Published by: Ingrid King. Last Updated on: February 1, 2023 by Crystal Uys
I love reading books about cats who have changed their human’s life, and I had looked forward to reading The Zen of Max: (a memoir of great wisdom and many naps). It probably wasn’t coincidence that I ended up reading it on the second anniversary of Buckley’s passing.
I’m well aware how much a cat can change your life when you least expect it, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading Lou Belcher’s memoir about the sixteen years she shared with Max. Max was by Lou’s side through happy moments and sad ones, through challenges and loss, and along the way, he taught her a few things about life. The bond between Max and the author comes through in every word, and you will smile as you think about the bond with your own cats, both past and present.
The entire book touches the heart, but one of the most moving passages for me was when the author moves to Florida to be closer to her ailing mother. Max provides support and comfort not only to Lou as she deals with the logistical and emotional challenges of her mother’s declining health, but he also works his cat magic on Lou’s mother. I loved reading about how this usually somewhat clumsy cat was able to manage his energy and be gentle around a fragile, older woman.
This is the kind of book that you will want to savor as you follow Max and Lou’s journey, and you’ll find yourself chuckling at some of the lessons, and reflecting on others. Highly recommended for all cat lovers.
And if you’re looking for a purrfect last minute gift for a cat lover on your list, Amazon can still get this book to you or the recipient in time for Christmas!
Lou Belcher was Max’s food human, assistant, staff person, or human bean, depending on your orientation to such things. She took Max into her home and her heart when he was almost two years and freely admits she learned many valuable lessons from him about love and life. Lou is a freelance writer, editor, and blogger. She devotes time to supporting artists and writers through two of her blogs; and she supports animal adoption efforts through the blog she set up for Max. A portion of the proceeds from this book will go to agencies devoted to finding forever homes for pets.
This book was sent to me by the author.
About the author
Ingrid King is an award-winning author, former veterinary hospital manager, and veterinary journalist who is passionate about cats.