Nine Lives and Counting

A Bounty Hunter’s Journey to Faith, Hope, and Redemption

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Pub Date Apr 16 2024 | Archive Date Jul 31 2024
Nelson Books | Thomas Nelson

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Go behind-the-scenes with Duane "Dog" Chapman, star of the hit reality show Dog the Bounty Hunter and two-time New York Times bestselling author, as he shares new stories about his faith in Jesus, family, and the discovery of God's grace at work throughout his life.

From being in a motorcycle gang, to being incarcerated, and then becoming a widely-know TV personality, Duane's life has been anything but ordinary. But, through every success and failure, the one constant has been his faith in God. For the first time, Daune is sharing how his faith has brought him through life's greatest difficulties, giving him renewed purpose and meaning.

In Nine Lives and Counting Duane offers fresh insight into some of his well-known life events, and he also gives you access to previously untold stories. You will hear about:

  • memories of the painful events that shaped Duane's childhood,
  • the impact of his relationship with his praying mother,
  • the surprising hope he found in prison,
  • triumphs and failures from his days as a single dad,
  • new previously untold stories of bounty hunting,
  • the tragic loss of his beloved wife Beth to cancer,
  • the unexpected blessing of finding his new wife Francie,
  • the work he and Francie are doing to preach and share about Jesus,
  • his relationship with his kids and family,
  • and much more.


With all the plot twists of a page-turning novel, Nine Lives and Counting is a real-life chronicle of God's amazing grace and restoration that have marked Duane's journey of faith. You will be inspired.

Go behind-the-scenes with Duane "Dog" Chapman, star of the hit reality show Dog the Bounty Hunter and two-time New York Times bestselling author, as he shares new stories about his faith in Jesus...

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This book captured me from the moment I started. I can't even begin to imagine the life he has walked and he painted a vivid image and didn't leave any of it out. He captured even the hard moments but in a beautiful way that all led back to God and how he used it. I didn't know how he could take all of this and wind it back to God, but he did. When you don't hide from the facts and allow yourself to understand his story you are taken on an amazing journey. Dog, you are an incredible storyteller.

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The continuing story of Dog the Bounty Hunter. It is a fast enjoyable read. Duanne shares memories of his early life, life with Beth fighting cancer, his spirituality with God, how he has moved on and has remarried, his family.

It felt like his writing this book was almost like grief therapy for him.

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Thank you to NetGalley for an advanced copy of this book. I remember watching Dog the Bounty Hunter on tv several years ago, so I felt an urge to read Nine Lives and Counting. I enjoyed the book more than I thought I would. DOG doesn’t filter out events about his life; he is forthcoming which brings authenticity to his writing. You can hear him speak through the writing of this book, as he talks about how religion has helped guide him through thick and thin. The chapter I found the most fascinating was about a case he hasn’t yet found closure to. He discusses the case where a man allegedly murdered his girlfriend out West then traveled back home to Florida and allegedly committed suicide in the Myakka park area of Florida. Dog raises several points that are worth investigating into and makes the reader think about what they have heard from media.

If you have been interested in Dog, his show, and his family, then this read will not leave you disappointed.

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I have always been a fan of Duane “Dog” Chapman. I was interested to see what makes this man tick, he’s always been so intense on television. I knew he was strong in his faith but I didn’t realize how his life has been shaped by that faith. It was hard to begin his story with the tragic loss of his wife Beth. As he weaves the story of his life with colorful tales of mischief and characters who helped him along the way, I found myself surprised that he endured so much. What a crazy path that led him to his bounty hunting life. I particularly enjoyed Entertaining, chaotic, sad and tragic at times, Nine Lives and Counting takes a deeper look at the man behind the “Dog” persona that we all know and love and shows just how important faith and familial support truly is. Dog admits he hates being alone, married and divorced four times before marrying Beth, it’s no surprise that he found love again after losing her so tragically. Don’t we all just want our happy ending? Not only was Dog able to find another love to live his life with, he had a son who he never knew existed find him and they have established a relationship. What an incredible journey his life has been. I can’t wait to see what’s next for him!

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Such a heartfelt memoir by Duane Chapman, or Dog the Bounty Hunter. This is a loving tribute to his late wife Beth, who died after a fight with cancer. It's also about grief, moving, on, and starting over. Highly recommend.

I received a free copy of this book. My review is voluntary and the opinions expressed are my own.

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i have watched Duane Chapman on TV for years and to have the opportunity to read about him, in more detail then we get to experience on TV was really great. I finished the book feeling like I knew him and those around him better than before. It was a great read and I'm glad I had the chance.

