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Hope . . . From the Heart of Horses: How Horses Teach Us About Presence, Strength, and Awareness Hardcover – April 22, 2009


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing; 1 edition (April 22, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1602396604
  • ISBN-13: 978-1602396609
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 6.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #375,318 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Ostensibly meant to offer life lessons for horse owners, this book delivers, instead, a rather New Age blend of personal experiences and observations from Pike (Pathway to a Radiant Soul), life coach and founder of the Mind Body Method. Though the title might lead readers to expect lively and varied stories of human/horse interaction, Pike offers tediously similar tales of deep connection and understanding between horse and rider, including how to achieve a respectful relationship with a fierce-spirited mustang. Readers learn that horses are sentient beings, capable of diagnosing emotional and physical illness, and choosing their own partners for lessons. Horses can also influence chakras and communicate telepathically. In the last pages, Pike gets to the instructions, too little, too late. (Apr.)
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About the Author

Kathy Pike is the founder of the Mind Body Method (MBM), a published author, a coach trainer, a leader in the field of Equine Experiential Learning, and a Life Coach. She conducts equine-facilitated workshops and training sessions throughout the country and abroad. She lives in Glenwood Springs, Colorado.


Linda Kohanov is the author of The Tao of Equus, Riding between the Worlds, and Way of the Horse.

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Kathy Pike's work with humans and horses honors both species and shows how we can assist one another in the life journey.
Forest Horse Kate
I now know Kathy personally and I can say for sure, the way she comes across in the book, she is the same in real life, so what you see is what you get.
M. Fisher
For anyone who loves horses and for those who want to find out what gentle and miraculous souls horses are, this book is for you.
Sandra Nordgren

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

Format: Hardcover
This book tells the story of Kathy Pike, a very experienced life coach who has developed into a leader in the field of Equine Facilitated Learning.
The book describes how she, after a traumatic experience - falling of a horse and being dragged along by the stirrup, after years of no contact with horses at all comes back into contact with them, but now in an entirely different way. She tells about her life and the life lessons had through contact with the horses. Her style I find interesting and it makes the reader get more insight into how very instructive and healing it is to be in contact with horses and to have a deeper relationship with them.

It contains a lot of horse wisdom and life lessons that very many people, not just horse people or people who are fond of horses, will be inspired by and get motivated to, especially in this 'new' time, get into deep contact with his/her authentic self and to live the life that they really want.
Highly recommended for people who are walking the path of personal and spiritual growth, and want to live in the here and now, want to connect to this deep spiritual level and know that it is good to stay connected to the reality, to what IS.

