The Horse of My Heart: Stories of the Horses We Love

The Horse of My Heart: Stories of the Horses We Love

by Callie Smith Grant (Editor)


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Few of God's creatures are as noble and soul-stirring as the horse. Even those of us who don't have horses of our own love to read inspiring stories of these beautiful, regal beasts.

With contributions from well-known authors such as Lauraine Snelling, Susy Flory, Rebecca E. Ondov, Wanda Dyson, and Sarah Parshall Perry, these true stories of horses and the people who love them are sometimes touching, sometimes humorous, and sometimes miraculous. As she did in her dog and cat story collections, Callie Grant Smith has compiled another perfect read for animal lovers--this time with horses as the subject.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780800723347
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/06/2015
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 486,429
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Callie Smith Grant is the editor of The Cat in the Window, The Dog Next Door, The Cat on My Lap, 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 which can be seen in Guideposts anthologies and in magazines such as Small Farmer's Journal.

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The Horse of My Heart: Stories of the Horses We Love 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Pooke More than 1 year ago
A Horse is a Horse.... Open the cover of this book and enter the world of horses, and those who love them. This collection of over thirty true stories will touch your heart. These tales cover the gamut of children's horses, to horses that have played a major role in the life of adults. Wanda Dyson remembers the day a horse named Lady somehow opened her front door, and let herself into the house on a mission of mercy. Lady then led Wanda to a badly injured horse. Shirley Zeller recounts what it was like to grow up on a remote horse ranch in North Dakota. Despite it taking place in the 20th century, her experiences could have been with the cowboys of the 1800's. Sherri Gallagher shares idyllic days she, and her friend spent on horseback. While munching peanut butter sandwiches and homemade cookies, they explored fields, forests and everything in between, all while atop their horses. Not all the horses were owned by the people who adored them. Claudia Wolfe St. Clair relates the love her mom had for the great racehorse, Secretariat. She was so enamored with him, that a surprise Christmas visit to see the famous racer filled her with joy. Not only did she see him, Secretariat came right up to her mom, and let her touch him. The thrill she got from that still resonates off the pages today. Hold your horses, is that right? Despite knowing very little about horses, these stories were a delight to read. Not only was I entertained, I learned some "horse facts." For instance, I was very surprised to find out the type of horse that lots of Amish people get to pull their buggies. I also smiled when I discovered why, Macaroni "The White House Pony," had to have chicken wire around him. I really liked this book, despite knowing nothing about horses before I read the first page. If you don't have any experience with horses, you might consider changing that after reading The Horse of My Heart. This will be a treasure to those who already love these four-footed friends. These are all short stories, so they can be read a little bit at a time, or the entire book can be read straight through. Either way, it will be a real pleasure, even more so, since there are no objectionable scenes or language. This book will leave a smile on your face long after it is finished. I highly recommend this 5-star book to anyone who enjoys well-written or true stories--and most certainly to horse lovers. The publisher has provided me with a complimentary copy of The Horse of My Heart through Revell Publishing for the purpose of review. All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required, or influenced, to give anything but an honest appraisal. Despite my receiving the book free, it has not influenced my judgment.
michelemorin More than 1 year ago
Horses and Heartstrings Humans and horses have worked and played together for centuries, and this bond finds its way into everyday life when you have a child who loves horses. My oldest son read horse books, played with model horses, and sat astride his stick horse to ride far and wide in search of . . . who knows what? Best of all, he found and married a horse lover, and, together, they dream of a barn and pasture for that someday horse of their own. The Horse of My Heart captures this adoration of horses in thirty-two stories, written by a team of horse-lovers and expertly corralled by editor, Callie Smith Grant. Sometimes it’s the little girl who grows up to find her heart’s desire in some horse barn, but just as often it’s the mum or dad with the longing for a four-legged friend who doubles as transportation. Along with this selection of stories, readers will find articles profiling famous horses in history along with informational pieces about horse-lore from the origin of the term “horsepower” to the secret identity of