Holiday Time is Reading Time!: Three Can’t-Miss Books for Animal Lovers

The holidays can be stressful. Navigating crazy crowds to find that perfect gift, hosting holiday meals that please meat-eaters, gluten-intolerant’s and vegans alike, and otherwise being pulled in a hundred different directions to accommodate all the festivities.

What better way to combat these stressors than immersing yourself in a great book?

When everyone has gone to bed─or for you early risers, before everyone gets up─I encourage you to take some time for yourself and get lost in a good read.

To help, below are a few of my favorite books animal lovers are sure to enjoy (they make great gifts too!). Each is a profound reminder of the gift of compassion: both the giving and receiving.

As Albert Schweitzer so beautifully said, “Until we extend our circle of compassion to all living things, humanity will not find peace.”

Throughout this holiday season I wish you all this gift of compassion.


The Chimps of Fauna Sanctuary

Andrew Westoll, 2011

The Chimps of Fauna Sanctuary is an unflinching, visceral look at the emotional and physical damage—actual, real damage done to specific, individual apes—in some of America’s most notorious biomedical research labs. It is also the story of humans who were driven to provide them with refuge, retirement…and, ultimately, their inherent right to dignity. —Sara Gruen, author of Water for Elephants

Source: Amazon


Mercy For Animals: One Man’s Quest to Inspire Compassion and Improve the Lives of Farm Animals

Nathan Runkle and Gene Stone, 2017

A compelling look at animal welfare and factory farming in the United States from Mercy For Animals, the leading international force in preventing cruelty to farmed animals and promoting compassionate food choices and policies.
Source: Amazon


Riding on the Power of Others: A Horsewoman’s Path to Unconditional Love

Ren Hurst, 2015

Ren Hurst finds her way to horses as a teenager, following a turbulent and painful childhood. They are her saving grace, her first experience of pure joy and freedom. She soon becomes a passionate horsewoman, intent on riding her way to the top. Her ascent takes an unexpected turn when compassion becomes the key component to success after she discovers an entirely new paradigm regarding equine understanding and practices. This understanding leads her to walk away completely from riding and training horses and into a world where relationship is all that matters.
Source: Amazon

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