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Reason for Hope: A Spiritual Journey

4.14 of 5 stars 4.14  ·  rating details  ·  2,104 ratings  ·  274 reviews
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.

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,
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
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
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
Helen Noble
This memoir is highly evocative and beautifully written. If I had any influence on the UK educational curriculum I would make it a compulsory read. My reasoning? It teaches much more about the natural world, and it's champions, than anything else I've read. The implications for humanity and the future of the earth are clearly demarcated. Jane Goodall gives us a unique, heartfelt, insider's view of the world of the chimpanzee and the influence that we humans exert on the future of all of us. We a ...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 :)
Regine Haensel
I saw Dr. Jane Goodall speak many years ago at what was then the Centennial Auditorium in Saskatoon. As soon as she walked out on stage, I thought, this is one of the great women of the century. She wasn`t like a famous actor or musician, but very unassuming and down to earth, and she had a presence, even before she greeted us in Chimpanzee. Her passion for life and the natural world shone through, as did her belief that we can achieve positive change.

`Reason for Hope`, first published in 1999 a
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
My view of Jane Goodall was limited to her work with chimpanzees. Now, thanks to Reason for Hope, I know much more about her and her life. Scientists who are deeply religious are intriguing and Goodall falls into this category. Her career track was quite unconventional and would be of interest to those who are not enticed by college study. While a good bit of the book is about her work with Louis Leakey and her beloved chimpanzees an even larger portion deals with animal rights, social justice a ...more
Kayla Raschke
In the book Reason for Hope, by Jane Goodall with Phillip Berman, it follows the life and spiritual journey of Jane Goodall. Jane's work with her beloved chimpanzees is truly a remarkable accomplishment. The book explains the story of how she became to work with them. The story begins explaining how Jane and her family had to adapt to living in England during World War II. Her love of animals and her passionate love for God grew during this time. Jane Goodall's life story and work is very inspir ...more
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
Jane Goodall is one of my all-time enlightened, devoted, with her feet on the ground and her head in the stars....

I recommend anything by Jane.
I enjoyed this book. Of course, I had heard of Jane Goodall and her foundation but didn't realize that her passion is driven from a spiritual base. The story of her life is amazing to me, especially as I learned that she really just ventured out to Africa to fulfill a dream with no real training to do what she hoped to do.

I was challenged by the way she weaves together her spiritual understanding of creation with her scientific understanding of evolution ... not just physical, but also social an
Amy G.
Autobiography of Jane Goodall..great read so far! Very interesting, especially if you are a fan of Jane Goodall.
What an absolutely wonderfully insightful, serious yet inspiring book this was! And to think that I came across it on a whim! A Reason for Hope: A Spiritual Journey was a book that I selected on the library website on a whim since I knew who Jane Goodall was but didn't know much more about her beyond the fact that she was a famous anthropologist.

I was not prepared for the brilliant insights into this woman's life and thoroughly enjoyed reading about her understanding of life, science, spiritual
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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.” 18 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.” 16 likes
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