Saturday, February 27, 2010

Plain Pursuit

Another wonderful book! Okay, okay, I know I say that about a lot of books that I read. This book was one of those page-turners that you just can't put down. It's about a young woman named Carley, who finds herself very discontented with her life. She takes a month vacation to visit her Amish friend in Pennsylvania. Plain Pursuit is the story of her journey throughout that month. Wiseman does an amazing job of making you feel like you're right there in the story. The characters are well developed and story is easy to follow. When I first picked up the book, I thought to myself that this would be one of those books my mom would like - a typical romance story with some other stuff in between. It turned out to be so much better than that, and I can proudly say that I enjoy the same books as my mom. :)

Friday, February 26, 2010

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.


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. Dr. 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.

In this video Lew Sterett says about team work

Who doesn’t love horses? Who hasn’t faced adversity? Who couldn’t use a word or two about discipline and training?

The answer to these questions is, of course, no one. Dr. Lew Sterrett’s book ‘Life Lessons From a Horse Whisperer‘ addresses all three with the focus being a warm and genuine look at what he has learned working with more than 3,500 hundred horses.

In this book you find that the approach to working with horses is not that different that working with people. The first Chapter reveals the whole basis of how we must approach our relationships with others.

Chapter One is entitled ‘Do You Trust Me?’ This chapter caught my attention because of the foundation of trust that must exist before any progress can be made in any relationship.

Chapter Five was the section of this book that stuck with me. Entitled ‘God and a Girl’, this chapter really spoke me about how we all approach life with gutsy and grand ideas of how our lives should unfold only to be come face to face with the reality that God has ordained for us.

‘Whispers are stronger than shouts’, Dr. Sterrett writes, and it is quite true.

This is an inspiring book filled with genuine life lessons of encouragement, of rebuke, of leadership and of hope. This was quite and enjoyable read suitable for an evening of reflection.

I recommend this book highly for those who might struggle in leadership or in relationships. You’ll encounter God-granted insights and inspirations illustrated by Dr. Sterrett’s personal life lessons.