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Reason for Hope: A Spiritual Journey Kindle Edition
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Dr. Jane Goodall's revolutionary study of chimpanzees in Tanzania's Gombe preserve forever altered the very, definition of humanity. Now, in a poignant and insightful memoir, Jane Goodall explores her extraordinary life and personal spiritual odyssey, with observations as profound as the knowledge she has brought back from the forest.
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.
"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.
- 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
- Best Sellers Rank: #148,332 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I came across her name in another book and got curious to know more about her and her work. Then in my son's textbook too there was a chapter on her. Next I heard her in TED Talks and was deeply impressed. I found that she has wrote many books too and therefore to know more, I promptly ordered her 'Reason for Hope' online which arrived in excellent condition and before the committed time.
As some of you may be knowing, Jane Goodall is world renowned conservationist mainly known for her groundbreaking studies on chimpanzees. Though not a trained scientist, she stayed amongst them for years and made many discoveries which changed our conception about these primates; chief amongst them being their ability to use tools and also feel emotions akin to those of human beings.
There are several touching videos in You Tube that depicts the mutual love and faith that Jane and the Chimpanzees share with each other.
'Reason for Hope' is described by her as her 'spiritual autobiography' and it fits the bill perfectly! She guide the readers through her beautiful world and also shares her concerns and fears. She is a firm believer of scientific progress and the capacity of human being to meet greatest of challenges but she is only too well aware of the pitfalls of the consumerist western civilisation. She does not skirt the uncomfortable questions and appreciates the dilemma the world today faces – removal of poverty and human well being vis a vis preservation of environment. They need not be mutually exclusive, she has concluded, only we need to get our priorities right.
Today we are facing a world ravaged with war, terrorism and large scale ecological violation and it is easy to lose hope. But reading her words one get infected by her optimism and energized to contribute in ones limited way – planting a tree, feeding a stray dog, taking public vehicle or better, walking, to the office. Who knows, our small efforts may help humanity in reaching the critical mass required to start a revolution that our planet desperately needs.
I have tried to introduce, perhaps inadequately, an illuminating figure who is working tirelessly despite of her advanced age for the planet we all inhabit. Her NGO, Roots & Shoots, is carrying forward her vision to different parts of the planet; though in India it seems that it does not have an office yet.
Such people deserve to be the heroes of our children rather than cricketers, industrialists and movie stars. Yes, she is one amongst the handful whose presence itself is a 'Reason for Hope' for us and our future generation.
By Sharmi on 11 October 2019
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The same goes for her personal life and her thoughts and ideas about the environment, and what we are doing to the world.
But the underlying message comes through loud and clear...that one person can make a difference and that person can be you!