Personally I find her writingstyle very clear. I enjoyed her very open and personal stories, they reveal much about herself, which puts her in a vulnerable position, but because of that she is fully empowered.
I now know Kathy personally and I can say for sure, the way she comes across in the book, she is the same in real life, so what you see is what you get. Nothing more, nothing less and I love that!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Michael McKibban on April 26, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Kathy Pike has put into words the power of simply being with the spirit of horses. The way she moves us through her experiences with the Horse Human relationship is a great narrative of her path. This is a very powerful example of how we can partner with Horses and come back to our hearts and are own spirit. A must read for those that would like to experience being in the present through the heart of the Horse.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By 3 moutons on July 17, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Kathy tells us the story of her path with horses and how horses invited themselves into her coaching activity. She speaks so true and so humble that you understand that although what she says of horses as healers is totally amazing, this is not something that happens only to special people, but is also possible for anyone.
Read it, use her approaches so you too can experience it in your life.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Forest Horse Kate on July 1, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Kathy Pike's work with humans and horses honors both species and shows how
we can assist one another in the life journey. I enjoyed reading Pike's stories of specific horses and incidents encountered in both her own life and in her work with Equine Experiential Learning. Here is a quote from the book that expresses its teachings:
" The horse is not here for us to control, manipulate, or dominate. Rather the horse is here to teach us about power, authenticity, and how to connect and experience the world as separate beings. With completely different approaches to life, we can come together, communicate, and partner at levels unlike any other interspecies relationship."
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Adriane LaSalle on December 22, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Kathy's book, "Hope...From the Heart of Horses, empowered me to start really living life instead of fighting it or just being stagnant. Reading this book started me on a personal journey that has not only changed my life in so many incredible ways, but has also touched every human and horse that I come in contact with. It has given me the tools to improve peoples lives with horses and horses lives with people. Easy and fun to read...I strongly recommend it and see what life changes it stirs for you!!! You don't need to be a "horse" person...it is for everyone.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By GN Young on July 1, 2009
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I love the work that Kathy is doing in personal growth and development using horses. This book helped me to understand more about the field, to explore these ideas in my own life and gave me plenty of food for thought. Real soul food!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Marilyn Schwader on April 20, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Kathy Pike has written powerful, heart-centered stories of the lessons she's learned from horses. I was swept along by her touching and vivid descriptions of how she and others she has worked with have been healed by the horses. Her writing has inspired me to explore how I can integrate the horse's teaching into my own life and business. This is a great read for anyone interested in what we can learn from these majestic animals.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rebekka P. on January 19, 2011
Format: Hardcover
"Hope" is easy to read and yet so profound.
Easy to read ... due to the mix of Kathy's personal life story and other short stories and because she transmits a down-to-earth approach of a subject that we would assume rather spiritual.
Once you read - and while reading you feel it - about the connection that is possible with a horse, you simply get triggered and want to go and experience it!
A great tool for personal and spiritual discovery with your horse!
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More About the Author

Kathy Pike
Author, Teacher, Coach
www.CoachingwithHorses.com

Founder of the Mind Body Method (MBM), published author, coach trainer, leader in the field of Equine Facilitated Learning, and life coach, Kathy brings over 15 years experience in the field of human development and personal growth.

Her compassionate, intuitive, and cutting edge approach in working with individuals provides her clients access to their deepest level of truth, power, and ability to live with purpose and passion. Kathy's Mind Body Method integrates all of the information and knowledge within a persons experience bringing clarity and immediate results.


Kathy offers coaching, workshops, and training programs for individuals and groups, by phone, teleclasses and in person. She is prolific at developing worksheets and learning aids for all of her programs. Access Worksheets.

Her professional training courses include the Mind Body Method, a coach training course designed for life or professional coaches and individuals in helping professions. She is a leader in the field of Equine Facilitated Learning and Coaching (EFLC) and provides train the trainer programs for individuals wishing to employ horses in programs focused on human development.

A diverse approach to accessing human potential has grown from Kathy's experience as a coach trainer for CoachU, and a teacher at the Boulder College of Massage Therapy, Naropa School of Extended Studies, and Colorado Mountain College. Her corporate training includes a certificate for the Coaches Clinic, through Corporate CoachU. Kathy has spoken at several ICF international conferences along with several regional and local organizations.

As a leader in the field of EFCL she present her Mind Body Method and other key concepts of self-awareness at national conferences. She founded the Mind Body SIG that grew to a virtual membership of 350 coaches and hosted authors such as don Miguel Ruiz. When Kathy is not teaching or coaching you can find her training her wild mustang, Corazon, or trail riding with her quarter horse, Moon. You might also find her skiing the mountains of Colorado, rafting rivers, or hiking the local trails. Her hobbies include painting, yoga and cooking.


Books:

Hope...From the Heart of Horses: How Horses Teach Us About Presence, Strength, and Awareness, which focuses on the power of horses to help humans grow with a foreword by Linda Kohanov and published by Skyhorse publishing, 2009.

Pathways to a Radiant Self, A Journey of Growth and Discovery with the Chakras published in 2001.

Horse as Teacher book series founded by Kathy Pike and Marilyn Schwader. Each book features 10 equine specialists and their stories demonstrating the horse as teacher for humans.

Website:
http://www.coachingwithhorses.com/

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