Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Life Lessons From a Horse Whisperer

Author: Dr. Lew Sterrett with Bob Smietana
Publisher: Monarch Books
January 2010
ISBN: 978-0-8254-6316-7
Genre: Inspirational/nonfiction

LIFE LESSONS FROM A HORSE WHISPERER is not exactly what I expected when I saw this book, but it is infinitely better than what I thought. Profoundly engaging, Dr. Sterrett, and his co-writer, Bob Smietana, have managed to make a nonfiction book positively glisten in ways that most nonfiction works don’t.

Dr. Lew Sterrett is a champion trainer, who has learned the hard way to listen to the horses, and to use patience and a firm but gentle hand to earn the trust of more than 3.500 horses, from wild mustangs to the most sophisticated European breeds.

Through working with horses, Dr. Sterrett illustrates Christian relationship principles for parents, young people, business leaders and athletes.

LIFE LESSONS FROM A HORSE WHISPERER is an absolutely captivating read that has you from page one, as you read about Dr. Sterrett’s childhood, teen years, and adult years. He shares mistakes he’s made (or witnessed others make) in a honest way, making you totally trust this trainer—even from the printed page. I can see where he is effective with training horses, and giving live demonstrations with his Sermon on the Mount demonstrations. I would love to have the opportunity to see Dr. Sterrett in action.

Pictures of Dr. Sterrett working with different horses are included in the center of the book. LIFE LESSONS FROM A HORSE WHISPERER is a book that needs to be read by everyone. Not just for horse-lovers, this is a book that ministers to the heart of people everywhere and teaches relationship messages that are invaluable whether you are working with the young, elderly, or even difficult co-workers. $13.99. 218 pages.

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.




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