My daughter and I have thoroughly enjoyed each story in the book The Horse of my Heart!
I confess that I may have shed a tear or two during many of the stories. Each story is about four or five pages, a pretty quick read. This has been a sweet book that Anna and I have enjoyed as we read a story or two a day during our school time. I think one benefit is that she is seeing that there is a lot more to owning a horse than she may have thought. She is also learning the tremendous joy that comes from having a horse that you have invested in and loved.
There are 32 sweet stories, each story is a heartwarming story about a horse owner. Many reflect on a long seeded desire to own a horse as a child to be realized as an adult. Many more take you into the heart of the horse and capture the relationship between the owner and the animal in a very intimate way.
If you know of anyone who is interested in horses, this really is a great book to jump start their passion for these amazing animals. While each story is written by a different author, and many different perspectives are highlighted, the general theme of each story is a love of horses and this is clear in every story!
NOTE : I was offered a copy of The Horse of my Heart in exchange for an honest review.
The Horse of My Heart
edited by Callie Smith Grant
Shining coat flashing in the sun. Silky mane rippling in the wind. A toss of the head and the stamp of a hoof.
Few of God’s creatures are as noble and soul-stirring as the horse. Even those of us who aren’t lucky enough to have horses of our own seem to have an innate desire to connect with these beautiful, regal beasts. As children we read stories about them, collected models of them, and tacked posters of them up on our walls. Throughout history they have carried us and calmed us, pulled our loads and pulled at our heartstrings. They give us a taste of wildness and yet make us feel at home.
In this inspiring collection, you’ll meet horses who show up at the right time, who help their humans learn important truths, and who rescue the very people who rescued them. These true stories of horses and the people who love them are sometimes touching, sometimes humorous, and sometimes miraculous. Always they are inspiring, like the horses themselves. They will touch your heart, renew your spirit, and show you that surely God had us in mind when he created these magnificent creatures.
Callie Smith Grant is the editor of The Cat in the Window, The Cat on My Lap, The Dog Next Door, and The Dog at My Feet. She is also the author of several nonfiction books for young readers and adults, as well as many animal-themed stories and poems that can be seen in Guidepostsanthologies and in magazines such as Small Farmer’s Journal.