Being an animal lover, I was intrigued by Lew Sterrett’s story when the offer came to review this book.
Not only is Dr. Sterrett a grisly old cowboy who can tame wild horses, he is also a licensed pastor and certified counselor. He has successfully combined his two passions (horses and people) and uses his talents to minister to others, worldwide. I wasn’t aware of his Sermon on the Mount program prior to this review, but after reading this book I would love to see a live presentation.
Life Lessons From A Horse Whisperer shares the many life lessons Lew has learned from his time spent training horses. Lessons of faith, trust, hope and transformation, which are inspiring and motivational. Some are deep and thought provoking – others are simple yet powerful. This book made me laugh AND cry at times – some of the stories he shares of horses that have been broken in spirit by harsh trainers broke my heart……and yet at the same time it was easy to parallel those examples to people who have been broken in spirit by the harsh things in life.
I enjoyed reading about Lew’s ideas on leadership (which make a lot of sense!) and how he took a run down, falling apart ranch, saved it from closing and turned it into the Sermon on the Mount ministry which blesses so many lives today. All throughout the book, Lew is very clear about his faith in Christ and his personal relationship with Jesus, which is the “icing on the cake” for this book.
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.
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