The Souls of Animals by Gary Kowalski

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Why do elephants bury their dead? What makes birds sing and cranes dance? Do animals appreciate art? Do they know the difference between right and wrong? Do they experience awe and wonder? In this revised second edition of his celebrated book, Reverend Gary Kowalski combines heartwarming stories with solid science to show that other creatures are not insensitive objects devoid of feeling and intellect but thinking, sentient beings with an inward, spiritual life.

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The Reverend Gary Kowalski is the author of bestselling books on animals, spirituality, and nature. His first book, The Souls of Animals, which explores other species’ capacities for love, creativity, and self-awareness, has been translated into Chinese, Czech, German, French, and Spanish and has sold over 80,000 copies worldwide. His second book, Goodbye, Friend, was featured by both One Spirit and the Quality Paperback Book Clubs and remains a valued resource for those grieving their animal companions. A graduate of Harvard College and the Harvard Divinity School, Reverend Kowalski is an ordained minister who has served churches in Tennessee, Washington State, Vermont, New Mexico, and Massachusetts. He is active in the Green Mountain Animal Defenders, an advocacy group working for better treatment of animals in entertainment, research, and agriculture. A committed vegan, he is past president of the Unitarian Universalist Animal Ministry. His website is
Published October 16, 2012 by New World Library. 160 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math, Law & Philosophy, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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In this revised second edition of a 1992 book, Unitarian Universalist minister Gary Kowalski writes poetically about the spiritual capacities of animals.

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All this -- how we relate with our children, how we relate with animals, how we each build our life moment by moment as we make meaning with others -- wants to flower in my writing.

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