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Life Lessons from a Horse Whisperer Paperback – January 12, 2010
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About the Author
Lew Sterrett is executive director of the Miracle Mountain Ranch near Erie, Pennsylvania. He is a licensed pastor and a certified youth, marriage, and family counselor through the United Association of Christian Counselors.
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*A copy of this book was provided for review by LitFuse Publicity Group/Kregal*
A video of Dr. Sterrett talking about his Sermon on the Mount Ministry is available here: [...]
This is my first exposure to Dr. Sterrett and his various ministries. I am so impressed! I am seriously considering visiting the Miracle Mountain Ranch this summer!
Dr. Sterrett, along with Bob Smietana, has written his first book, entitled `Life Lessons from a Horse Whisperer.'
I was intrigued how a champion horse trainer would parallel horse training techniques to our relationship with God - but he pulls it off! I have never seen such a powerful illustration. I would have never compared the two, but it makes sense that there are comparisons between these two creatures that the Lord has created!
Early on in his life, Lew made some observations about behaviors that motivate (and demoralize) people. He came up with these simply truths for how to properly deal with people:
1. Communicate clearly
2. Prepare people for change, don't spring it on them.
3. Correct people in private, not in public.
4. Deal with conflict immediately
It seems apparent from this book that Dr. Sterrett is a wonderful boss. I think some of my previous bosses could learn some things from these simple guidelines!
Dr. Sterrett provides numerous examples of problem behavior in horses and how he dealt with those problems, and how they applied to our interactions as humans. As a young man, he incorrectly dealt with the bad behavior of a three year old mare named Nava Rose. He lost his temper and threw this 1,000 pound horse to the ground. He later apologized to her and realized the error of his ways:
"That day was a breakthrough for me. Nava Rose didn't have a problem. I had a problem. I'd asked her to do too much, too fast, and punished her when she couldn't keep up. That's a problem many of us face - when someone won't do what we say, we try to force them to comply. Nava Rose made me look bad, and I couldn't handle it." (p. 22)
In this chapter on trust, he goes on to say:
"Nava Rose helped me learn how to capture the "want to." I had to re-earn her trust and rebuild her confidence. She was afraid to fail because she knew that if she failed, I would punish her. So I stopped trying to lead by fear and intimidation, and looked for ways to build her confidence." (p. 23)
In the chapter entitled `Responsible Choice,' Dr. Sterrett made this observation about how Jesus chooses to treat people:
"I had a need and I couldn't meet it, and so I needed help, just like a horse who can't do it on his own. I realized that Jesus came into my arena, like a trainer comes in to work with a horse, so that I would come to know and trust him. He didn't make me come to him, and require that I clean myself up and make myself worthy of his attention. He came into my life, as messy and unruly as it was, and embraced me just as I was. Just as I want a horse to take the initiative and move towards me, God wanted me to move towards him, and trust him." (p. 201)
Dr. Sterrett chose to follow the example of Jesus. Here are a last few passages to that effect:
"For more than thirty years, I've been preaching and practicing what's known as servant leadership. Rather than barking orders and expecting people to jump at my commands, I try to understand the needs of my staff first. Knowing their needs and personalities allows me to better serve them." (p. 205)
"Join me on my journey of knowing the greatest trainer of all time - Jesus Christ." (p. 218)
I found this to be a very valuable book. Although I have only had a few encounters with horses in my life (city slicker that I am!), I was able to relate to Lew's examples, and believe they will be helpful in the home and in the workplace. Dr. Sterrett uses a lot of common sense and Godly wisdom. I will be referencing this book often.
This book was published by Monarch Books/Kregel Publications and provided to me for review purposes by the Litfuse Publicity Group.
Reviewed by Andrea Schultz - Ponderings by Andrea - [...]
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