The intersection of horses and spiritualism is an interesting one to consider.
In one corner you have the very earthy horse itself, seemingly connected to the planet’s surface by every bond imaginable: eyes to seek out predators on the plain, teeth to pull up the grass growing from the soil, hooves and long legs that are nothing more than incredibly elongated fingers and nails designed for speed across the sprawling prairies of a prehistoric Earth.
In the other corner you have humans with the constant struggle to see further than their sight can grasp, the desire to slip their connection with the grass and soil and lift into the skies, and the ability to transform, through ingenuity, into almost anything else they want.
When horses and humans meet, interesting things happen. The content of Earth meets a spirit always struggling for more, longing to understand.
Cara Whitney’s Unbridled Faith: 100 Devotions from the Horse Farm is a the result of such an intersection. As a daily read for an equestrian, it’s both a grounding exercise and a reminder to look higher.
Written as two-page vignettes illustrated with lovely equestrian and farm photography — including Whitney’s adorable Icelandic horse, whom she introduces first as Sven, then admits his nickname is Fat Benny — Unbridled Faith puts Biblical quotes into practical equine context.
Comparing the words of Esther to a horse refusing to load puts an entirely new spin onto these old stories!
While this book is clearly aimed at Christian audiences, there’s nothing here that couldn’t be enjoyed by a spiritual person who is simply looking for some sensible thoughts in what could hardly be called a sensible point in history.
After all, we all know our horses live much more practically than we do. We know that if a horse doesn’t want to get into a trailer, there’s a reason. There’s a backstory. We know we have to work that out and gain our horse’s trust. How does that play into our daily lives? How can we use that horse sense we’ve acquired over the years, to do better in the circumstances and situations off the farm?
Or on the farm, heaven knows we all run into trouble in our barns often enough.
The great news is, I’m offering this lovely hardcover book as a giveaway! Many thanks to Thomas Nelson and HarperCollins Christian Publishing for making this book available as a prize.
Just comment on this blog post between today and midnight Sunday, June 24 to enter. You can share something funny or wise a horse has taught you, or you can just comment “pick me pick me!” – whatever works for you. I’ll pick a comment number using Random.org’s random number generator on Monday, June 25 and be in touch with the winner for your mailing address.
It’s that easy, but you can read the Sweepstakes Rules too (fun!!!):
- Entries must be made between publication on June 16 and 23:59 June 24, 2018.
- Entry is in the form of a comment on this blog post.
- Entry is limited to U.S. residents and mainland U.S. mailing addresses.
- Prize is (1) hardcover copy of Unbridled Faith: 100 Devotions from the Horse Farm. Value: $16.99
- Winner will be notified by email via the account registered to make the blog comment.
- Prize delivery will be within 2 weeks of receipt of winner’s mailing address. Not responsible for lost or stolen packages or undeliverable status from the post office.
- No purchase necessary – void where prohibited – the entries received determine the odds of winning
Learn more about Unbridled Faith: 100 Devotions from the Horse Farm here.
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