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Nine Lives and Counting
By Duane “Dog” Chapman

I really enjoyed reading “Nine Lives and Counting by Duane “Dog” Chapman. This is my 1st book by Chapman. I liked how he referenced his previous books for more detail on certain topics instead if just repeating it again. I will be looking for Dog’s earlier books for sure. I enjoyed reading of the 9 plus lives Chapman felt God gave him and how he made the best of them.

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This was a really good book. I'm not really ever into biographies but this was definitely worth the read. We got some behind the scenes into the life of Dog the Bounty Hunter and who he is on a deeper level.

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Thank you to Netgalley for the ARC.

Dog the Bounty Hunter is well known in catching criminals but his latest biography dives much deeper into his past, how he started into fame and how faith has played a huge part of his life.

The writing makes this book easy to read and hard to put down. Most are familiar with Dog but it was so interesting to read more about his past, especially how important faith has been to him.

Highly recommend this fast and oh so good read!

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This is a wonderful informational book about the life of Duane Chapman, told in his own words. I have watched, D.O.G. the Bounty Hunter, never knowing much about his life. I was so surprised to read about his life from some painful, some loving childhood memories, his time and transformation in prison, life after prison with family, joys, sorrows, but most surprising was his transformation to the life and witness as a Christian believer.

I enjoyed this book so much and highly recommend it. I received this copy from Nelson Books and NetGalley.

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As someone who has watched Dog the Bounty Hunter on TV, I knew that Duane Chapman had gone through tough times and good times. As soon as I learned that he had written a book, it really intrigued me to want to read it. Knowing that he turned a bad situation as far as going to prison into a good thing and giving people chances, really lightened my heart more. This is definitely a book that I'm going to add to my kindle books and reread in the future. It's a must read for all those looking for a good biography to read.

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Any fan of Dog the Bounty Hunter will enjoy this book. I decided to read it because I've seen the show a few times and I enjoy memoirs. Nine Lives and Counting is a tale of the ups and downs that Duane Chapman faced during his colorful life. In it, he details his grit and determination and the good and bad decisions he made along the way. He describes how his faith in God determined his fate and how it continues to play a part in his life. In the end, it really is a tale of redemption and his desire to be a better man. As the saying goes, we are all really a work in progress.

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Dog is back with another memoir, his third. It may seem weird that a person has that much to say about their life, but Dog’s past has been nothing if not colorful. And if you think his latest memoir was used as an opportunity to polish his image after some pretty public missteps and a lot of mistakes, I’d like to say that, for the most part, if that was the intent, he did a terrible job. He did not hold back when it came to sharing the lowest of his life’s lows, especially when it would have been easier and less painful to gloss over them. So I see Nine Lives and Counting as a way for Dog to reflect on his past with renewed vision and a commitment to spending the rest of his time on earth leading as many people as he can to Christ.

I won’t pretend that I agree with all of Dog’s ideology or viewpoints, and while some of his theology was a little shallow, he did make some fairly profound points that will stick with me. He did not try to explain away his past crimes, including his felony murder conviction, and instead of playing the victim game, he wanted to use his tribulations and struggles as a springboard to helping others going through similar trials. As he pointed out, Joseph of the Bible would not have led the life he did had he not been forced to serve time in prison. We can take our circumstances and, with God’s guidance, allow ourselves to be used for His purpose. Also, Dog repeatedly pointed out that even the most egregious sin can be forgiven “as far as the east is to the west.” Dog reminded us about the criminal who was remembered and saved by Jesus on the cross. This is bound to be a comforting thought for those who maybe don’t believe their sins can be forgiven or that they cannot be redeemed. Dog told how, no matter how many times he stumbled in life, when he cried out to God asking for forgiveness, He forgave Dog and cleansed him of all his unrighteousness.

The only part where I thought Dog was dodging his responsibility to own up for a mistake was when he was talking about the phone call with his son that was leaked (by his son) and caused a public outcry. Dog claimed the phone call was edited and “taken out of context.” I’m not sure in what context racist language is ever appropriate, and making no excuses for that kind of behavior is going to be the best course of action in virtually every scenario. I will say that an imperfect apology is better than none at all, Dog seemed contrite (and not just because he was caught), and when he was writing about the situation he seemed to tread lightly regarding stories that weren’t necessarily his to tell. Telling his side of the story by divulging salacious details about other people would not have been the right maneuver either. It also gave me a lot to think about in terms of cancel culture that I don’t have properly sorted as I’m writing this so I won’t ramble about that right now.

