The Souls of Animals

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New World Library, 2007 - Nature - 160 pages
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In this revised edition of his celebrated book, Gary Kowalski grapples with the big spiritual questions around our relationship with animals — whether they have souls, self-consciousness, awareness of death, a capacity for recognizing beauty and creating art. Ultimately, he asks, what do we lose in a world without animals, and what does that mean for our ongoing relationships with the creatures with whom we share our world? Souls of Animals addresses these and a variety of related topics in beautifully written vignettes. Kowalski explores how animals play, their sense of altruism, their selfless ability to love. By "de-sacrilizing" animals, he argues, we make ourselves less human. The book contains thoughtful ideas for rituals and ceremonies, spiritual guidance, and readings and poems to use for solace in case a pet dies. “If we are to keep our family homestead — Earth — safe for coming generations,” writes Kowalski, “we must awaken to a new respect for the family of life."

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In a concise and carefully considered argument, Kowalski gives his own perception of not only the souls of animals, but the place of animals in this world and the relation of animals to our own ... Read full review

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The Reverend Gary Kowalski is the author of bestselling books on animals, spirituality, and nature. His first book, The Souls of Animals, which explores other species’ capacities for love, creativity, and self-awareness, has been translated into Chinese, Czech, German, French, and Spanish and has sold over 80,000 copies worldwide. His second book, Goodbye, Friend, was featured by both One Spirit and the Quality Paperback Book Clubs and remains a valued resource for those grieving their animal companions. A graduate of Harvard College and the Harvard Divinity School, Reverend Kowalski is an ordained minister who has served churches in Tennessee, Washington State, Vermont, New Mexico, and Massachusetts. He is active in the Green Mountain Animal Defenders, an advocacy group working for better treatment of animals in entertainment, research, and agriculture. A committed vegan, he is past president of the Unitarian Universalist Animal Ministry. His website is www.kowalskibooks.com.

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