I just read a terrific book. I thought it would be a little too sappy and sentimental, but instead I loved it.
A Dog's Purpose
by W. Bruce Cameron
http://www.amazon.com/Dogs-Purpose-W-Br ... 7s+purpose
Made me laugh out loud a bunch of times, and cry more than a couple times.
The premise is that this dog keeps being reincarnated to discover his purpose. He DOES remember his past lives (which is a big issue for me regarding reincarnation) and...
The writer is terrific at capturing a dog's perspective, and since it's written in 1st person dog POV that's a good thing. The big metaphor, of course, is that we are like the dog, and even though much of life seems incomprehensible, there really is meaning that we can't always see.
I liked it better than Marley and Me, and am tempted to place it on the same rung as Lassie Come Home (tho for different reasons).
Highly HIGHLY recommended, especially for all dog lovers.