Donna Barton Brothers explains in her foreword:

“Henrietta creates a brilliant analogy when comparing the smooth or treacherous conditions of life to the track conditions at a Thoroughbred race track. As a former jockey and now horse racing reporter and analyst for NBC Sports, I can relate to the stories the author poignantly relates beyond track conditions to everyday life.”


Although not a book of humor, I found myself laughing out loud as I read Out of the Gate. Henrietta has a way of story-telling that makes the reader feel they are right in the room with her, experiencing the joy, the sorrow, or the humor of life. The various life tales will leave you reflecting on your own story and what sort of legacy you want to leave for your family and friends. A quirky tale of wisdom that will leave you thinking that just maybe you can make a difference!

Mary Varga, Author of The Light Through My Tunnel and The Afflicted Healer SilverStrength® Senior Fitness, Founder & Owner

Henrietta’s reflective writing style and honest approach takes the power of story-telling one step further to story-sharing which challenges the reader to reflect on their own experiences, inspires new ideas and offers insight to discovering purpose. Her authentic, compelling stories are a breath of fresh air. I’m reminded that what we experience in life, good and bad, should be embraced, appreciated and remembered. Our story is what makes each of us unique and this book is a compilation of stories that remind that us to share, connect and inspire, always.

Belinda Gates, PCC Professional Certified Coach and Founder, Wildside Institute

Push Pause and Take Stock

Life is a series of twists and turns. We transition through different seasons. We navigate through uncertain times. Journeying from our childhood days to adulthood, powerful learning takeaways emerge and become foundational to evolving our hearts and minds. The stories handed down to us helped build our character and shape our culture. Today’s shared stories will be woven into the fabrics of generations to come.

We can all benefit from leaning into the life-living experiences and stories of the past. Reflecting on our personal stories provides the opportunity to pause and take stock of our lives. Where have we been and where are we going? What story creation is underway? There is such power in storytelling. There is even more power in story sharing.

Out of the Gate: What Inspires Us Drives Us Forward is a compilation of stories rooted in the blended life of faith, family and friends. Kentucky author, Henrietta Pepper, shares her relatable stories which readers can absorb and embrace through their own personal lens.

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Soak it all in. Connect with what drives you forward. Get inspired to share with others.