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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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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
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Jan 13, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  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
Apr 29, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Bill McDavid
Apr 27, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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)
Jun 29, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bio-memoir
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
Sep 03, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
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
Apr 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, owned
"Each one of us matters, has a role to play, and makes a difference. Each one of us take responsibility for our own lives, and above all, show respect and love for living things around us, especially each other. Together we must reestablish our connections with the natural world and the Spiritual Power that is around us. And then we can move, triumphantly, joyously, into the final stage of human evolution- spiritual evolution."

Há razões para ter esperança.
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
Helen Noble
Jul 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Jamie Delili
Sep 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  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 :)
Aug 10, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was fascinated to learn about Goodall's life and her research with the chimpanzees, but could have done without all the religious stuff. Granted, it's probably not fair to get annoyed at all the religion in a book with the subtitle "A Spiritual Journey."
Apr 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Audiobook is read by the author.
The name Jane Goodall often brings to mind sentimental visions of Africa and an unimposing, tree-hugging scientist turned activist. Indeed, Jane Goodall spent much of her life in the African wilderness, alone but for the company of flora and fauna (including her famed chimpanzees) and continues, now well into her 80′s, to travel the world spreading awareness about a wide range of environmental issues. The stereotype of calm, collected, and relentlessly hopeful is grounded in truth. I’m apparentl ...more
Apr 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, goodall
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
Regine Haensel
Jul 26, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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,
Sowmya Lakshminarayanan
Some books are slow runners, some are page turners, some feels good when you read them and then there is the other kind - that leaves a tiny yet significant mark on you forever, changing your perceptions along the course and sometimes moving you to tears

Jane Goodall's Reason for hope: A spiritual journey is definitely one such kind -

In her narrative description of 40 years of observation of Chimps in Gombe, Jane not only compares and contrasts behaviors of aggression and compassion, groupism, e
Jul 22, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anthropologists, women, science-buffs, people who like reading about spirituality
An inspiring story about Goodall's spiritual and intellectual journey from a young girl in England to a chimpanzee researcher and activist in Africa. I thought this book was a breath of fresh air after several other "depressing" Africa books I plowed through on my vacation. Goodall struck me as someone who is acutely aware of all the problems with our society, yet never jaded. Her comparisons between chimp behavior and human behavior are absolutely fascinating. Several of her insights about xeno ...more
Oct 26, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
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
Feb 24, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'll start off by saying I love Jane Goodall! She is a living saint and I am in awe of her dedication and sacrifices she makes all in the name of bettering the world.

I have read a biography of her, as well as her book on the chimps of Gombe; but this was a special sort of memoir where she discusses how she remains hopeful. It related her beliefs about God and the meaning of life, all the while, she is someone very human and subject to despair and anger just like the rest of us.
Oct 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Overall I think that this was a good read! It was interesting to hear about Goodall's chimpanzee observations in the Gombe forests. I was also surprised by her views on spirituality and life. She is a bit different than I may have assumed her to be. Some parts in the book got a little slow and/or preachy, but as a whole her story proved to be an inspirational and educational experience. I would recommend this book to others.
Sep 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Alexandrea Montoya
Very insightful, honestly didn't think I would like it because I am not a huge non-fiction fan, but I learned a lot of really interesting things and it made me think about human nature in a variety of different ways. The way she writes is also very colorful, and full of vivid imagery.
Jaron Matsunaka
Oct 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought that the book was fairly interesting, but more importantly, contained valuable insight on philosophy and different perspectives on how we should act to save the world from human destruction.
Apr 28, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Autobiography of Jane Goodall..great read so far! Very interesting, especially if you are a fan of Jane Goodall.
Feb 05, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 surprisingly liked it.
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For the Australian academic and mystery writer, see Professor Jane R. Goodall.

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 Strea
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“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.” 31 likes
“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.” 28 likes
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