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"Read Jean Shinoda Bolen's Like a Tree, and you will never again see one without knowing it has a novel inside, it's supporting your life, and it's more spiritual than any church, temple or mosque. Like a Tree is the rare book that not only informs, but offers a larger consciousness of life itself." -Gloria Steinem

"I'll always remember the sadness I felt several years ago when I drove my little girl to her first day of the new school year, and saw that the huge tree that had always welcomed us as we entered the driveway in front of the school was gone. Upon inquiring about what happened, I was told that the tree had been removed to make way for a new sports field. I couldn't believe how sad I was, or how little my sadness seemed to be shared by other people at the school. It was then that I realized what a profound shift in worldview is necessary in order for us to save the planet. I applaud everyone--including the brilliant and glorious Jean Shinoda Bolen--for helping us make the shift. Bravo, Jean. You make us feel it." -Marianne Williamson

"In this book Jean Bolen expresses the essence of our deep connection to and inseparability from trees. Trees have stood by us humans always; it is the least we can do to protect and save and honor them now. Bolen's thoughts and suggestions for moving forward will, as always, help us see and feel how this might be done. This is a conversation with the Tree tribe not to be missed or dismissed." -Alice Walker



"We shouldn't simply be alarmed by what's happening to our forests, and our other fellow creatures. We should feel sick to our soul. And in this, as Jean Bolen says, women are taking the lead and showing, all over the world, that 'ordinary people' can make a difference--and that if they don't, nobody else will. Altogether, an excellent and timely book." -Colin Tudge, biologist and author of The Tree: A Natural History of What Trees Are, How They Live, and Why They Matter

About the Author

Jean Shinoda Bolen, M.D. is a psychiatrist, Jungian analyst in private practice, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California San Francisco Medical Center, and an internationally known lecturer. She is the author of numerous books including Goddesses in Everywoman, Urgent Message from Mother: Gather the Women and Save the World, Crones Don't Whine and The Millionth Circle. Visit her at jeanbolen.com.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 236 pages
  • Publisher: Conari Press; First Edition edition (April 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1573244880
  • ISBN-13: 978-1573244886
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.8 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #684,576 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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What a great book. Jean Shinoda Bolen does an excellent job of connecting the dots between respect for trees and the survival of the planet. She, like many of us, is clearly a Tree Person.

This book provides not only a basic understanding of the life processes of various species of trees, but also stories that enhance and enrich my understanding of what I've always felt about trees in general, and a special few in particular. I, like many others, had a special tree under which I sought solace as a child. As an adult trees help anchor me to the natural world, as well as the spiritual world. The author illuminates and validates the magnetic bond between trees and humans. And she clearly illustrates the urgency of protecting trees in order to preserve our place on this beautiful planet.

The book was informative and delightfully readable.
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Just as trees have deep roots down into the earth, so must we be rooted and have a strong connection to the earth. We must respect trees and treat them kindly. They have served Mother Earth for millions of years by giving us protection from the hot sun. They are here for us to learn valuable lessons and just by sitting on the ground next to a tree we can receive a message if we listen carefully. Wrap your arms around a tree and feel its vibration as it appreciates the love we are showing it. In our lives we must stand tall like a tree. Feel firmly rooted in the ground and do not waver. Trees can be like people but please show respect for God's creation of trees is so glorious.
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Still reading this book and still loving it. I am a wild scape gardener and this make one think very thoughtfully about the role of trees in our world.

I had to take out three very old diseased trees to do my wild scape habitat for the birds, butterflies, insects, etc. and I planted 5 back, two oaks, one maple, one chokecherry, and one pinion pine. The one blue spruce that I was able to leave is in great shape.

I highly recommend this for reading and thinking about how without trees, man cannot survive. We are intertwined together and depend on trees for survival.
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Beautifully written and insightful. I recommend that all women, and tree people, read this book. I really like how she compares trees of the world to the women of the world. As I fit in both categories, I found this book hard to put down.
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Filled with wisdom and quotes from so many amazing people. There is no end to how much I LOVED this book!

Some of my favorite quotes:

“Everything on Earth began with her, grew out of her, and will return to her. This is Mother Earth as a womb and tomb, personified as the Great Mother of ancient and indigenous peoples: Our Mother who art the Earth.”

“As I learned about the evolution of trees and how Earth became a planet on which life was possible through the activity of trees, I realized that without trees, there would be no “Mother Earth”. Earth, air, water, and fire – these basic elements – come through trees. Without trees, Earth would not have a breathable atmosphere, soil for vegetation to grow, or water fit to drink. Sparks would not become fire without oxygen and combustible matter, which trees continue to make. All life has grown out of the body of the Earth; evolution became possible because what is needed is provided. Earth in its abundance ives to us like a tree.”

“Until we become adults psychologically, we see our personal mother (and judge her) in terms of how well she did or didn’t meet our needs and wants. Only when we become mature can we see our mother as separate from our expectations of her, and at that point in our lives, she is aging and more fragile than before. If we are not narcissistice, we can see her as she is, love her, and realize that it is now up to us to take care of whatever she cannot do for herself. This is where humanity is in relationship to Mother Earth.”

“Mother Earth" comes back to life again when we perceive ourselves and all of life as children of Gaia.”
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Jean Shinoda Bolen gathers mythology and symbolism to understand current attitudes toward trees and approach the issues of trees, forestation and life on Earth. She puts disparate elements together for deeper und3erstanding. I gave copies of this book to three other tree-loving women friends.
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