A Gift From Bob

A Gift From Bob

How A Street Cat Helped One Man Learn the Meaning of Christmas

Large Print - 2015
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As Street Cat Bob and James Bowen spend a cold and challenging December on the streets together, James once more draws strength and inspiration from his extraordinary cat -- learning important lessons about the true meaning of Christmas along the way.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Wheeler Publishing, 2015
Edition: Large print edition
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9781410483003
1410483002
Branch Call Number: LP 636.80092 B6755G 2014
Characteristics: 197 pages (large print) ; 23 cm

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husika
Jan 06, 2018

This book and the other books of James Bowen and his cat friend of the street teach us lovely lessons of love and friendship between man and animal. But they also show us how difficult it is to live free on the fringe of the System. I love these books and the movie.

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donkeyhote
Jan 02, 2018

James Bowen's real life story with Bob, his former street cat companion in London is heart warming. I am a 75 yrs old senior, I feed and befriend street animals, critters, and they are the joy of my life. Read also my comment for Bowen's other book: "The World According To Bob" which I like and where I give my experienced perspective on the topic of animal-human relationship and its social implications as I see and feel it. I give there my view on the public relations between people, park organizations and those abandoned, even harassed critters. This commentator "kolishi22" speaks like an airhead. He wants entertainment, excitement, but he does not think in perspective. Where are we going with a fast pace and individual selfishness, what is that future without a human soul? Well, because of this thinking of many of us, I know from good sources that the fast pace leads us into a future where there will be no entertainment either. Just read "Agenda 21" of the United Nations, and be glad that for the time being we still have a little time to live by the human soul, which is the real meaning of "human" life. And I can tell you that by reaching old age I find more joy and love with the animals around me than I have with people. I have a cat too, who had been born into the street and I love her very much. She is one of the joys of my life, and I treasure her trust in me. Read this book here and don't listen to those guys who just rush and shout and fire off fireworks on all occasions and kick aside street cats. (I also feed a few raccoons, and they are absolutely lovely friends, touching my heart with their behavior. Just yesterday I met my friend, a matron raccoon I call Agrippina, who came to me at night with her 2 kits, who are almost adults by now, and I give them oatmeal cookies they like.) I have just saved from the miseries of street life a very young, beautiful, dainty kitty, who was put out into the street a few month old, by those heartless guys who think like this commentator "kolishi". I gave this lovely young cat I call Leonora, to Vokra, this organization, which rescues street cats and they are a "no-kill" shelter, as opposed to SPCA, who put to sleep all animals in their care, if they are not adopted within 3 months. VOKRA (Vancouver Orphan Kitten Rescue Association) is now taking care of my young rescued cat and just now I received photos of her - they will put her into a foster home first, and then, offer her for adoption on their web site. My experience is that Park Boards and some authorities are not on the poor, starved animals' side, while last year there was a promotion to the public of the 3 predatory coyotes that roam Mt. Pleasant's streets. People called the Police several times for fear of them, and I saw Police come in jeep with a large dog to chase the coyotes away. But the symbol of Stanley Park is still the coyote, and they tell us to live with them, while they tell us to starve the other critters. Well, I don't agree with this and I have my lovely critter friends. What is going on? I guess I know - the Agenda began, starting with the animals, who live still in freedom from the controlled system. But it won't stop at the animals' level, therefore, if you help critters live free, you help your own (temporary) freedom. The Agenda starts with putting negative labels on the targets, the dumb crowd parrots them, and then... In the Netherlands there are drug bars already (to dope the crowd for control), and they kill pigeons, call them "vermin" and process them for canned meat. But in my religion in the New Testament pigeons symbolize the Holy Spirit and in my own culture they represent love and peace. So I love and feed them.

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koiishi22
Dec 16, 2017

stopped reading at page 28, its a short book so i was expecting it to be sorta fast paced and attention grabbing but thats okay

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biblioQ
Nov 17, 2017

Again, James Bowen shares the way that opening his heart to the love of a very special being, Bob the cat, transformed how he saw life, himself, and the world, touching people all over the world, and offering love, hope, and humanity with their story

d2013 Nov 23, 2016

With a Christmas theme James Bowen and Bob's story still continues to touch people's heart. I read that there is a movie in the making. Can't wait!

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