Review and Giveaway: A Gift from Bob by James Bowen


I love stories about cats who changed their humans’ lives, and few cats have made as significant a difference in someone’s life as Bob, the orange street cat who James Bowen found outside his apartment building when he was a recovering drug addict who was trying to get his life together after being homeless. Since the publication of Bowen’s first book, A Street Cat Named Bob: And How He Saved My Life in 2012, the book has become a bestseller in more than 25 countries around the world. The sequel, The World According to Bob, also became an instant bestseller.

Now, in his latest book, A Gift from Bob: How a Street Cat Helped One Man Learn the Meaning of Christmas, James Bowen shares the story of how Bob helped him rediscover the true meaning of Christmas. Bowen takes us back to 2010, when he and Bob were still barely scraping by while trying to make a living busking and selling Big Issue, a newspaper published on behalf of and sold by homeless people to help them get a step up in life. It’s a particularly cold and snowy winter in London, and Bowen is barely making enough money to keep the heat on in his apartment.

Like all of Bowen’s book, this uplifting and heartwarming story will touch your heart. I found it particularly remarkable reading this with the perspective of knowing how much James’ and Bob’s lives have changed since the publication of the first book. It’s easy to lose sight of just how much the pair struggled after watching them in the media for the past two years, from book signings that draw thousands of fans to television appearances around the world.

While reading this inspiring book, written in Bowen’s captivating, sincere, and sometimes brutally honest voice, I fell  in love all over again with this remarkable duo. There are hundreds of stories out there about how someone discovered the true meaning of Christmas. I dare you to find one that will touch your heart more than this story of how Bob saved Christmas for James.

Enter to win A Gift From Bob

For up to seven ways to enter, see the Rafflecopter widget below. This giveaway is open to readers in the United States only, and ends Friday, October 23. Winners will be chosen by random drawing*.

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*No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. Winners will be notified via e-mail. Prize winner must provide The Conscious Cat with a physical address to which the prize will be mailed within 72 hours. If this information is not received, an alternate winner will be chosen by random drawing. Winners will be announced in a separate post following the drawing.

32 Comments on Review and Giveaway: A Gift from Bob by James Bowen

  1. Shelley P
    October 21, 2015 at 5:39 pm (6 years ago)

    I’d love to read this heartwarming story! I haven’t read any of the books from the series but I know I would really enjoy them. This would make a great read for the holidays 🙂

  2. Kristina
    October 19, 2015 at 1:34 am (6 years ago)

    I read the first two books about James and Bob and Bob stole my heart! Would enjoy reading the continuation of their story.

  3. SafePetHaven
    October 18, 2015 at 12:59 am (6 years ago)

    I would love to read this story especially as to how it parallels my own life of decades of disabilities, and how my 40 years of rescued critters and long-term fosters saved my life – one day at a time – while I loved them back from the brink as well.

  4. janice
    October 17, 2015 at 9:58 am (6 years ago)

    OMG we have 3 cats that were homeless, this book series is great. Would love to have this.

  5. Diane Cary
    October 17, 2015 at 9:17 am (6 years ago)

    Enjoying the first books and would love the opportunity to win this one. Thank you!
    Love these two and you!!! Thanks for all you do!

  6. Wendy
    October 17, 2015 at 6:40 am (6 years ago)

    I love this book and all his earlier books. I am from Malaysia and was in England during one of the book signing events so bought one copy and got James to sign and Bob to put his paw print on my copy. Bob was a little grumpy that day as he have to travel all the way from London on a train. It was one of my best and most memorable trips to England. Love them both.

  7. Sandy
    October 17, 2015 at 3:48 am (6 years ago)

    I would love to read this book. Haven’t read any of the Bob the Street Cat books yet

  8. Kristen
    October 17, 2015 at 2:04 am (6 years ago)

    I have a friend who feeds feral cats and I’m sure she would like this a lot!

  9. Ellen Pilch
    October 16, 2015 at 11:52 pm (6 years ago)

    I love Bob! I can’t wait to read this.

