the animal and continuing on home, they choose to help find its owner and allow it to live in their pasture until then. It seemed simple enough to lead a donkey to a pasture, right? Wrong! Like any donkey, this one had a mind of it’s own and going to a pasture was not in the plans. This simple act of helping had turned in a battle of the wills! Eventually they were able to pasture the the donkey and search for it’s owner. But as days turned into weeks, and weeks into months, and no owner was found, this donkey became a fixture in their family and they decided to name him Flash.
Flash was not even an adult donkey but had trust issues with humans. However, with patience, gentleness and love, Flash learned to trust his new family. He became a daily sounding board for Rachel and her concerns as she cared for the donkey. It was during this daily “chats” that Rachel learned so much about herself. Life just wasn’t about serving herself but also serving others.
This heartwarming story was charming and was just a great book! This book was easy to read and is appropriate for older kids to read. I found the book difficult to put down each night. If you are looking for a heartwarming story, this book is for you.
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