Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Book Review: 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.

Find out more about Dr. Lew Sterrett on his website:



Due to a new FTC regulation requiring bloggers to disclose when they've been given free products in exchange for a book review, I must tell you now that I did indeed receive this book from the publicists at no cost to me. In other words, I got a free book to read in exchange for reviewing the book.

Now that all that's out of the way, here are my thoughts on the book:

I have to be honest here and say that this book just wasn't an easy read for me. I liked the premise for the book and enjoyed all the horse stories and how the authors related them to similar human behaviors, but the entire book seemed a little disjointed to me.

It read like a collection of vaguely related stories and ideas, but it just didn't quite come together in a cohesive manner.

Overall I liked the book but I feel that it could have been better written.

If you'd like to judge for yourself, as you should, feel free to follow the links above and check out the book. I have another book review coming up on Thursday, Lord willing.

Y'all have a wonderful week, dear family and friends. :o)


Gigi said...

Thanks for the review, Diane! I think he was on an episode of "The Dog Whisperer"...seemed like a very nice man.

Rachel said...

I think I've seen this guy on TV before. I love horses, so I'd probably enjoy the book!

I do hope your sister is doing better.

Hope your weather is doing better too!

Love and hugs,

Granny Annie said...

I am not a horse person and horses sense that about me. There is no whispering where I am concerned. However I have a good friend who lives and breathes horses and this book might be a perfect gift for her. Did you say if you do or do not have a passion for horses? I think the would truly influence a review. Good job.