Who is this book for? Dog’s fans, certainly, but also those who walked similar journeys as Dog and are searching for mercy and redemption. It also serves as a good reminder that we ALL sin and fall short of God’s glory, which is a message no Christian can hear too frequently. Some people might be put off by Dog’s alpha male persona, but truly, the heroes of his life were Jesus, his mom, and Beth…and while he didn’t use those exact words, he illustrated over and over again how weak he is and how much he relied on the strength of Christ and the fierce women in his life.

My rating is probably more like a 3.5 but I’m rounding up. Dog seems to have gained a lot of perspective as he’s aged and especially after Beth’s death, and he wants to spend the rest of his life fully devoted to Christ and sharing the gospel. My father-in-law died of cancer last year and he was the same age as Dog, and I’ve spent the better part of a year contemplating how finite life is and how to spend my time and energy on things that truly matter. So I can’t help but root for Dog, and I’ve always been a fan of the unconventional way he’s shared his faith with “the least of these.”

Wow, I did not expect to go this deep in a review for a book written by Dog the Bounty Hunter.

Thank you to NetGalley for the ARC!

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As someone who watched some Dog the Bounty Hunter as a kid, I was intrigued by this book and learning more about Dog's life story. This book started like I thought it would - It felt like an old man sat next to you at the bar who couldn't stop telling his outlandish stories and talking about Jesus. As the book continued on, I enjoyed the stories Dog told more and more.

Dog is always 100% himself and for that, I applaud him. This book is a wild ride including bible quotes, Tony Robbins, children helping catch criminals, and so much more.

Thank you to Net Galley for this ARC!

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Chapman takes quotes from scripture and biblical stories and compares them to scenarios from his own life. He uses these comparisons to show you as a reader that faith in God will always prevail even when you’re not in the best place physically and emotionally. Throughout the book, Duane takes you along on the many journey’s/“lives” that has shaped him into the man he is and his relationship with God. Some of these include his marriages, his children, impactful deaths, and his upbringing. I was entertained and moved throughout every page of this book.

I greatly appreciate the opportunity to read and review this book as an ARC.

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As someone familiar with Dog the Bounty Hunter this was a fun books and reads as though Dog is speaking directly to you. I had not read any of his previous books, or honestly, watching his last couple of TV shows so it was enjoyable to remind myself of what I enjoyed about watching him on TV. Getting a bit of a backstory of Dog and reading about what has lead up to where he is currently at was also great.

The book is heavy on religion, which is made clear in reading the back cover. This did result in me skimming through large sentence blocks and the very last chapter. The content between the preaching was enjoyable. The preaching itself was to be expected, and did not deter from readability.

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This was just so good, I loved the balance of his faith mixed with the stories of anecdotes of his life.
I loved his TV show back in 2012 and I hadn’t heard much from him until I saw that he had published this so whilst I knew his story a little I wasn’t aware of some of the bigger stuff.
In the beginning some of the faith stuff and the bible stories where a little much, but after the first few pages Dog’s personality comes through and you can’t help but be swept up in his story telling.
Thank you NetGalley, and Nelson books for the chance to read this ARC.

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I wasn't too familiar with Dog the Bounty Hunter, outside of his name appearing in various headlines and seeing ads for his show on television and other places. But I felt intrigued to read his book, as I was curious to learn more about him. Thanks to NetGalley for the advance copy for review.
This is a powerfully written memoir about the hardships that Duane "Dog" Chapman has faced in his life. His time behind bars, growing up in an abusive household, and the numerous marriages he's gone through. While most people may not have experienced what Dog has in his life, there's a lot to which one can connect if they've experienced divorce, loss of faith, and financial struggles. You can feel the emotion in Chapman's words, as he recounts his stories and shares what he has learned.
I am more curious to watch "Dog the Bounty Hunter" series and other series he has done after reading this book, and I am curious to read other books Chapman has written. This is a definite recommendation for those who like terrifically-written memoirs, whether or not they are familiar with Chapman's work. It's filled with humor, strong emotions, and is well-written.

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Have you been wonder what Dog Chapman has been doing? If so, then you should read this book. Dog has always been a larger than life kinda guy, and he still is. This book sheds a bit more light on his life then and now. I definitely enjoyed this wonderful book.

