Footprints (Novelization)

Theatrical Release: December 3, 2012
Book Release: December 3, 2012
Footprints (Novelization)


Desperate to put his past behind him, David Hyler struggles with the everyday task of simply living — especially when it seems everyone he loves is taken from him.

Abused and neglected, the beautiful German shepherd Cadie wins the Boomerang Award at the Rescue — for the dog adopted and brought back the most number of times

Unloved, unwanted, and lonely, neither have any idea how much they need each other…until God brings them together to impact lives in ways only He could have imagined.

Dove Review

A plot involving the suffering of a child and abused animals is nearly guaranteed to draw readers into the story. This book, based on actual events and a screenplay, is no exception. Young David’s life is shattered with the loss of his mother and becomes even worse when his father passes him off to David’s grandparents. The losses and hurts leave David with the sense that he will always lose anyone he loves.

Adopting a German shepherd named Smokey profoundly impacts David’s adult life. When he discovers the dog’s amazing ability to sense the needs of hurting people, David’s career takes a powerful new direction. When the dog dies, he wonders if there will ever be another dog quite like Smokey. Incredibly, David finds other amazing dogs and together they experience an unusual but powerful ministry.

While the story is inspiring, the book is based on a movie screenplay so it lacks cohesiveness. However, this tale will cause readers to realize anew the ties between humans and dogs and we are pleased to award it our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal for all ages.

Content Description

Sex: None
Language: H-1
Violence: Angry father rips head off toy dog, berates son; adults argue, several times; mother killed in car accident; boy abandoned by father, left with grandparents; threats made.
Drugs: None
Nudity: None
Other: None


Company: New Shepherd Films
Writer: Based on the screenplay by Jim Huggins and Russ Dougherty, Adapted by Terry Burns
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 144
Industry Rating: Not Rated
Reviewer: Suzanne Bell