Reason for Hope: A Spiritual Journey
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Reason for Hope: A Spiritual Journey

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Her revolutionary studies of Tanzania's chimpanzees forever altered our definition of "humanity". Now Dr. Jane Goodall, preeminent scientist, conservationist, and animal rights activist, explores her deepest beliefs in a heartfelt memoir that takes her from the London blitz to Louis Leakey's famous excavations in Africa and then into the Gombe jungle. Here, exploring the c...more
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Published November 15th 2005 by Time Warner AudioBooks (first published 1998)
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Books Ring Mah Bell
Every so often, if you are lucky, you pick up a book that speaks to you. A book that seems to know what you are struggling with at that very moment, and that book somehow soothes your soul. That was this book for me.

As a kid, I thought Goodall was awesome. Living in nature with chimpanzees! Hoots!

A few years ago, my love for her was solidified while reading The Far Side. You see, Gary Larson had a cartoon of some chimps, the female is plucking a hair off the male and says, "Another blond hair! I...more
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Jan 15, 2012 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Animal Lovers
Recommended to Lisa (Harmonybites) by: The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Ultimate Reading List
The book is by the famous anthropologist Jane Goodall, whose studies of chimpanzees revolutionized how we think of our closest relative among living species and thus how we define being human. Her title signals this book is about a lot more than that groundbreaking work. This was found in the Nature section of my neighborhood bookstore, but was recommended to me as "inspirational non-fiction" on the Ultimate Reading List. Her credited co-author Philip Berman is a theologian and the project was f...more
Maggie
excellent. i would wish that all those whom i deeply love would read this book. of course, it doesn't work that way. but my deep wish will continue. this book says it all -- it is a personal account of a woman of substance; it is an environmental and animal rights book; it is a spiritual book; it is educational (i learned about cultural or pseudospeciation); and finally, it is a travelogue. i only read books that i strongly suspect i will enjoy or learn quality info from. Ms. Goodall's Reason fo...more
Nancy (NE)
A very serious book covering very serious subject matter. I found this almost exhausting to read, especially the last third. I even took a highlighter out at one point so I wouldn't have to search some of the text for quotes.

I believe most people my age are familiar with the work of Jane Goodall. In this memoir she gives some background into her childhood and describes her years observing chimpanzee behavior. She draws very interesting parallels to humanity and our struggle with the aggression...more
Bill McDavid
Before reading this book I only knew of Jane Goodall as “that woman who studies apes”. This autobiography is an open window into the soul of a woman who I now consider to be a very special gift to humanity… a gift to all living things on this earth. She takes us through her formative years and helps us to understand the origins of her compassion for animals. Goodall also writes with great candor about her marriages, her spiritual ups and downs, her victories and her defeats along with the great...more
Amy
Reason for Hope is the single most inspiring book I have ever had the privilege of reading. Five out of Five stars is an understatement. Jane Goodall is kind, compassionate and honest as she writes about her life experiences, the human race, our duties as part of the human race. She speaks candidly about how we might go on hoping when so much of what we have created here on earth is harming the things we need most to take care of: mother nature, the wildlife, and each other. Her peaceful outlook...more
Kristen
My absolute favorite book of all time. Science, spirituality, poetry, humanity, animal behavior, motherhood, our past and our future all wrapped into one beautiful story. Jane Goodall went to the jungle at a time when it was unheard of for a woman to do so, she studied science with such a passion although she had no degree whatsoever. She looked into the depths of the jungle while contemplating the infinite stars in heaven. She looks into the darkness of our past and finds light for our future.
Stacey
Wow.

Jane Goodall was one of my heroes before reading this book, but now, there just aren't words.

It was very interesting to see a scientists point of view on religion because a lot of scientists tend to be atheist. Jane Goodall's story about her life, and how it came to be was simply amazing (and lucky!). She reminds me of my myself.

I'm an animal rights activist, and with all of the cruelty and horror going on in our world, I sometimes question my faith in God. With her being one of my idol's,...more
Kelly
I love Jane Goodall, but this wasn't quite as powerful as I expected it to be. It was interesting reading about spiritual views from a scientist, and I loved her detailed descriptions of her time in Gombe with the chimpanzees. Goodall really has experienced a lot of sadness and horror in her life and it was inspiring to see how she always managed to turn back to faith. But a lot of the book was just too preachy for me and (do I dare say this? Yes, I dare) too Christian. I guess when I picked up...more
Preeti
This is the kind of book you have for a couple years, having bought it at a used book store for a couple bucks, but it sits around, until one day you spy it on your shelf and decide to toss it in your bag "just in case." Then when you open it to start reading, the next thing you know, it's been an hour and you're already on page 54!

