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Reason for Hope: A Spiritual Journey Hardcover – 1 September 1999

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As a young woman, Jane Goodall was best known for her groundbreaking fieldwork with the chimpanzees of Gombe, Africa. Goodall's work has always been controversial, mostly because she broke the mold of research scientist by developing meaningful relationships with her "specimens" and honoring their lives as she would other humans.

Now at the age of 60, she continues to break the mold of scientist by revealing how her research and worldwide conservation institutes spring from her childhood callings and adult spiritual convictions. Reason for Hope is a smoothly written memoir that does not shy away from facing the realities of environmental destruction, animal abuse, and genocide. But Goodall shares her antidote to the poison of despair with specific examples of why she has not lost faith. For instance, she shares her spiritual epiphany during a visit to Auschwitz; her bravery in the face of chimpanzee imprisonment in medical laboratories; and devotes a whole chapter to individuals, corporations, and countries that are doing the right thing. But most of all Goodall provides a beautifully written plea for why everyone can and must find a reason for hope. --Gail Hudson

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Goodall's autobiography reveals a side of this famous primatologist that most readers will not be familiar with--the spiritual underpinnings of her scientific discoveries and viewpoints. Starting with her childhood in England during World War II's blitzkrieg, Goodall's life has not been one that most of us would consider "normal." Her love of animals and learning was apparent right from the start and became mixed with her family's belief in a divine being and how this everyday belief can help one to survive. Through a chance meeting with anthropologist Louis Leakey, Goodall was given the opportunity to travel to Tanzania to study wild chimpanzees. Her recounting of how her scientific theories developed along with her religious convictions, especially during crisis situations such as the abduction of some of her students by rebels from Zaire or the long, agonizing death from cancer of her second husband, provides interesting insights into the personal convictions of a world-famous researcher. This unusual book tells of not only the adventures of Goodall's life but also the faith she constantly relies on and learns from, and as such, it is a unique look at the development of a scientist. Nancy Bent

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Hachette Book Group USA; First Edition (1 September 1999)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 304 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0446522252
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0446522250
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 567 g
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 15.24 x 2.06 x 22.86 cm
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Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and UN Messenger of Peace, is an iconic voice for holistic, compassionate, and sustainable solutions. Through her global advocacy as an ethologist and environmentalist, she is shaping attitudes and policy on issues ranging from human rights to the climate crisis, and inspiring action through the power of hope.

Jane Goodall was born on April 3rd, 1934, in London, England. At the age of 26, Jane followed her passion for wildlife and Africa to Gombe, Tanzania. There, under the mentorship of paleoanthropologist Dr. Louis Leakey, she began her landmark study of chimpanzees in the wild. Her revelatory observation in 1960 that chimpanzees make and use tools rocked the scientific landscape and forever redefined our understanding of the relationship between humans and other animals.

In 1977, Dr. Goodall established the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI), a global community-led conservation, research, and animal welfare organization to advance her vision of a better future for all. In 1991, Dr. Goodall created Roots & Shoots, JGI's international youth program, now active in more than 60 countries, to develop the compassionate changemakers our world needs.

From scientist to world-renowned activist, Jane has been a leader in the community-led conservation and animal welfare movements for decades.

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It is an inspiring story well documented and portrayed by renowned primatologist Jane Goodall.
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