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Product Details

  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Lantern Books (June 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590560051
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590560051
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,252,925 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"...overflowing with insights, prayers,and concrete steps individuals can take to reverence and protect the lives of all living creatures." -- Spirituality and Health magazine book review by Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat

"a great gift for the activist..., not to mention pastors, rabbis, and spiritual leaders of all traditions..." -- Veg News book review by Norm Phelps

A source of inspiration ... words of faith and hope in the face of overwhelming animal suffering. -- Karen Davis, Ph.D., author of “More than a Meal”

A synthesis of love, compassion, and reverence for all beings ... too important not to read. -- Edward Amerson, author of “Sing with Wolves” and “On Silent Wings”

A valuable resource for those seeking to expand the circle of compassion to include all of our animal friends. -- Elliott M. Katz, DVM, President, In Defense of Animals

Communicates ... the need to include animal beings in the human effort to bring about a compassionate and peaceful world. -- J. R. Hyland, author, “God’s Covenant with Animals”

From the Publisher

This visionary book of hope for a world at peace is also an excellent reference for animal activists who wish to explore the interconnectedness of animal rights, ecology, world peace, and social justice. This is a guidebook...full of solid, fact-based reasons that explain why we human beings must make peace with the animal nations if we are ever to find true inner peace, heal our earth, and create authentic world peace.

This is a valuable aid for those seekiing to live in harmony with the values of compassion, nonviolence, and reverence for all life.

More About the Author

Judy McCoy Carman, M.A. is a former counselor and program director for mental health clinics. As an author and activist for animal rights, environmental protection, and world peace, she has helped establish organizations both for adults and children over the years. Most recently she has co-founded Animal Outreach of Kansas ( and (with Will and Madeleine Tuttle) the Worldwide Prayer Circle for Animals ( and is also a Peace Representative of the World Peace Prayer Society, ( She is part of an animal rescue network and has deployed to several disaster areas to help animals and their people. In addition she is currently helping to establish the Sustainable Activism Council for In Defense of Animals.

Her books include Born to Be Blessed: Seven Keys to Joyful Living (CeShore Publishing), Peace to All Beings: Veggie Soup for the Chicken's Soul (Lantern Books), and she is co-author with Tina Volpe of The Missing Peace: The Hidden Power of our Kinship with Animals (Dreamriver Press). Peace to All Beings was judged one of the best spiritual books of 2003. In Peace to All Beings Judy introduces the concept of "Homo Ahimsa" (the Sanskrit word for nonviolence and lovingkindness) to describe the new compassionate human that we will become if enough of humanity awakens in time.

Judy is featured in Vegetarians and Vegans in America Today by Karen and Michael Iacobbo and contributes articles and essays to newspapers, books, and magazines. Some of her articles can be found at www,, along with excerpts from Peace to all Beings. Many other articles appear on her blog at On the blog, she sells prayer flags for animals that are made in the Tibetan tradition. Carman also sends out a weekly prayer for animals to those who sign up at She also hosts, with Will Tuttle, the Prayer Circle for Animals Facebook page where people can share concerns about their own animals or animal issues around the world. She has been a keynote speaker and workshop leader at many conferences.

Judy Carman's passion is to look everywhere for the love and the beauty that flows through and links all faiths and all beings. She is dedicated to sharing the vision of a world at peace inspired by Schweitzer, Gandhi, Einstein, and others. They believed that inner peace and world peace could be achieved, but only if human beings learned to expand their circle of compassion beyond the human sphere to include all beings and nature. She is dedicated also to helping all people find inner peace and the joy that comes from living in harmony with all beings.

Having once lived off the grid in a tipi, Judy, now lives in an almost solar heated home in Kansas, with plans for solar and wind powered electricity. The vehicles run on used veggie oil. She loves to kayak, hike, and spend time with her three adult children and four grandchildren.

Judy's blog is

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Dianna Holloway on May 31, 2008
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Peace to All Beings is that rare kind of book that leaves the reader uplifted and perhaps even enlightened. While it discusses difficult themes such as widespread factory farming and animal suffering, it never depresses, in fact the reverse is true, as if by just flipping through the pages the reader is made better, somehow purified.

Judy Carman has researched her subject well, offering insight, prayer and wonderfully interesting anecdotes to help the reader on his or her way toward compassion and reverence for all life. Statistics help educate us in areas we might have been ignorant. For instance: "One pound of meat requires 2,500 gallons of water to produce. A pound of wheat takes only 25 gallons. There would be no hungry people in a world of vegans, who consume no animal products of any kind." And medical facts are fascinating and potentially life altering: "The American Dietetic Association reports that vegetarians have a lower risk of heart disease, stroke, colon cancer, osteoporosis, diabetes, obesity, kidney tones, gallstones, hypertension, and breast cancer than non-vegetarians. A study of young American soldiers killed in the Korean war showed clear signs of heart disease as compared with the Korean soldiers, who were primarily vegetarians and had no such signs."

Speaking on the popular Law of Attraction: "When we eat meat and buy products that have resulted in animal suffering, we participate in that suffering to such an extent that the anguish of the animals becomes part of us. Much of the depression and anxiety so common in the world today, not to mention the many meat- and dairy-related diseases, are a direct result of eating and wearing someone's pain and death.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By B. Shulman on October 26, 2011
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A fellow animal activist carries this book around with him always, and told me it was the single most important book he'd ever read; in fact it lead him towards activism.

I was already an activist, and have read most of the animal activist literature; so I didn't really see the need but I took my friend at his word and bought this on Kindle.

This book is worth every penny and more. I now carry it around with me on my Kindle - and I read passages from it regularly.

When I feel burn-out from the animal suffering I see around me, when I feel angry at the louts who perpetrate cruelty on animals and seemingly get away with it, when I see yet another video of torture in the slaughterhouse - I take out this book and read a few pages.

The author's voice is magical; her prose is zenlike in its sparse precision. Reading her gentle words soothes the soul; and strengthens my determination to continue my course of action to alleviate animal abuse wherever it occurs.

I can only say, this book is a treasure.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By kathleen on October 17, 2010
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Judy Carman is a brilliant and beautiful voice for the animal kingdom! This book will help you make the soul connection between humans and animals and the interconnectedness of all of life. There are brilliant quotes in the book by famous vegetarians, such as Leo Tolstoy, Gandhi and Paramahansa Yoganada, which I greatly appreciated. Anyone who loves animals and has reverence for all living beings will love this book, thank you Judy!
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