Life Lessons of a Horse Whisper - Review

Monday, February 22, 2010

Distributed by Kregel Publications: A champion trainer and true horse whisperer, Dr. Lew Sterrett has used patience and a firm but gentle hand to earn the trust of more than 3,500 horses. In this book, Lew tells the stories of his work with these horses and the lessons each one has taught him. Sometimes heartbreaking and often uplifting, Lew has condensed his lifetime of learning into messages for the Christian life. Today, Lew shares these messages with more than 50,000 people each year through horse training presentations at Miracle Mountain Ranch and nationally through his Sermon on the Mount Ministry.

The author's engaging style and adroit mixture of well-tested anecdotes and thoughtful instruction make this a winning read-and not just for horse lovers. Read an excerpt!

A champion trainer and true horse whisperer, Dr. Lew Sterrett has used patience and a firm but gentle hand to earn the trust of more than 3,500 horses. Lew Sterrett (Ph. D) had little idea that his boyhood interest in horses would open doors internationally for speaking and training. During his years in 4-H, he savored many opportunities to train and show horses and earn national recognition. As a student leader at Penn State University he benefited from many mentoring relationships from which he received valuable training, experience and honors. This foundation provided a basis for an extensive horse career with a unique emphasis on training youth and community leaders.

Lew has served as the Executive Director of Miracle Mountain Ranch Missions, Inc. (MMRM) since 1977. MMRM, located in northwestern Pennsylvania, is home for a summer youth camp, and a leadership training center for youth, adult, and family groups. He has also promoted safety in public riding programs, serving as President of the Certified Horse Association for 7 years. A licensed pastor, certified Youth, Marriage and Family Counselor, he earned his PhD from North Tennessee Seminary in 2007. For more about Lew and Miracle Mountain Ranch visit his website.

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My Review: A huge fan of the movie The Horse Whisper with Robert Redford . . . well that movie doesn't even come close. This book is just beautiful from the first word. In the book he talks about trust, and trust is a big thing. Take it from me. Mine's been ripped to shreds! On pg 19 this is absolutely beautiful. "I'd like to take credit for saving Spotlight's life; to say that the reason he made it free of the barbed wire without a scratch was because I'm a miracle - working, horse - whispering genuis. But that wouldn't be the truth. The real hero in this story is Spotlight who overcame his fear, and put his faith and trust in me. His courage and faith in that moment of crisis made all the difference. Trust remains the building block of every human relationship: between parents and children; between workers and their bosses; between husband and a wife; between people and God. Most of us know this. But it's one thing to know that trust is important and it's another to take active steps, day by day to build that trust." This is just one passage from this book, and there are more like it! This book is encouraging and uplifting! I can't recommend it enough! I give this book a lighthouse and shine a light on it for pointing a path to God!


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I loved this review Andi! I totally agree with you. :)

Thanks Amyanne! I really loved this book and I think that my Divorce care group will get a lot out of it.

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