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Reason for Hope: A Spiritual Journey by [Jane Goodall, Phillip Berman]
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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 --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.


"A heroine, in a hero-less time." -- Christian Science Monitor

"Being with Jane Goodall is like a walk with Gandhi." -- Boston Globe

"Jane Goodall's work with chimpanzees represents one of the Western world's greatest scientific achievements." -- Stephen Jay Gould

"One of the ten most influential women ever." -- Wendy Wasserstein, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright

"The Einstein of behavioral sciences." -- Los Angeles Times

"The scarcity of Jane Goodalls...may be more ominous than the scarcity of chimpanzees." -- Rocky Mountain News

"Without question one of the most significant contributors to our knowledge of the world around us." -- Encyclopedia Britannica

Beloved primatologist Jane Goodall writes here about chimpanzees--and faith. Sustained in her work by a relationship with God, Goodall shows that throughout her career science deepened, rather than undermined, her faith.

Goodall's religious life came alive as a teenager, when her priest's vivid sermons made "the Christian religion come alive." As a teenager, Goodall strived to "let the Holy Ghost creep into my being." Indeed, she was so fixated upon Christ's sacrifice on the Cross that Goodall became "preoccupied with torture," writing agonizing poems and dreaming of martyrdom.

But Goodall's understanding of faith was expanded when she got to know chimpanzees. However much Goodall learned about love in church, she learned even more from her chimps, whose loyalty and affection sustained Goodall through many lonely weeks in the forest. It was there, surrounded by the "spiritual power that was so real," that Goodall found "the peace that passeth all understanding." (Beliefnet, May 2000) -- From Beliefnet

Fellow conservationists and humanitarians who wonder at its small size and courageous title will find in it much that is subtle and provocative. -- The New York Times Book Review, Katy Payne --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B00FOT9F3A
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Grand Central Publishing; Illustrated edition (8 December 1999)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 2880 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 306 pages
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jane Goodall's book - "Reason for Hope"
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It is an inspiring story well documented and portrayed by renowned primatologist Jane Goodall.
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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.