Spirit of the War Horse; Kitty Silverwings, an Appaloosa Story  -     By: Patti Ansuini
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Spirit of the War Horse; Kitty Silverwings, an Appaloosa Story

Xulon Press / 2013 / Paperback

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In telling the story of Kitty Silverwings, Patti Ansuini shares a compelling example of the spiritual bond that can form between humans and horses. Although often hard to explain, the connection is clearly understood through the emotional saga of Kitty and the challenges she faced. Countless horse owners will tell of special moments of understanding, but Ansuini gets deeper and leaves the reader believing in the authenticity of spirits from the past and the power of prayer to whatever form of divinity it is that watches over our animals. Kitty happens to be an Appaloosa, so that makes for an intriguing tale beyond what it would be if she were 'just a horse.'

2014 Christian Writers Award winner.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 138
Vendor: Xulon Press
Publication Date: 2013
Dimensions: 9.21 X 6.14 X 0.30 (inches)
ISBN: 162871185X
ISBN-13: 9781628711851

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    Spirit of the War Horse: Kitty Silverwings, an Appaloosa
    March 14, 2015
    TG from NJ
    Where do I begin to describe this book. Patti graciously starts this book by providing the full American Indian history of the Appaloosa horse, truly educational & inspiring in and of itself. She then goes on to explain her own beautiful history & love of horses. She takes you through the many chapters of her wonderful life. The story climaxes when she buys Kitty Silverwings. She refuses to walk in fear re: the many physical challenges Kitty was born with. Day by day, w/Patti's love & support, Kitty is MIRACULOUSLY healed to the point of being able to compete in shows !!!

    Later on, Kitty continues to inspire Patti when she's faced with a cancer diagnosis. Kitty's photo proves to be a source of strength for Patti while enduring cancer treatments for many months.

    This story will TRULY build your faith, I can't say enough about it!

    THANK YOU Patti for sharing this incredible journey with us !!!!

    May GOD ALMIGHTY continue to richly Bless you & your Family.

    :)

    Trish from NJ
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    Spirit of the Warhorse, Kitty Silverwings, An Appaloosa Story
    October 7, 2014
    Diane M
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    Reading this book not only changed my life, it touched my heart and soul. If there is one book that is a must read it is this one. It is proof that miracles do happen if you believe and don't ever give up. A beautifully written true story about a wonderful woman who refused to give up on her ailing newborn horse. She also share her miraculous survival of a serious personal illness. Reading this book will overwhelm you with love, inspiration, determination and belief in God's wonderful powers. As the author puts it, "I don't believe in miracles, I count on them." To be totally honest, there are no words magnificent enough to describe this book. I have read it many times because it just fills you with so many powerful and wonderful emotions. I would also recommend letting children read this book as I believe it will inspire them as well and have a profound impact on their lives as well.
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Author: Patti Ansuini
Located in: Gilroy, California
Submitted: July 22, 2014

    Tell us a little about yourself.  I've been a freelance writer, reporter for the past twenty plus years. My interest, make that my passion, has always been horses. The subject of most of my work were the championship seasons of some of best that the horse world had ever produced. Then in 1993, I was blessed with the arrival of a very special filly. Kitty Silverwings, was born with multiple catastrophic injuries that each according to the vets, were life threatening. Immediate Euthanasia was recommended. When I walked back into Kitty's stall to bid her a tearful farewell she gazed up into my eyes and I saw the undeniable hope of life. I returned to the vet who had been waiting for my answer just outside the stall door. I told him I had changed my mind, I was going to give her a chance at life. I quit my job and spent the next three months living in the barn and helping Kitty overcome her balance problem. So began a string of joyous, miraculous adventures.

    What was your motivation behind this project?  The miracles have been virtually endless when it comes to telling Kitty's story. Not the least of which is the fact that beginning at twelve hours old I began video taping Kitty and did so until she was nearly four years old. Without this taped 'proof' the veterinary experts would not have believed this story with the single exception being our hometown vets. One day I decided I needed to sit down and edit the hours of video tape I'd amassed. I was able to cut it down to just over thirty minutes and set it all to music, had a video production company put in title screens and then mailed the resultant copies to the 39 veterinary colleges in the U.S. and Canada. The response was tremendous. My original intent was to save babies who I felt weren't being given much of a chance to overcome what the simplest of defects.

    What do you hope folks will gain from this project?  Kitty is a divine miracle! We aren't just talking about one instance. There are more than you can count in the book alone! It continues to this day. Never give up, not ever! Absolute love conquers absolutely. (1 Corinthians, 13:13)

    How were you personally impacted by working on this project?  In 2006 I was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer that had metastasized throughout my lymph system. My family was given little hope for my survival. The radical surgery and care I received left one option, to be fed through a stomach tube. What was considered the routine procedure of inserting a gastric tube became another catastrophic blow to my already tenuous condition. I now had peritonitis! A lethal accident that had a high fatality rate mostly seen on battlefields. I was admitted to the hospital were I remained for the next three months. The doctors advised my family that my chances for survival had taken a turn for the worst and was given a less than 4% chance of survival. All the while the radiation continued daily for 7 weeks and the chemo was administered every 21 days. During this trying time my husband had taped a photo of Kitty and I, in the barn horsing around. Anytime I opened my eyes the first thing I would see was the photo of Kitty nuzzling my cheek. You could say that she had returned those precious three months to me.

    Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists?  I believe absolutely that Jesus answered my prayers. He performed many miracles between Kitty and I, the proof is in our very survival. Many experts have written testament to this fact in the book itself.

    Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know:  Spirit of the Warhorse, Kitty Silverwings, An Appaloosa Story, is a true story based on true incidents and facts. If you never in believed in miracles, I think you will have a change of heart once you heard the tale.

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