Amazon reviewers have called Jane Goodall not a "great writer" but I feel like the simple style contributes to the flow of the writing - you don't realize how fast yo...more
Jeane
Not sure what to say about this book. I read it because of who I am, what I think and feel.
What she dd when she was a young girl must have been great. She is one of the people in the world who manages to do things that change things in the world, based on her beliefs. How I wish to be able to do that!
In the books she explained how and where she manages to find a way to keep having hope in humanity and the world. I share many of her thoughts and opinions but I can't be as positive about many thi...more
Carol
This book was an amazing story of the life of Jane Goodall. Since a very early age, Jane loved animals especially monkeys which she would see at the zoo. She would go outside with her large stuffed monkey (called Jubilee) where she was able to explore the grounds and other wild life (ie birds,etc). Throughout her childhood, she said, "I was daydreaming about my life in the African forest with Tarzan." Jane was an avid reader, her favorites: The Story of Doctor Doolittle; The Jungle Book; Edgar R...more
Jamie Delili
Sep 26, 2011 Jamie Delili rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Any one that needs hope
Recommended to Jamie by: No one
I've read this book many times. Jane Goodall is my hero. I've had the absolute privilege of meeting her once and it was a highlight in my life. This book is the first of hers that I read. It is wonderful if you need an inspirational pickup. It does not lean towards religion, it simply explores what keeps her moving forward in a life where sometimes there only seems to be suffering and gigantic walls to be hurdled. It's an easy read and I love it :)
Jenna
Fantastic book. Jane Goodall is a fascinating woman, and I give her so much credit for going to Gombe and living in the outdoors. This is one of my favorite books, and this book truly made me believe in God. Jane is a strong, courageous, and faithful woman that deserves so much more credit than she receives.
Erin Kelly
Jane Goodall herself wrote this book, which already gives it some credibility. It was really interesting, however, because reading this book not only taught me so much about Jane Goodall's own personal journey that I didn't know, and in her own words, but it also taught me what Goodall had spent her entire life learning. Empathy is a huge topic, and recently she has also become interested in the moral evolution of the human race which is, in all, why she has hope for the human race. She also emp...more
Nancy
Throughout Jane Goodall's life, she has been interested and worked with the chimpanzees of Tanzania's Gombe preserve.
She has also been able to reconcile the God created/science created dispute and has a deep faith in a science directed by God. She credits her spiritual belief in helping her get through her life's toughest times.
Devastating waste and human negligence have hurt the planet and the animals who live here with us, but Goodall sees improvement and, of course, more room to improve....more
Wapay
Jane Goodall is one of my all-time heroines...so enlightened, devoted, with her feet on the ground and her head in the stars....

I recommend anything by Jane.
Amy G.
Autobiography of Jane Goodall..great read so far! Very interesting, especially if you are a fan of Jane Goodall.
Jacqueline
Maybe I'm one of those reductionists Dr Goodall referred to in this book. I was expecting (perhaps wrongly so) a more radical take on what "a spiritual journey" means in light of science, but this book turned out to be a tad too romanticised (and preachy) for my taste. This book could reinforce your beliefs if you shared a similar worldview with Dr Goodall, but her message wouldn't be powerful enough to set you rethinking your outlook if you didn't. But I'm with her on the resilience of nature,...more
Jelly Kate
I wouldn't recommend this book to younger children because it has a few scary parts about chimpanzees fighting that would be okay for older kids or adults. I would recommend Reason for Hope to people who love animals and like to observe them, and to people who like to read interesting non-fiction.

Jane Goodall is a writer and a scientist who wrote Reason for Hope and is a very good observer. At the age of 65, she wrote this book because she wanted to tell about her life in order to share its wisd...more
Lorne S.
This is an inspiring and thought-provoking memoir delivered from the unique perspective of the famous anthropologist who once was a little girl trying to understand the events of WWII and the subsequent horrors of the holocaust. From that time up to and including the horrendous tragedy of the 9/11 attack and the later invasion of Iraq, Ms. Goodall stays true to her faith in a better future for mankind that must surely be just around the corner, for she has seen the very origins of human behavior...more
Kiessa
Several months ago I encountered this book at a used book store for $2.00. My joy soared, and increased by the minute, as I discovered that it was autographed by Jane Goodall herself AND the woman next to me waxed on about how she read it and it was a GREAT book!

