What the Animals Taught Me

What the Animals Taught Me

Stories of Love and Healing From A Farm Animal Sanctuary

Book - 2012
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What the Animals Taught Me is a heart-warming collection of stories about rescued farm animals in a shelter in Sonoma illustrates how animals can teach us to see and embrace others as they truly are and reconnect with the natural world.
Wishing to escape the urban rat race, freelance writer and editor Stephanie Marohn moved to rural northern California in 1993. Life was sweet. She was a busy freelancer. In return for reduced rent, she fed and cared for two horses and a donkey. Her life was full.
And then, the farm animals started to appear: a miniature white horse, a donkey, sheep, and chickens, followed by deer and other wildlife. Each one needed sanctuary either from abuse, physical injury, or neglect. Marohn took each animal in and gradually turned her 10 acre spread into an animal sanctuary that cares for farm animals.
In What the Animals Taught Me , each chapter focuses on the story of an animal that became part of Marohn's life. She shares what she learned from her experiences - from the sheep she rescued from an animal collector, to an abused donkey she helped nurse back to health, these stories are deeply inspirational.
Publisher: Charlottesville, VA : Hampton Roads Pub. Co., c2012
ISBN: 9781571746573
Branch Call Number: 590 M347w 2012
Characteristics: vii, 183 p. : ill. ; 22 cm


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Aug 18, 2012

A quick, enjoyable read with some very touching animal interactions and life lessons. Each chapter recounts an experience the author had with an animal on her sanctuary and is followed by a description of the lesson(s) she learned. The author was raised as a Quaker, so there are some mystical nature hippie-chick ideas tucked in (animal names and guidance come to her in dreams, for example.) But regardless of your spirituality all of these lessons contain universally applicable wisdom and simple truths. Definitely a book for animal lovers. I found it to be very uplifting.

Jul 30, 2012

This is a nice story about someone who takes in a few farmed animals, but I would recommend The Blind Horse Sings, Animal Camp, or Farm Sanctuary as being better reads. Unfortunately, the author drones on and on about supranatural phenomena, which was a waste of words on me.
The one strength this book has is the chapter about a 700-bird laying-hen rescue done by another sanctuary, which I found rivetting.


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