Jennifer Skiff, author of the best-selling book “God Stories: Inspiring Encounters with the Divine” is now on a quest for dog stories. Skiff has just signed with publisher Simon & Schuster for her next book, “The Divinity of Dogs: A Collection of Spiritually Enlightening Canine Interventions.”

Last year, Skiff, a CNN correspondent, visited the Midcoast with “God Stories” and appeared at Sherman’s Books & Stationery in Camden with Swanville’s David Hurley, whose story was one she told in the book. Now she is collecting dog stories and is looking for more local submissions.

“This book is about people’s moments of enlightenment with dogs. It’s about that moment you knew that there was more to your dog than being ‘just’ a dog — that moment your dog taught you something very special about life,” she said.

“The Divinity of Dogs” will encompass stories where love, tolerance, comfort, compassion, loyalty, joyfulness and even death have provided experiences that have led to spiritual enlightenment. Anyone interested in having his or her dog story included in this book can submit it at

“You don’t have to be an experienced writer to tell your story; a series of questions at the site help you tell the story. After you submit the story, you will be interviewed. Your story will then be composed and edited to fit the book’s format,” Skiff said.

Stories must be submitted by Sept. 15. “The Divinity of Dogs” will hit book stores in the summer of 2012.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to