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Kinship with All Life

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  436 ratings  ·  75 reviews
Is there a universal language of love, a "kinship with all life" that can open new horizons of experience?

Example after example in this unique classic -- from "Strongheart" the actor-dog to "Freddie" the fly -- resounds with entertaining and inspiring proof that communication with animals is a wonderful, indisputable fact. All that is required is an attitude of openness, f
Paperback, 160 pages
Published January 28th 1976 by HarperOne (first published 1954)
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Jeanette (Ms. Feisty)
Dec 29, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jeanette (Ms. Feisty) by: Mom
When I was a tiny tot we had a skunk that sometimes shared our house. Not a pet skunk, mind you, but a wild skunk with all stinkbombing apparatus intact. This skunk slept in the bottom drawer of a built-in bureau. Mr. Skunk had somehow found his way in through the walls and into that drawer. My mom let him stay. She communicated with him both verbally and mentally. Somehow she made him understand that he was welcome as long as he confined himself to that one drawer and never sprayed his scent an ...more
Jan 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
A wonderful gift I got fr Christmas from a friend. Exceptional little book about one man's ability to see universal spirit in all animals from a film star dog to a house fly. Though each essay tells a story about about happenings between him and that animal- essentially this is a spiritual book about what unites us to all living beings. It's also about communication and how we can live in harmony with other creatures by being able to share their nature instead of by dominating them. Quirky -- i ...more
Mar 30, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: clare
Shelves: esoteric
A small book written in the 70s, the author is sharing stories about when he dog-sat for this Hollywood dog star and how smart this dog was and how he learned to communication with the dog. Then he goes on to make friends with and communication with Freddy the Fly...that part of the book is actually really awesome. I know, it's sound ridiculous, but it will make you take another look at insects and all living creatures. ...more
Jan 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Just finished, a good book to read and a good place to start for those interested in animal communication. I recommend reading it before anything recently written.
Aug 02, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I really wanted to like this book more than I did. I love animals, and before I had even heard of this book I believed that animals are more intelligent and aware than most humans give them credit for. There are plenty of studies out there that have evidence to strongly support the idea that many animals are sensitive to changes in water and air pressure, electromagnetic signals, and audio frequencies (for a more in-depth report, watch this interesting video from PBS), so emotions and thoughts i ...more
Karen Terrell
Apr 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
J. Allen Boone's *Kinship with All Life* was thought-expanding for me. It's helped me look at all that expresses life - from skunks to bacteria - in a kinder and more thoughtful way.

Here's a passage from the book that gave me a new perspective on our relationship with animals - here Boone relates a conversation he had with one of his animal friends, "Freddie the Fly": "Unexpectedly, every question that I sent across to Freddie was followed, through the medium of these returning impressions, by
Judy Pokras
Mar 09, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I read this book a long time ago. It's about an actor dog (one of the ones that played Lassie on television) who taught the author (a screenwriter) how to communicate spiritually with all living creatures. It's a beautiful book. Ironically, I'm someone who has never had a pet. But nevertheless, I love animals. ...more
C.  (friends, please call me by name)
People consider animal sentience and rights at modest and staunch levels. This is the most ideal book for those people who would consider equal intellect among ALL mammals and animals, a surprise or stretch. It orients gradually by the story it shares: not solely of a famous German Shepard but a friendly, communicative housefly! I don't harm anything that isn't sucking blood or biting. If a moth is stuck indoors, I cover a glass with a piece of paper and help her get back outside. You would be s ...more
Feb 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book was recommended in a post by Dr.Robert Svoboda whose Aghora triology opened me up to a whole new adventurous world out there with men and women doing stuff that can be said to be bordering on the realm of fantasy. So, I promptly ordered the book through my library and began wolfing through it. Another thing that interested me to read the book was that the blurb on Goodreads indicated that this book was about man-animal relationships. I was never really comfortable in my skin when deali ...more
Jun 05, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Okay, this is simply written and humorous without being trite. It starts out about a man and a dog, and how they begin to communicate, then evolves and ends with a tale of Freddy the fly. I love it. I think it is eloquent and straightforward and has elements of mysticism without any jargon or dogma. this guy had direct experience and didn't dilute it with big words or inflate it with self importance. ...more
Sharon Searles
Feb 07, 2009 rated it it was amazing
A man who doesn't know animals takes care of a movie star dog and learns to communicate with him on a deep level. Then he goes on to other species, and a general knowing of the ways of the universe. It's about animals, people, spirituality, and I've used it for practical advice to successfully ask ants to leave our home. I'm not kidding! ...more
Erica Chang
Nov 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
After reading this I hope to communicate with my dog better. I hope he doesn't get upset at me if I have to leave home (for a long time). Must be humble and respectful to all things. Animals have feelings too. ...more
Mar 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is a classic book for those with interest in the interconnectedness of all life forms. Or animal lovers. A short collection of examples of people and animals communicating intuitively. Should be on the shelf of any metaphysics lover. Easy quick read but very uplifting and satisfying.
Lynette Metza
Jan 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I read this book many years ago and it helped shape my life's philosophy: we are just another species of animal and we have a responsibility to assure animals' safety and dignity. We're all in it together. ...more
Feb 17, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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Jul 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is one of my absolute favorite books ever. It has changed the way I interact with all living things. I highly recommend this book if you have a fear of spiders, snakes or any critter. It may even help in your personal and romantic relationships. Just sayin
Oct 17, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2018-reads
Dated and redundant but Strongheart was a special dog.
Feb 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This is a Must Read! This book highlights the importance of all life, even that of a fly! It will make you look at all of your pets, and all animals/lives, differently.

