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My Gentle Barn: Creating a Sanctuary Where Animals Heal and Children Learn to Hope

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  • Posted April 25, 2014

    Highly Recommended

    I've been following The Gentle Barn on Facebook for a long time and when Ellie posted that she wrote a book about her life I was very interested and couldn't wait for it to come out. I was not disappointed. I've been a long time animal lover and have always liked animals more then humans most of the time as I too seemed more connected to animals on a deeper level. Her story opens our eyes to just how inhumane some animals are treated and how these poor creatures and be taught to trust humans again. She and her husband have saved so many lives of not only animals but also have touched the lives of special needs children and for children that society has given up on. Animals have a way of getting into our hearts and souls. When you connect to them on that level something deep inside gets wakened and you experience a different love and respect for all Gods creatures. Visiting the The Gentle Barn is on my bucket list!!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 2, 2014

    I grew up in the city until I was twelve, and then moved to the

    I grew up in the city until I was twelve, and then moved to the country, where my grandfather has a crop farm,
    but no animals. I was always curious about cows and other animals, but never really had the opportunity until
     high school to learn more about them. that time came when I decided to learn how to milk cows to help out a
    family friend who was having shoulder surgery. He could get the cows into the milking barn for me, but couldn't
     do the actual milking. Now, I was never an animal 'whisperer' like the author of "My Gentle Barn", Ellie Laks, but
     I did and do care for animals, and do not agree with animal abuse. Things I saw after working there for a while
     were astounding to me. Why would someone hit a cow with a crowbar to make him stand still? Why would you
    slap them or use horrible, obviously painful contraptions to make them do what you wanted them to do?
     I couldn't handle it, and I cam to find that if I gently put my hand on the cow's rear to let her know I was a friend,
     she would be at ease. I didn't have to hit her.


    I had no idea what to do about the abuse I saw, so I just did what I could to comfort while I was there.
     Ellie Laks, on the other hand, went a step further, and created a sanctuary for animals that have been
    abused and mistreated. She tells her story in her book, "My Gentle Barn", and tells it very well, grabbing
    your attention from the first page with her own personal testimony to the animals' testimonies throughout
    the entire book.
     
    I was truly touched by the sharing of her story, and by the gentleness she has with these beautiful creatures.
     Not only was it a wonderful and inspiring read, it was very informative and eye opening about the meat and
    dairy industries. 

    You don't have to be an animal lover to enjoy this book, but I can guarantee it will get you second guessing
    how animals on your plate were treated (My family is a meat eating family, and I can definitely say that it has
    me thinking a bit more about it!)

    Thank you, Ellie and Jay, for you continued work, and for NOT giving up on your passions!! 

    I received this book for free from Blogging For Books, and I am so glad I did --
     go out and buy it to support The Gentle Barn!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2014

    Wonderful story. Shows what you can get

    done when you don't give up and are willing to work very, very hard. What a loving and caring couple. The world needs more people like this.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2014

    So many preposterous stories. Check for yourself on the guidesta

    So many preposterous stories. Check for yourself on the guidestar site. Read the review by one of her brothers on the other big booksellers site. If you give to any charity without vetting it, you are asking for trouble.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2014

    Venus

    Waits for someone

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  • Posted May 30, 2014

    Highly Recommended - A great read for all!

    This is a wonderful story of how a love of animals can help transform a person and in turn create a better world for our best friends. Been there, done that! I don't know how people can live without an animal friend or two. My choices have been cats, but I find wonder in all of them. I plan to visit the Gentle Barn on my next trip to California.

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