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This was an inspirational and inspiring memoir from Duane chapman aka ‘Dog’ . I loved watching dog the bounty hunter when I was younger and this did not disappoint! It was amazing to read how God had worked with Dog throughout his life from childhood to prison from grief to finding happiness again . I loved this book it was easy to read and most days I couldn’t put it down ! I was sad when the book was finished ! One of the most interesting memoirs I’ve read !

Thank you net galley for the advanced copy !

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I flew through this book! Dog The Bounty Hunter was a huge part of my childhood with his tv show always tuning into the show, so when i saw he was coming out with a book i was very excited. He has such a powerful story about his life. He is truly impactful to his community and it really shows in this book. I enjoyed reading this and the story flows so well. I have already preordered the signed physical copy because i NEED this on my bookshelf. Thanks to NetGalley for the arc!

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First, I want to thank Net Galley for the ARC.

I applaud Dog for being so raw and emotional with the readers of his books and his fans. He is a great storyteller, I didn't want to stop reading! He has been an inspiration and has helped more people than he will ever know.

Fantastic book. Thank you Dog!

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#NetGalleyARC This book was okay. I had read his other book and hoped that this one would be as good, it was just okay. I would have loved to have learned more about his life with Beth and less about God.

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I was among the millions who watched Dog and his family track down the convicts who chose not to show up for their day in court. I remember the chase, the arrest, the cigarette and Dog riding in the backseat. And I was among the millions who had no idea there was a reason he did all the things he did. I thought it was nothing more than a bounty hunter apprehending his guy/girl. I only knew what I saw on the show- which was a fraction of the whole picture. There was far more that I didn't know compared to what I did. However, that's no longer the case.

Within the pages of Nine Lives And Counting, you're going to meet a boy named Duane. He lived a straight and narrow life. He was an active church member who many believed he was destined to be a preacher. And by the time he was in seventh grade, he escaped an abusive homelife in exchange for being a member of a biker gang. From there, life took Duane in directions he never could have expected.

A life a crime caught up with him and landed him behind bars. And within those bars, the groundwork for a caring bounty hunter was laid. Dog tells you about how he found himself there and how it changed his life forever. He's going to tell you about his interactions with his fellow inmates. He's also going to share with you how sharing his faith within those concrete walls changed more than just one man's protectory.

You're going to learn about Dog's numerous marriages and his even more numerous children- the ones he knew of and the ones he learned of years later. He's going to share with you the good and the bad of his family life. The ways he succeeded in giving his children a better childhood than he had; and the ways he let his kids down.

He's going to tell you of his career and personal accomplishments. He's also going to share with you the losses that devastated his world. Dog is open , honest and candid about it all. And he'll also share with you how God never left him and helped pick him up off the ground, repeatedly, to start over.

I honestly didn't expect to love this book as much as I did. I didn't think I'd be captured by his story. I wasn't expecting him to be as humble and honest as he was. I definitely finished this book with a better understanding for this man who has been through far more than I ever thought of. Once you finish his book, you understand why he treated his bounties the way he did. He wasn't just in it for the money. He related to so many of his captures. He treated them as humans worthy of the opportunity to get their lives back on track, and not just as the criminals they were.

Thank you, Dog, for opening your story to us readers. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to get to know you better. Thank you for showing us how your faith was always important to you- even when you were lost to criminal activity, dependency or grief. You have left a lasting, touching impression on those you've met and those who have read your story.

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Thank you NetGalley and Nelson Books for sending this early copy for review consideration!

Reading Nine Lives and Counting felt like you were having a conversation or listening to Dog speak directly. He goes through many of his major life events and experiences in a way that you can really see and feel all the emotions. The way they are broken up made it easy to follow and stay engaged.

Whether you are on your spiritual journey and/or a Christian already you will probably appreciate the Bible references and stories. If you are not an overly spiritual or religious person, I feel you can still get a lot out of the book, especially if you are a fan of Dog’s shows.

The only reason I didn’t give it a 4 was a few of the last chapters felt out of place for me. The entire book I felt like Dog spoke humbly of his experiences and was very transparent, raw and intentional with his sharing. Towards the end when he shared about his part in the Laundrie search, it felt forced and out of place. It really didn’t sit with me right even with my interest in true crime.

Overall if you grew up watching Dog the Bounty Hunter and following Beth and the family like me, you’ll enjoy this book and learning where he’s come from as an adult! Dog’s lived a full life and has a lot to share from his experiences.

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I enjoyed this book. It was emotional in some parts and also funny. I loved how he overcame everything and never gave up. I'm glad that he had a chance to find love again after the death of his wife. I'm grateful that netgalley and the publishers let me read this in exchange for an honest review.

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