He Was Searching for a Lost Dog. He Found More Than He’d Ever Hoped For.
Valentine’s Day 2019, someone stole Steven Carino’s dog, Oliver, from
his car. Having lost his mother at thirteen and grown up with an
alcoholic father, he could always count on his dogs for comfort and
company. But now, with his beloved Oliver missing, Steven felt utterly
Then, the miracle. In a series of near-impossible
coincidences, people from different walks of life crossed paths with
Oliver and with Steven. Hardworking immigrants, wealthy suburbanites,
car mechanics, deli workers, old friends, close relatives, street cops,
gang members, a TV news reporter, social media followers around the
world, and one very gifted hairdresser all played a part in Steven’s
desperate journey to find Oliver. In the middle of it all, Steven
realized that no one is ever truly alone--and that the power of
community can be life-changing.
Oliver is not just a
book about a stolen dog. At its core, it’s a story about kindness,
friendship, and the power of faith. As Steven says, “This is more than
just a dog story. This is an everybody story. This is a love story.”
About The Author
Steven Carino was born in Huntington, New
York. The youngest of five children, he graduated from SUNY Brockport
with a Bachelor of Science in American History. He worked as a DJ in New
York City before launching careers in advertising and real estate and
starting his own employment agency. Today, Steven has his own driving
business and lives in a cottage in Bedford, New York, with his best
friend, Oliver, and an array of sheep, goats, chickens, a horse, a
rooster, and a mini-cow named Anna Belle. Oliver is Steven's first book.
This is a story that really pulls at your heart strings. A man whose
life has been affected by so much loss, and the love of a little dog,
and the touching of so many lives.
Would I be able to forgive, I hope
so, someone who hurt me so terribly by stealing my dog? Can or could I
live my faith and offer forgiveness, that is what we hope Steven is able
to do, and to come of terms with the loss of Oliver.
What I didn't
expect was the out pouring of love and help that comes from such a loss.
Family and friends, and strangers all take the loss of Oliver
personally, and want to do all they can to return him to Steven.
is a quote from Steven and it sure does apply to this story "As Steven
says,'This is more than just a dog story. This is an everybody story.
This is a love story.'"
I received this book through Net Galley and
the Publisher Thomas Nelson and Zondervan, and was not required to give a
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