Founder Ellie Laks started The Gentle Barn after adopting a sick goat from a run-down petting zoo in 1999. Some 200 animals later (including chickens, horses, pigs, cows, rabbits, emus, and more), The Gentle Barn has become an extraordinary nonprofit that brings together a volunteer staff of community members and at-risk teens to rehabilitate abandoned and/or abused animals. As Ellie teaches the volunteers to care for the animals, they learn a new language of healing that works wonders on the humans as well.
My Gentle Barn weaves together the story of how the Barn came to be what it is today with Ellie's own journey. Filled with heartwarming animal stories and inspiring recoveries, My Gentle Barn is a feel-good account that will delight animal lovers and memoir listeners alike.
©2014 Ellie Laks (P)2014 Tantor
"My Gentle Barn is a wonderful book. You'll love Ellie Laks and the animals she rescued - and who rescued her back." (Sy Montgomery, The Good Good Pig)
I listened to this book faithfully each morning, and often had difficulty pulling myself away. I found myself relating to the author, who was taught from a young age that her interests and goals were silly and impractical. Yet, she persevered and allowed the universe her to assist her, as she determinedly nursed injured animals and created a sanctuary for them. That she motivated herself and worked past her discouragements, I found inspiring. The author's stories of neglected and abused farm animals, and tales of rescued veal calves, ultimately led me to become a vegetarian -- and to limit my consumption of milk products (since it's dairy cows that ultimately produce veal calves). The author was successful where others had not been -- she convinced me to act upon my feelings.
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