"If there is one book you choose to read about how to enjoy and improve your relationships with animals and fully appreciate who they truly are, this is the one."
― MARC BEKOFF, author of The Emotional Lives of Animals and other books; professor emeritus of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Colorado, Boulder
Combining humorous anecdotes and thought-provoking research, Sacred Sendoffs explores human relationships with beloved pets, wild creatures, animal astronauts, marine life, farmed animals, and other sentient beings. Along the way, animal chaplain Sarah Bowen shares insights for sustaining lives, honoring deaths, and managing the emotions that arise when we lose an animal we love. While many books focus exclusively on pet loss, environmental issues, or animal welfare, Sacred Sendoffs takes on all three, revealing their unavoidable entanglement. Bowen’s ever curious and playful style tackles tough topics―recovering from personal grief, deconstructing human biases, and acknowledging planetary challenges. Sacred Sendoffs helps animal lovers uncover practical actions and everyday opportunities for helping the more-than-human world not only survive but thrive.
"AN ELEGANT MANIFESTO FOR IMPROVING LIFE AND DEATH FOR ALL BEINGS ON SACRED MOTHER EARTH."
— BARBARA BECKER, AUTHOR OF HEARTWOOD
"A LIGHTHEARTED, UPBEAT TAKE ON QUESTIONS THAT HAVE CHURNED WITHIN HUMAN MINDS FOR MILLENNIA."
— SPIRITUALITY & HEALTH MAGAZINE BOOK REVIEW
Nautilus Book Award Winner & Foreword INDIES Winner
A Spirituality & Health Magazine "100 Books We Love" pick
Bringing together insights from a wide range of traditions—from Taoism to Jediism to Yoga to Science—Spiritual Rebel is a personal approach to finding a deeper perspective and higher life purpose. Offering three weeks of unconventional practices--including forest bathing, yawning, hiking, cat-gazing, mindfulness, and sacred crashing to name just a few--this book helps not only seekers, but also agnostics, atheists, and the spiritual-but-not-religious, curate meaningful spiritual moments throughout the day, dipping in without having to commit, never having to fear they might be “doing it wrong.”
“In this modern-day approach, Sarah's wisdom, wit, and knowledge take us on an illuminating journey of discovery. A must-read for anyone seeking to find or deepen their spiritual path.”
-Francesco Mastalia, author of Yoga: The Secret of Life
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