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Christian In Training: A 40 day Devotional [Kindle Edition]

Pauline Creeden
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Book Description

Draw closer to god in just 2 minutes per day!

This series of short 2-minute devotions relates the Scriptures to Horsemanship, giving the reader and rider a new insight into God's word. Even if you have no experience with horses whatsoever, you can glean amazing insight into the workings of God through your relationship with Him.

First begun as a weekly devotion in "More From Ruby" - the website addition from RUBY FOR WOMEN Magazine.

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  • File Size: 745 KB
  • Print Length: 148 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: AltWit Press (January 5, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #543,118 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Insight and a Joy to Read! January 27, 2012
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To say this is an excellent devotional for horsemen and women is such a huge understatement that I am loathe to try to qualify it at all. I didn't know what to expect when I started reading; maybe something cutesy and trite, but I did not expect the depth of insight author Pauline Creeden infuses into these forty chapters. I am a follower of Jesus and I am intimately knowledgeable about horses and horse training, so this book is right up my alley.

Let me just hush and share my favorite parts: "As followers of Jesus, we are to become all things to all people. The good [horse] trainer...[doesn't] change who [she is as she's training] different horses, just how she [rides] each horse." Day Four. (What an excellent explanation of Apostle Paul's meaning in 1 Cor 9:22!)

And what about Day Nine: (paraphrased) If we take a trained horse and stop his training, expecting him to just stay tuned up for the rest of his life, we are in for a fall. Like the horse, if we don't stay in the Word, constantly learning for the rest of our lives, we will get rusty and eventually become no better than a hay burner and pasture pet (my words, not hers!). But you get the gist -- comparing horse training to Disciple training is expertly done in this devotional.

I won't belabor the examples, but take note of Day 34, regarding sin and the scars it places on our spirits. You will be amazed how Creeden demonstrates biblical principals based on her love of God and her knowledge of horse training.

Kudos to Creeden!

Ellen C Maze
Author of Amazon #1 Top-rated Christian Thriller "Rabbit: Chasing Beth Rider"
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Blessing March 18, 2012
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I love this book. The author has shared so many profound insights on the needs and behaviour of horses. An animal I love!
I've never owned a horse, but I have worked with horses and ridden a lot over the years.
The way she explained spiritual truths by using the training of horses, was quite profound.
The book has been designed so that each chapter is a daily reading, which is lovely. And the occasional photographs are a treat.
Chapter Twenty Two really spoke to me. I've prayed the beautifully simple Jabez prayer every morning for years now. Trusting God to protect me and enlarge my borders. And I can say in all honesty He has answered me in so many amazing ways.
If you are a Christian and love horses, you will enjoy and be blessed by this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Devotional July 26, 2013
By J.M.
Format:Kindle Edition
When I got married, one of the hardest things for me to adjust was my devotional time. I love sitting down in the evening time. Right after a shower and before I would go to bed, I would journal, pour my heart out to God on paper and read the Bible, and then drift off in peace. That was my time with God. Kind of makes it difficult when there's someone else in the room. So after nearly 11 years of marriage, I've still haven't figure that out. Of course, we did add kids to the mix. Is there such a thing as quiet time then?

So when I started reading Christian in Training, A 40 Day Devotional by Pauline Creeden, I was like, why haven't I found something like this before? Each chapter is short, almost too short because then you're tempted to read the next chapter and the next one without letting the information sink in. She calls it a 2-minute devotion. It's to the point and simple to understand as she begins each chapter with a verse and an illustration of how our relationship with God is much like the relationship between a horse and its trainer. I love reading stuff like that, because then something clicks in my brain and I have better understanding of my own walk with the Lord.

I recommend, even if you're not a horse lover, you'll appreciate its candor and learn something new about horses.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars <3 January 28, 2013
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Love this book. I love that I can relate it to horses and my life with them. They are such a huge part of my life that this was a great experience.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding!! January 26, 2013
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My one and only complaint about this book is that it ended too soon. I read it daily, sometimes reading ahead a day or two, then going back and rereading the previous day's devotions. The author not only knows the Bible, but she knows her horses as well and the analogies she makes are right on target. They teach without preaching, and were a blessing to me.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice devotional for horse-lovers (and others) July 24, 2013
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This devotional is designed to be read in two minutes every day for forty days. Of course, some people will just read it cover to cover like I did and still benefit from Pauline Creeden's insights. She draws on her knowledge of horses (specifically the way they are trained, although she brings in other aspects like feeding, riding, competing, and even physiology too) and makes helpful parallels for people who are trying to grow closer in their walk with God.

Obviously, two minutes a day isn't going to give you a crash course in theology, and that's not the intention of this book. But it's a great little boost for people who like devotionals to draw closer to God (similar in length and style to Our Daily Bread and other devotional booklets like that). The difference between this one book and those devotionals is that all the insights are based on the author's experience with horses. I recommend it to anyone who wants an easy, down-to-earth devotional, and to people who work with horses and are interested in matters of faith and Christianity.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this!
Everything truly fit! I love God and I love horses, so to show me how I can learn about one from the other was great.
Published 1 month ago by Darla Nichelson
5.0 out of 5 stars ... I wanted for my friend I'm sure she will love
just what I wanted for my friend I'm sure she will love it
Published 2 months ago by fairylady
5.0 out of 5 stars Great devotional for the horse lover.
Wonderful daily devotional.Lots of great horse information as well.
Published 3 months ago by Karen in Iowa
4.0 out of 5 stars Encouraging thoughts
A fun little devotional that carries a horse theme. Each day's thought creates an illustration about horses that relates to a Christian's spiritual life. Read more
Published 5 months ago by In the Bookcase
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I love the way horse activity can show us the way! Inspirational
Published 8 months ago by bawnzo
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Okay, but not as inspirational as other horse devotionals.
Published 9 months ago by Paula A Orinofsky
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Devotional if you Love Horses & the Lord
Published 9 months ago by horsegal&reader
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE IT!!!
Wonderful read for people who Love God and horses. Very nicely written. Great job in tying scripture and horses together.
Published 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Christian devotional for horse lovers!
I have loved horses my whole life and owned them for the last 10 years and this book is a Godsend! I have always told people I felt closer to God when I'm working with a horse... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Megan Welch
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Reading for your Spiritual Journey
This 40 day devotional brings wonder-filled spiritual messages to you through our connection to animals - particularily horses. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Kairos
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More About the Author

Pauline Creeden is an award-winning author, horse trainer, and overall book ninja. She becomes the main character in each of her stories, and because she has ADD, she will get bored if she pretends to be one person for too long.

Armored Hearts, her joint effort with author Melissa Turner Lee, has been awarded the Crowned Heart for Excellence by InDtale Magazine. It is also the 2013 Book Junkie's Choice Winner in Historical Fiction. Her debut novel, Sanctuary, won 1st Place Christian YA Title 2013 Dante Rosetti Award and 2014 Reader's Choice Gold Award for Best YA Horror Novel.


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