McElroy, Susan Chernak
Title Animals as Guides for the Soul: Stories of Life-Changing Encounters
Binding Trade Papeback
Book Condition Very Good +
Edition 1st Paperback Edition
Size 8vo -- 8.25 in
Publisher NY Wellspring/Ballantine 1999
0345424042 / 9780345424044
Seller ID 009828
291 pp. Spine uncreased, lightly read. No markings in text except for a squiggle on margin of a preliminary page. The author relates her interactions with animals on a farm in Oregon, and compiles anecdotes from others to make her case that animals relate to us spiritually.
In her New York Times bestseller Animals as Teachers and Healers, Susan Chernak McElroy movingly explored the wide and enriching horizons of human relationships with animals. In this new volume of reflections and true animal stories, she invites us to broaden and deepen that relationship.
While living with her husband and animals on a farm in Oregon, McElroy pondered the ancient bonds that connect humans and animals: the healing gifts of animals, the genius of people who talk to them, and the power of animal messengers. She also asked herself the tough questions that engage every true animal lover. How can we soothe our anguish and guilt when a loved animal suffers or dies? How do we atone for our mistakes? When are animals prisoners and when are they fulfilled? Is it moral to eat other beings? And how can we go about transforming our relationship with animals?
Through daily experiences with the animals around her and those in her dreams--along with compelling true stories sent to her by readers--McElroy began to find answers. She discovered that animals are guides in the development of our souls. A frail llama teaches lessons of joy and unconditional love; a barn cat proves that service need not be imprisonment but fulfillment; a mortally injured hawk infuses a cancer patient with renewed strength and faith; an attentive rabbit awakens an abused child from a trance of sadness; and a skinny white horse does more for a damaged six-year-old boy in one hour than any human has done in six years.
In this deeply personal yet universal testament to the profound connection between animals and humans, there is wisdom and blessing. As the author reminds us, the fingerprint of God is often a pawprint.
"From the Hardcover edition."
Spirituality. Animals. Pets.