Several years ago Jane Goodall lectured nearby and I felt like the luckiest person in the world after attending. Inspiring, generous, deep, interesting, and articulate, Jane mesmerized the audience (including me). I expected to feel more...more
Heather
Well, considering that I think of Jane Goodall as practically a mentor or role model for myself, I was thrilled when my mother gave me this a couple of years ago. I just had to find it again, as I had accidentally packed it away.

So I recently found it and deemed it time to dive in. This was the abridged version, so it went fairly quick.

I love that Goodall narrated this herself. I could listen to her speak all day long! This book wasn't really that much about the chimps of Gombe, but about (as th...more
Jesse Summer-lavigne
Dec 22, 2007 Jesse Summer-lavigne rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who don't believe they'll die tommorow
This is a nice read for people who are sick of everyone telling you that you are going to die from something by tommorow. I picked up the new version that had the extra post-911 chapter that was added in 2003, which was quite nice. Don't take the 3 stars too literally. Its definetely worth reading and pretty quick, but for me, it wasn't a lot of new information. It just reflected a position I rarely see environmentalists take. Its more 3.5.

The book was written in 1999, but I think it is more for...more
Ava Black
This was such a great, intelligent, beautiful read. When I picked this book up, I knew it wasn't fictional work and that is what I was looking for. Most of the novels I pick up do not live up to my expectations, so I tried this one, that is some kind of biography - spiritual journey book.
I had no idea who Jane Goodall is, but after reading her book I think she is one of the coolest people and I'd like to talk with her in real life. Before I go on, I want to say that my mom owns a shop in the lit...more
Wellington
Jane Goodall enchanted me when I first heard her audio tape. She is unofficially the "chimpanzee-woman" who spent many years living with and studying with the wild chimpanzees. From a wide eyed student, she has become a crusader for a ... well, a reason for hope.

For me there was nothing extraordinairly new ... the overindulgence of meat/sugar consumption, corporations/governments controlling our food supply, and the imbalances of the have/have nots. Still there is an underlying wisdom of a woman...more
Lindsay Godsey
I was pretty skeptical going into this book as I don't really consider myself a Christian (just a generic searcher of hope, I guess) and I was worried it would go that way farther than I was interested in going. I am very glad I decided to read it anyway! I found that Jane Goodall and I seem to share a lot of the same thought processes and when it comes to the world/society/humanity, and I really enjoyed that feeling that we are kindred spirits, so to speak. Almost like a relief that someone fee...more
Leela Rose
I can hardly describe all the emotions I felt through reading these memoirs. While I found her religious expressions in the book slightly boring, as I don't share her fondness for Jesus or the God of Abraham,her stories of her years studying Chimps were breathtaking. I picked up Reason for Hope because I greatly admire Dr. Goodall for her efforts for understanding and compassion towards humans and animals alike, and I'm so glad I did. I'm vegan, fascinated by primate evolution, and some parts of...more
Steven
Very good book. Jane Goodall is best known for her research on chimpanzees, of course, but here she addresses more spiritual issues, with the story of the chimpanzees of Gombe still front and centre, and offering an opportunity to reflect on humanity. Overtly spiritual issues such as death, grief, love, hate, etc. are addressed, and running throughout the book there's an acknowledgement of the human capacity for evil, but also a belief in the human potential for good. Goodall also shares some of...more
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Dame Jane Morris Goodall, DBE (born Valerie Jane Morris-Goodall), is a British primatologist, ethologist, anthropologist, and UN Messenger of Peace. Considered to be the world's foremost expert on chimpanzees, Goodall is best known for her 45-year study of social and family interactions of wild chimpanzees in Gombe Stream National Park, Tanzania. She is the founder of the Jane Goodall Institute an...more
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“It is these undeniable qualities of human love and compassion and self-sacrifice that give me hope for the future. We are, indeed, often cruel and evil. Nobody can deny this. We gang up on each one another, we torture each other, with words as well as deeds, we fight, we kill. But we are also capable of the most noble, generous, and heroic behavior.” 14 likes
“Each one of us matters, has a role to play, and makes a difference. Each one of us must take responsibility for our own lives, and above all, show respect and love for living things around us, especially each other.” 14 likes
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