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Our Wild Calling : How Connecting with Animals Can Transform Our Lives - and Save Theirs.
2019
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"Richard Louv has done it again. A remarkable book that will help everyone break away from their fixed gaze at the screens that dominate our lives and remember instead that
we are animals in a world of animals." --Bill McKibben, author of Falter

Richard Louv's landmark book, Last Child in the Woods , inspired an international movement to connect children and nature. Now Louv redefines the future of human-animal coexistence. Our Wild Calling explores these powerful and mysterious bonds and how they can transform our mental, physical, and spiritual lives, serve as an antidote to the growing epidemic of human loneliness, and help us tap into the empathy required to preserve life on Earth. Louv interviews researchers, theologians, wildlife experts, indigenous healers, psychologists, and others to show how people are communicating with animals in ancient and new ways; how dogs can teach children ethical behavior; how animal-assisted therapy may yet transform the mental health field; and what role the human-animal relationship plays in our spiritual health. He reports on wildlife relocation and on how the growing populations of wild species in urban areas are blurring the lines between domestic and wild animals.

Our Wild Calling makes the case for protecting, promoting, and creating a sustainable and shared habitat for all creatures--not out of fear, but out of love. Transformative and inspiring, this book points us toward what we all long for in the age of technology: real connection.

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As Louv (The Nature Principle, 2011) points out in this fascinating book, the distractions of modern times make it difficult to fully experience life. We live in a state of loneliness, consumed by our digital distractions, unless we connect to the other animals that share our world. As in his landmark book, The Last Child in the Woods (2008), and all that followed, Louv writes of our need for immersion in nature and of how our interactions with animals can help us to save not only ourselves, but also the planet. In lyrical, sometimes mystical prose, he challenges our assumptions about how we relate to other species. A young girl asks ""what is that guy saying?"" when she hears a bird's alarm calls as a predator approaches the nest, sounds her mother had not distinguished from the background suburban noise. The movement of coyotes, raccoons, bears, and foxes back into human-dominated areas shows the adaptiveness of earthlings both human and otherwise. Louv interviewed scientists, theologians, and indigenous healers as he explored the many levels of communication between animals and humans. The importance of time spent with other species and the mutual acknowledgement and curiosity found in a shared interspecies gaze ultimately leads to an affirming sense of recognition between two beings.--Nancy Bent Copyright 2010 Booklist
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