most Amish buggy horses. “The outside of a horse is good for the inside of a man,” is a quote I’ve heard attributed to Ronald Reagan, who may have gotten it from Winston Churchill, but a Google search just muddies the waters with names like Woodrow Wilson’s physician and someone named Theodore Parker. At any rate, whoever said the words would appreciate the evidence for their truth provided in the pages of The Horse of My Heart: “”Horses are herd animals, and Tash and I had found our herd – together. She was my kindred spirit.” “Baja was a true blue friend who stuck closer than a brother.” Accounts of horses sleeping outside their owner’s bedroom window, helping their riders to overcome fears, and bringing out the hero in people are just a small cross section of the inspiring tales offered. Writers share their experiences of relationships of mutual trust, and acknowledge that, as they have trained their horse, their horse is also training them. This inspiring collection is a sure hit for the horse-lovers on your Christmas list. This book was provided by Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, in exchange for my review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
ksnapier475 More than 1 year ago
I may not own my own heart but I love them and I have 2 that live just down the road from me. I visit them all the time, along with my dog. We have become such friends and they will always have their own stories in my heart. Horses are an important part of almost every child's life, whether they are the loyal steed for a television or movie hero, or beautiful parts of the landscape as we travel down the road, or even the ponies we visit at the petting zoos. This book includes a variety of stories, all with these noble animals. some of them are the means to teaching a lesson, or rescue those who saved them first. Each of these stories are true and their owners are quite often as inspiring as the horses.These stories are touching, renewing and show God's love for us by giving us these amazing animals on the earth. I was given this book by Revell Publishing in exchange for my honest review
Teresa_Konopka More than 1 year ago
This book is a collection of short stories (no more than a few pages each) of how horses have impacted lives. From the wild horse who is eventually tamed to the abused horse who learns to love and more, these stories will warm your heart. Besides horses, there are even stories about donkeys and mules. Additionally, there are quotes and pictures and historical notes sprinkled throughout the book. Should the reader be curious about the individual authors, there are mini-biographies of each writer at the back of the book. What I loved about this book was how it conveyed horses. Having ridden and cared for horses before, I know the freedom horses provide. I also know the emotion and intelligence in their eyes. This book is a must read for all. Whether you are a pony-obsessed girl or a macho cowboy, you will find the horse of your heart in these pages.
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
Such beautiful and intelligent animals that I have always admired and so I chose to review this book. As you begin each short story will touch your heart, and you might want to have the tissues handy. What a blessing in their lives these graceful animals are, well most are! There is a magical connection between these animals and humans, and when these individual horses enter the human’s lives, it seems something wonderful is about to happen. Memories that follow them for the remainder of their lives, and they share them with us in such moving stories. They seem to arrive and be there with these people when they need them the most, and have a calming and loving effect on them. This book is going to touch in special ways, and you will see God’s hand in this, he made these amazing animals. Once you open that first page and begin your journey, your going to want to keep reading on to the next and then the next. I received this book through Revell Blogger Book Tours and was not required to give a positive review.
VicG More than 1 year ago
Callie Smith Grant in her new book, “The Horse of My Heart” published by Revell gives us Stories of the Horses We Love. From the back cover: 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. The Lone Ranger had Silver, Zorro had Tornado, Roy Rogers had Trigger and when we were growing up we had the Westerns with all those horses. Let’s face it if we already had a dog as a pet our next choice would be a horse. There is something about a horse that draws us. Me, personally, I think there is a nobleness about them. They allow themselves to eat from our hand, ride on their backs and pull their loads. Ms. Grant has pulled together these wonderful stories from all these various authors to give us the complexity that is a horse. There is an intimate relationship between man and horse as well as woman and horse. In these true stories horses help in the healing process, help some in adjusting to life’s changes and then together human and horse where the horse is rescued and then the horse does the rescuing. All in all a wonderful look at some of the most magnificent animals in creation. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”