I recommend this book to anybody of any age.
Feb 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: wellbeing
If you have any kind of animals this is a book for you but of course for all animal lovers. Dr Dolittle invited us to 'speak to the animals' and this is book that has the same message but maybe on another level. The initial story of the book is about the German shepherd Strongheart who was a famous movie dog in the 1920ies. He came to stay with the writer for some time and a very strong bond developed between the two. This was of course a very well trained dog and when you read about their time ...more
Patricia Leslie
Feb 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: animal lovers
Patricia Leslie This is a deceptively small book, containing some quite vast ideas within its pages. In it, Boone chronicles his own spiritual odyssey, from a very material-minded Hollywood-based writer and producer, to a pioneer of animal communication. The catalyst -- or perhaps a better word is guru -- for Boone's spiritual journey, was the canine movie star Strongheart -- a German Shepherd Dog, a champion in Germany, extensively trained in police and military work. He was imported to Hollywo ...more
Jeff Maziarek
Jul 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
As a person who already believes that animals are far more sentient than modern science judges them to be, I just loved this book. The author's detailed accounts of his experiences with Strongheart, a famous canine film star who was revered for his film work back in the 1920s, were very interesting and thought-provoking as well. If J. Allen Boone is accurate in his conclusions, then eventually mankind is going to have to face the fact that the entire manner in which many animals are treated in o ...more
Donna Jones
May 29, 2018 rated it liked it
It's pretty elementary writing but I stayed with it until the end and I loved something at the end, when discussing the author's view of a common housefly. He realized that as he identified the fly as either intelligent or unintelligent, good or bad, friendly or unfriendly, co-operative or uncooperative -- that was precisely how the fly behaved. For he was nothing more or less than the state of the author's own consciousness about him that made manifest in his outward experience. The author came ...more
Crystal Caldwell
Jun 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: pop-sugar-2015
I loved reading this, and I didn't think I would. I read it as "a book your mom loves" for a reading challenge. It has really made me think about how I approach all creatures. I've always loved animals, and have worked in various vets for 11 years, but have never given other forms of life this type of thought. It's just a very good book. The bible parts kind of threw me, as I'm not a religious person, but I love the exploring spirituality in this book. Definitely recomended to anyone who wants t ...more
Oct 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book so much. If you love animals and have a respect for all living things this is an intriguing, enlightening, challanging and delightful book, which is as relevant today as it was when originally published in 1954.
Daniel Meyers
Mar 09, 2015 rated it did not like it
Got waaaay to ridiculous. It's amazing this book has an average of 4 stars. ...more
Jul 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
this is a special sort of book, in a 70's kind of way. i won't look at a fly the same way again 😁 ...more
Oct 28, 2017 rated it did not like it
I stopped reading this. It was just too far-fetched for me.
Steven Kinzler
Apr 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
I read this as a kid, and have re-read it a couple of times since. Great book!
Alicia Hanson
Jul 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The intelligence in all life is there if we look/listen. Formative book for me back in middle school.
Jul 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book really made me think, not just about my relationships with animals, but all living things.
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