Thursday, February 18, 2010

Life Lessons From a Horse Whisperer Review

Life Lessons from a Horse Whisperer by Lew Sterrett is one of the best books I have read in a while. Of course, I love horses and the photos in the book are amazing. Always had a thing for cowboys also, so this was a double plus for me.

About the Book:

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.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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.

My Review:

Humans and animals both crave attention, affection, and affirmation. Seeking to work with a horse without these things does not make for a positive working or trusting relationship. The same goes for humans.  Dr. Lew teaches us that relationships, whether it be with horses or people, is about getting them to go from I can't, to I can. I really enjoyed this book, which was a total surprise, but I am so glad I read it. Training a horse, like having a relationship, are both about trust and hard work. That is what I got from this book. Highly reccomended.

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