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Amazing Grays, Amazing Grace Review by Cindy West

By Lynn Baber
Tate Publishing
127 E. Trade Center Terrace
Mustang, OK 73064

Amazing Grays, Amazing Grace was written by a veteran horse trainer who has learned many lessons about God through her time spent with horses. She shares many of her thoughts in chapters that stand on their own as devotional thoughts.

Each of the 34 chapters uses Ms. Baber's experiences with horses to reveal similarities to our relationships with God and others. For instance, one chapter speaks about the necessity to discipline horses for extreme behavior such as biting or kicking. A connection is then made to how God must sometimes discipline us. Just as the discipline is good in the end for the horse, so it is for us as well.

Chapter titles include "Wild Horses and the Narrow Gate," "Disputable Things," "Follow the Leader," "Faith and Effort and Test of Leadership," among many others. The writing style is very casual and conversational, and most chapters can be read in only five to ten minutes.

Quite honestly, to enjoy this book wholly, you should probably love horses. You will likely not be very interested in the content otherwise. I requested this book for review because my daughter is in love with horses. I had planned to let her have the book after I finished writing the review, but it's much more appropriate for adult reading than teen reading. Unfortunately, we won't be keeping this one on the bookshelf. I don't mean to talk you out of trying it if you're completely in love with horses and would love to read "mini-sermons" with horses as the object lesson. However, I have to assume that most people reading this review won't have that as their top priority when it comes to devotional material.

Product review by Cindy West, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, LLC, August 2010