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Zep's Surprise

Randy Gauger

Paperback 2024-10-01

Zep, a friendly dachshund puppy, wonders why his siblings eat his food, he is never chosen to participate in dog shows like his brothers and sister, and why he has no name. That is, until one day when he’s adopted by a kind family who shows him what unconditional love looks like, and he realizes what he’s been missing all along.

In Zep's Surprise, young readers will journey with Zep and learn that God treasures everything and everyone He creates and will realize that they, too are loved.

ENDORSEMENTS

In the heart of every child is a lurking, unspoken fear that they are not loved. This engaging and powerful story will delight children and convey to them the most important message they could ever hear. That message is that God loves them unconditionally. I highly recommend this book!

  • Rob Currie, Ph.D. Professor of Psychology, Judson University Author of Hunger Winter

Zep's Surprise is a precious children's book that draws kids and adults alike into the world of a less-than-perfect puppy who learns what it means to be loved and treasured. Written through the eyes of Zep, the runt of a dachshund litter, the story begins as Zep is adopted, meets his new mommy and daddy, and is given a new name and a new home. He learns that he always is loved by his family and by God, no matter what scary things happen to him! This sweet story will help children understand what it means to be treasured by God and will remind them over and over how much God truly loves them!

  • Carol Thompson Retired executive of Christianity Today

When I read this book for the first time, it brought tears to my eyes. So many people (and dogs!) in the world long to know unconditional love. Through Zep’s story, we read how God loves each of us with all our unique attributes. I found it an encouraging reminder that we can all find a place to call home.

  • Kristy Engel, MSN, RN, CPNP-PC Faith Community Nurse, Global Consultant for Health, International Ministries, ABC-USA

As a fellow dachshund enthusiast, of course I loved Zep's Surprise! It's a sweet story of a little puppy who wasn't like all the others and felt he didn't measure up. Then he was chosen by a family and greatly loved, even though he wasn't perfect. I identified with the story because we adopted a baby girl years ago who grew up to be different; not like all the others. Yet we loved her; and more importantly, God loved her, and she grew up to feel very loved and wanted, just like Zep. This is a great story for anyone who has someone ""not like all the others"" in their lives or for those who have ""perfect"" families who need to be reminded how much God loves us—all of us.

  • Maralee Parker Author of Unexpected: A Memoir of Endurance and Triumph in Raising a Challenging Child

Zep’s Surprise is a very sweet, beautifully written, and wonderfully illustrated story about God’s love for a very special puppy. It will truly touch your heart. It teaches us about God’s love and how He loves and treasures each one of us. It shows us how He made each one of us very remarkable and special. This is a wonderful book to share with your children and grandchildren. I would definitely use this book in my classroom. I would say it’s a must-read for all kindergarten and lower elementary teachers to read to their students. I promise it will warm your heart! -Sandee Ashby Retired teacher Valor Christian Academy, Redondo Beach, California

Zep's Surprise is a charming story of a pup, who is “different,” finding love and acceptance. It will inspire many children who feel the same way Zep does and will encourage those children to find hope and confidence. I highly recommend it. —Janet Riehecky Award-winning author

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Zep, a friendly dachshund puppy, wonders why his siblings eat his food, he is never chosen to participate in dog shows like his brothers and sister, and why he has no name. That is, until one day when he’s adopted by a kind family who shows him what unconditional love looks like, and he realizes what he’s been missing all along.

In Zep's Surprise, young readers will journey with Zep and learn that God treasures everything and everyone He creates and will realize that they, too are loved.

ENDORSEMENTS

In the heart of every child is a lurking, unspoken fear that they are not loved. This engaging and powerful story will delight children and convey to them the most important message they could ever hear. That message is that God loves them unconditionally. I highly recommend this book!

  • Rob Currie, Ph.D. Professor of Psychology, Judson University Author of Hunger Winter

Zep's Surprise is a precious children's book that draws kids and adults alike into the world of a less-than-perfect puppy who learns what it means to be loved and treasured. Written through the eyes of Zep, the runt of a dachshund litter, the story begins as Zep is adopted, meets his new mommy and daddy, and is given a new name and a new home. He learns that he always is loved by his family and by God, no matter what scary things happen to him! This sweet story will help children understand what it means to be treasured by God and will remind them over and over how much God truly loves them!

  • Carol Thompson Retired executive of Christianity Today

When I read this book for the first time, it brought tears to my eyes. So many people (and dogs!) in the world long to know unconditional love. Through Zep’s story, we read how God loves each of us with all our unique attributes. I found it an encouraging reminder that we can all find a place to call home.

  • Kristy Engel, MSN, RN, CPNP-PC Faith Community Nurse, Global Consultant for Health, International Ministries, ABC-USA

As a fellow dachshund enthusiast, of course I loved Zep's Surprise! It's a sweet story of a little puppy who wasn't like all the others and felt he didn't measure up. Then he was chosen by a family and greatly loved, even though he wasn't perfect. I identified with the story because we adopted a baby girl years ago who grew up to be different; not like all the others. Yet we loved her; and more importantly, God loved her, and she grew up to feel very loved and wanted, just like Zep. This is a great story for anyone who has someone ""not like all the others"" in their lives or for those who have ""perfect"" families who need to be reminded how much God loves us—all of us.

  • Maralee Parker Author of Unexpected: A Memoir of Endurance and Triumph in Raising a Challenging Child

Zep’s Surprise is a very sweet, beautifully written, and wonderfully illustrated story about God’s love for a very special puppy. It will truly touch your heart. It teaches us about God’s love and how He loves and treasures each one of us. It shows us how He made each one of us very remarkable and special. This is a wonderful book to share with your children and grandchildren. I would definitely use this book in my classroom. I would say it’s a must-read for all kindergarten and lower elementary teachers to read to their students. I promise it will warm your heart! -Sandee Ashby Retired teacher Valor Christian Academy, Redondo Beach, California

Zep's Surprise is a charming story of a pup, who is “different,” finding love and acceptance. It will inspire many children who feel the same way Zep does and will encourage those children to find hope and confidence. I highly recommend it. —Janet Riehecky Award-winning author

Koorong Code659718
EAN9781649604064
Pages40
DepartmentKids and Youth
CategoryYoung Reader (Ages 4-7)
PublisherAmbassador International
Publication DateOct 2024
Dimensions0 x 203.2 x 203.2mm