Friday, February 19, 2010

Life Lessons from a Horse Whisperer by Dr. Lew Sterrett

About Life Lessons from a Horse Whisperer:

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 Lew:

A champion trainer and true horse whisperer, Dr. Lew Street has used patience and a firm but gentle hand to earn the trust of more than 3,500 horses. Lew Street (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.

It is from this broad perspective of training and experience, that Dr. Street has readily gained a hearing from audiences internationally teaching lessons for life and leadership from the language of the horse.
In addition to a host of published resources and regular T.V. programs, Lew travels extensively presenting his horse training messages under the banners of Principle Based Training, Leaders by Heart, and Sermon on the Mount.

Here is my review of this wonderful non-fiction read:

First of all, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Dr. Lew Sterrett and Bob Smietana and their publisher for sending me a copy of "Life Lessons from a Horse Whisperer" to review for them. I have always been grateful for this generosity, and I am trying to improve at being consistent in taking the time to thank these wonderfully giving individuals in a public forum. I really appreciate your time, effort and expense in making a reviewer copy available to me.

Dr. Lew Sterrett teams up with Bob Smietana to pen the non-fiction book “Life Lessons From A Horse Whisperer”. When I saw the discoloration of the page edges in the center of the book, I went immediately to the photographs and oohed and aahed over the action shots of Sterrett and “the boys”, a trio of beautiful horses. After spending several minutes there, I returned to the front and began reading.

I was captivated by a story about trust and an animal named Spotlite that taught me sometimes we need to stop and be still and let Jesus untangle us from the trappings that threaten us. It is truly surprising how these animal anecdotes translate into life lessons for Christians.

This book is easily read in large chunks or as just a few pages at a time. The stories entertain and enlighten and offer opportunities for growth in relationship with Jesus and others. I will recommend this engaging and inspirational book, loan it out to friends and re-read it myself.

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