A Yorkie’s Tale: Lessons from a Life Well-Lived

May 30, 2018

BOOK DESCRIPTION

In this charming spiritual adventure, author and former pastor David L. Heaney uses the adventurous journey of a dog, a rat, and a parrot to impart important truths about the nature of life and the inevitability of death.

Niles, an aging Yorkie, has led a pampered life with his two loving owners and knows nothing of death. When his new friend Nathaniel, an inquisitive fruit rat, shares the puzzling tale of a family burying a “sleeping” cat, Niles’s life begins to really change. Another neighborhood critter, an eccentric possum called Leach, explains to the two befuddled creatures that the cat wasn’t simply sleeping—it was dead.

Shaken by this revelation, Niles and Nathaniel decide they need to do something meaningful with their lives—but what? They resolve to venture outside Niles’s backyard, and with the help of Poppy, a friendly parrot, and guided by cryptic messages from a cat Niles encounters in his dreams, they begin to seek out answers.

Their travels take them from their own neighborhood through a canyon right to the edge of the ocean. Along the way, they encounter and benefit from the wisdom shared by others—the seagulls, dolphins, and a visionary gorilla—about the mysteries of life, and the grace that comes from living “well” unafraid of their own mortality.

BOOK REVIEW

A story that teaches significant life lessons, as well as warming the heart with something spiritual.

By Piaras on 30 May 2018 (Emerald Book Reviews)

We all like to read them at some stage, and many of us are so influenced by a good story that we adopt life changes to match. True stories and biographies are obviously the most inspirational, but there are also fictional stories that can be just as inspiring. And for me, A Yorkie’s Tale: Lessons from a Life Well-Lived is such a story.

This is an inspiring story that teaches significant life lessons as well as warming the heart with something spiritual. Author David L Heaney weaves an intelligent and noteworthy tale that will easily captivate the reader’s attention from the beginning. The author paints a captivating and adventurous story about life and death in a very vivid and substantial way. In addition, the characters are drawn with great credibility and integrity (albeit of the furry and feathered kind!).

The book description gives a sneak preview: ‘In this charming spiritual adventure, author and former pastor David L. Heaney uses the adventurous journey of a dog, a rat, and a parrot to impart important truths about the nature of life and the inevitability of death.

Niles, an aging Yorkie, has led a pampered life with his two loving owners and knows nothing of death. When his new friend Nathaniel, an inquisitive fruit rat, shares the puzzling tale of a family burying a sleeping cat, Niles’s life begins to really change. Another neighborhood critter, an eccentric possum called Leach, explains to the two befuddled creatures that the cat wasn’t simply sleeping it was dead.

Shaken by this revelation, Niles and Nathaniel decide they need to do something meaningful with their lives but what? They resolve to venture outside Niles s backyard, and with the help of Poppy, a friendly parrot, and guided by cryptic messages from a cat Niles encounters in his dreams, they begin to seek out answers.

Their travels take them from their own neighborhood through a canyon right to the edge of the ocean. Along the way, they encounter and benefit from the wisdom shared by others the seagulls, dolphins, and a visionary gorilla about the mysteries of life, and the grace that comes from living well unafraid of their own mortality.’

Captivating and commendable, this work had me immersed from the beginning. The story flowed from scene to scene with ease, and the author shows exceptional ability when it comes to storytelling. There are plenty of attention-grabbing moments in this page turner that will take the reader on a truly thought-provoking, reflective and inspirational journey!

It’s one of those books that come along occasionally that makes you want to read it non-stop until you get to the end. I’m giving nothing further away here. And this, I hope, will only add to the mystery and enjoyment for the reader.

If this book is anything to go by, I’ll certainly be looking forward to reading more from David L Heaney in the future. It’s a book that’s very difficult to categorize so I would recommend it to all readers who just like a good story! All ages, I think, will enjoy this one. It also has a distinctly cinematic feel to it and I could easily see it being adapted to the Silver Screen. A well-deserved five stars from me.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

David Heaney is the author of A YORKIE’S TALE: LESSONS FROM A LIFE WELL-LIVED, published in 2017. He also writes short stories and poetry. Prior to embracing the writing life, his professional life focused on assisting individuals and organizations pursuing their own transformational path. He has served as a parish minister, psychotherapist, teacher, and senior executive with a large private government services firm. Storytelling has always been a key component of his approach to leadership.

David attended and received degrees from SUNY College at Purchase, Yale University Divinity School, and the University of SanDiego. David has traveled widely and lived in the UK, Israel, and San Diego California the setting for A YORKIE’S TALE.
He now lives with his wife and their three dogs in Durham, NC.

2 Comments

  • Claire May 31, 2018 at 1:45 am

    Sounds interesting! I have a soft spot for dogs and I am sure this will be a great inspiring read!

    • Emerald Book Reviews May 31, 2018 at 2:22 am

      Thanks Claire. This really was a very inspiring read for me. Hope you enjoy!

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