From Publishers Weekly
"Animal communication is nothing new or controversial," Gurney writes. "The question is not `When did we begin to be able to communicate with other species?' but `When did we stop?' " Of the many new books on interspecies communication, Gurney's is one of the most down-to-earth and thorough. Based on her HeartTalk Program through which Gurney has worked with 6,000 people seeking better communication with their "animal companions" (a term favored by animal communicators as more egalitarian than "pet") her book offers clear steps for reaching animals and will enhance readers' understanding of the creatures in their lives. Gurney also discusses how to choose an appropriate animal companion, how to prepare for his or her death (one of the most tender sections is a list of 18 ways to commemorate deceased pets) and how to ground and center oneself in preparation for communicating with an animal. Written in a smooth, cheery and encouraging tone she's partial to exclamation points and statements like "If I could do it, anyone can!" Gurney's descriptions of her own successful communication with dogs, horses and cats will convince those sympathetic to her message. Yet some of Gurney's advice may test even her most credulous readers: her exercises with animals who have died and with missing animals, for example, may raise some eyebrows. But for the most part, this book is helpful and enthralling. B&w photos. Agent, Jody Rein. (Aug. 14) Forecast: Though some will be put off by Gurney's occasionally corny sentimentality, many pet owners will welcome this book. Enthusiastic blurbs from vets (and more randomly, actress Linda Gray) should help sales.
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.
“Of the many new books on interspecies communication, Gurney's is one of the most down-to-earth and thorough.... [H]er book offers clear steps for reaching animals and will enhance readers' understanding of the creatures in their lives.... helpful and enthralling.”
— Publishers Weekly
“Carol brings her special gift to animal guardians with this book. I have found her insights and communications very helpful with many of my patients. Her gentle and caring touch in communicating with animals brings comfort to their guardians, and her perceptions and insights can provide useful information to the holistic veterinary practitioner.”
— Charles E. Loops, D.V.M.
“In The Language of Animals
, Carol beautifully and poignantly shares her insightful communication exercises and heartfelt program. Be reading this book, you too can enjoy a deeper connection to the magical kingdom of animals and further understand these incredible healers of the heart.”
— James Van Praagh, New York Times
bestselling author of Talking to Heaven
“I took a workshop with Carol Gurney many years ago, and it totally turned around how I relate to animals. In this wonderful, warm book Carol will teach you the skills of communication with animals, and you will be forever grateful.”
— Louise L. Hay, author of You Can Heal Your Life
“The Language of Animals
offers us great possibilities in deepening our connections with our kindred spirits. Carol's program can help us get in touch with levels of connection beyond our normal recognition.”
— Allen M. Schoen, D.V.M., MS, author of Kindred Spirits
, and Director of Veterinary Institute for Therapeutic Alternatives (VITA)
“Carol Gurney can really express herself when it comes to teaching the art of communicating with animals. And believe me, it works! Carol's HeartTalk ProgramSM goes beyond talking with animals. It is a marvelous way to expand our relationships with the animals in our lives.”
— Arthur Myers, author of Communicating with Animals