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

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

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by Ellie Laks

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My Gentle Barn is a wonderful book. You'll love Ellie Laks and the animals she rescued--and who rescued her back.” –Sy Montgomery, The Good Good Pig

Founder Ellie Laks started The Gentle Barn after adopting a sick goat from a run-down petting zoo in 1999. Some two hundred animals later (including chickens, horses, pigs

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My Gentle Barn: Creating a Sanctuary Where Animals Heal and Children Learn to Hope 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Kassie17 More than 1 year ago
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!
xena57 More than 1 year ago
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!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
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JP1 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Waits for someone
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.