Weekly Book Pick: Reason for Hope: A Spiritual Journey by Jane Goodall

Reasons for Hope_Book CoverJane Goodall’s stirring memoir of her physical and spiritual journey from post-war Britain to the chimpanzees of Gombe, Tanzania is more than just a personal account. It is a clarion call for us to wake up to the finite and priceless beauty of our world.

This amazing story of how one woman changed the world and science by her actions and commitment, challenges us to make a difference too: as conservationists, committed to preserving what we hold precious for future generations. This book is also the story of Goodall’s relationship with religion, spirituality and her reconciliation of the roles played by science and god. Goodall believes that “a life lived in the service of humanity, a love of and respect for all living things – those attributes are the essence of saintlike behaviour”. According to her, we all have the power to be daily saints in our small way and carry the seeds for change.

For Goodall, “[i]t was obvious that every human, every unique being, played some role in the shaping of progress although only some got into the history books”. Goodall has played her part with courage, compassion and contemplation, “It is up to us to save the world for tomorrow: it’s up to you and me”. Her quiet challenge to us: what part will we play, how can we extend our ingenuity to make the world a better place for all living creatures. Goodall ends her story with her continued fight against animal cruelty and by taking her cause to our children through her Roots and Shoots organisation.

This is a thought-provoking read by a living legend who with no formal training challenged the scientific community with her ground-breaking research. Jane Goodall’s clarity of purpose and commitment to her personal journey is instructive and inspiring.

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