  10. Barbara Consbruck
    October 16, 2015 at 10:55 pm (6 years ago)

    I’ve wanted to read any of these books since I first heard about them but I haven’t had the chance so I would love to win this one.

  11. donna
    October 16, 2015 at 10:08 pm (6 years ago)

    I loved the story of Bob and bought the book to read over and over. To win this one would be great

  12. Cheryl R
    October 16, 2015 at 7:05 pm (6 years ago)

    I collect cat related books, I love the Street Cat Name Bob books and would love to add this latest addition to my collection, Thank you.

  13. Holly E
    October 16, 2015 at 6:13 pm (6 years ago)

    even though I know about Bob and his human; I’ve never had the opportunity to read any of his books – this sounds like a nice heart-warming story to begin my adventure with 🙂

  14. Nancy Dloughy
    October 16, 2015 at 5:59 pm (6 years ago)

    I would love to win this book. I haven’t read James’ other books about Bob, but I would love to get those as well. I know of the both of them, having read an article about them a while ago. What a great and heartwarming story!

  15. Cleopawtra (Becca Cook)
    October 16, 2015 at 4:25 pm (6 years ago)

    I love this series of books. Can’t wait to read this new one. Thanks for this giveaway.

  16. Cindy B
    October 16, 2015 at 2:01 pm (6 years ago)

    I have read all of Bob’s book and this would be a welcome addition to the collection. I love them all.

  17. Michelle
    October 16, 2015 at 12:05 pm (6 years ago)

    I would love to read this book.

  18. Pamela
    October 16, 2015 at 11:15 am (6 years ago)

    I love the fact that this book talks about both human and cat homelessness. Also, I cannot figure out how to participate or submit an entry via rafflecopter. I tried it once before and ran into the same problem; how does this work? I can’t figure out how to submit a comment or enter. Very frustrating.

    • Ingrid
      October 16, 2015 at 1:10 pm (6 years ago)

      After you leave a comment here on the blog, it unlocks the other entry options, Pamela. Then simply follow the instructions for each option.

  19. Gayle Keresey
    October 16, 2015 at 10:17 am (6 years ago)

    I love the Bob series. I would be ecstatic to win a copy.

  20. SaLLy
    October 16, 2015 at 10:14 am (6 years ago)

    I have really been wanting to read this! I follow Bob on facebook but still haven’t read his books!

  21. Sylvie's Crew
    October 16, 2015 at 10:13 am (6 years ago)

    I read one of his books, and I enjoyed it completely. I would love to win another and read it too.

  22. Michelle Nelson
    October 16, 2015 at 10:11 am (6 years ago)

    I would love to read this!

  23. Suzanne Auten
    October 16, 2015 at 9:36 am (6 years ago)

    I would love to read this book!!

  24. Sue Brandes
    October 16, 2015 at 9:11 am (6 years ago)

    I love heartwarming books and would love to read their story.

  25. Charlotte
    October 16, 2015 at 9:10 am (6 years ago)

    I already love the Bob stories and would love to win a copy of this book to add to the collection!

  26. Janine
    October 16, 2015 at 7:37 am (6 years ago)

    I’ve already read this book and really enjoyed the peek into James and Bob’s lives.

  27. Stephanie B
    October 16, 2015 at 7:31 am (6 years ago)

    I would love to read this book. I have been following these two and would love to read this book about tnem.

  28. sue
    October 16, 2015 at 6:10 am (6 years ago)

    I’ve enjoyed reading the books and look forward to the next one thank you James and bob for sharing

  29. Agatha
    October 16, 2015 at 4:12 am (6 years ago)

    I have read and loved all of James Bowen’s books. He and Bob are lovable and inspiring. I so look forward to reading this book as well.

  30. Summer
    October 16, 2015 at 3:38 am (6 years ago)

    We are huge fans of Bob and his human here, and although my human is loathe to admit it, she is kind of a sucker for Christmas stories.

  31. Cynthia Southern
    October 16, 2015 at 2:12 am (6 years ago)

    I love the Street Cat Named Bob series. I look forward to reading the third book in the trilogy and hope to win a copy. Thanks for this giveaway.


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