Good Boy, Achilles!

Good Boy, Achilles!

by Eddie Ellis


Publisher WestBowPress

Published in Christian Books & Bibles/Children's & Teens, Children's Books/Religions, Children's Books/Literature & Fiction, Children & Teens (Young Adult), Children's Books

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Book Description


Suppose God gave dogs a mission: Take care of humans. "Kirkus Reviews" described this story of a boy and his beloved puppy as ". . . sure to be inspirational for Christians, moving for dog lovers, and perfect for readers who are both. . ." Set on a small farm, “Good Boy, Achilles!” is based on the idea that, because humans are flawed and fouled-up, God has given dogs the task of helping us along. A heart-warming tale for dog-lovers of any age.

Sample Chapter

Ksssssss! The air brakes hissed like a giant tire with a leak as the big, yellow school bus slowed to a stop at the end of the old, dirt driveway. Almost before the doors opened, Jeremy bounded down the steps and onto the pavement. Before the bus driver could say, “Bye Jeremy. Have a nice break,” Jeremy was running down the driveway toward his family’s farm house. The field between the road and the house was only about as big as a football field, but Jeremy was so eager to get to the house it seemed like it was a hundred miles long. About half way there, he passed J.L., his daddy’s helper.

“J.L., J.L.! Are they here yet?” Jeremy called.

J.L. looked up from the fence he was fixing and started to answer, but before he could get the words out, Jeremy was gone.

“You’ll find out soon enough, little buddy,” J.L. chuckled under his breath.

By the time J.L. could raise his hammer to drive the next nail, Jeremy was at the edge of the yard talking to his daddy, who had just come in from the corn field.

“Daddy! Are they here yet?”

“Well, now,” his daddy said, kneeling down and putting his hands on Jeremy’s shoulders. “What do you say you and I go find out?”

Jeremy’s daddy led him around the house to the back yard, where Jeremy’s mama was putting new wire on the chicken pen.

“Go ask your mama there if they’re here yet,” his daddy winked.

“Mama, Mama!” Jeremy shouted, running across the yard to the chicken pen. “Are they here yet? Are they here?”

Jeremy’s mama smiled and pointed to the slightly open door of the barn. “Go see for yourself.”

As his mama and daddy followed him into the barn, Jeremy saw the family’s dog, Ginger, stretched out peacefully on a pile of straw in the corner. Then, as his eyes got used to the dim light, he saw in front of Ginger, almost hidden in the thick straw, five tiny puppies!

“They’re here, Daddy! Mama, they’re here!” laughed Jeremy.

Jeremy started to run toward Ginger and the puppies but stopped when he felt his daddy’s strong hand on his shoulder. That hand had kept Jeremy out of trouble before, and he was learning to pay attention to it.

“Hold on, now, Jeremy Dawson,” his daddy said. “Remember, those puppies are very small, they’re not very strong yet, and they’re not really yours. They’re Ginger’s. She doesn’t want you to handle them, and neither do your mama and I. It wouldn’t be good for them.”

“When will I be able to touch them and play with them?” Jeremy asked.

“When they’re a little older and a little stronger,” his daddy said. “For now, just look. Don’t touch.”

The three of them walked over to the pile of straw. Jeremy bent over and put his hands on his knees. The puppies were all lying very still, snuggled close to Ginger. They seemed to be different shades of black and brown, but in the dim light of the barn, Jeremy couldn’t tell for sure. The one on the far left stretched its legs, the one in the middle yawned, and the others didn’t do anything.

“They’re not doing anything,” Jeremy said. “They’re just laying there.”

“Lying there, Jeremy,” his mother said.

“Lying there,” Jeremy repeated. “They don’t even have their eyes open.”

“Of course,” his mother said. “They’re just babies—newborns. You didn’t do much when you were that age either. But they’re beautiful all the same. Five brand-new puppies, all made by the hand of God Himself. You just leave them to Ginger, and they’ll be playful little balls of fur in no time. Why, I’ll bet one day each of them will be somebody’s best friend.”

“I guess you’re right,” Jeremy said. “Just look at them, Mama. Aren’t they beautiful?”

“They sure are, Jeremy.” Jeremy’s mama knelt down and gently stroked Ginger’s ear. “Five beautiful puppies—three girls and two boys. Ginger, old girl, you did yourself proud.”


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Author Profile

Eddie Ellis

Eddie Ellis

Eddie Ellis is a life-long dog lover who grew up in the orange groves of central Florida. He is an ordained United Methodist minister and a professor of New Testament. Ellis earned a BA in English from Stetson University and an MDiv from Asbury Theological Seminary. After serving as a pastor for several years, he felt called to a ministry of teaching and returned to school for the necessary training. After earning a ThM from Candler School of Theology and a PhD in religious studies from Baylor University, he accepted a teaching position at Olivet Nazarene University. Ellis enjoys fishing, hunting, and camping. He and his wife live in Bradley, IL, with their two sons.

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