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Animals as Teachers and Healers

by Susan Chernak Mcelroy (Author)

Editorial Reviews

From Library Journal
Author McElroy obviously loves and has a great deal of empathy for animals. Her
premise here is that animals have a more significant role in our lives than is
generally accepted. Exploring the psychological and spiritual bonds between
various people and animals, she reads letters and talks of her own experiences.
Examining the evolution of animals in our society, she indicates that we have
lost much of our ability to truly appreciate our domestic animals and those in
the wild. Much discussion is devoted to the terrible destruction?and the
beginning of restoration?of the wolf. McElroy does not sugar-coat her message
about our role, our relationships with, and our responsibility toward the
animals in our care. To some listeners, this will be a little esoteric and
lacking in solid fact for their liking. Those less concerned with scientific
evidence will enjoy the stories and letters that she shares. Libraries serving
large numbers of animal lovers and cancer patients (McElroy includes inspiring
bits about her experience as a cancer survivor) should be interested.

From AudioFile
Have you ever considered how your pet (or someone else's) has affected your
life? In ANIMALS AS TEACHERS AND HEALERS, the power of animal energy is
recognized for its amazing strength in treating and educating human beings. As a
cancer survivor, McElroy reflects with tenderness about how her dog, Kisha, who,
ironically, was lost to a similar cancer, taught her to appreciate each moment
in life. There are many enlightening animal/human stories relayed empathetically
by McElroy. The audiobook presents a thesis she believes in and her certainty
comes through in her performance. While the concept of animals as healers may
sound strange, this audiobook offers very good arguments and deserves careful

Product Details

Paperback: 272 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books (February 24, 1998)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0345421175



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