Reviews of Amazing Grays, Amazing Grace
Sonja Berry writes:
Amazing Grays, Amazing Grace compares the horse and rider relationship to a man or woman’s relationship with God. In this unique way, intriguing stories about the honesty of the horse and the dependence on his owner exemplify God’s bond with His own creation.
The stories of the horses and horse training are touching and engaging. The reader is engrossed in the captivating narratives, wanting to know more. The author provides insightful horse training experiences that are useful to any horse owner. Mistakes the author either witnessed or experienced with horses are shared so that the reader may learn. Lynn Baber witnesses God’s message when she humbles herself in front of her readers through her mistakes to show the absolute glory of God.
Learning about God can be intimidating. Lynn shares her relationship with Jesus in a way that is not intimidating and does not leave the reader feeling brow-beaten. Her example of a stallion testing his owner and receiving the appropriate correction is an excellent comparison to humans receiving corrections from God when they have not chosen wisely. The book points out that the most painful parts of life we all go through are used by God to teach us and demonstrate His love. Amazing Grays, Amazing Grace clearly illustrates that it is often our times of greatest sorrow that result in the most joy in our lives though God’s healing grace.
This book came to me at a time when I needed it, when I was working on training with my horse and God was working on training me. God’s message shines through in the simple yet complex relationship of horse and rider. The message is one of faith. People are to depend on God just as a horse must depend on his owner. It is not a book that demands a person be perfect. It is a book that simply teaches no matter where we are or what we do; God’s faith in us is perfect. His blessing to us is Grace. Even when our faith in Him fails, he waits for us to commune with Him once more.
Jill V.I writes:
“Amazing Grays, Amazing Grace” is a wonderful departure from the myriad of horse books that are available on the current market. After reading it, I purchased several more copies as gifts for friends and family.
Lynn Baber is able to convey the parallel in the relationships between horses and people and God and people. The person can play the part of “god” to the horse as well as the “horse” to the trainer (God). This is a parallel that many of us Christian horse people have felt, but have not been able to articulate.
Convicting yet inspiring, “Amazing Grays, Amazing Grace” encourages the reader to pursue excellence in relationships to both the horse and (more importantly) to the Lord, Jesus. This is a book that can be given as a gift to believer and non believer. It is a wonderful way to introduce the sweet relationship that God desires with us to a horsey non-believer. At the same time, the biblical truths presented in the book are foundational and beautifully portrayed as a reminder for the seasoned believer.
This reader will not easily forget the story about the “Noble Youth Horse”. Baber relates the sacrifice of the amazingly loyal youth’s horse to the devout love and sacrifice of Jesus toward us. It is a powerful read.
Good for horse people of any discipline, this book will be one to be read and re read. It would be a fine addition to any horse person’s library.
Vicki Watson, ChristianCowgirl.net writes:
I spent a couple months reading this book, a little at a time. While it’s not a horse training manual, there are many insights into the “psychology” behind working with horses. The author compares our relationship as trainer to our horses with our relationship to God, however in that case, we are the horses. In both areas, she stresses “relationship.” Just as we can’t have a deep relationship with a horse if we spend a half hour once a week with them, so we will never deepen our relationship with God with sporadic five minute prayers or a verse read here and there. Now, I need to go back and re-read and apply in my own life!
Claudia from Massachusetts writes:
It is my privilege to share how Lynn Baber’s book, Amazing Grays, Amazing Grace, has not only impacted my life as a horse owner, but other lives as well.
I have given this text to people of various backgrounds, including folks with no inclination to the horse world at all, such as business executives, craftsmen/women, YMCA staff, neighbors and friends. I also share this “extremely relative to today’s world” book at Cowgirl Chapel services as well as to members of my home “Fellowship of Christian Cowgirls” group.
Its parallel between living in a right relationship with God and the similarities of living in right relationships with each other and our horses is so powerfully described by Lynn. Her passion is clear due to the verity of results she experienced when all the ingredients from God’s recipe for life were applied, both bitter and sweet.
The comments received from the recipients of this book have always been that of awe, gratitude, and “amazement.”
I highly recommend Amazing Grays, Amazing Grace, to anyone who wants to experience life to the fullest, with or without horses. I am looking forward with excitement to the release of Lynn’s next book, He Came Looking for Me.
Jane Harber, author writes:
“Amazing Grays/Amazing Grace” is the first book I’ve read by author Lynn Baber, and I must say … what a way to start! Mrs. Baber has worked with horses most of her life, and through this work, proves without a doubt that God reaches us and teaches us right where we are. In the Bible, Jesus spoke in parables, teaching us spiritual principles that we would have no other way of grasping without the means of examples from this fleshly world. And that’s exactly what Lynn Baber does in “Amazing Grays/Amazing Grace.” She displays remarkable spiritual insight, paralleling her experiences with horses to our experiences with God, in a series of devotions that can be read individually, or several together. Mrs. Baber has touched a part of me deep within my spirit, and I am greatly blessed for having not only read her book, but having met her in person as well. I give this incredible, well-written work, the highest of commendations.
Ken McNabb, Horse Trainer and Clinician says:
“Amazing Grays, Amazing Grace is a great inspirational book. Lynn has done a fantastic job of weaving the relationship between a horse and trainer together with the relationship that we as humans have with God. Horses can teach us some incredible lessons about trust that we as Christians can certainly learn from.”
Melinda Faubel, endurance competitor and blogger writes:
There are so many books in the world, and so little time to give even good books the time they deserve. There are some books, that as you read them, they are so rich, so full of imagery and truth, that you take your time, trying to absorb every nuance and make your own connections. Tess of D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy, and specifically two of CS Lewis’s books (4 Loves, Mere Christianity) hold a special place in my heart as these kind of books.
I can add Lynn Baber’s book “Amazing Grays” to that particular book shelf.
My relationship to horses has always been emotional and indefinable. Baber has come the closest to explaining that relationship in all its intricacies. She clearly defines the relationship between horse and handler and the responsibilities of each in a way that I have come to intuitively understand, but have also had trouble explaining.
Read the full review at Boots and Saddles
Carol Upton, professional reviewer wrote:
Lynn Baber has twenty years of experience as a horse trainer, breeder, judge, and consultant. In the illuminating Amazing Grays-Amazing Grace, she writes with exquisite honesty about how our foundational relationships with horses can help us find a more meaningful sense of direction and bring us closer to God.
Baber observes that what matters and what doesn’t, whether in horse training or in life, is often much simpler than it seems. Using common sense peppered with anecdotes from her horse training experience, she gently leads the reader to the clear connection between life as we choose to live it and God’s grace. The chapters are stand-alone inspirational reading and practical equine advice, from relationship to leadership, success to failure, and discipline to distractions. They are additionally building blocks that point to some definite spiritual conclusions the reader won’t want to miss.
This book will resonate with Christian horse lovers, but it is also a heartfelt read for those who aren’t familiar with horses and even for those who don’t identify as Christian. The exploration of spiritual truths found in Baber’s skillful writing is magnetic and leads the reader back to the book time and again.
Full review printed in Horses All, a Canadian horse newspaper